18 March 2019Top musicians lined up for Perth's Monday Night Thing
Scotland’s leading jazz musicians, saxophonist Tommy Smith and pianist Brian Kellock launch the latest instalment of Monday jazz and roots music presentations at Perth Theatre’s recently opened Joan Knight studio on April 25.
The Monday Night Thing series has brought top names from the U.S. and Ireland as well as prime attractions from the Scottish folk scene to the intimate venue and the new tranche of concerts continues this trend, with Fife musician James Yorkston appearing on April 1, followed by Irish singer Brian Kennedy on April 8 and local jazz-rock-funk band Helias on April 15.
Singer Debra Salem presents her interpretations of Perth poet William Soutar’s work on April 22. Shetland fiddler Jenna Reid is joined by pianist Harris Playfair and Mr McFall’s Chamber on April 29, with singer-songwriter Lucy Spraggans following on May 6 and young jazz pianist Fergus McCreadie’s trio completing the line-up on May 13. All concerts begin at 8pm.
16 March 2019Fiddle and harp adventurers play Montrose Folk Club
Fiddle and harp duo Chris Stout and Catriona McKay bring their adventurous, tradition-inspired music to Montrose Folk Club on Thursday, March 21.
The pair share a common goal, to explore the outer limits of their respective instruments’ possibilities. Just before she met Shetlander Chris at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow, Dundee-born Catriona had come across a description of the harp as “limited”.
Unimpressed to say the least Catriona took this slight into her first session with Chris, who’d been recommended as a musical partner by a mutual friend, and the pair have been taking risks with traditional tunes and original compositions ever since.
Their virtuosity has won them awards, including a Herald Angel at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2004 and the Best Duo title at last year’s BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, and their latest album, Bare Knuckle earned rave reviews for capturing the raw excitement and unprecedented variety of colours they draw from fiddle and harp in live performances that provide new adventures every time.
Chris Stout & Catriona McKay