21 July 2017Bridge Music continues to put Friday jazz into Glasgow venue Swing

Bridge Music continues its series of concerts at Swing in Glasgow when Glasgow-based  saxophonist Brian Molley joins guitarist Joe Williamson’s quartet tonight, Friday July 21.

Molley, who recently returned from an Indian tour, has been described by Jazzwise magazine as One to Watch and released his second album, Colour and Movement earlier this year.

He is followed on Friday 28 by Canada’s A/B Trio, featuring drummer Thom Bennett, saxophonist Dan Davis and bassist Josh McHan, who play jazz in the style of Sonny Rollins and Joshua Redman.  



                                                                       Brian Molley

20 July 2017Jazz at the Blue Lamp welcomes young musicians to Aberdeen

Aberdeen promoters Jazz at the Blue Lamp are staging two concerts as part of the city’s popular and long-established International Youth Festival. Italian pianist Manuel Magrini, a graduate of Perugia Conservatory, appears with Heriot Watt Jazz Group, an ensemble comprised of students from the university’s music course, on Thursday, July 27.

Then, on Thursday, August 3, the Glasgow-based sextet Mezcla bring the current Young Scottish Jazz Musician of the Year, bassist David Bowden and his predecessor, pianist Alan Benzie with a programme of music that combines African, Latin American and Scottish influences.

Both concerts take place at the Blue Lamp in Gallowgate and begin at 8:00pm.  



                                                                      Manuel Magrini




19 July 2017Edinburgh concert marks Chilean folk hero's centenary

Edinburgh-based Chilean songstress Valentina Montoya Martinez marks the centenary of Violeta Parra, the singer, songwriter and musicologist who spearheaded Chile’s New Song movement, with a concert in Edinburgh on Saturday, July 22.  

The evening will feature Martinez and her band, Voces del Sur, and special guests, the popular Chilean group Hermanos Millar, who are flying in directly from Chile, and will include many of Parra’s own songs as well as songs that she collected during many trips across Chile to preserve the country’s cultural heritage. There will also be readings from her memoirs.

The concert takes place at LifeCare, 2 Cheyne Street, Edinburgh and begins at 8:00pm.  




                                                         Valentina Montoya Martinez


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18 July 2017Hotly tipped young Argyll folk band takes festival circuit by storm

Young Argyll-based band Heron Valley play a series of festival gigs over the summer to mark the release of their first album, Roam.

The band formed at school and came to the attention of Daniel Gillespie, a founding member of popular West Highland folk-rock band Skerryvore and now managing director of Oban Live and Tiree Music Festival, at a village hall gig in Arrochar. He has since booked them for Tiree Music Festival 2016 and 2017 and tips them to follow in the successful footsteps of Skerryvore.

They play Butefest on July 28 and Eilean Dorcha Festival, Benbecula on July 29 before going on to Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival, Mull of Kintyre Festival, Gig at the Gathering in Dunoon, Cowal Games, Best of the West in Inverary, Tarbert Music Festival, and Jura Music Festival.  



                                                                           Heron Valley


17 July 2017Spooky Men, Orkney folk and Palestinian jazz head for Edinburgh's Soundhouse

Edinburgh music promoters Soundhouse add to their ten-night Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival run at the Traverse Theatre with three further concerts during July.  

Australia’s Spooky Men’s Chorale  present a performance they themselves describe as “equal parts monk, Visigoth and village idiot” at La Belle Angele on Wednesday, July 19.

Orkney’s rocking folk ensemble The Chair follow them at the same venue on Friday, July 28 and singer-flautist Nai Barghouti and clarinettist Mohamed Najen & Friends present Palestinian jazz at St Mary’s Cathedral on Saturday, July 29.  



                                                                          Nai Barghouti

14 July 2017Nora Chassler launches new collection at Edinburgh's Lighthouse bookshop

Edinburgh-based American writer Nora Chassler launches her third book, Madame Bildungsroman’s Optimistic Worldview, at the Lighthouse bookshop in the capital’s West Nicolson Street on Friday, July 21.  

Born in Wisconsin and brought up in New York, Chassler, whose previous work has received praise from fellow writers including William Boyd, describes the collection as ‘fragments, pensées and table-talk’ in which she is helped by a papier-mâché mannequin named Madame Bildungsroman.

The launch will feature readings by Chassler and music from poet-guitarist Don Paterson and keyboards player Steve Hamilton.  



                                                                           Nora Chassler


12 July 2017Bassist Stanley Clarke plays rare Glasgow concert

One of the world’s leading bass guitarists, Stanley Clarke brings his band to St Luke’s, Glasgow on Monday, July 24, the Philadelphia-born musician’s first appearance in the city since his group Vertu featured at Glasgow Jazz Festival in 1999.

Clarke first came to prominence in the early 1970s playing both bass guitar and double bass with pianist Chick Corea’s fusion group Return to Forever, who played one of the Scottish jazz promotion agency Platform’s first major concerts in Edinburgh at the time, and following a series of solo albums, including School Days, he teamed up with keyboards master George Duke for the Clarke-Duke Project.

He has since become a successful composer of film soundtracks and also featured at Glasgow jazz Festival during the 1990s in an all-star band with Herbie Hancock, saxophonist Wayne Shorter and drummer Omar Hakim.  



                                                                  Stanley Clarke


11 July 2017Daintee Martin Stephenson and Muscle Shoals' Hannah Aldridge Glasgow bound

Glasgow music promoters Sounds in the Suburbs present two concerts in July.

Durham-born Martin Stephenson celebrates the thirty-fifth anniversary of the release of his first single with his band the Daintees, Roll on Summertime, at Partickhill Bowling Club on Friday 21st.

Then, on Wednesday 26th, Muscle Shoals, Alabama singer-songwriter Hannah Aldridge marks the release of her new album, Gold Rush at the Argyll Hotel in Sauchiehall Street. Aldridge is the daughter of Walt Aldridge, writer of hits for Ronnie Milsap, Travis Tritt and many other country music stars.

Aldridge appears in Glasgow on her way to gigs at Stirling Tolbooth (27th), Weem Inn, near Aberfeldy (28th), and the Southern Fried festival in Perth (29th).  



                                                 Hannah Aldridge (photo by Marc Marnie)


08 July 2017Edinburgh's Playtime jazz sessions welcome Cosker and Gibbs as July guests

Edinburgh’s Playtime collective have announced their guests for July.

The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra’s drummer, Alyn Cosker joins saxophonist Martin Kershaw, guitarist Graeme Stephen and bassist Mario Caribe on Thursday 13th and on Thursday 27th Glasgow-based pianist Tom Gibbs joins Kershaw, Stephen, Caribe and drummer Tom Bancroft to celebrate the music of funky jazz pioneer Horace Silver.

Playtime hosts fortnightly sessions at the Outhouse in Broughton Street Lane throughout the year. The music begins at 8:00pm.  



                                                                       Tom Gibbs


04 July 2017Glasgow's Star Folk Club keeps the music coming through July and August

Glasgow’s Star Folk Club continues through the summer, with concerts every Tuesday during July and August.

Guests include two singer-songwriters from the north-east of England, Jed Grimes (July 4) and Bob Fox (July 11), Scots singer Barbara Dymock with guitarist Christopher Marra (July 18), voice and guitar duo Pauline Alexander and Sandy Stanage (July 25), and Gaelic-Scots singing partnership Maeve MacKinnon and Fiona Hunter (August 1). 

The club meets in the Admiral Bar in Waterloo Street and the music begins at 8:00pm.



                                           Barbara Dymock & Chris Marra (photo by Allan McMillan)


03 July 2017Old Blind Dogs and SCaT win Landmark awards

The Aberdeen-based Scottish Culture & Traditions Association and Aberdeen folk band Old Blind Dogs are the latest recipients of Hands up for Trad’s Landmark award.

The awards are given to individuals, groups and organisations for sustained contributions over a significant period of time.  Previous winners include singer-guitarist Archie Fisher, Glasgow’s Irish Minstrels music school and English folk-rock pioneers Fairport Convention.

Scottish Culture & Traditions has provided music and dance lessons to thousands of people from Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire since it formed in 1997 and Old Blind Dogs reach their twenty-fifth anniversary this year.

Hands up for Trad also organises the Scots Trad Music Awards and the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year competition alongside other projects aimed at increasing awareness of traditional music in Scotland.  



                                                   Old Blind Dogs (photo by Archie MacFarlane) 

02 July 2017New Focus to reprise Getz highlights at Edinburgh Jazz Festival

Saxophonist Konrad Wiszniewski and pianist Euan Stevenson have been invited to present highlights from their acclaimed adaptation of saxophonist Stan Getz’s orchestral album, Focus at Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival as part of the event’s celebration of the first 100 years of jazz.

Following the project’s success in 2011, Wiszniewski and Stevenson went on to record their own music with a jazz quartet, string quartet and harp and their first album, New Focus was longlisted for the Scottish Album of the Year in 2013.

They have since released a second album, New Focus on Song, and were selected to broadcast live from London’s Southbank Centre as part of BBC Radio 3’s 70th Birthday celebrations last September.

Their concert at the Rose Theatre, in Rose Street, on Saturday, July 22 will feature music from both of their albums as well as the Getz items. The concert begins at 9:00pm.



                                   Euan Stevenson and Konrad Wisznieski (photo by Iain Clark)   

28 June 2017Shooglenifty release A Night for Angus video

Folk band Shooglenifty have released a video of the concert they staged at Celtic Connections in January in tribute to their late frontman, fiddler and composer Angus R Grant.

Grant died in October last year and the band gathered guests including fiddlers Adam Sutherland, Charlie McKerron, Duncan Chisholm, Eilidh Shaw, Gavin Marwick and Laura Wilkie to play Grant’s own music, Shooglenifty favourites and songs Grant knew and loved at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall.

Proceeds from the video will contribute to the completion of a documentary about Grant and the band, with a percentage from each transaction going to Cancer Research's work into the prevention and treatment of oesophageal cancer.

The video is available to stream and download



                                                                       Angus R Grant

27 June 2017Caravan founder Pye Hastings releases first solo album

Pye Hastings, the Tomintoul-based songwriter, singer and guitarist with prog rock veterans Caravan, has released his first solo album at the age of seventy.

The album, entitled From the Half House, comprises ten new tracks written by Hastings and features his brother, jazz saxophonist/flautist Jimmy Hastings and Soft Machine guitarist John Etheridge as well as current Caravan members, keyboardist Jan Schelhaas and drummer Mark Walker.

It has been released with assistance from Pledge Music and advance purchases by fans of Caravan, who released their first album in 1969 and remain active, with dates lined up in France during August and in the UK in November.  


                                                  Pye Hastings (photo by Alan Rennie)

22 June 2017KT Tunstall, Eric Bibb and Phil & Aly head for North Berwick

Tickets are now on sale for North Berwick’s tenth annual Fringe by the Sea festival.

Taking place from Monday, August 7 to Sunday, August 13, the event involves the whole community and alongside top musical attractions this year’s programme includes film, poetry, literature, theatre, comedy, children’s shows, talks, walks and social history.

Among the musicians lined-up to appear at venues throughout the town are KT Tunstall, the Rezillos, Steve Harley, blues singer-guitarist Eric Bibb, Phil Cunningham  & Aly Bain, Boys of the Lough founder Cathal McConnell’s trio and leading jazz talents Chris Barber and saxophone and piano duo Tommy Smith & Brian Kellock.



                                                              Eric Bibb (photo by Keith Perry)




21 June 2017Tron Theatre brings jazz to Glasgow over the summer

The Tron Theatre in Glasgow’s popular monthly Sunday afternoon jazz sessions are set to continue over the summer.

Following pianist Brian Kellock and singer Fionna Duncan's June appearance, drummer Doug Hough’s Elusive Tree Ensemble present world music influenced melodies played by six of Scotland’s leading young jazz talents on July 30.

Saxophonist Laura Macdonald and pianist Euan Stevenson play jazz standards and original compositions on August 27.

The sessions, which are sponsored by Makar Gin and take place in the theatre’s Victorian Bar, begin at 2:00pm.



                                                                           Laura Macdonald


10 May 2017Islay-born musician's tunes celebrated in Glasgow and Bruichladdich events

The Fraser Shaw Trust is marking the release of a CD featuring tunes by the late Islay-born piper and whistle player with three events.

A party in the Sparkle Horse in Glasgow on Tuesday, May 16 will be followed by the official launch concert in Bruichladdich Hall, near Shaw’s home in Port Charlotte, on Islay on Tuesday, June 27.

A further celebration of the work of the musician, who died in May 2015 at the age of thirty-four, will be held on Monday, August 7 in St Luke’s in Glasgow as part of the annual piping festival Piping Live!

The CD, called Mac Ile: The Tunes of Fraser Shaw, precedes a tunebook to be published in the autumn, with all proceeds going to the MS Care Centre in Lochilphead. Proceeds from the album will be used for the advancement of education, arts and culture and for the relief of those living with multiple sclerosis in Scotland, particularly on the Isle of Islay.



                                                                              Fraser Shaw              

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