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15 November 2019Rod Clements and Rab Noakes play Kinross concert

Rod Clements & Rab Noakes play at the Green Hotel, Kinross on Sunday, November 17

The pair have history. Back in the 1970s, when Lindisfarne barrelled out of Newcastle with their hugely popular folk-rock singalongs, Rod and Rab were the writers behind some of their most popular anthems.

Rab’s Turn a Deaf Ear and Rod’s Road to Kingdom Come both featured on Lindisfarne’s well-received debut album, Nicely out of Tune, in summer 1970. Then, nine months later, when the follow-up, Fog on the Tyne established Lindisfarne by topping the album charts, it was trailed by the band’s signature song, Meet Me on the Corner, written by Rod, and featured Rab’s Together Forever.

The two friends have travelled far and written many, many more songs since those days, with Rab being particularly prolific in the current decade. So, when they get together at the Green Hotel, they’ll have stories to tell and decisions to make about which songs to sing and which to leave for next time.  

 

Rab Noakes

07 November 2019Saxophonist Tommy Smith completes Edinburgh venue's 40th anniversary concert series

Saxophonist Tommy Smith plays the final concert in his series marking the Queen’s Hall in Edinburgh’s fortieth anniversary celebrations this year when he plays solo and unamplified on Thursday, December 19.

Smith, who was appointed OBE for services to jazz and education in this year’s New Year Honours List, has had a long association with the Queen’s Hall, having celebrated his twenty-first birthday there in 1988 with a concert that featured him alongside top American duo Chick Corea & Gary Burton.

The series has already seen Smith reviving his acclaimed Beasts of Scotland concert commission for Glasgow Jazz Festival and featuring in his duo with pianist Brian Kellock, with special guest, leading Gaelic singer Kathleen MacInnes as well as bringing his ‘Coltrane’ quartet, Embodying the Light to the Clerk Street venue. Sharing the bill with him on December 19 will be the Tommy Smith Youth Jazz Orchestra All-Stars, which will include pianist Pete Johnstone and saxophonists Leah Gough Cooper, Adam Jackson, Ru Pattison, Matt Carmichael and Bill Fleming. 

"The Queen's Hall has been a regular venue for me throughout my career," says Smith. "I can remember aspiring to play there as a young musician and it's been a great pleasure to work there with the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra as well as my own bands."

 

Tommy Smith (photo by Derek Clark)

20 August 2019Stars line up for Linlithgow folk feast in November

Peerless English troubadour Chris Wood, folk royalty Martin and Eliza Carthy and harp and fiddle virtuosi Catriona McKay & Chris Stout are all set to appear for Red Door, the music promotions that take place in St Peter’s Church on Linlithgow High Street during November.

Wood, whose Hollow Point, a deeply affecting song about the fatal shooting of Brazilian electrician Jean Charles de Menezes, won the Best Original Song award at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in 2011, returns to St Peter’s following a sold-out appearance at the beautiful, Greek-style church late last year.

Father and daughter, Martin and Eliza Carthy bring – respectively – almost sixty years of tailoring folk ballads to a unique guitar style and a lifetime’s immersion in folk music to St Peter’s in a concert that has been rescheduled following its postponement due to family ill-health during the summer and has already sold out.

And in a special acoustic performance, Catriona McKay and Chris Stout share their keen, spontaneous musical understanding, a kaleidoscope of tonal colour and knife-edge sense of adventure with the audience at close quarters in a venue that is as intimate as it is attractively appointed.

“We’re really pleased to offer such a high quality programme to celebrate the first year of Red Door promotions,” says Robin Connelly, who programmes and presents the Red Door concerts with a small team of volunteers. “Being able to experience all of these musicians in St Peter’s, we feel, is a fantastic opportunity. As music fans, we’d be there even if we weren’t involved in the organisation and we’re all looking forward to welcoming people who are all stars in their own right.”

Red Door promotes roots music and jazz in St Peter’s and will be announcing its 2020 programme very soon. For tickets and further information, contact 07849 509407 or email jazzatstjames18@gmail.com 

 

 

Chris Stout & Catriona McKay

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