25 February 2017Lammas leaders reunite for St Andrews and Glasgow gigs

Guitarist and award-winning poet Don Paterson reunites with his partner in Celtic jazz group Lammas, saxophonist Tim Garland for gigs in St Andrews and Glasgow this weekend.

Paterson and Garland co-led Lammas successfully throughout the 1990s, recording five albums and touring widely before Paterson’s commitments as a poet and Garland’s rising star status as a sideman with drummer Bill Bruford’s Earthworks and keyboardist Chick Corea’s The Vigil led to an amicable split.

Garland went on to appear with vibes virtuoso Joe Locke and pianist Geoff Keezer in the chamber jazz group Storms/Nocturnes and record enthusiastically received solo albums including Songs to the North Sky in 2014. He has also enjoyed a successful career as a composer, with commissions from Mr McFall’s Chamber, the Royal Northern Sinfonia, and the London Symphony, the City of Birmingham Symphony and BBC Concert orchestras.

Paterson’s work as a much-decorated poet has seen music taking a back seat for much of the past decade but he returned with a new band early last year and for the upcoming gigs he and Garland will be working in a trio with keyboardist Steve Hamilton, Garland's colleague from Earthworks who is currently between tours with drummer Billy Cobham’s band.

They play the Byre Theatre, St Andrews on Saturday, February 25; and Tron Theatre, Glasgow on Sunday, February 26.



                                                              Don Paterson and Tim Garland


24 February 2017Nashville duo plays Glasgow date on UK tour

Nashville based singing duo Brigitte Demeyer & Will Kimbrough will play Glasgow’s Foxstar Club at the Argyll Hotel on Friday, March 24, the sole Scottish date on a UK tour to mark the release of their debut album, Mockingbird Soul.

Californian Demeyer is a late starter who wrote her first song in her twenties before coming to the attention of Nashville writer and producer Buddy Miller, and Alabama-born Kimbrough, a former Americana Music Association Instrumentalist of the Year, has toured with Rodney Crowell, Emmylou Harris and Jimmy Buffett.

Mockingbird Soul is the product of six years working together and is inspired by blues, gospel, early jazz, country music, bluegrass, folk and early rock ’n’ roll.



                                                            Brigitte Demeyer & Will Kimbrough

23 February 2017Guitarist Kevin Mackenzie launches new Playtime jazz series with Coltrane celebration

Edinburgh’s Playtime jazz sessions have announced their next three-week programme.

Guitarist Kevin Mackenzie joins Playtime regulars Martin Kershaw (saxophones), Mario Caribe (bass) and Tom Bancroft (drums) to celebrate the music of the great saxophonist John Coltrane on Thursday, February 23.

London-based saxophonist and Whirlwind Recordings artist Rachael Cohen makes her first Playtime appearance on Thursday, March 9 and former Young Scottish Jazz Musician of the Year and winner of the Peter Whittingham Jazz Prize with Glasgow quartet Square One, pianist Peter Johnstone joins the Playtime team to pay homage to Herbie Hancock on Thursday, March 23.

The Playtime sessions run fortnightly through the year at the Outhouse Bar in Broughton Street Lane and the music begins at 8:00pm.



                                                                           Kevin Mackenzie

22 February 2017Snarky Puppy keys man Bill Laurance plays Glasgow gig

Bill Laurance, keyboard player with popular American jazz fusion troupe Snarky Puppy, plays a concert with his own band at the 02 ABC in Glasgow on Wednesday, March 1.

London-based Laurance met Snarky Puppy powerhouse, bass guitarist Mike League, through a mutual friend who had, like Laurance, studied at Leeds Music School and had also spent time at the University of North Texas, where Snarky Puppy formed.

After playing some gigs with League, Laurance was invited to join Snarky Puppy and has gone on to appear on the band’s records including Something, which featured soul singing star Lalath Hathaway and won a Grammy for Best R&B Performance in 2014.

Away from his touring and recording commitments with the American band, Laurance has worked with artists including electronic band Morcheeba and rapper-singer Miss Dynamite and last year he released his third studio album, Aftersun followed by a CD and DVD set, Live at Union Chapel.



                                                                            Bill Laurance




20 February 2017Texas troubadour Cheevers plays Hawick, Kinross and Perth concerts

Austin, Texas-based troubadour Bob Cheevers plays public as well as private concerts in Scotland this month.

Cheevers was born and raised in Memphis and moved to Los Angeles in the late 1960s, finding work in writing music for television programmes and advertising jingles.

Having had a near-miss when his Big City Gambler was scheduled for an Elvis Presley recording session at the time of the singer’s death, Cheevers then spent fifteen years as a jobbing songwriter in Nashville and touring as support to stars including Johnny Cash, before becoming part of a Texas singer-songwriter scene that includes Nanci Griffith and Lyle Lovett.

He plays Heart of Hawick on Monday (20th), Green Hotel, Kinross (22nd), and Greyfriars, Perth (25th) as well as house concerts in Perth and Airdrie.



                                                                               Bob Cheevers

16 February 2017Feis Sutherland Ceilidh Trail follows up tour with CD

Feis Sutherland has taken its Ceilidh Trail project to another level by adding recording to the live music experience.

The Sutherland trail, one of eight similar projects supported by umbrella organisation Feisean nan Gaidheal, gave seven young traditional musicians an opportunity to take part in a professional tour across Sutherland and Caithness last summer, performing at events ranging from local concerts and sessions to the popular Highland festival Belladrum.

Following the tour the Sutherland group set up a portable studio in the Fountain Road Church Halls in Golspie where they recorded a five track CD with guidance from acclaimed musician and sound engineer Gordon Gunn. The CD has now been released for sale with support from the Kilbraur Windfarm Community Benefit Trust.






14 February 2017Transatlantic blues duo plays Glasgow and Inchyra concerts

Blues singer-guitarist Martin Harley and bassist Daniel Kimbro play concerts in Glasgow and Perth in March as they tour the UK to promote their new album, Static in the Wires.

Welsh-born Harley, who learned to play slide guitar on a warped 12-string guitar while living in a station wagon in Australia, has won acclaim at roots music festivals across America and Canada and teamed up with Kimbro, a Tennessean who has worked with Transatlantic Sessions regular Jerry Douglas and Atlanta, Georgia sister act Larkin Poe, backstage at a festival in Tennessee immediately before they played their first concert together.

Static in the Wires is Harley’s seventh album and his second with Kimbro. They play Inchyra Arts Club, near Perth on Tuesday, March 7 and Cottiers, Glasgow on Wednesday, March 8.



                                                                Martin Harley & Daniel Kimbro


13 February 2017Photographer's work appears in new Edinburgh Jazz Bar exhibition

Music photographer Marc Marnie has a new exhibition of his work on display at the Jazz Bar in Chambers Street, Edinburgh.

Marnie specialises in backstage and informal portraits and many of the subjects on the Jazz Bar’s walls were caught post-performance at Glasgow Jazz Festival venues.

Among those featured are pianist-composer Carla Bley, pianists Oscar Peterson and Stan Tracey, saxophonist Bobby Watson, trumpeter Randy Brecker, and singer-bass guitarist Jack Bruce. The Jazz Bar is open daily from 6:00pm (2:00pm Saturdays) with live music until 3:00am.



                                                                             Marc Marnie


12 February 2017Gig will raise funds to support guitar great Jim Mullen

A benefit gig is being held for Glasgow-born guitarist Jim Mullen at the 606 club in London on March 22.

Mullen has gathered admirers across the jazz, blues and funk scenes as a musician with his own unique voice on his instrument. As well as leading his own groups, including his Organ Trio, Mullen has worked with leading figures including blues singer Jimmy Witherspoon, jazz pianist Gene Harris and the Average White Band.

He co-led the very popular Morrissey-Mullen jazz-funk band for ten years with the late saxophonist Dick Morrissey and the legendary Chicago soul-folk poet Terry Callier used to refer to him as “God” for his ability to lift a song with his improvisations when they toured and recorded together.

A rare infection that has involved several operations has left Mullen facing a considerable period of inaction.

Friends and associates including former Average White Band singer-guitarist Hamish Stuart, Tony O’Malley, of Kokomo, jazz singer Claire Martin, and Mullen’s band mate in the Great Wee Band, trumpeter Henry Lowther will perform to raise funds to support the guitarist while he recovers.



                                                                             Jim Mullen



10 February 2017Singers, fiddlers, storytellers and troubadours head to Glasgow's Star Folk Club

Glasgow’s Star Folk Club returns to action following Celtic Connections and the festive season break on February 14 when the popular, long-established band North Sea Gas return with their customary humour, harmony singing and multi-instrumentalism.

Singers Eric & Eilidh Grant follow on February 21 with their band Random Connections in a fund-raising evening for the Beatson Cancer Charity and Shetlander singers and storytellers Claire White and Frances Wilkins, aka Blyde Lasses appear on February 28.

Forthcoming visitors to the club include guitar legend Wizz Jones, American singer-songwriter Ben Bedford and English troubadours Jez Lowe and Pete Morton. All events take place at the Admiral Bar in Waterloo Street and the music begins at 8pm.



                                                              Claire White and Frances Wilkins

09 February 2017E Street Band bassist Tallent plays Kinross concert

Garry Tallent, the long-time bassist with Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, plays The Green Hotel in Kinross on May 29 as part of his first tour as a bandleader.

Detroit-born Tallent, who is currently touring Australia and New Zealand with Springsteen and has a new album, Break Time, available now, will be bringing a seven-piece band to Kinross and will be supported by singer-songwriter Kevin Montgomery, son of Bob Montgomery, the late record producer and early musical partner of Buddy Holly.

The concert is promoted by Mundell Music, who also have California-based British blue-eyed soul singer Terry Reid appearing in Kinross in May.



                                                                        Garry Tallent

07 February 2017Archie Fisher opens Leith Folk Club's February programme

Leith Folk Club begins its February programme tonight, Tuesday, January 7, when singer, guitarist and pioneer of the Scottish folk scene Archie Fisher appears in the run-up to his fifty-fifth anniversary as a performer.

Fisher has been at the heart of the folk scene throughout that time, playing concerts internationally, influencing many guitarists, and writing songs of lasting impact including The Final Trawl, Dark Eyed Molly and The Last Leviathan. He also presented BBC Radio Scotland's Travelling Folk for almost thirty years and was director of Edinburgh Folk Festival in the late 1980s-early 1990s.

Fiddle and guitar duo Eilidh Steel and Mark Neal follow Fisher on February 14, Glasgow quartet Top Floor Taivers, featuring BBC Radio Scotland’s Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2015, singer Claire Hastings appear on February 21, and Edinburgh-based singer-songwriter Sharon King returns to the club on February 28.

The club meets in Victoria Park House Hotel in Ferry Road and the music begins at 8pm.



                                                                            Archie Fisher


04 February 2017Glasgow's Irish Minstrels reach 60th anniversary Landmark

The Glasgow-based Irish Minstrels branch of Irish traditional music organisation Comhaltas is being presented with a Landmark Award by Hands up for Trad to mark its sixtieth anniversary on February 4.

The branch was formed by ballad singer Owen Kelly and fiddler Jimmy McHugh and has enjoyed consistent success in teaching young musicians, latterly through its weekly tuition sessions at St Roch’s Secondary School in Royston under its long-serving musical director, Frank McArdle and his team of twenty tutors.

Button accordionist Paddy Callaghan, who became the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year in 2013, is one of the Irish Minstrels’ best known recent successes and is now a prominent member of the teaching team, which sent one hundred and twenty competitors – more than any other branch of Comhaltas anywhere – to Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann, the all-Ireland music championships, in 2016.



                                                                       Paddy Callaghan


You can read more about Paddy Callaghan here

01 February 2017Michael Marra's complete works to be released in digital form

The late Dundee-born singer, songwriter, actor and artist Michael Marra’s entire recorded back-catalogue is being made available digitally for the first time from February 3 through Amazon and other outlets.

During his lifetime Marra’s contribution to the culture of his hometown and of Scotland was acknowledged by honorary doctorates from Dundee and Glasgow Caledonian universities. He was also awarded a Herald Angel for his performance at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2010.

His albums include his first release, The Midas Touch, the experience of recording which made him concentrate on the idiosyncratic style that produced songs such as Hermless, Happed in Mist and All Will be Well and others that documented real and imagined visits by personalities as diverse as General Ulysses S Grant, artist Frida Kahlo and Dr John to Tayside locations.

Marra’s producer, Allan McGlone, is making a previously unreleased concert recording from the Bonar Hall in Dundee in 2000 and an unreleased collection of studio recordings from the 1980s available as part of the catalogue, which also includes the three EPs Marra recorded at An Tobar on Mull and his magnum opus, Posted Sober. 



                                                                                Michael Marra


17 January 2017French singing star Agossi kicks off Jazz at the Blue Lamp season

Jazz at the Blue Lamp in Aberdeen recommences its weekly programme on Thursday, January 26 when French singer Mina Agossi brings her trio to the Gallowgate venue.

A popular attraction at Glasgow Jazz Festival in the noughties, Agossi combines theatrical stagecraft, humour and a singing style that has been described as Bjork meets Billie Holiday in an unusual line-up of voice, bass and drums.

Glasgow sextet Elusive Tree will be the guests on February 2. Trumpeter Colin Steele launches his new album with his quintet on February 9. Soft Machine Legacy guitarist John Etheridge and saxophonist Theo Travis front a quartet on February 16 and there are appearances by Polish guitarist Szymon Mika’s trio (February 23), jazz-prog adventurers Alex Munk Flying Machines (March 2), and drummer Alan Cosker’s group  (March 9).

You can read more about Mina Agossi here



                                                                                   Mina Agossi


16 January 2017Sunday jazz sessions return to Tron Theatre

The Tron Theatre in Glasgow restarts its popular monthly Sunday afternoon jazz series on January 29 when pianist Brian Kellock and bassist Kenny Ellis bring a selection of popular standards to the theatre's intimate Victorian bar.

Guitarist Don Paterson reunites with saxophonist Tim Garland, his former partner in Celtic-jazz group Lammas, on February 26 and saxophonist Martin Kershaw pays tribute to alto saxophone legend Art Pepper on March 26.

Guitarist Nigel Clark takes a break from touring with popular violinist Tim Kliphuis to play the music from his a solo album, Under the Stars, on April 23 and singer Georgia Smith presents Old Songs, New Songs with pianist Euan Stevenson on May 28. The sessions run from 2:00pm to 4:00pm and booking is advised.



                                                                                   Brian Kellock

12 January 2017Glasgow jazz sessions continue at Swing

Bridge Music’s twice-weekly jazz sessions at Swing in Hope Street, Glasgow are set to continue.

The sessions, started by drummer and jazz organiser Bill Kyle shortly before his sudden death in late October last year, consist of a Friday concert programme featuring local and international musicians and an informal jam session on Tuesdays, overseen by drummer Doug Hough.

Friday attractions so far announced  include experimental trio NeWt (January 20), Canadian pianist Paul Melling’s E.S.P. Trio (February 3), trombonist Patrick Kelly (February 17), and saxophonist Brian Molley’s quartet (February 24).

Kyle, who was proprietor of the Jazz Bar in Edinburgh for eleven years, had a history of promoting jazz in Glasgow going back to the early 1970s and before starting the Swing sessions he had organised weekly jazz concerts at Glasgow Arts Club until June 2015.



                                                                           Brian Molley


04 January 2017Dixieland, swing and reinvigorated standards on Jazz at Hospitalield's 27th menu

Jazz at Hospitalfield in Arbroath enters its twenty-seventh year of promotions with the Ugly Bug Ragtime Three plus special guest, pianist Brian Kellock on Saturday, January 21.

The group will be playing music associated with the Original Dixieland Jazz Band to celebrate the centenary of the first jazz record, Livery Stable Blues, which the ODJB released in February 2017.

Dutch violinist Tim Kliphuis follows with his trio on February 18 and saxophonist Konrad Wiszniewski and pianist Euan Stevenson present their Standards Duo on March 18. Jazz at Hospitalfield events are presented by local broadcaster Alan Steadman who recently became the voice of the speaking clock.



                                                           Konrad Wiszniewski & Euan Stevenson