midweek, we CLOSE THE CURTAINS
outside of the weekends, we close the curtains and dim the lights, for a series of intimate, candle-lit gigs in our conservatory. A limited number of tables are available for dinner during these shows (unless otherwise stated), for which booking is strongly recommended. Doors at 8.30pm, show starting at 9pm.
weekends mean LATE NIGHT LIVE
Late Night Live comes at the weekends, where the music gets a bit louder, the drinks flow a bit faster and things go on a bit later. A band plus DJ continues to be the format of these nights, often with one of the band themselves spinning for the night, offering an insight into the musical influences that go into the bands own sets, but more importantly keeping you dancing either side of the band being on stage. Entry to all Late Night Live gigs remains free, with things kicking off about 10pm.
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Friday 28th November: OBI CLUB: ALLY WALKER
So you thought November would be a quiet one...think again.
Gracing our stage next Saturday is the wonderful Ally Walker. All the way from Glasgow, Ally will be bringing his disco and funk beats to us lucky people. Its time to dust off those winter blues and get those dancing shoes on for some much needed toe tapping in this dark and cold weather.
I have had the pleasure of seeing this man play countless times and it has always been a joyous occasion. So lets give this guy a very warm welcome and we hope to see many of your lovely faces there!!
Its time to start the party season!!
Friday 11th December: IAIN MORRISON BAND
It is easy to see why Iain Morrison is held in such high regard. His music is something to get lost in and has a tremendous amount of atmosphere.
Iain Morrison hails from the Isle of Lewis. He first learnt to play the bagpipes and progressed onto the guitar and has since developed his own style of singing and song writing.
Iain Morrison has made a number of albums which are, Empty Beer Bottles and Peatfire Smoke (2004), Skimming Stones…Sinking Boats (2008), Trust the Sea to Guide me (2010), Haunted Bird with the poet/storyteller Daibhidh Martin (2011), To the Horizon, Sir (2013) and his latest album Eas (2015).
He was also commissioned to write a 'New Voices' piece for the Celtic Connections festival which he based on 'ceol mor' melodies. He received a 5 star review from the Scotsman newspaper for this work. Not only this but he won the Composer of the Year at the Scottish Trad Music Awards.
‘If you are a fan of Neil Young especially, but a bit scunnered with his musical meandering, this may give you the fix that you are looking for.’
Saturday 12th December: THE BANANA SESSIONS
The Banana sessions are a Scottish three-piece, each with their own unique musical style and wild imagination. The band formed in 2005 and soon became known for their unique style of pop music with heavy folk and jazz influences. In the ten years that they’ve been together, they’ve played blazing live shows across the uk: recoded two EP’s- yellow EP and the Green EP_ and their debut album, Mixtape. 2015 sees the release of their long-awaited second album, Be Bold and Brilliant.
Their reputable shows have gained them recognition across the uk, but they’ve also managed to make an impression worldwide with their famous ‘prodigy medley’, which has reached over 300,00 hits (and counting) on YouTube and was posted by The Prodigy themselves on their own website. In the words of Liam Howlett himself, ‘These guys are really cool. I dig them’.
To celebrate their 10 year anniversary, The Banana Sessions have launched a crowd funder to fund the release of ‘Be Bold and Brilliant’ and take their new sound on a UK tour in December.
We have the pleasure of their company as they are a fantastic band and are centainly one to watch.
Sunday 20th December: SHOOGLENIFTY
TICKETS: £15 FROM THE OLD BRIDGE INN
2015 has been an epic year for Shooglenifty, a band formed 25 years ago in Edinburgh. Retaining four of their original members plus their bass player of 12 years standing, the line up has been invigorated in the past year by fiery young mandolinist Ewan MacPherson who contributes four tunes to their critically acclaimed new CD release The Untied Knot. Also new in 2015 is ‘puirt a beul’ vocalist Kaela Rowan who graces the album with the first ever collection of Shoogle songs.
Shooglenifty’s sound springs from traditional Scottish dance music, energised by the beats and bass line of something altogether more contemporary. It is not a sit-down kind of music, it’s a join-in, and get on your feet kind of vibe. Attempts to describe this almost uncategorisable band include: ‘dub-diddly',‘hypno-folkadelic-ambient-trad’ and ‘Acid-Croft’. Whatever it is, it has endured, evolved and, above all, entertained for quarter of a century.
The band are most at home playing live, and matching the excitement of releasing the new album, 2015 has been a year of very special gigs. They enjoyed not one, but three(!) 25th Anniversary Parties – they sold out the city’s iconic Old Fruitmarket venue at Celtic Connections in January, they blew the roof off a packed Glenuig Hall in April, and, in May, celebrated at a late night album launch at La Belle Angele, Edinburgh, scene of their first residency in the early 90s.
Summer 2015 was packed with appearances at festivals at home and abroad: they included HebCelt in the Isle of Lewis, Cambridge Folk Festival, Rainforest World Music Fest in Borneo and Interceltique in Brittany (with current collaborators the Dhol Drummers of Rajasthan). The year is top and tailed by hogmanay celebrations on opposite sides of the earth – Woodford, Australia for 2014/5 and Edinburgh’s Hogmanay for 2015/6.
But before we hit the fireworks at midnight on 31 December, Shooglenifty is coming to a village/town/city near you.
There will be dancing!!!
Monday 28th December: CCT
The Cairngorms Cèilidh Trail is one of seven Cèilidh Trails organised by local Fèisean under the umbrella of Fèisean nan Gàidheal. The first Cèilidh Trail project, established by Fèis Rois in 1999, was designed to help teenage musicians develop their performance skills and to create a vibrant traditional music entertainment programme in the Highlands and now beyond. Over the last eleven years, the project has been replicated in other areas and has proved to be an over-whelming success.
The CCT includes Cameron Grant on Guitar and Banjo, Ross Hull on Fiddle, Hamish Hepburn on Pipes and Whistles, Jack Houston on Fiddle and Bodhran, Kaitlin Ross on Guitar and Voice, Deidre Doherty on Fiddle and Voice, Molly Melville on Fiddle and Voice, Mabel Duncan on Voice and Fiddle.
This is sure to be great fun while also supporting young talent to help them progress in their passions.
Thursday 31st December: BRASS GUMBO, THE WOOK
Advance Tickets: £65 all night, including 4 course dinner.
£20 (knees up only, 10pm-2am) - on sale soon
BRASS GUMBO is a musical melting pot of brass and percussion playing funk, jazz and more, all with a distinctly New Orleans flavour... With players from Horndog Brass Band, The Katet, Brass, Aye? and Orkestra del Sol, Brass Gumbo represents Scotland's top pedigree in funky street music. With a repertoire spanning New Orleans classics to distinctly unexpected covers of a more modern slant, and a variable line up from 5 to 8 people (or more!) this is feel-good music for the feet and the soul.
THE WOOK is one of our favorite DJ's who will be seeing us into the New Year with tantalising beats. He plays a wide range of music from hip hop, funk, soul, jazz, glitch pop, deep house, disco, techno, breaks and drum and bass. This variety of music styles makes him one to watch and is sure to make Hogmanay go with a bang!!