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Album of the week:    

Boys of the Lough, The New Line (BOTL)

Musicians have arrived and departed from Boys of the Lough over the years but the essential characteristics of this most venerable of traditional bands remain.

Tunes played with fidelity and feeling and songs sung with clarity and warmth are what the current quartet delivers here and if it begins with something familiar, the Boys of the Lough reel, revisited from their early days, the sole surviving founding member, singer and flautist Cathal McConnell’s liking for digging deep into his vast store of material alone guarantees new pleasures.

McConnell sounds far too innocent to be a criminal on The Boston Burglar but that’s part of his charm, of which the lovely, whistle-led Chase Her Through the Garden delivers the instrumental side.

It’s all classy stuff. Breandan Ó Beaglaoigh’s characterful Gaelic singing and energetic box playing, fiddler Kevin Henderson sounding like Martin Hayes’ Shetland cousin on Da Smugglers, and guitarist Garry O’Briain’s feature on Mary Stokes: the new line continuing and continually refreshing the old one.

From The Sunday Herald, July 26, 2015.





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Nick Harper
Back on the Edinburgh Fringe

Herald Angel-winning singer, songwriter and guitarist

A phenomenal talent and ultra-dynamic performer

Appearing at The Jazz Bar, 1a Chambers Street

Sunday 9 - Wednesday 12 August at 8:30pm

World jazz on tour
Philip Clouts Quartet

Indelible melodies, big grooves, influences from South Africa, Cuba, Spain, Eastern Europe and Southern Italy

Edinburgh - Traverse Theatre, Monday, October 26

Glasgow - Woodend Tennis Club, Tuesday, October 27

Dunfermline - Carnegie Hall, Wednesday, October 28

Aberdeen - The Blue Lamp, Thursday, October 29

New album, Umoya, released Autumn 2015 on Odradek Records

A1 vocal jazz
Hitting the road north in September ...

One of the UK's leading jazz singers

Tina May

with the wonderfully empathetic Nikki Iles on piano

Aberdeen - The Blue Lamp, Thursday, September 3

Birnam - Birnam Arts Centre, Sunday, September 13

Edinburgh - Traverse Theatre, Monday, September 14

Dunfermline - Carnegie Hall, Wednesday, September 16

Nairn - Nairn Dunbar Golf Club, Thursday, September 17

Lyth, near Wick - Lyth Arts Centre, Friday, September 18

Arbroath - Hospitalfield House, Saturday, September 19