26 May 2017Eyemouth Hippodrome hosts leading jazz and roots music attractions

The Eyemouth Hippodrome continues to bring regular international roots music and jazz concerts to the Berwickshire port with four events in June.

Award-winning young Glasgow-based jazz quartet Square One appear on Saturday 3rd. They’re followed on Thursday 8th by Scandinavian folk band Basco, who were one of the hits of Celtic Connections 2017, then on Saturday 16th by traditional and contemporary folk duo, virtuoso guitar picker Steve Hicks and singer Lyn Goulbourn. 

American blues singer Kent Duchaine brings his trusty steel guitar Lead Bessie to the venue on 21st.

All concerts begin at 8:00pm.




25 May 2017Edinburgh's Playtime jazz sessions announce full June line-up

Edinburgh’s Playtime jazz sessions have announced a full programme for June.

Alto saxophonist Adam Jackson, who has toured and recorded with bassist Euan Burton’s quartet and is a member of Glasgow collective Elusive Tree, joins Playtime regular, saxophonist Martin Kershaw in a quintet on Thursday, June 1.

Tenor saxophonist Phil Bancroft leads a tribute to one of the greatest saxophonists of all time, Sonny Rollins on Thursday, June 15, and the Playtime Quartet, featuring Kershaw, guitarist Graeme Stephen, bassist Mario Caribe and drummer Tom Bancroft, will appear on Thursday, June 29.

The Playtime sessions take place fortnightly in The Outhouse, Broughton Street Lane, Edinburgh and the music begins at 8:00pm.



                                                                       Playtime's Tom Bancroft


23 May 2017Jazz summer course invites all levels of participants to Perthshire

The Richard Michael Jazz Summer Course goes ahead at Kilgraston School near Perth from Sunday, July 2 to Friday, July 7.

The course, which is overseen by Michael, the long-time musical director of Fife Youth Jazz Orchestra, is open to singers and players of all instruments, of all ages and all levels of proficiency. No previous jazz experience is necessary.

Participants will be coached by some of the country’s finest jazz educators, including bassist Mario Caribe, drummer Tom Gordon, saxophonist Gordon McNeil, and pianist Euan Stevenson, and will gain performance experience, as well as developing skills and confidence, in supportive groups. 



                                                                              Richard Michael

22 May 2017Moishe's piano man provides music for Edinburgh theatre piece

Pianist and accordionist Phil Alexander has composed the music for Among Others, a theatre piece that celebrates two hundred years of Jewish life in Edinburgh and premieres at the Scottish Storytelling Centre on June 11.

Alexander, who features with the internationally acclaimed klezmer group Moishe’s Bagel, has collaborated on the piece with writer Ellen Galford and will provide the music in performance alongside Martin Fell (clarinet/sax) and Emma Smith on bass.



                                                                             Phil Alexander

19 May 2017Glasgow University extends lunchtime concerts series

Glasgow University’s lunchtime music concerts series is extending into the city’s West End Festival this year with three concerts in early June.

Jazz singer Georgia Cecile leads her trio in the University Concert Hall on Thursday, June 1 at 1pm and on Friday June 2, the New Focus Duo - saxophonist Konrad Wiszniewski and pianist Euan Stevenson - present original compositions and jazz standards, also in the University Concert Hall at 1pm.

Violinist Dorian Komanoff Bandy and harpsichordist Dan Tidhar complete the series with music by Francesco Maria Veracini in the University Memorial Chapel on Thursday, June 8 at 1:10pm. Admission is free to all three concerts.



                                                                           Georgia Cecile


18 May 2017Ceilidh band plays Celtic Music Radio house concert

Ceilidh band Freereelin’ play the latest Celtic Music Radio house concert at the station’s studios in Admiral Street, Glasgow on Friday, June 9.

The trio features fiddler Lesley Thompson, guitarist Davy Lees and percussionist Stuart McQueen and will be following musicians including Israeli-American singer-songwriter Eef Barzelay and Canadian country singer Tia McGraff in the station’s house concert series. 



17 May 2017Northern Roots Festival presents host of Scottish musical talent

The Northern Roots Festival goes ahead at Bogbain Farm, near Inverness on Friday and Saturday June 23 and 24 with a packed programme of Scottish musical talent.

Among those confirmed to appear are Justin Currie & The Pallbearers, Lau, Rab Noakes, Andy Gunn Band, Adam Holmes & The Embers, Rachel Sermanni, and Elephant Sessions.

Weekend tickets are available for adults (16 and over), youths (12 – 15) and children (under 12) and there are camping facilities for tents and campervans.

This year’s event is also notable for one of the festival’s most prominent musicians, Alasdair Taylor, mandolinist with Highland alt-folk band Elephant Sessions, headlining an event at a venue where he used to be a car park attendant. 



                                                                     Elephant Sessions

12 May 2017Mary Gauthier brings songwriting realism to Aberdeen and Selkirk

New Orleans-born singer-songwriter Mary Gauthier returns to Scotland for two concerts at the end of May.

Gauthier was a late starter in music. She wrote her first song at the age of thirty-five and has gone on to document aspects of her life including her adoption, her runaway teenage years and her problems with alcohol and drug addiction in a repertoire that has now been covered by singers including Candi Staton, Amy Helm and Bettye Lavette and is taught at education establishments such as Vanderbilt University.

She appears at the Lemon Tree in Aberdeen on May 31 and as part of Borders based music promoters String Jam Club’s 20th anniversary celebrations at the County Hotel, Selkirk on June 1.



                                                    Mary Gauthier (photo by Jack Spencer)

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 Church 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              

25 April 2017Breabach bassist Lindsay launches solo album in Glasgow

Glasgow-based musician James Lindsay has arranged four concerts across Scotland to mark the release of Strand, his first album under his own name.

Best known as the bassist with award-winning folk group Breabach, Lindsay won the Martyn Bennett prize for composition in 2014 and has drawn inspiration for the album’s wholly instrumental music from musicians and composers including Bill Frisell, Aidan O’Rourke, Sam Amidon, Ben Wendel, and Martyn Bennett.

The album is released on June 2 and Lindsay leads a band comprising musicians from Scotland’s folk and jazz scenes at a launch gig at The Hug & Pint, Glasgow on April 26, then after a break moves on to An Tobar, Tobermory on May 25; The Ceilidh Place, Ullapool on May 26; and Locos, Inverurie on May 27.



                                                                            James Lindsay

12 April 2017Edinburgh Folk Club holds memorial concert for Paddy Bort

Edinburgh Folk Club is organising a memorial concert for the club’s long-time chair and emcee Paddy Bort, who died suddenly on February 17 aged sixty-two.

As well as his involvement with Edinburgh Folk Club, for many years Bort organised the Wee Folk Club, which runs every Sunday in the capital’s popular folk pub, The Royal Oak, and he was the energetic driving force behind The Carrying Stream festival, held annually in Edinburgh during November since 2002 to celebrate the life and work of the late folklorist, song collector, writer and poet Hamish Henderson.

The memorial concert will take place in the Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh on Thursday, June 8 and will feature singers and musicians including leading Scots song specialists Malinky, singer-songwriter Karine Polwart, popular folk band North Sea Gas, and Boys of the Lough founder Cathal McConnell’s current group with fiddler Kathryn Nicoll and harper Karen Marshalsay.



                                                                                Paddy Bort


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