Archive for the ‘Gig Guide’ Category

Heidi Talbot & Boo Hewerdine

Saturday 30th October 2021

Rescheduled from Saturday 14th November 2020

Websters Theatre Glasgow

Tickets £16 from Tickets Scotland 0141 204 5151 and Ticketweb.co.uk

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Doors 7.30pm, 8pm start

Venue Layout- Unreserved Seating

Heidi Talbot will be celebrating 20 years as a professional singer in 2020 with 20 concerts across the United Kingdom and Europe and a September 2020 release of a compilation album featuring tracks from Heidi’s 5 solo albums. She has shared the stage and recorded with Mark Knopfler, Graham Coxon (Blur), Idlewild, King Creosote, Tim O’ Brien and Jerry Douglas. Heidi has been nominated for folk singer of the year at the BBC radio 2 folk awards and Irish Music Awards.

Joining Heidi on her Autumn tour will be long-time collaborator, Ivor Novello award nominated singer-songwriter Boo Hewerdine. Boo has performed with and written songs for major artists such as Chris Difford, kd Lang, Kris Drever, Duke Special and Eddi Reader. He is in constant demand as a musician, songwriter, producer, teacher and live concert performer.
Boo and Heidi have recorded and toured together extensively going back to Heidi’s first solo tour of the UK in 2005.

A concert not to be missed.

Lau “Unplugged”

Sunday 31st October 2021

Rescheduled from 27th June 2021

The Queens Hall Edinburgh

Tickets from The Queens Hall Box Office & Tickets Scotland 0131 220 3234

Doors 7.30pm, 8pm start

Venue Layout- Reserved Seating

The pioneering Scottish folk trio have always experimented with sound and form; the results have always been complex and thrilling.
Already acknowledged as phenomenal live performers (‘the UK’s best live band’ – the Guardian), Lau arrived at a new creative peak with 2019’s Midnight and Closedown (Reveal Records). That album was produced by John Parish (PJ Harvey, This Is The Kit), who said: ‘Lau are in touch with their roots but not bound by them’.
Now 2020’s Unplugged concert tour sees traditional music’s most celebrated innovators strip away their banks of electronics, loops and wild effects. The trio of Kris Drever (guitar, vocals), Martin Green (accordion) and Aidan O’Rourke (fiddle) feel drawn to a more raw and plain-speaking aesthetic. The approach is subtler, less about spectacle, more about close listening. In brash and polarised political times, here is the poetry of real instruments and considerate music making.
“Lau are a remarkable band – the most musically adventurous trio in British folk – exquisite and h

Otis Gibbs plus support

Thursday 4th November 2021

The Glad Cafe Glasgow

Tickets £14 from Tickets Scotland 0141 204 5151 and Ticketweb

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Doors 7.30pm, 8pm start

Venue layout- Limited Unreserved Seating

Otis Gibbs is a Songwriter, storyteller, painter, photographer and planter of 7,176 trees. He once wrestled a bear, and lost. He has been described as “The best unknown songwriter in music today.” If you ask him, he’ll simply say he’s a Folk Singer.

He also hosts a podcast called Thanks For Giving Damn which features your favorite musicians, journalists and historians sharing memories, backstage stories and history lessons. His podcast quickly became a cult favorite and lead to him hosting Country Built on Pandora (USA) where Otis tells stories about the history of country music to his 3 million+ subscribers. He grew up in Wanamaker, Indiana, spent 12 years in East Nashville and has recently returned home to Indianapolis with his long time partner, Amy Lashley.

“Gibbs has been likened to everyone from Guthrie to Springsteen — but his is the rare voice that stands on its own.” -Esquire

“Gibbs’ songwriting is deeply personal and profound. It’s plain to see Otis Gibbs is a man you should give a damn about. ” –Rolling Stone

Findlay Napier & Megan Henwood

Friday 12th November 2021

The Glad Cafe Glasgow

Tickets £15 from Tickets Scotland 0141 204 5151 and Ticketweb

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Doors 7.30pm, 8pm start

Venue layout- Limited Unreserved Seating

After two years in the lab The Story Song Scientists are back with their new EP ‘Quantum Lyrics’ and ready to tour the UK sharing more astonishing discoveries through the medium of alternative acoustic music. From clouds to volcanoes, blood to explosives, their data research has led to fascinating findings which have been meticulously dissected and creatively reassembled for your aural and cerebral pleasure. This tour features brand new material as well as songs from their celebrated self titled EP released in 2018.

Support is from acclaimed singer-songwriters Findlay Napier and Megan Henwood – two accomplished artists on the UK Folk scene who will each play a solo set of their original material.

Though The Story Song Scientists may be completely unqualified in both science and education, they wear lab coats and are well versed in the art of song. So join them on an informative performance journey through time and space, blending music, laughter, lasers and maybe one or two vaguely interesting facts.


“Two of the UK’s finest songwriters” – Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2

Ben Caplan plus support

Saturday 13th November 2021

The Glad Cafe Glasgow

SOLD OUT

Doors 7.30pm, 8pm start

Venue Layout- Limited unreserved seating

Ben Caplan is both the roar of the hurricane and the eye of the storm. He has an uncanny ability to channel both wild abandon and quiet introspection. His song writing pulls from many diverse influences but both his music and his lyrics regularly draw from his Jewish heritage. Often mixing biblical imagery and klezmer inflected melodies, Caplan re-appropriates ancient sounds and themes with a decidedly contemporary twist.

Ben released his first studio album in 2011 and has spent the last ten years recording music and performing to ever growing audiences in music clubs and theatres around the world. For the ten-year anniversary of his first release, Caplan has recorded a retrospective collection of stripped back re-interpretations of songs from across his catalogue. The album, entitled Recollection, will be released in October of 2021 followed by an extensive European and Canadian tour.

Kris Drever In Concert

Wednesday 17th November 2021

Saint Luke’s Glasgow

Tickets £16 from Tickets Scotland 0141 204 5151
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Doors 7.30pm, 8pm start

(no support)

Photo Genevieve Stevenson

Venue layout- Unreserved Seating

Kris Drever is a Scottish folk singer songwriter, who has won multiple awards including an incredible 7 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, two shortlist nominations for Scottish Album of The Year (with his trio Lau) and much acclaim for his solo recordings and concerts including glowing reviews from The Herald, The Guardian, Mojo and Q Magazine.

His recent single “Scapa Flow 1919” was nominated for Best Original Track by BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards whilst his (John Parish produced) album with Lau, “Midnight and Closedown” was released in 2019 by Reveal Records to wild acclaim including being chosen in The Best Albums of The Year feature by The Guardian.

Drever’s voice and guitar form a part of the backbone of today’s contemporary roots and folk scene. Hugely admired as a solo artist, collaborator, a phenomenal and prolific artist. Kris has collaborated with Cream’s Jack Bruce, Bela Fleck, Tinariwen, Joan As Police Woman, Jerry Douglas, Danny Thompson, Tim O’Brien, Sarah Jarosz, Shawn Colvin, Phil Cunningham,
Rosanne Cash, Roddy Woomble, Eddi Reader, Adem, Kate Rusby, Julie Fowlis, Karine Polwart, Seckou Keita and many more. One of Scotland’s finest and most in demand musicians.

“The folk revival has a new standard bearer” Q

Peter Bruntnell Trio plus support

Thursday 18th November 2021

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

Rolling Stone once declared Peter Bruntnell to be, “one of England’s best kept musical secrets”. England has successfully managed to keep Peter Bruntnell a secret for all this time, even from itself. “Maybe this will be the album to finally give him the worldwide superstar recognition he deserves!”, enthused every other Peter Bruntnell album review from the last 20+ years, with an admirably unwavering optimism.

“If we lived in a just world, Peter Bruntnell would by now be in the middle of his third or fourth global arena tour, his biggest worry working out how to courier his latest armful of Grammy awards back to the UK so his butler could have them installed in the west wing of mansion by the time he got home,” said a feature in The Guardian in 2016, intent on letting the cat out of the bag, but failing miserably. Needless to say, we don’t live in a just world and Peter Bruntnell is still having to get by without a butler. Although perhaps the curriculum is to blame for this failure to ignite mass awareness, with not one teacher in the past two decades known to have heeded the call from NME to teach Peter’s songs in schools.

Peter’s new album, Journey To The Sun – out 11th June on Domestico Records – will do little to dispel this fantasy of world domination, but it remains unlikely to become in any way a reality. He will remain the secret singer-songwriter, lauded by the likes of Kathleen Edwards, The Delines, Rumer, various members of R.E.M. and Son Volt.

Adam Holmes plus support

Wednesday 1st December 2021

The CCA Glasgow

Tickets £15 from Tickets Scotland 0141 204 5151 and Ticketweb.co.uk

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Venue layout- Limited Unreserved Seating

27 year-old Edinburgh born singer-songwriter Adam Holmes is one of the brightest rising stars on the UK roots music scene, with influences from either side of theAtlantic mixing traditional and contemporary folk with his own brand of soul and Americana.

Twice nominated for BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, his first two albums were also nominated for Scottish Album of the Year in 2014 & 2017, and there is much anticipation as to whether he can make it three in a row this year with his third album ‘Midnight Milk’.

His first album, ‘Heirs & Graces’, was produced by John Wood (producer of all Nick Drake’s albums and John Martyn’s iconic ‘Solid Air’ album) and mastered by Simon Heyworth (co-producer of Mike Oldfield’s ‘Tubular Bells’) and second album, ‘Brighter Still’, features two-time BRIT award winner Eddi Reader on backing vocals throughout.

His latest album was recorded in his one bedroomed flat in Edinburgh, complete with full brass section, an eighteen piece choir and a widescreen folk/soul/electronica production, influenced by a 2016 collaboration with Adrian Utley of Portishead, Dominic Aitchison of Mogwai and Martin Green of Lau.His latest album was recorded in his one bedroomed flat in Edinburgh, complete with full brass section, an eighteen piece choir and a widescreen folk/soul/electronica production, influenced by a 2016 collaboration with Adrian Utley of Portishead, Dominic Aitchison of Mogwai and Martin Green of Lau.

Sierra Hull plus support

Thursday 2nd December 2021

Saint Luke’s Glasgow

Tickets £17 from Tickets Scotland 0141 204 5151 and Ticketweb

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Doors 7.30pm, 8pm start


Venue layout- Unreserved Seating

In her first 25 years alone, singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Sierra Hull hit more milestones than many musicians accomplish in a lifetime. After making her Grand Ole Opry debut at the age of 10, the Tennessee-bred virtuoso mandolinist played Carnegie Hall at age 12, then landed a deal with Rounder Records just a year later.

Now 28-years-old, Hull is set to deliver her fourth full-length for Rounder: an elegantly inventive and endlessly captivating album called 25 Trips.

Revealing her profound warmth as a storyteller, 25 Trips finds Hull shedding light on the beauty and chaos and sometimes sorrow of growing up and getting older. To that end, the album’s title nods to a particularly momentous year of her life, including her marriage to fellow bluegrass musician Justin Moses and the release of her widely acclaimed album Weighted Mind—a Béla Fleck-produced effort nominated for Best Folk Album at the 2017 Grammy Awards.

The Delines

plus Jerry Joseph

Thursday 17th February 2022

Saint Luke’s Glasgow-

Tickets £20 (plus STBF) from Tickets Scotland

0141 204 5151 and Ticketweb.co.uk

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Venue Layout- Part seated/part standing

Country-soul outfit, The Delines, return to Glasgow as part of a European tour this coming February with Jerry Joseph support. The Delines who are well known to Glasgow audiences will be returning with new material for this special date with the full line up.

The band hails from Portland, Oregon, where they have been working on new material over the past months before the lockdown which is set to be finished shortly. Look forward to new songs and older classics from their previous albums.

The Delines are led by vocalist Amy Boone( The Damnations, TX), the keyboard and horn work of Cory Gray, as well as Richmond Fontaine members: Sean Oldham, Freddie Trujillo, and Willy Vlautin.

Vlautin, the acclaimed novelist and songwriter for Richmond Fontaine, has penned all ten tracks. Vlautin’s book Lean on Pete was recently released as a major motion picture. Richmond Fontaine broke up in 2016 after releasing over ten records.

Jerry Joseph will be supporting and has just recorded his new album with the Drive-By Truckers featuring Jason Isbell which will be out this August 21st on Décor Records.

Gretchen Peters plus special guest Kim Richey

Friday 25th March 2022

Community Central Halls Glasgow

Rescheduled from 2nd June 2021

Original tickets still valid

Tickets £25 from, See Tickets, Tickets Scotland 0141 204 5151
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Doors 7.30pm, 8pm start

Venue Layout- Unreserved Seating

For two decades, Gretchen Peters has been one of Nashville’s most beloved and respected artists. “If Peters never delivers another tune as achingly beautiful as ‘On A Bus To St. Cloud,’” People Magazine wrote, “she has already earned herself a spot among country’s upper echelon of contemporary composers.”

Inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in October 2014 by singer-songwriter Rodney Crowell, who called her “both a songwriter and a poet (who) sings as beautifully as she writes,” and said her song “The Matador”, “moved me so greatly, I cried from the soles of my feet”, Peters has accumulated accolades as a songwriter for artists as diverse as Etta James, Bonnie Raitt, The Neville Brothers, Patty Loveless, George Strait, Bryan Adams and Faith Hill. Her 2015 album, ‘Blackbirds’, debuted at #1 on the UK Country chart and in the top 40 UK pop chart, and was awarded International Album of the Year and Song of the Year.

Charm Of Finches plus support

Thursday 28th April 2022

The Glad Cafe Glasgow

Tickets £15 from Tickets Scotland 0141 204 5151 and Ticketweb.co.uk

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Charm of Finches from Melbourne, Australia, make intricate, dreamy indie folk with many stringed things, awash with seamless blood harmonies traversing melancholy and wonder in equal measure. The sister duo, Mabel and Ivy Windred-Wornes, grew up busking old time tunes and singing on festival stages around Australia.

Their 2019 sophomore album Your Company won the 2020 Independent Music Awards’ Best Folk/Singer-Songwriter Album and was nominated for the 2020 Music Victoria Best Folk Album Award and 2020 Australian Music Prize.

Their music has featured on ABC TV, ABC RN, Triple J, Double J and championed by community radio stations around Australia. They recorded their third full length album “Wonderful Oblivion” at home while working remotely with acclaimed Canadian producer Daniel Ledwell. It will be released 22nd October through New York-based label AntiFragile Music.

“folk purity…affecting and emotional” The Music

Charlie Parr plus support

Tuesday 10th May 2022

The Glad Cafe Glasgow

Tickets £15 from Tickets Scotland 0141 204 5151 and Ticketweb

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Doors 7.30pm, 8pm start

Venue layout- Limited Unreserved Seating

Charlie Parr is an incorruptible outsider who writes novelistic, multi-layered stories that shine a kaleidoscopic light on defiant, unseen characters thriving in the shadows all around us.

He hasn’t moved to LA or Nashville; he’s stayed in the cold grey north of Minnesota, because that’s his home. Charlie makes his Smithsonian Folkways Recordings debut with ‘Last of The Better Days Ahead’, out worldwide  July 30, 2021.

Beth Nielsen Chapman plus support

Saturday 21st May 2022

City Halls Glasgow

Tickets £27/£25 (plus STBF) from www.ticketsglasgow.com In person:- City Halls & Glasgow Royal Concert Box Offices 0141 353 8000 & Tickets Scotland

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Doors 7pm, show starts at 8pm

Venue layout- reserved seating

If you are going to a Beth Nielsen Chapman concert get ready to laugh and cry and, well, just fasten your seat belt. One thing you can count on is one great song after another and some fascinating stories woven between them.
Twice Grammy-nominated Nashville based, Beth Nielsen Chapman has released thirteen solo albums and written seven #1 hits and songs recorded by Bonnie Raitt, Willie Nelson, Bette Midler, Elton John, Neil Diamond, Michael McDonald, Keb Mo’, Roberta Flack, Waylon Jennings, Indigo Girls, & Faith Hill’s Mega-hit This Kiss, ASCAP’S 1999 Song Of The Year. Her songs have been featured in film and TV and as an artist Beth’s work has been diverse, from singing in nine different languages on Prism (2007) to The Mighty Sky (2012) Grammy-nominated astronomy CD for kids of all ages in addition to her deeply moving body of work as a singer-songwriter throughout her other releases. 2014’s UnCovered in which she reclaims her hits, features legendary guests from Vince Gill to Duane Eddy. Sand & Water (1997), written in the wake of her husband’s death, was performed by Elton John to honor the memory of Princess Diana.

In the fall of 2016, Beth, along with Olivia Newton-John & Amy Sky created and toured behind an inspiring project called Liv On – A New Album to Aid & Comfort Those Experiencing Grief & Loss While Using the Power of Music To Heal. 
Inducted into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame in 2016, Beth is also a breast cancer survivor and environmentalist and considers herself a creativity midwife, passionate about inspiring others to fully blossom into their creative life.
Throughout her career, Beth has been in demand as a keynote speaker and teacher of workshops on creativity, songwriting, grief, and healing through art, using a unique inspiring approach to tapping into the creative process. She has also taught at Universities internationally including the Royal Scottish Academy of Music & Drama, The Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts, and the Berklee School of Music among others.


Hearts Of Glass, Beth’s 2018 album, riveting and sparse, is a powerful collection of songs that reach into the place within us where vulnerability meets strength which is often where Beth’s songs will take you, right into the center of the full beautiful dance of contradictions that inhabit love and life. 


Early next year Beth will debut “The SongSchool Podcast” which will feature legendary guest songwriters describing what they consider the “perfect song” as well as on the spot critiques for songs submitted, both live in the studio and down the phone line from the other side of the world. After the feedback, any songs that are rewritten and improved will be brought back to the show. All about making good songs GREAT! 


Most recently Beth has been invited to be an Ambassador for the Buddy Holly Educational Foundation. http://www.tbhef.org

The fall of 2021 will bring the release of Beth’s 15th solo album along with a world tour starting in the UK. Working with legendary producer Ray Kennedy (Lucinda Williams, Steve Earle) this one is going to be epic!

Chuck Prophet & The Mission Express

plus support

Sunday 29th May 2022

The Glee Club Glasgow

Tickets £20 (plus STBF) from Tickets Scotland 0141 204 5151 and Ticketweb.co.uk

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Doors 7pm, 8pm start

Venue layout- Part Seated/part standing

Chuck Prophet is a singer, songwriter, guitarist and producer is getting ready to put out a new album for 2020. Chuck started his wild ride as a kid back in 1984 when Green on Red plucked him out of Berkeley, CA and threw him in the van for an eight year ride and the recording of as many albums. Green on Red were seminal purveyors of American Roots-Rock and broke up in 1992 just before an entire movement followed in their wake. Since then Chuck has recorded thirteen amazing solo albums and toured and recorded with Lucinda Williams, Aimee Mann, Cake.

Bruce Springsteen, Ryan Adams, Solomon Burke, Alejandro Escovedo and Heart have recorded his songs, along with a host of others. Known for his blistering guitar style, which follows in the tradition of such players as Keith Richards and Alex Chilton while Prophet vocal styles have been compared to Dylan and Tom Petty.

Chuck’s never been one to rest on his laurels and ride it out and his last five records have been his best yet. Chuck’s live shows are second to none and has been touring Europe with his band the Mission Express sine the mid 90s with festival slots at Glastonbury, Southern Fried, Summertyne, Azkena, Roskilde etc including a recent Spanish tour with Dylan guitarist, Charlie Sexton in 2019. Chuck will be showcasing material from his new album alongside hits from his previous albums.

The Handsome Family plus Daniel Knox

Saturday 10th September 2022

Community Central Halls Glasgow

Tickets £17.50 (plus STBF) from Tickets Scotland

0141 204 5151 and Ticketweb.co.uk

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Doors 7.30pm, 8pm start

Venue layout- unreserved seating

Odessa, originally released in 1994 and Milk And Scissors in 1996 will be re-released by Loose Music is 2020 and available for the first time in vinyl.

The Handsome Family have written some of the most haunting and beautiful songs in American music. During a 30-year career, Brett and Rennie Sparks have created songs that transform the mundane landscape of modern life into a place of mysterious portent.

Handsome Family songs take place in parking lots and big box stores, under overpasses and in airports. They sing about Custer’s last stand and automatic lawn sprinklers in the same song. Rennie’s lyrics often focus on the myriad creatures that live at the edges of the man-made world: the sparrows, rats, cockroaches and crows that share our cities.