15 December 2017Young Scottish drummer Stephen Henderson wins Jazzwise magazine approval

Glasgow-based drummer Stephen Henderson has been chosen by Jazzwise magazine as one of the talents to look out for in 2018.

Every December the magazine, the leading publication of its kind in Europe, asks a panel comprising journalists, promoters and festival organisers to pick the musicians who have impressed them most during the previous year.

Henderson, who plays regularly with the award-winning quartet Square One and pianist Fergus McCreadie’s trio, follows fellow Scots including McCreadie, saxophonist Brian Molley and Glasgow collective Fat-Suit in achieving the Jazzwise One to Watch accolade.



                                                  Square One with Stephen Henderson (right)

11 December 2017Skipinnish take their Highland sound across Scotland

Skipinnish, who play concerts across Scotland during December, are one of the traditional music scene’s great success stories of recent times.

From their origins as a dance band playing village halls across the West Highlands and Islands, they have progressed to creating unlikely seeming hit singles and selling out venues including Glasgow’s iconic Barrowlands and Royal Concert Hall.

They have even overtaken Taylor Swift, Kanye West and Ed Sheeran in the race to the top of the UK’s official download charts.

Being named Live Act of the Year at the Scots Trad Music Awards last weekend has capped a great year that saw Skipinnish recover from losing lead singer Robert Robertson and keyboards player Ross Wilson and return with a new singer, Norrie MacIver from Gaelic folk-rockers Manran, to produce their strongest album to date, The Seventh Wave. 

The secret to their popularity, says founder Angus MacPhail, is singing songs about things that actually happen in their lives and keeping it real.

They play: Aros Centre, Skye 13th December; Torridon Hall 14th; Tait Hall, Kelso 16th; Dunoon Burgh Hall 20th and 21st; Corran Hall, Oban 22; and McLaren Hall, Killin 30th.



                       Skipinnish with founder Angus MacPhail (left) and singer Norrie MacIver (right)


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23 November 2017Guitar wizard of Oz Tommy Emmanuel holds first European guitar camp in Pitlochry

Registration is now open for Australian guitarist Tommy Emmanuel’s first-ever guitar camp in Europe, due to take place in Pitlochry next May.

Emmanuel, who began playing professionally with the family band at the age of six, is widely recognised as one of the world’s leading guitar players and has been a popular draw among guitar music fans in Scotland since fellow guitarist Martin Taylor invited him to appear at his guitar festival in Kirkmichael, Ayrshire almost twenty years ago.

The camp will run from May 11 from 15 at Atholl Palace in Pitlochry and is aimed at players of all ages, levels, interests, and tastes.

It offers an opportunity to learn from and spend time with Emmanuel and American fingerstyle guitar masters Richard Smith and John Knowles with a programme of workshops and concerts designed to improve playing, provide tips and share the enthusiasm that Emmanuel shows onstage. For further information log onto   



Tommy Emmanuel (photo by Simone Cecchetti)


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17 October 2017Lunchtime concerts go ahead in Glasgow church

Sphere RSS continues to promote Saturday lunchtime concerts at Renfield St Stephen’s church in Bath Street, Glasgow. 

Guitarist Ian Watt gives a recital on October 21, followed by the Hungarian violinist Tamas Fejes on November 4 and the young chamber quintet Sirocco Winds on November 18.

December’s concerts feature lute and recorder duo, Eric Thomas & Annemarie Klein on the 2nd and Glasgow’s own Russian choir, one of the few choirs in the UK specialising in Russian choral music, on the 16th. All concerts begin at 1pm.  



                                                                           Ian Watt

14 October 2017Late Night Studio Jazz series returns to Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

The popular Late Night Studio Jazz concerts return to the City of Music Studio at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall for a fifth series beginning on Saturday, October 14.

Pianist and radio presenter Julian Joseph makes a rare appearance in the city when he plays a solo concert on November 4, following the opening concert featuring drummer Stu Brown’s Twisted Toons presentation of music from animated films and the classic jazz sounds of The Ugly Bug Ragtime Three + One on Saturday, October 21.

Saxophonist Laura Macdonald’s quartet plays the music of Cole Porter on Saturday, November 18. The rising generation of jazz players in saxophonist Tommy Smith’s youth jazz orchestra follow on Saturday, November 25.

Pianist Paul Harrison presents his Trio Magico tribute to Brazilian multi-instrumentalist-composer Egberto Gismonti on Saturday, December 2 and saxophone-piano duo Paul Towndrow and Steve Hamilton play original compositions and fresh interpretations of jazz standards on Saturday, December 16.  



                                                                      Trio Magico


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