18 October 2017Clouts and New Focus shine in Dark Sky jazz club

Catstrand Arts Centre in New Galloway's Dark Sky jazz club welcomes two more acts before taking a break for the festive season.  

Pianist Philip Clouts' world music inspired quartet plays at the club as part of the group's tenth anniversary tour on Friday, October 27 and saxophonist Konrad Wiszniewski and pianist Euan Stevenson, co-leaders of recent guests at Ronnie Scott's jazz club in London, New Focus, appear in a duo concert on Thursday, November 30.



                                       New Focus Duo - Konrad Wiszniewski & Euan Stevenson


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

16 October 2017Jazz goes Dutch across the UK and Ireland

The maverick, creative, madcap Instant Composers Pool Orchestra and the exciting, unusually configured young Amsterdam-based trio Kapok lead off a new project aimed at introducing audiences in the UK and Ireland to the vibrant Netherlands jazz scene.

Going Dutch is a joint initiative between UK jazz advocates the Jazz Promotion Network, a body comprised of promoters, festival organisers, educators and media workers, and Dutch Performing Arts.

From the end of October, leading Dutch musicians, including ICP Orchestra, Kapok, pianist Kaja Draksler, and the Tin Men and the Telephone, a piano trio that has brought the smart phone into the jazz tradition, will be touring in a year- long programme of events.

ICP Orchestra open at Lakeside Arts, Nottingham on Monday, October 30 and continue with dates in Southampton, Derry, Belfast, Dublin, Cork and Bath, and Kapok, which features French horn, guitar and drums, follow in late November with dates in Wigan, Altrincham, Bath, Newcastle and Sheffield.

Early Going Dutch tours are concentrated in England and Ireland but the JPN hopes to add dates in Scotland and Wales during 2018 and will be announcing full details soon.



                                                                                                   ICP Orchestra


                        Kaja Draksler







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


13 October 2017Spark Trio moves Glasgow gig to Friday, October 20

Glasgow-based Spark Trio have rescheduled their October session at Swing in Hope Street to accommodate a visit to the club by Czech bassist Robert Balzar’s brilliant trio with Jiří Levíček (piano) and Kamil Slezák (drums).

The Spark Trio session, which this month features special guest, Scottish National Jazz Orchestra alto saxophonist, will now take place on Friday 20 from 8:00-10:00pm.

Spark Trio comprises organist Paul Harrison and guitarist Joe Wiliamson and drummer Stephen Henderson, from the award-winning young band Square One, and will return to their usual second Friday of the month slot at Swing in November.  



                                Spark Trio: Stephen Henderson, Joe Williamson and Paul Harrison


11 October 2017Top-rated Californian bluegrass and roots troupe tours Scotland

Award-winning Californian bluegrass and roots music band Front Country return to Scotland for six concerts during October.

Formed in 2011, the band played locally around San Francisco for a year and quickly made an impression nationally after winning, first, the RockyGrass Festival Band Competition and then Telluride Bluegrass Festival Band Competition, only the third band in history to win both of these much-coveted awards.

Their singer and main songwriter, Melody Walker, won the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Momentum Award as one of the genre’s outstanding Female Vocalists of 2016 and has been cited as one of "Seven Women Smashing the Bluegrass Glass Ceiling" by the American arts and culture magazine Paste.

They play Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh on Monday, October 16; Kilbarchan Performing Arts Centre (18th); Carnegie Hall, Dunfermline (19th); Harbour Arts Centre, Irvine (20th); Glenbuchat Hall, Strathdon (21st); and Blue Lamp, Aberdeen (22nd).  



                                                                         Front Country


07 October 2017Texan singer-guitarist Jesse Dayton plays rare Glasgow gig

Texan singer, songwriter and guitarist Jesse Dayton plays his first Glasgow gig in over ten years when he appears for Fallen Angels Club at Stereo on Wednesday, October 25.

Beaumont-born Dayton has featured on recordings and live dates with Waylon Jennings, Ray Price, Johnny Bush, Willie Nelson and Glen Campbell as well as building a reputation as a live performer in his own right through averaging 150 gigs a year.

The last time he appeared in Glasgow, for music promoter Billy Kelly, the gig was pronounced event of the year by the late BBC Radio Scotland producer and music guru Stewart Cruickshank.

Dayton has gone on to add film work and acting to his C.V. having written and directed the horror movie Zombex and landed the lead part in a stage production of Becoming Kinky: The World According To Kinky Friedman.



                                                                       Jesse Dayton



06 October 2017Andy Fairweather Low, Skerryvore and New Focus head for Biggar Little Festival

Biggar Little Festival goes ahead in the historic South Lanarkshire market town from October 19 to 29, with the semi-final of the Young Scottish Traditional Musician of the Year acting as an overture on Sunday, October 7.

Among the musical attractions are former Amen Corner frontman and touring guitarist with Eric Clapton, Pink Floyd and George Harrison, Andy Fairweather Low with his band the Low Riders (21st), west coast folk-rock band Skerryvore (28th) and jazz group New Focus in a concert with the Glasgow String Quartet (23rd).

There are also tributes to trailblazing guitarist-singer-songwriter John Martyn, who lived locally for many years, and Van Morrison, and a presentation of Peter and the Wolf by Biggar Little Orchestra.

Puppet shows, arts & crafts, children’s events, comedy, dance, drama, literature, exhibitions and workshops also feature in the fifty-plus events taking place.  



                                     Euan Stevenson and Konrad Wiszniewski of New Focus


05 October 2017Bass master Arild Andersen features in Jazz at the Blue Lamp programme

Aberdeen promoters Jazz at the Blue Lamp have announced an international programme for October.

London-based saxophonist Paul Booth, who features in Steve Winwood’s touring band and has worked extensively with trumpeter Ryan Quigley, brings his quartet to the Gallowgate venue on Thursday, October 5.

Keepers of the late Captain Beefheart’s idiosyncratic flame Orange Claw Hammer follow on Thursday 12th, with leading Scottish saxophonist Phil Bancroft’s quartet appearing on Thursday 19th.

Norwegian double bassist and long-time associate of the prestigious ECM Records label, Arild Andersen appears on Thursday 26 in a special line-up featuring folk singer Kirsten Braten Berg, who recorded with Andersen in the early 1990s, and one of the most highly-rated pianists of his generation, Helge Lien, alongside drummer Gard Nilssen.



                                                                 Arild Andersen


05 October 2017Coal Porters deliver first of varied sounds to Glasgow suburbs

Glasgow music promoters Sounds in the Suburbs present a varied programme during October, with a move into stand-up comedy featuring alongside music of differing styles.

British-American bluegrass band the Coal Porters, led by Kentucky-born, London-based mandolin player and music writer Sid Griffin, play at CCA in Sauchiehall Street on Thursday, October 5. New York singer-songwriter Jess Klein and Austin, Texas troubadour Mike June follow on Friday (6th) at Partickhill Bowling Club and Sniggers in the Suburbs, an evening of humour with Rod Hunter, Ray Bradshaw and Lee Kyle, takes place at Woodend Bowling and Lawn Tennis Club in Jordanhill on Saturday (7th).

Also appearing for Sounds in the Suburbs this month are Canadian singer-songwriter Sarah Jane Scouten, who plays the Doublet Bar in Park Road on Monday 16th, and Cape Town-born jazz pianist Philip Clouts’ world music-inspired quartet, who play an afternoon concert at Partickhill Bowling Club on Sunday 29th.



                                                                          Coal Porters


03 October 2017Lonesome Highway bring top Americana acts to Edinburgh

Edinburgh Americana promoters Lonesome Highway have announced a programme of concerts for the autumn, beginning with hit songwriter Jace Everett.

Everett achieved overnight success in 2006 when he co-wrote Josh Turner's platinum-selling Your Man and followed this up two years later with the theme song to the blockbuster TV series True Blood. He appears at Pleasance Cabaret Bar on Saturday, October 14 and is followed by Los Angeles country singer Sam Outlaw, whose band plays the Caves on Monday, October 30.

Mark Eitzel, of American Music Club, appears at the Voodoo Rooms on Tuesday, November 7 and there are further concerts by singer-songwriter Peter Bruntnell’s trio (November 12), Ian Felice of the Felice Brothers (November 23) and Danny and the Champions of the World (December 5). 



                                                                          Sam Outlaw


You can read articles about Sam Outlaw here and the Felice Brothers here

02 October 2017Folk, bluegrass and jazz feature in Soundhouse Edinburgh programme

Edinburgh music promoters Soundhouse have announced their October programme beginning with Texan singer-songwriter Martha Fields’ trio as part of the Monday Music series at the Traverse Theatre on Monday 2nd.

English folk group Leveret, comprising accordionist Andy Cutting, fiddler Sam Sweeney and concertinist Rob Harbron, and San Francisco bluegrass band Front Country appear at the Traverse on Monday 9th and Monday 16th respectively, with Irish folk group Lankum (formerly Lynched) playing the Traverse on Sunday 22nd.

Highland fiddle band Session A9 appear at La Belle Angele on Monday 23rd and pianist Philip Clouts’ world music inspired jazz quartet appears at the Traverse on Monday 30th.  



                                                                        Philip Clouts


You can read articles about Lankum (Lynched) here and Philip Clouts here.


01 October 2017Eyemouth Hippodrome delivers international music to the Borders

Eyemouth Hippodrome continues to bring an international music programme to the Berwickshire port.

Torch bearers of Captain Beeheart’s idiosyncratic music Orange Claw Hammer appear at the venue on Friday, October 14, with guitarist Nigel Price and saxophonist Vasilis Xenopoulos co-leading a talented jazz group on October 21.

South Africa-born pianist Philip Clouts’ quartet appears on October 28 as part of its tenth anniversary UK tour and early visitors during November include fiddler-guitar partnership Eilidh Shaw & Ross Martin and violinist Jyotsna Srikanth’s Indo-jazz group Bangalore Dreams.  



                                                                   Jyotsna Srikanth


26 September 2017Kliphuis, Smith and Thistlebrass head for West Kilbride

Music in West Kilbride has announced its autumn programme.

Dutch swing violinist Tim Kliphuis brings his trio with guitarist Nigel Clark and bassist Roy Percy to the North Ayrshire town on Friday, October 20, with saxophonist Tommy Smith’s dedication to saxophone colossus John Coltrane, Tommy Smith Quartet: Embodying the Light following on Friday, October 27.

The young chamber ensemble Thistlebrass feature on Friday, November 17.

All concerts take place in West Kilbride Village Hall and begin at 7:30pm.  



                                                                            Tim Kliphuis


You can read about Tim Kliphuis here.


25 September 2017Smith takes the Trane to Ronnie Scott's

Saxophonist Tommy Smith has added a concert at the world famous Ronnie Scott’s jazz club in London to his new quartet’s autumn tour, which begins in Tobermory tomorrow, Tuesday, September 26.

Smith launched the group at a sold-out concert during Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival in July and has since released its first album, Embodying the Light to uniformly enthusiastic reviews. Both album and tour are in homage to Smith’s greatest inspiration, saxophone colossus John Coltrane, and mark the fiftieth anniversary of Coltrane’s death.

Following Tobermory, the tour continues in Greenock on Wednesday (27th), Aberdeen on Thursday (28th), and Paisley on Friday (29th) before going on to Inverness on Sunday, October 1, Glasgow on Monday (2nd), Liverpool (October 25th), Musselburgh (26th), and West Kilbride (27th) as well as Ronnie Scott’s Monday, October 23.  



                              The quartet in action at the BBC's Pacific Quay HQ (photo by Derek Clark)


16 September 2017Glasgow gig honours radio producer and music encyclopedia Stewart Cruickshank

Singer-songwriters Karine Polwart, Emma Pollock, Rab Noakes and Kim Edgar and members of Teenage Fanclub, Belle and Sebastian, the Pearlfishers and BMX Bandits are among the musicians lined up to appear in A Concert for Stewart, a celebration of the life of radio producer Stewart Cruickshank, who died suddenly in November 2015.

Cruickshank gave countless musicians their first radio plays and enriched the lives of music lovers of all stripes throughout Scotland and beyond with his knowledge and music choices on BBC Radio Scotland programmes from Beat Patrol to the Iain Anderson Show.

The concert will take place at Saint Luke’s, Glasgow on Friday, November 24 and will raise funds for Drake Music Scotland.



                                                             Stewart Cruickshank

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