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Celtic Connections: Malcolm MacWatt

Wednesday 25th January 2023

The Glad Cafe Glasgow

Tickets £15 from Celtic Connections Box Office-STBF apply

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Doors 7.30pm, 8pm start

Scottish musician Malcolm MacWatt is a unique voice in British Folk/Americana with the likes of Gretchen Peters, Eliza Carthy and Kris Drever lending their names and voices to his recent work.

Hailing from Morayshire with the Highlands as a constant backdrop,  MacWatt professes a lifelong love of American music and culture while being steeped in the folklore and music of Scotland. 

Before moving to London in 2010 he worked on the North Sea offshore oil rigs and later as a newspaper journalist. As such there’s sensitivity, compassion and humanity in his songwriting with a rugged simplicity in how they are delivered.  

Between recording sessions for his next album Dark Harvest, due out in spring on the Need To Know Music label, he opened for Jackie Oates, Nathan Bell, Lynn Hanson, Findlay Napier and Martin Simpson amongst others.

Brilliant … a wonderful celebration of the magic of song.. a strong Celtic sweep to it” – Ralph McLean, BBC Radio Ulster

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Celtic Connections: The Coaltown Daisies plus support

Thursday 26th January 2023

The Glad Cafe Glasgow

Tickets £15 from Celtic Connections Box Office-STBF apply

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Doors 7.30pm, 8pm start

The Coaltown Daisies are a duo of singer songwriters who write and perform americana, folk and soul music and who have a wealth of experience as performers, recording artists and event managers. They are renowned for their highly engaging live performances, dynamic arrangements and steady professionalism which has resulted in them performing at sought after venues and festivals all over the country. 

The records they have released under their own Ragged Boot Records label feature a lineup of highly established musicians and have been very well received by listeners the world over; one of their compositions was chosen as the original theme for World Whisky Day and won them the coveted CalMac Culture Music prize.

 With two exceptional instrumentalists now added to their line up, their live performance has been elevated to an even more exciting level with the addition of bass, fiddle and further close vocal harmonies.

I love this music!” – Baylen Leonard, Country Hits Radio

Celtic Connections: Elaine Lennon’s Homebird Sessions with guest Carol Laula

Saturday 28th January 2023

The Glad Cafe Glasgow

Tickets £15 from Celtic Connections Box Office-STBF apply

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Doors 7.30pm, 8pm start

Award-winning Scottish singer-songwriter Elaine Lennon returns with her coveted show The Homebird Sessions. 

Elaine created the online version of The Homebird Sessions at the start of the lockdown in 2020. Following its success, the show now tours across the country. Tonight, Elaine’s guest it one of Scotland’s leading singer-songwriters, Carol Laula.

Expect an intimate, relaxed and welcoming evening as the artists perform acoustic versions of their songs. Hear the stories that inspired them and tales from their respective musical journeys. 

The show’s magic lies in Lennon’s ability to make music accessible for all. This is due to her informal and fun interview style and an interactive audience Q&A section. It’s now a coveted showcase for aspiring songwriters, which supports Lennon’s desire to use the platform to help nurture and grow the songwriting community.

Carol Laura’s style bobs around somewhere between the sweet, clear delicacy of Joni Mitchell and the tougher edges of Joan Armatrading. She first captivated audiences in 1990, when her single, ‘Standing Proud’, was chosen to represent Glasgow in its year of culture. With many successful world-wide tours and collaborations with artists like Stuart Anderson, Carol has a massive global fanbase. She’s also known for her work with the BBC Radio and Scottish Television.

With 8 albums under her belt, she still stirs critics to describe her as “an undeniably passionate and whole-hearted singer”. Although her albums capture her incredible tone and clarity, it’s when you see her perform live that you truly appreciate the depth and range of her talent.

“A must for music fans and writers everywhere – relaxed, warming and welcoming” (The Herald)

Celtic Connections: Beth Nielsen Chapman plus support

Tuesday 31st January 2023

Rescheduled show-original tickets still valid

Old Fruitmarket Glasgow

Tickets £27 (plus STBF) from Celtic Connections website

https://www.celticconnections.com/

Two-time Grammy nominee Beth Nielsen Chapman returns with her bluesy new single ‘Hey Girl’, her first new music in over four years, and the first taste of her upcoming 15th album, CrazyTown, out September 23rd on Cooking Vinyl (Pre-order)

To celebrate the release Beth is excited to announce a series of exclusive instore events giving fans the opportunity to see her perform in intimate settings such as Banquet Record’s Fighting Cocks on May 17th, Brighton’s Resident records on September 23 – the day her new album comes out, and two Rough Trade events taking place at Rough Trade Bristol on September 25th and Rough Trade London on September 26th.

With a career spanning nearly 40 years, Beth proves she’s still as vital as ever with the first single from the album – ‘Hey Girl’ an anthemic reaction to the ‘Me Too’ movement, a song Beth calls her “celebratory shout out to our sisters making their way in the world.”

Beth Neilsen Chapman: “We were talking about the capacity for survival and overcoming the challenges that are part of being in the world as a female, balancing strength and vulnerability. As the writing of the song progressed, we touched on feeling lost, being taken advantage of, and navigating one’s safety and the experience of not being taken seriously.”

Produced by legendary producer Ray Kennedy (Lucinda Williams, Steve Earle) and co-written with hit songwriter Annie Roboff and the UK’s Jessica Sweetman, ‘Hey Girl’ blends elements of classic rock, blues and pop to great effect, demanding attention with its addictive chorus and Beth’s effortless vocal. It’s a welcome return for this acclaimed singer songwriter and a bold introduction to the forthcoming new album.

Inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2016, Nashville based, Beth Nielsen Chapman has released fourteen solo albums and written seven #1 hits and songs recorded by the likes of Bonnie Raitt, Willie Nelson, Bette Midler, Elton John and Neil Diamond, plus many more. It’s been four years since her last album, 2018’s ‘Hearts of Glass’ and for the upcoming ‘CrazyTown’ Beth has signed to UK imprint Cooking Vinyl.

Beth: “CrazyTown’ is a collection of songs that reflect all the twists and turns of life, especially reflective of this wild ride we have all been living through. I’m looking forward to hitting the road with this new music finally seeing the light of day.”

To celebrate the release Rough Trade have a signed exclusive coloured edition of the album. You can also get a personally signed and numbered Test Pressing on the D2C store, along with LP & signed CD via Amazon Pre Order.

Rachel Baiman plus support

Wednesday 8th March 2023

The CCA Glasgow

Tickets £15 from Tickets Scotland 0141 204 5151 and Ticketweb

Doors 7.30pm, 8pm start

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Originally from Chicago, Baiman moved to Nashville at eighteen, and has spent the last decade working as a musician in a wide variety of roles, from session musician (Molly Tuttle, Kelsey Waldon, Caroline Spence), to live sidewoman (Kacey Musgraves, Amy Ray), to bandmate and producer. Fiddle music was her first love, and she is known in the bluegrass and old time world for her work with progressive acoustic duo 10 String Symphony with fiddle player Christian Sedelmyer.

Her first solo album Shame, was produced by Andrew Marlin of Mandolin Orange, and established her role as part of a new generation of political songwriters. Since 2017, Baiman has toured her solo project internationally with appearances at the Kilkenny Roots Festival in Ireland, the Mullum Music Festival in Australia, and the Kennedy Center Millenium Stage in Washington, DC.

She has also released a variety of small scale projects; her 2018 Free Dirt EP Thanksgiving, which read as a sort of epilogue to Shame, a duet project with singer Mike Wheeler, which is a more stripped down nod to her acoustic roots, and a 2020 single, Wrong Way Round, which shows more sonic experimentation and hints at musical direction of Cycles.

Dean Owens & The Sinners

Thursday 9th March 2023

Rescheduled from 26th November 2022

Cottiers Theatre Glasgow

Tickets £15 (plus STBF) from Tickets Scotland

0141 204 5151 and Ticketweb.co.uk

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Let award-winning Scottish troubadour Dean Owens and his band transport you to a sepia stained cantina with songs from his acclaimed new Sinner’s Shrine album (recorded with musicians from Calexico) – a unique blend of Scottish roots and Americana, with added desert noir.

A multi talented band including bass, electric guitar and trumpet, with Dean’s searingly soulful voice upfront, conjure the magic of the US desert states, infused with grit and dust from Scotland’s post industrial heartland. Songs of love and lust, sinners and saints, the displaced, the wanderers and the border ghosts.

Best UK Act 2021 – Americana UK Readers Poll

“Owens sings with a dark majesty that matches the gigantic emotional pull of his songsdirt caked desert noir” Mojo

“more intoxicating than the most treacherous of mezcals…” Rolling Stone

“one of my favourite artists” – Bob Harris (BBC)

Frazey Ford plus Leeroy Stagger

Monday 13th March 2023

Saint Lukes Glasgow

Tickets £20 from Tickets Scotland 0141 204 5151
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Doors 7.30pm, 8pm start

Frazey Ford is a Canadian singer-songwriter and actress. She was a founding member of The Be Good Tanyas.

On her third album ​U kin B the Sun​, Vancouver-based singer/songwriter Frazey Ford inhabits an entire world of shapeshifting rhythm, elevating every beat and groove with the subtle magnetism of her mesmerizing voice. With its graceful collision of soul and psychedelia and sometimes ’70s funk, it’s a body of work that invites both self-reflection and wildly joyful movement, and ultimately sparks a quiet transcendence.

At turns ecstatic and heavy-hearted, gloriously shambolic and deeply purifying, ​U kin B the Sun ​is the outcome of a certain personal transformation that Ford has experienced in recent years. “I used to speak more in metaphors, but this album came out in a much more raw and direct way,” she says. “I’d say that’s a result of being more in my body and more in touch with the wholeness of anger, with taking up space and having boundaries. On this record I freed myself from the folk-writing format, and it’s been a whole different exploration for me.”

Bronwynne Brent plus support

Thursday 27th April 2023

The Glad Cafe Glasgow

Tickets £14 from Tickets Scotland 0141 204 5151 and Ticketweb

Doors 7.30pm, 8pm start

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Venue layout-limited unreserved seating

She been building a steady following on this side of the Atlantic, championed by “Whispering” Bob Harris who invited her in for a BBC Radio 2 session after repeatedly featuring tracks over many months. He told listeners: “I absolutely love her music!”

Bronwynne found herself voted Best Female Performer in the annual Readers’ Poll (two consecutive years) at the influential AmericanaUK website.

On the back of a sold-out show at Celtic Connections Festival, she found herself performing to capacity crowds at some of the best venues in the UK and selling out her event at the Top Secret Blues Festival.

When she was invited by Roddy Hart to join him for his Quay Sessions event at BBC Radio Scotland, two thousand hopefuls applied for a ticket to be in the audience in the pre-show ballot.

Many reviewers have expressed the view that the true-grit nature of her writing and delivery btinging Billie Holiday to mind.

Chuck Prophet & The Mission Express

plus Kris Gruen

Wednesday 7th June 2023

Saint Lukes Glasgow

Tickets £24 from Tickets Scotland 0141 204 5151 and Ticketweb

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Doors 7.30pm, 8pm start

Venue layout-limited unreserved seating/standing

Since his neo-psychedelic Green On Red 80s days, Chuck Prophet has been turning out country, folk, blues, and Brill Building classicism. His last visit to European and UK shores with the Mission Express was way back in 2017, before the pandemic and before Chuck getting and finally beating cancer that floored him for much of this year. Chuck is back and better than ever with his Mission Express for his first European shows in six years.

The cult Californian musician finally returns to promote ‘The Land That Time Forgot’, his latest album out via Yep Roc Records which saw his best reviews to date with a UNCUT Album of the Month in addition he will have an exclusive tour album available at all shows. Priced out of recording in his beloved hometown, San Francisco, Prophet found himself re-energised in Upstate NY, just a few miles from the Vermont border, and made a record that he describes as “just as much a 21st-century exorcism as it is Americana.” The songs inhabit a world where the protagonists might be on the run from the truant officer, a handsy boss or the Immigration Service. These are love songs that turn political on a dime, infused with personal connections. Especially some of the more social material grows out of Chuck’s evolution after an upbringing in a Republican Party household. In his singular way, the album charts the slow-collapse of the party: from ‘Honest Abe Lincoln’s’ funeral train. through a childhood in Richard Nixon’s hometown, all the way to the playful mockery of the disc’s closer, about the clown who currently eats cheeseburgers in the Oval Office.

Written mostly with long-time co-conspirator klipschutz, this LP steps out of Chuck’s comfort zone (“two guitars, bass, and drums”). After nailing three tracks in S.F. with Grammy-winning alchemist Matt Winegar, Prophet confesses, “We hit a wall. Schedules. Money. Towed vehicles: a thousand large to get one van out of lockup.” So, he went out on tour, a solo tour, to raise some much-needed funds. Driving through the Catskills he ended up dropping into Kenny Siegal’s Old Soul Studios to finish the record, with some great company too: “At Old Soul, musicians drop in, sometimes complete blind dates. We did everything live. The drummer gigs with Kevin Morby. The bass player, out of some jazz scene. Piano player, an honorary Bad Seed. A mish-mash of personalities and styles. Turns out you can make a lot of noise with acoustic instruments, if there are enough of them.”

‘The Land That Time Forgot’ has deep roots, from the Southern Delta to the discos of Munich. There’s a kind of folkish inevitability to it – “there’s lots of acoustic instruments, on top of each other and side by side” – but as much as folk music is the soil all music grows from, it never hurts to have a boiler room. As such, there’s always a rhythm section shuffling under your feet. Take ‘Marathon’, for example: “It’s all Krautrock bass and Everly Brothers acoustics. I threw all my rockabilly, space-age, Roxy Music tricks in there.” Throughout, Chuck finds himself on his finest-form. Not just in terms of the multifaceted songwriting – with more surprising reference points than you count on two hands – but also his exemplary, typically out-there storytelling, too. And a not-inconsiderable presence on vocals by the inimitable Stephanie Finch.