12 August 2017New Focus head to London for Ronnie Scott's and Camberwell gigs

Jazz group New Focus reverse the trend for performers coming to Edinburgh during August by playing three gigs in London this month.

The group, co-led by saxophonist and Scottish Jazz Awards Instrumentalist of the Year Konrad Wiszniewski and pianist Euan Stevenson, play their first-ever dates at the prestigious Ronnie Scott’s club on Wednesday 16 and Thursday 17 when they support the James Taylor Quartet and have a headlining gig at popular jazz venue the Crypt in Camberwell on Friday 18.  



                                                                            New Focus

11 August 2017Young Scots singer Ella Munro to be Partick Folk Club's August guest

Scots singer Ella Munro will be August’s guest at Partick Folk Club when she appears with her trio at St Peter's Hall in Chancellor Street on Friday, August 25.

Originally from Skye, Munro studied Scots singing with Mick West at the Centre of Excellence in Traditional Music at Plockton and is currently studying on the Scottish Music course at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow. She reached the final of the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year competition in February and plans to release her debut EP in January.  



                                                                         Ella Munro

10 August 2017Smith goes solo for Islay Jazz Festival concert

The programme for Islay Jazz Festival has been announced.

This year’s line-up includes a solo concert in Bowmore’s Round Church by saxophonist Tommy Smith, the first Scottish presentation of a setting that was one of the hits of the Rochester Jazz Festival in New York this summer, and concerts by young pianists Alan Benzie and Fergus McCreadie.

Smith also plays a duo concert with long-time musical partner, pianist Brian Kellock and there are festival appearances by singers Jacqui Dankworth, Seonaid Aitken, Luca Manning and Becc Sanderson, guitarists Graeme Stephen and Kevin Mackenzie, Parisian swing quartet Rose Room, and Islay regulars, trumpeter Colin Steele and bassist Mario Caribe.

The festival runs in various venues across the island from September 15 to 17.   



                                                                            Tommy Smith

09 August 2017Brooklyn's Eggplants launch Plantastic Voyage with Edinburgh visit

Herald Angel-winning Brooklyn troupe Kenny Young and the Eggplants celebrate the release of their sixth album, Plantastic Voyage with a UK tour that includes two nights at the Edinburgh Fringe.

The group, who have been described by their sometime collaborator Tom Robinson as "The most brilliant, left-field Brooklyn band you have never heard of" on his BBC 6 Music show, have attracted admirers including comedian Phill Jupitus and author Alexander McCall Smith since they released their first album in 1996.

They play at the Acoustic Music Centre’s new home at UCC in Royal Terrace on Saturday, August 26 and Sunday, August 27 at 8:30pm.  





08 August 2017Dark Sky Jazz brightens New Galloway nights

Catstrand Arts Centre in New Galloway has announced the summer into autumn programme for its Dark Sky Jazz Club.

Drummer Tom Bancroft’s Trio appears at the club on Friday, August 25 with pianist Zoe Rahman and her special guest, alto saxophonist Laura Macdonald following on Saturday, September 23.

Pianist Philip Clouts arrives with his world music inspired quartet as part of its tenth anniversary tour on Friday, October 27 and the New Focus Duo, featuring saxophonist and winner of the Best Instrumentalist title at the recent Scottish Jazz Awards, Konrad Wiszniewski and pianist Euan Stevenson appear on Thursday, November 30.

The club was recently honoured in a composition by pianist Paul Harrison that received its premiere at Edinburgh Jazz Festival.   



                                                                         Zoe Rahman     

02 August 2017Townes and Townshend favourite Meuross in line up for Kinross

Glenfarg Village Folk Club continues to bring music to its current home, the Green Hotel in nearby Kinross, throughout August.

Singer-songwriter Duncan McCrone and his long-time musical partner and co-writer from the band Dapplegrim, Cy Jack appear on August 7 and the club’s popular monthly singaround, with all welcome to participate, takes place on August 14.

Fiddler and banjo player Celine Donoghue joins singer-guitarist Neil Sturgeon on August 21 and popular trio Other Roads bring ballads and fiddle tunes to the club on August 28.

The club has also announced the first visit, On September 4, by Somerset-based singer-songwriter Reg Meuross, who numbers Texas troubadour Townes Van Zandt, English folk master Martin Carthy and the Who’s Pete Townshend among his admirers.  



                                                       Reg Meuross (photo by Dave Pegg)



31 July 2017Texan hurricane Jesse Dayton makes long-awaited return to Glasgow

Glasgow Americana promoters Fallen Angels Club have announced a concert by Jesse Dayton at Stereo on Wednesday, October 25, the Texan singer, songwriter and guitarist’s first appearance in the city in over ten years.

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


28 July 2017Pianist Richard Michael explores jazz history at the Fringe

Herald Angel-winning pianist and educator Richard Michael BEM returns to the Edinburgh Fringe with two shows at artSpace@StMarks in Castle Terrace.

Michael, the long-serving musical director of Fife Youth Jazz Orchestra and popular BBC Radio Scotland broadcaster, has expanded his History of Jazz Piano examination of the great jazz pianists for three performances from August 14-16.

He will also give recitals of his favourite George Gershwin and Cole Porter tunes, with insights, observations and anecdotes, in I Got Rhythm - Night and Day from August 24-26.  



                                                                   Richard Michael

27 July 2017Singer-songwriter Charlie Dore makes swift return to Edinburgh

Singer-songwriter Charlie Dore makes a quick return to Scotland with two Fringe concerts at the Acoustic Music Centre’s new home in the Ukrainian Centre in Royal Terrace on August 16 and 17. Dore toured Scotland in early June with her long-time collaborator Julian Littman to mark the release of her latest album, Dark Matter.   

Best known for her own hit, Pilot of the Airwaves, she has written songs covered by many artists including George Harrison, Tina Turner, Lisa Stansfied,  Sheena Easton, Celine Dion, UB40, Status Quo, Paul Carrack, and Jimmy Nail, who had a UK number one with her Ain’t No Doubt.  



                                                                         Charlie Dore 


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26 July 2017Leading glass artist stages exhibition in home studio

Leading glass artist Alison Kinnaird MBE stages an exhibition of her work in her home studio at Shillinghill in the conservation village of Temple, twelve miles south of Edinburgh, from August 4 to 28.

Kinnaird, who is also an influential and ground-breaking exponent of the Scottish harp, has developed an international reputation for using the ancient technique of wheel-engraving, often combining it with cutting-edge technology such as LED lighting.

Her work ranges from small intimate pieces to architectural scale projects and is in many public and private collections, including the V&A Museum, the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, and the Corning Museum of Glass in New York.

The exhibition is open daily from 10:00am to 6:00pm.    



                                          Some of Alison Kinnaird's work (photo by Robin Morton)



22 July 2017Parisian swing, twin tenors and classic jazz star in Arbroath birthday celebrations

Jazz at Hospitalfield celebrates twenty-seven years of jazz promotions in Arbroath with four more concerts scheduled before the end of 2017.

Parisian swing styled quartet Rose Room appear on July 22 followed by a cappella group the Oxford Gargoyles on August 19.

Former Average White Band saxophonist – and Montrose native - Molly Duncan teams up with John Burgess for a two tenors gig featuring Paul Harrison on organ and Doug Hough on drums on September 23, and drummer Ken Mathieson’s Classic Jazz Orchestra appears in a Jazz at Hospitalfield birthday gig on October 21.



                                                                      Rose Room


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)

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


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