29 March 2017International line-up delivers Glenfarg folk feast

The annual Glenfarg Folk Feast goes ahead in Kinross over the weekend of April 7 to 9.

The internationally renowned festival is in its 39th year and features guests including English singing duo John Tams & Barry Coope, BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2014, singer Robyn Stapleton, Scottish-Irish-Eastern European-influenced group Dallahan, singer-songwriters Steve Tilston & Jez Lowe, and guitarist Maurice Dickson.

A full programme of workshops, ceilidhs, competitions, informal sessions, singarounds, talks and children’s events takes place over the three days.



                                                                Jez Lowe and Steve Tilston



You can read more about Steve Tilston here and Robyn Stapleton here.

28 March 2017New Focus brings top jazz players to Birnam

Birnam Arts Centre brings a busy month to a close with top Scottish jazz players, pianist Euan Stevenson and saxophonist Konrad Wiszniewski on Friday, March 31.

Following a programme of traditional music, musical theatre and opera, Stevenson and Wiszniewski present music from their New Focus project's latest album, New Focus on Song alongside reimagined jazz standards that illustrate their shared gift for melody.

New Focus' eponymous first album was shortlisted for the Scottish Album of the Year Award in 2013 and New Focus on Song, released late last year, has won enthusiastic reviews across the UK. 

The concert begins at 7:30pm.



                                            New Focus Duo: Euan Stevenson and Konrad Wiszniewski

28 March 2017Creative Scotland boosts jazz in the Borders

Scotland’s newest jazz venue, Eyemouth Hippodrome has been given Creative Scotland funding to support a season of concerts by Scottish musicians.

The former seamen’s mission in the Berwickshire harbour town is in its second full year as a music venue and has successfully presented jazz musicians from America, Italy and India as well as players from the home scene in an intimate listening environment.

Saxophonist and former Jazzwise magazine One to Watch Brian Molley brings his quartet to the Hippodrome on April 29, with Edinburgh collective Playtime and Peter Whittingham Jazz Prize winners Square One following on May 13 and June 3 respectively.



                                                                                      Brian Molley


28 March 2017Saxophonist Paul Towndrow ignites Glasgow jazz session

Saxophonist Paul Towndrow joins Spark Trio in the group's recently launched monthly session at the Griffin bar in Bath Street, Glasgow on Monday, April 3.

Towndrow, a regular player with the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra and an integral member of horn quartet Brass Jaw as well as a successful bandleader in his own right, is the first in a series of guests the trio has invited to participate. His fellow saxophonist Brian Molley follows on May 8. 

Spark Trio comprises multi-faceted pianist and keyboards player Paul Harrison, here playing organ in a group that updates the organ-guitar-drums format alongside two members of Peter Whittingham Jazz Award-winning group Square One, guitarist Joe Williamson and drummer Stephen Henderson.

The sessions feature original compositions and arrangements of jazz standards and begin at 8:00pm.



                                                                         Paul Towndrow


28 March 2017Sunday jazz sessions continue at Tron Theatre in Glasgow

The Tron Theatre in Glasgow's popular monthly Sunday afternoon jazz series continue through the spring and early summer.

Guitarist Nigel Clark takes a break from touring with popular violinist Tim Kliphuis to play the music from his solo album, Under the Stars, on April 23. Singer Georgia Smith presents Old Songs, New Songs on May 28, pianist Euan Stevenson features on June 25, and Glasgow collective the Elusive Tree appear on July 30.

The sessions run from 2:00pm to 4:00pm and booking is advised.



                                                                                  Nigel Clark

26 March 2017Jazz Nairn brings top class acts to the Highlands

Jazz Nairn continues to bring nationally and internationally renowned musicians to the Highlands as it pursues its ultimate aim of staging a jazz festival in the town.

The organisation emerged following the death of the internationally regarded local impresario Ken Ramage, who produced Nairn Jazz Festival and presented many top American players in concerts roiund the year, and its next two concerts feature the duo of pianist Euan Stevenson and saxophonist Konrad Wiszniewski on Saturday, April 8 and long-time Nairn favourite, New York-based Italian pianist Rossano Sportiello on Saturday, May 13.

Both concerts take place at Nairn Community & Arts Centre and begin at 8:00pm.



                                                       Konrad Wiszniewski & Euan Stevenson

25 March 2017Folk, blues and roots music come to Argyll venue

The Victory Hall in Benderloch, near Oban continues to stage regular concerts featuring local and international attractions.

Singer and violist Mairi Campbell brings her one-woman show Pulse to the Argyll venue on Friday, March 31 followed by CalMac Culture award-winners 2016 James Edwyn & Borrowed Band on Friday, April 21.

Local blues band Mudslide appear on Friday, May 5 and Dutch singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Vera Van Heeringen presents her bluegrass and American roots flavoured repertoire on Friday, May 19.

All concerts begin at 8:00pm.



                                                                      Vera Van Heeringen

23 March 2017Maryland folksinger Judy Cook plays Hamilton, Edinburgh, Kirkcaldy, and Dundee concerts

Maryland-based folksinger Judy Cook plays four Scottish dates this month on her latest UK tour.

Cook has family roots in Virginia and has done extensive research on songs and ballads from both sides of the Atlantic, with particular interest in songs of the American Civil War.

Her true-to-the-tradition singing and honest presentation have won praise from fellow performers including Peggy Seeger and Sara Grey.

She appears at Quarter Acoustic Music Club in Hamilton on Tuesday, March 28; Edinburgh Folk Club (Wednesday 29th); Acoustic Music Club, Kirkcaldy (Thursday 30th) and Frigate Unicorn, Dundee (Friday 31st).



                                                                                Judy Cook

22 March 2017Traditional music centre of excellence students tour the Borders and Glasgow

Senior students from Sgoil Chiùil Na Gàidhealtachd, the centre of excellence in traditional music at Plockton head out on the school’s annual tour this month.

The tour calls at three venues in the Borders - Eyemouth Hippodrome on Monday, March 27, Kirkhope Hall, Ettrickbridge (28th), and Stichill Village Hall (29th) - before finishing up at The National Piping Centre in Glasgow (30th). 

The National Piping Centre concert is a fundraiser for the Friends of Plockton Music School, a charitable trust that provides financial support for the centre’s touring and recording activities, and will include former students of the centre plus a quartet of established musicians, Innes Watson, Mike Vass, Innes White, and Michael Ferrie.

The students will also do schools workshops along the route during the day.



                                                             Plockton's (S6) class of 2017


21 March 2017Moishe's Bagel make it a date in Pitlochry, Edinburgh and Gartmore

Edinburgh-based European folk music specialists Moishe’s Bagel have devised a novel marketing idea.

The quintet will be playing Scottish concerts on the 24th day of the month only during the first half of 2017, in between dates in England and further afield.

First venue on this schedule is Pitlochry Festival Theatre on Friday, March 24, followed by Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh on Monday, April 24 and Gartmore Village Hall on Saturday, June 24.

The group, which includes violinist Greg Lawson whose orchestration of the late Martyn Bennett’s Grit album has been a massive success at Celtic Connections and Edinburgh International Festival, will begin work soon on its next album, the follow-up to the acclaimed soundtrack to Soviet silent film Salt for Svanetia.



                                                                            Moishe's Bagel


You can read more about Moishe's Bagel here


19 March 2017West Kilbride marks Ella Fitzgerald centenary with Ella & Oscar tribute

Music in West Kilbride has added a tribute to the great jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald as an extra concert to its current programme.

The organisation, which presents chamber music in the Ayrshire town through the year, is following up recent successful experiments in jazz concert promotion by marking Fitzgerald’s centenary.

Leading UK singer Tina May joins Scottish pianist Brian Kellock in revisiting the 1975 recording Fitzgerald made with Oscar Petersen, Ella & Oscar on Friday, May 12 in West Kilbride Village Hall.

Music in West Kilbride also welcomes flute and piano duo Rosanna Ter-Berg & Leo Nicholson and violin and accordion pairing Ad Libitum to the hall on March 24 and April 14 respectively. All concerts begin at 7:30pm.



                                                                            Ella Fitzgerald


You can read more about Tina May here


12 March 2017Orchestra takes classic jazz to Edinburgh and Paisley

Drummer Ken Mathieson’s Classic Jazz Orchestra has two concerts lined up over the coming weeks.

The band, whose repertoire extends from the early jazz of Jelly Roll Morton and Bix Beiderbecke through to Gil Evans, appears at Edinburgh Jazz'n'Jive Club on Friday, March 17 and Paisley Arts Centre on Friday, April 21.

Their Paisley concert will be followed by more jazz in the bar from local singer Evelyn Laurie.




                                                                         Ken Mathieson

09 March 2017Tuesday Tunes launches lunchtime concerts in Glasgow

A new series of monthly lunchtime concerts launches in the Royal Faculty Building in Mandela Place, Glasgow on March 21.

Tuesday Tunes will present leading musicians on the Scottish classical and chamber music scene in an hour-long programme and will begin with guitar duo Allan Neave and Matthew McAllister in a meeting of master and pupil. McAllister studied with Neave at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, as was, before going on to appear in concert venues across the world, including The Concertgebouw Amsterdam, The Purcell Room, London, Teatro Britanico, Lima, and Caesars Palace, Las Vegas.

Violin and accordion duo Andrea and Djordje Gajic follow on April 18 and wind quintet Sirocco Winds appear on May 23. The concerts begin at 1pm.



                                                                                Sirocco Winds


08 March 2017Ella Fitzgerald centenary tribute added to Glasgow concert series

Glasgow promoters PM Music have added a tribute to jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald to their busy schedule of concerts throughout March, April and May.

To mark Fitzgerald’s centenary year leading UK jazz singer Tina May and pianist Brian Kellock are touring their Ella & Oscar presentation, which revisits the recording Fitzgerald made with Oscar Peterson in 1975.

They bring it to Websters Theatre in Great Western Road on Thursday, May 11 as part of PM Music’s spring season, which also includes 2-Tone legends the Selecter, American blues singer Sari Schorr, Fife-born troubadour Rab Noakes and Welsh folk band Calan.



                                                                                Tina May

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