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21 September 2018Exuberant blues harp blaster Stacie Collins returns to Kinross

Harmonica ace Stacie Collins returns to the Green Hotel in Kinross on Tuesday, September 25.

Collins' original inspirations were all men. Her father played the harmonica and when she took up the instrument at the age of thirty, it was the gritty blues of Sonny Boy Williamson, Little Walter and James Cotton that lit her fire.

Now the most common response she gets after making the blues harp howl, moan, soar and roar is, “I’ve never seen a girl do that before.” Collins could easily reply that Big Mama Thornton, who had a hit with Hound Dog before Elvis Presley came along, set a powerhouse example of harmonica blowing, but she just smiles and says thanks.

Now based in Nashville, Collins was born in Muskogee, Oklahoma and grew up in Bakersfield, California, where Merle Haggard and Buck Owens learned to harness honky tonk energy. So she feels that she came by her exuberant, high intensity performance style naturally, like it was something in the air.

 

                              

                                                                Stacie Collins

 

18 September 2018Glasgow's Late Night Jazz series returns with its biggest programme to date

Glasgow UNESCO City of Music has announced the seventh and largest series of its popular Late Night Studio Jazz promotions at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall this autumn. Top names including singer Carol Kidd, saxophonist Tommy Smith and internationally acclaimed violinist Tim Kliphuis are among those featuring in the series, which begins on Saturday October 27 with Australian vocalist Becc Sanderson’s celebration of David Bowie.

Tommy Smith’s quartet plays its dedication to saxophone icon John Coltrane on November 10. Award-winning young Glasgow group Square One launch their new album, Double Bind, with special guest, American saxophonist Andy Middleton on November 24 and Tim Kliphuis’s trio give the Scottish premiere of their Brandenburg recording on December 1.

Scottish bassist Brodie Jarvie presents his new international band on December and saxophonist Paul Towndrow celebrates his 40th birthday with a special performance of Charlie Parker with Strings on December 15 before Carol Kidd and pianist Brian Kellock sing and swing the Great American Songbook on December 22. All concerts begin at 8:30pm.

 

                             

                                                               Paul Towndrow

08 September 2018Coronation Street actor trades cobbles for Corn Exchange stage

Anthony Bowers, the Lanarkshire-based actor and singer, launches a new series of jazz and blues concerts in Biggar when he appears with pianist Euan Stevenson’s trio at the South Lanarkshire town’s Corn Exchange on Friday, September 28.

Bowers, who trained at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and has played a police constable, a journalist and a TV reporter on Coronation Street, has worked in theatre, television and radio since graduating in 2003 and has also appeared in the BBC legal drama Garrow’s Law and the sit-com Happy Hollidays. As a singer, he has worked with musicians including leading London-based pianist David Newton and the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra saxophonist Konrad Wiszniewski.

Bowers will be singing selections from the Great American Songbook in the first of the Corn Exchange concerts which also feature the award-winning young Scottish pianist Fergus McCreadie’s trio on Saturday, November 10. Further concerts in the series are expected to be announced soon.

 

                                                      

                                                                 Anthony Bowers

 

31 August 2018Scottish harper adds extra Edinburgh date with award-winning Russian orchestra

Scottish harper Karen Marshalsay has been invited to play an extra concert with the award-winning Russian String Orchestra, Misha’s Gang at theSpace @ Surgeons Hall on Wednesday, August 22 at 3pm.

Marshalsay, who specialises in playing the music of the bagpipes on the clarsach, has appeared on the Edinburgh International Festival and at the Edinburgh Mela with the Herald Angel-winning piper Allan MacDonald and currently works with Boys of the Lough founder Cathal McConnell’s trio. She will be performing orchestrations of her own compositions with the orchestra.

Formed by Misha Rachlevsky, who also founded the New American Chamber Orchestra, Misha’s Gang have performed all over the world as Chamber Orchestra Kremlin.They recently premiered “For Misha’s Gang – Suite for small, medium, large and extra large fiddles,” a specially commissioned work by Crimean composer Eskender Bekmambetov in New York and toured China earlier this year. They appear at theSpace @ Surgeons Hall until August 25 before playing concerts at the Tolbooth, Stirling on Sunday, August 26 and Eden Court, Inverness on Tuesday, August 28.

 

                                                     

                                                             Karen Marshalsay

14 August 2018Scottish bassist wins top European award

Edinburgh-born double bassist Andrew Robb won 1st Prize at the 2018 European Society of Bassists earlier this month in Italy.

Robb, who won the Young Scottish Jazz Musician of the Year competition in 2009, was the only competitor from the UK chosen to appear at the event in Lucca, Tuscany before a panel of judges comprising leading European bassist Furio Di Castri, Austria-based American bassist Wayne Darling, and Adam Booker, the Assistant Professor of Double Bass at Appalachian State University, North Carolina.

A graduate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, Robb currently plays with fellow former Young Scottish Jazz Musician of the Year, pianist Alan Benzie’s trio and London-based trumpeter Henry Spencer and has tours coming up with Norwegian guitarists Bjorn Solli and Eirik Svela.

 

                                    

                                                                          Andrew Robb

28 June 2018Glasgow concerts set to continue in the autumn

The Saturday lunchtime concert series at Renfield St Stephens Church in Glasgow has a new programmer and is set to continue in September.

Daisy Henderson, who is secretary of Pollok House Arts Society and oversees the regular classic music recitals at the country house in Pollok Country Park, is taking over from Gwen Mairi Yorke and has announced concerts for September and October.

A capella quartet The All Sorts open the programme on September 8, followed by Duo Primavera, featuring husband and wife guitar partnership Ian and Kristina Watt, on September 29.

Pianist Peter Seivewright, whose vast CV includes jazz concerts at Ronnie Scott’s in London as well as a busy international schedule of solo and orchestral performances, appears on October 27.

Further concerts will be announced shortly.  

 

                                                      

                                                               Peter Seivewright

 

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