Rob Heron & the Tea Pad Orchestra are one of the hardest working bands in the UK roots circuit.
With thousands of touring miles under their belts, they have earned themselves a sizeable fan base in the UK, Europe and beyond. Based in Newcastle Upon Tyne, they play their own brand of Western Swing, Blues, Gypsy Jazz and Country, or “North Eastern Swing” as they've coined it.
Their style is more eclectic than most, influenced by early 20th century American music, with the addition of “razor-sharp” solos, great arrangements and original songs; their music harks
back to a golden age whilst staying perfectly modern. The songs are penned by Rob Heron, a crazy fool for country music and a full time dandy-cowboy. His songs are full of character,
satire, and good old fashion hollerin’.
The band, a hot six-piece, features Ben Fitzgerald (guitar), Tom Cronin (mandolin), Colin Nicholson (accordion), Ted Harbot (double bass) and Paul Archibald (drums).
Their debut album, ‘Money Isn't Everything’, caused a sensation when it was released in 2012, winning a host of rave reviews – many of them 5-star. Their second album, "Talk About The
Weather" (released July 7th 2014) also gathered some notable radio play and reviews.
The best way to experience Rob Heron and the Tea Pad Orchestra is at a live show! Soul of My City, their third studio album drops on 1st Feb 2019. Come and be among the first to sup from its cup.
"That's one hot band right there!"-Huey Morgan, BBC Radio 2
"Rob Heron evokes the spirit of Bob Wills and Django Reinhardt with a quintet that shuffles and boogies with panache. Infectiously good-humoured"–Uncut Magazine
“Amazing musicians who play with both passion and a sympathetic regard for the history of the genre.” –Maverick Magazine
"On this, their second album of skewed Texas swing, gypsy jazz and hot, humorous country blues they’ve added reeds and horns for a big, thick sound, but their spontaneous combustion is always unstoppable."–Scotsman On Sunday
Rob Heron & the Tea Pad Orchestra are one of the hardest working bands in the UK roots circuit.
The Cairngorms Cèilidh Trail is one of nine 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 Cairngorms Cèilidh Trail, now in its thirteenth year, offers training and performance opportunities to musicians aged 16 to 22yrs. Some of them may be considering a career in traditional music and the tour gives them a supported taste of life on the road at the same time as sharing their skills and enthusiasm with a wide audience. Working with local businesses and promoters to develop cultural tourism throughout the National Park, the Cèilidh Trail offers a unique experience.
Auditions are held in February and the six successful musicians attend a training weekend at the beginning of June, then a further week in Plockton at the beginning of July.
s CCT is a developmental project, to ensure maximum benefit to participants, two years is the maximum ‘stay’ in the band.
The band tours the National Park and surrounding area for two weeks in July.
The tour is co-ordinated by Fèis Spè and the band is accompanied on tour by a Leader and a driver.
The Cairngorms Cèilidh Trail is funded by a number of organisations including Fèisean nan Gàidheal, Creative Scotland, Highlands & Islands Enterprise and The Robertson and Gannochy Trusts.
Further details are available at http://www.feisean.org/en/events/ceilidh-trails
“The Cairngorms Ceilidh Trail is a great opportunity to share musical heritage and it has influenced me immensely in many ways. I feel I have gained a lot out of the two weeks and feel I have progressed in both arranging sets and stage presentation. Ceilidh Trail is a fantastic opportunity to meet new people and visit new places and I am vastly grateful that I was given such a great opportunity.” Kaitlin
airngorms Cèilidh Trail 2018
Wallace Calvert from Glasgow on Cello, Concertina, Mouth Organ, Octave Mandolin
Lee Taylor from Aboyne on Bagpipes/Smallpipes, Whistles, Guitar, Vocals
Duncan Ritchie from Aberdeen on Accordion, Fiddle, Piano
Catriona Mulholland from Aberlour on Cello
Rose Logan from Muthill on Fiddle
Amina Davidson from Glasgow on Vocals, Accordion, Fiddle
Alistair McCulloch hails from Ayr in Scotland and is one of the country's best known fiddle performers, teachers and composers with many appearances on radio and television. Past winner of many fiddle championships, Alistair is fiddle instructor at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and has tutored many of the new generation of rising stars.
The Alistair McCulloch Trio featuring Aaron Jones of Old Blind Dogs, and former Capercaillie whistle wizard Marc Duff, regularly tours and Alistair is also a long standing member of the well known ceilidh band Coila and the Iain Cathcart Scottish Dance Band. Recently he has toured in Australia and New Zealand with Australian fiddle champion Catherine Fraser and in the USA with guitarist Eamon Sefton. This year he will be returning to the USA in March and September.
To date Alistair has performed in over 20 countries, also including China, Kazakhstan, Qatar, Nigeria, Venezuela, Canada and throughout Europe. To date, he has released three solo albums, most recently 'Four Seasons in One Day' – says the Scotsman "As the mountain of fiddle CDs rises even higher, this one can climb straight to the summit ridge".
His second tunebook the 'Alistair McCulloch Collection Volume 2' was recently published which includes a number of previously recorded pieces (fully scored arrangements available). Commissions have included a suite for William Grant & sons of Glenfiddich whisky and an orchestral score to celebrate the visit of the Olympic torch to southern Scotland.
Aliistair has directed several fiddle groups and ensembles including the dynamic young group 'Innovation' and was formerly a soloist with the Scottish Fiddle Orchestra. His playing style is driving and precise, described by the Living Tradition as "fresh, fiery and full of fun".
Alistair is an enthusiastic and inspirational teacher and has recently been invited to tutor at the Swannanoa Gathering Celtic Week in North Carolina, the Southern Hemisphere International School of Scottish Fiddling in New Zealand, Boston Harbor Fiddle School and the Akademia Muzyczna in Wroclaw, Poland.
"This collection confirms him as one of the finest fiddlers and composers of his generation" Living Tradition
"a second collection that showcases a master of his instrument taking its capabilities to the edge of the envelope" Scots Magazine
"a tremendous first album from an outstanding musician" Folk Roots
'Me and Kate Bush' takes the audience on a journey through more than three decades of the creative brilliance of Kate Bush.
Be prepared to dance, to sing out loud and to be moved to tears in this live music spectacular starring Nan Fee and featuring the stellar line-up of Ross Martin (electric guitar), Kenny Knowles (drums), Tia Files (bass) and Fra Fee (keys).
Owen Sinclair (Acoustic Guitar/Electric Guitar/Vocals), Becca Skeoch (Harp), Joseph Peach (Accordion) and Robbie Greig (Fiddle).
Converging from across the country, they're all entangled within Scotland’s rich web of traditions.
What they play is best described as contemporary Scottish folk music: Considered, complex, arrangements that surround original tunes, modern tunes and traditional ballads.
Collective experience gives Tannara's musical approach a unique flavour. Despite the material’s modernity, it’s hardwired in spirit to the tradition, of which the music is a continuation.
At no point is the music pretty and delicate. When Tanarra play, there’s a raw energy that brings booming sets of tunes and songs together with moments of knot-in-stomach beauty. It’s four big personalities bouncing off each other to create big sounds.
The resulting, electrifying live act saw Tannara nominated for the “Up and Coming Artist of the Year” award at the 2016 Scots Trad Music Awards.
Debut album, “Trig”, was produced by Rachel Newton, and launched in the summer of 2016. It’s available from: Bandcamp, iTunes, Spotify, Amazon MP3 and a number of online and physical independent record stores throughout Scotland.
“One of Scotland’s brightest new up and coming bands”.
Stonehaven folk festival
Music inside, music out, gourmet BBQ and outside bar - and a bonfire to top it off at the end.
An epic party, year on year, we can't wait to do it all again.
Alex Lleo always starts with a melody. He bashes it around on various instruments in the garden shed where he works; experiments, hones, and slowly builds a song around it. Judging by his debut EP, it’s a system that works. Take ‘Bedroom Door', the first track. Not only does it have one masterful melody, it has two. The central melody will stay with you instantly, in the way only the strongest melodies do. The counter-melody provides “thinking time between the words”, as Alex puts it, expressing the emotion of the song in his own time, using pauses and rhythm with artful skill. The result is soulful and addictive, mellow and warm.
Spending time in nature - in the Lickey Hills where he lives and grew up, the awe-inspiring Scandinavian mountains and surfing the various coastlines of the British Isles - has always been Alex's vibe, particularly walking by the coast on cold, winter days. “I love how wild and crazy it can get; it humbles you,” he says. “The world we live in is so fast and you don't have time to consider. Being outside brings you back down to earth.”
You can hear his attraction to the natural world, its peace and its drama, in the music, which is exquisitely paced, mellow and earthy. It’s also no surprise to hear he was drenched in music like the Four Tops, the Temptations and Faces while growing up. The songs are carefree and relaxing while also melodically robust and catchy.
The EP has echoes of Bon Iver’s ‘For Emma, Forever Ago’, Neil Young, early Ben Howard and John Martyn. He’s inspired by Al Green, Marvin Gaye, Arcade Fire, ELO and the experimentation of David Bowie, describing his creative process as “throwing the kitchen sink when no one's looking and trying to rein it back a bit.” Over the last few years he’s played the pub circuit in England and Norway, while writing his own emotionally astute songs since he was a teenager. “All my songs are about relationships,” he chuckles.
The EP was recorded at Park Studios in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter and it was the first time his band had all met each other. They recorded the three tracks in one day, with Alex intent on capturing the spontaneity of a first time performance. “I wanted something to document that we could do it without any fancy trimmings,” he says. He was keen to capture the moment, rather than glossy, managed perfection. “I was determined to get the mistakes,” he says. “To be live in a room together creates moments in time that you just can’t replicate. It was that 'spur of the moment' thing I really wanted to showcase to people”. The recordings were filmed for the accompanying videos and you can sense the kinetic energy in the room through the screen.
The element that ties it all together is Alex Lleo’s voice. He’s got one of those soulful, resonant, one-of-a-kind voices you want to listen to again and again, evoking beach fires at dusk, and hazy summer evenings after surfing the perfect wave. It is exceptional - and the first release of what will be a long, rich and intriguing career.
Robin is a singer songwriter from Glasgow. He's brilliant, but don't believe us....
Scottish singer songwriter. Q Magazine **** strummed Ruminations worthy of John Martyn --- The Skinny ****
subtly stunning --- Is This Music *****
(sublime Folk, Acoustic/Folk, Electric, Grunge.)
Ewan McLennan has, in a short space of time, come to be known as a guitarist at the forefront of his generation; a troubadour, balladeer and storyteller cut in the old style; a singer that can move audiences with his passion and pathos; and a songwriter for whom social justice is still a burning issue.
By the time he began playing the folk and acoustic music clubs around Britain in 2010 he’d already been playing music for years – guitar and piano and all kinds of styles but with a strong interest in folk songs.
He was signed to Fellside Records also in 2010 and recorded his first full album, ‘Rags & Robes’. It received critical acclaim, put him firmly on the folk circuit and in 2011 won him the prestigious Horizon Award at the BBC Folk Awards.
His second album, ‘The Last Bird To Sing’, was released two years later in 2012 and again was enthusiastically received. He continued to win awards off the back of this: two Spiral Earth Awards in 2013 and then the Alistair Hulett Memorial Prize for Political Songwriting the same year.
This also led on to him being asked to be part of the acclaimed Transatlantic Sessions in 2013, which saw him performing and recording alongside some of the world’s finest folk musicians.
Having learnt from and worked with both Martin Simpson and Dick Gaughan over recent years, it’s evident in Ewan’s guitar playing and in his music that he has absorbed and inherited a great deal, and at first hand, from the older generation of ‘folk greats’ before carving his own path. The songs he sings and writes are rooted in traditional songs and the tradition of folk music as social commentary.
Ewan’s most recent project, entitled Breaking the Spell of Loneliness, is a collaborative tour and album with renowned author and journalist George Monbiot, seeking to use music and word to open up the issue of loneliness and community.
It’s long been said that Cubans sing when they speak, dance when they walk, and woo with a love song. So it should be of little surprise that The Cuban Brothers’ peerless funk soul review blends sexy, SOULFUL MUSIC, with jaw-dropping B-BOY ACTION and RIOTOUS COMEDY.
From humble beginnings, Miguel Mantovani, Archerio Mantovani and Kengo San have built Los Hermanos Cubanos – The Cuban Brothers – into a legendary outfit that continuously sells out shows across the globe.
This will be an 18+ ticketed show. Tickets on sale from the Beyond at the link below, from midday on Wednesday 28/2.
The spellbinding, spine-tingling Scottish singer-songwriter Siobhan Wilson earned rhapsodic reviews from BBC 6 Music to Rolling Stone for 2017’s album, There Are No Saints.
Influenced by a classical training and Parisian chanson, her incisively written, boldly unorthodox indie-pop and acoustic-noir songs, showcase a voice by turns soaring and searing, tender and teasing.
One of the most stunning collections of songs to be released in a long time. Drowned In Sound
A starkly beautiful, utterly compelling record… a simply irresistible work of art, as though Cocteau Twins had been asked to score the new series of Twin Peaks. God Is In The TV
Album of the Day BBC 6 Music.
"A sparse, tender record tying English indie-folk with European classical music to spellbinding effect. - The Skinny
"One of the most stunning collections of songs to be released in a long time" - Drowned in Sound
F.o.N.o (For One Night Only), with special guest Andrew Thomson (Huntleys & Palmers) and residents O.c & Calton Toi
Andrew has this year been celebrating 10 years of running his label Huntleys & Palmers, with many shows all over the world, radio appearances, label releases, insanely well curated parties and much, much more.
You may well remember him from last year's end of summer party at OBI, where he played alongside Auntie Flo and the rest, when the very foundations of The Bridge were put to the test.
Check out some of his excellent mixes here, from no less than Dekmantel, Radio 6, The Ransom Note and NTS below.
We have a late license pending for this one. Hoping to go till 3am, but so far we're on till 1am. Come down. If you like your beats proper, it shall be brilliant. Promise.
Andrew is the boss for very good reason.
Little Mammoths are a London-based Rock’n’Roll Bar Band formed in 2014, that continue charging down the vein of Drive-by Truckers, The Hold Steady and Wilco.
Their debut album ‘Phantom Dreams’ was released on vinyl in the Spring of 2017, compromising a set of raucous songs about the goings-on at nightly lock-ins the band were surrounded by over 3 years of touring the West Coast of Ireland and The Scottish Highlands. Its raw energy prompted Texan legend Ray Wylie Hubbard to declare: “If your ears dig gnawing on the gritty sounds from a young, dirty, cool rock band, I just found Little Mammoths who satisfy the craving…”
The quartet’s constant gigging and tireless work ethic often results in straight sets in excess of 4 hours, and has seen their road-hardened material performed to ecstatic crowds alongside Mumford & Sons, Fat White Family and Bahamas and at international festivals including Wilderness, Loopallu, Belladrum and The Clonakilty Guitar Festival.
Little Mammoths released their eagerly anticipated second album ‘Cargo for The Road’ with seven sets at Glastonbury 2017, promoting the record with a slew of festivals that ran into a Tour of Australia. They saw in 2018 in Glastonbury after being invited back to Pilton Working Men's Club by Michael Eavis who joined them on stage for a song as a special guest.
2018 sees them returning to touring all over Europe and working on Album 3.
Exeter-based duo Abbe Martin and Hannah Wood dovetail beautifully on their debut album For All Our Sins which was released in May 2017 to wide praise including from R2 Magazine who called it a “stunning debut collection”. ‘For All Our Sins’ is out now on DMF Records on CD, Vinyl and Digital.
Their live shows combine a natural facility for connecting with their audiences and unforgettable performances with warmth, humour and, above all, real conviction. Last year saw them play a number of shows in the UK including Camp Bestival, Isle of Wight Festival and supporting Rick Astley on his sold out UK tour. They supported Kiefer Sutherland on his UK dates this June, as well as playing at Glastonbury Festival and at a number of other festivals in the UK & Europe including Big Feastival, Jimmy’s Farm, Beautiful Days and Greenbelt.
SMOKESCREEN VIDEO - https://youtu.be/dXyYBWIj0vs