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The Stray Birds WEBThe Stray Birds plus Genesee

Thursday 11th September 2014

The CCA Glasgow

Tickets £13 from The CCA Box Office 0141 352 4900

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The Stray Birds, who went down a storm on their UK debut at Celtic Connections, are returning to Glasgow for an appearance at The CCA on Thursday, September 11.

The Pennsylvania trio are rightly lauded for the sheer quality of their musicianship and close harmonies. They dig into roots music but seamlessly add a contemporary flavour with songs that reflect their friendship.

The Stray Birds album of the same name is a cracker and in the anticipated release of a new one this year, the band released the “Echo Sessions” EP in January,a five-track tribute to their favourite songwriters such as Townes Van Zandt and Nanci Griffith.

Maya de Vitry on vocals, guitar, fiddle and banjo, Oliver Craven on vocals, guitar and fiddle and Charles Muench on vocal bass and banjo are a subtle and stunning joy to behold.

BBC Radio 2’s Bob Harris is a big fan and has been playing tracks from the band regularly. The Stray Birds are mesmerising live, fully meriting the “must see” tag.

Kristin and Jefferson WEBJefferson Hamer & Kristin Andreassen

Saturday 20th September 2014

The Admiral Bar Glasgow

Tickets £12 from Tickets Scotland 0141 204 5151

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Guitarist and singer Jefferson Hamer, co-recipient of a 2014 BBC2 Folk Award, and songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Kristin Andreassen join together to showcase their newest original music after a spectacular year performing at the Newport Folk Festival, Royal Albert Hall, and Telluride Bluegrass Festival.

They first met over a decade ago in Lyons, Colorado, where Kristin and her band Uncle Earl gathered to rehearse material for their award-winning album Waterloo, Tennessee, produced by Led Zep legend John Paul Jones. Jefferson lived next door, and he and Kristin sung country-style duets in the kitchen, finding common ground in traditional music from both sides of the Atlantic.

Kristin’s song writing earned her a feature on NPR’s Prairie Home Companion (with Jefferson as guitarist-in-tow) and her skills as a backing vocalist and instrumentalist were highlighted on recent UK tours with Jeffery Lewis and Aoife O’Donovan.

Jefferson’s collaboration with songwriter Anais Mitchell brought widespread acclaim in both the USA and the UK, and their award winning album Child Ballads was named one of the 10 Best Folk albums of 2013 by NPR.

Kristin’s new release Gondolier features Jefferson on guitar and harmony vocals, and she contributes vocal harmonies, keyboards, and foot percussion to Jefferson’s electric and acoustic guitar-driven songs.

 “A gifted guitarist and singer, Jefferson Hamer is able to hit close harmonies… and weave gorgeous instrumental lines.” -Acoustic Guitar

The Howlin’ Brothers plus support

Thursday 16th October

The Admiral Bar Glasgow

Tickets £12 from Tickets Scotland 0141 204 5151


The Howlin’ Brothers had a very good year in 2013, following the release of HOWL, their first nationally and internationally released album.

HOWL, featuring Warren Haynes (on one track, “Big Time”), brought instant success to the band. In one year they graced the cover of Acoustic Guitar magazine’s January 2014 issue; recorded in the legendary Sun Studio; were featured in a national PBS show (The Sun Sessions, which will broadcast throughout 2014 in more than 100 markets); shared the stage with Grammy® winner Ricky Skaggs; placed on over 17 end-of-year “best of” lists, and reached #6 on the Americana Music radio chart (was also #30 on that year-end chart, the highest charting position by an act/artist new to the format last year).

The trio toured their brand of “old-time string country blues with an indie-rock edge” throughout the U.S. and into Canada. The majority of the 13 original songs that comprise Trouble, were influenced by the people they met and struggles they encountered on the road over the past year.

We would imagine we won’t see them play a venue this size on their next trip here.

19th October: Chuck Prophet

Posted: August 25, 2010 in Gig Guide

CHUCK PROPHET WEBChuck Prophet plus Jonah Tolchin

 Sunday 19th October 2014

Oran Mor Glasgow

Tickets £16 from Tickets Scotland 0141 204 5151

Rescheduled from Sunday 5th October, original tickets still valid.

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The Californian, last in the city in 2013, has a loyal and sizeable fan base built on the back of the solo records he’s been producing for 20 years and invigorating live shows.

The former Green on Red member’s last album “Temple Beautiful”, his 12th,, reviewed his life in the San Francisco Bay area and won generous and glowing reviews aplenty.

Word is he’s working on an album at the moment and it is due for release in September on Yeproc Records.

A big guitarist, Prophet is also a revered writer’s writer with the likes of Lucinda Williams and Alejandro Escovedo among his biggest fans.
Prophet delivers with quixotic swagger and declamatory sneer.” MOJO


RED MOLLY WEBRed Molly plus support

Thursday 23rd October 2014

The CCA Glasgow

Tickets £13 from The CCA Box Office 0141 352 4900

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Americana trio, Red Molly will bring their gorgeous voices and smooth harmonies to the Glasgow CCA on Thursday, October 23.

Since 2004, Laurie MacAllister (bass, banjo), Abbie Gardner (dobro, banjo) and Molly Venter (guitar) have been building a fan base, beguiled by their singing, musicianship and engaging stage presence.

The New York-based group’s 2011 album, “Light in the Sky” spent 20 weeks on the Americana Music Association’s Top 40 radio chart and charted as Folk DJ’s #3 Top Album of 2012.

Anyone who likes the music of The Wailin’ Jennys is certain to be equally captivated by Laurie, Abbie and Molly.

“Crystalline vocals and beautiful harmonies. Red Molly are red hot.” – Daily Telegraph

DAVE AND PHIL ALVINDave Alvin & Phil Alvin with The Guilty Ones

Tuesday 28th October 2014

The Art School Glasgow

Tickets £17 from 0141 204 5151


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THE re-united Alvin Brothers – Dave and Phil – are heading to Glasgow for a gig in the newly-refurbished Art School on Tuesday, October 28.

It took a near-death experience to reunite Dave Alvin and Phil Alvin, the California brothers at the heart of “roots heroes” (Rolling Stone) The Blasters.

“Phil died and was brought back to life over in Spain,” Dave says of his brother’s 2012 health scare. “That was a real wakeup call to me. We hadn’t made a full album together since 1985, but as you get older, you realize you’re not immortal and you’ve only got so much time.”

It’s a real coup for promoters, The Fallen Angels Club especially with the brothers’ current album – “Common Ground: Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin Play and Sing the Songs of Big Bill Broonzy” – going down a storm.

This is the Californians’ first collaborative effort in 30 years and their first as brothers as opposed to being members of The Blasters, which Dave quit in 1985 to pursue an illustrious solo career.

The brothers are widely recognised as real mainstays of the roots/rock genre, separately or together – so this gig promises to be something rather special.

The newly refurbished Art School is the perfect venue for this show

ZOE WEBZoe Muth & The Lost High Rollers plus support

Friday 31st October 2014

The CCA Glasgow

Tickets £12 from The CCA Box Office 0141 352 4900

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The highly-praised Zoe Muth and The Lost High Rollers are heading to Glasgow’s CCA on Friday, October 31.

With three acclaimed studio albums to her name, Zoe is just as capable of nailing an upbeat honky-tonk tune or a slow, sad story-song with honesty and feeling.

Modern Acoustic magazine’s “New Artist of the Year” in 2010, Zoe digs into the spirit of country music where Merle lives but adds a welcome Americana atmosphere buoyed by her red-hot band.

She’s supported top names such as James McMurtry, Kinky Friedman, Fred Eaglesmith, The Gourds, Eilen Jewell and Dave Alvin so no shortage of big name supporters there.

Her 2102 release, “Old Gold” was much admired with Bob Harris (BBC Radio 2) saying: “I just can’t stop playing this