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Bronwynne Brent plus support

Friday 20th March 2020

The Glad Café Glasgow

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Following her hugely successful visits to these shores, Mississippi Delta songbird, Bronwynne Brent returns to perform material from past releases as well as a brand new album.

Hugely popular in the UK, Bronwynne has twice carried off the Best Female Performer title in the annual Reader’s Poll at AmericanaUK.

Various presenters continue to champion her on BBC where the singer, who has been compared to Billie Holiday, Peggy Lee and Amy Winehouse, has recorded two studio sessions.

Once again she will be on tour in trio format, accompanied by cream of the crop players (guitar and bass).

“These songs are absolutely gorgeous – really special!” – Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2

 

Siobhan Miller (no support)

Thursday 9th April 2020

The CCA Glasgow

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

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Doors 7.30pm, 8pm start

 

 

One of Scotland’s foremost singers, Siobhan Miller is an exceptional talent, renowned for her unique vocal style paired with her evocative song-writing. Miller creates music with detail and rich melodies that combine the sounds of indie and alternative music with sounds from her roots in folk music.

Growing up in a musical family, she was immersed in traditional song and learned from many of Scotland’s finest source singers in her early years as a performer. Miller won the 2018 BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for Best Traditional Track, whilst also nominated for Folk Singer of the Year, and is the only ever three-time winner of Scots Singer of the Year at the BBC Alba Scots Trad Music Awards.

Her three solo albums have received widespread critical acclaim, whilst her hotly anticipated fourth release is due in spring 2019. Mercury (2018) is Miller’s first album of entirely original material, and was recorded in Glasgow with many of her frequent collaborators, including producer Euan Burton. It also features songs co-written with Lau’s Kris Drever and Admiral Fallow frontman Louis Abbott. Flight of Time (2015) and Strata (2017), were both nominated for Album of the Year at the Scots Trad Awards, highlighting her extensive range through traditional, contemporary and self-penned material, as well as her “delicate, nourishing vocals and lyrically rich compositions” (The List).

She releases her fourth album in spring 2020 – following three critically acclaimed solo releases – touring with Innes White (guitar/mandolin), Charlie Stewart (fiddle) and Euan Burton (double bass).

Alongside her extensive solo ventures, Miller’s unique vocal style has been honed through collaborations with many of Scotland’s top musicians, as well as guest appearances with the National Theatre of Scotland, a season on Broadway, and a role on US/UK TV drama Outlander.

Amber Cross plus support

Tuesday 14th April 2020

The Admiral Bar Glasgow (in association with the Star Folk Club)

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Doors 7.30pm, 8pm start

Originally from Maine, Amber spent her early years surrounded by gospel music in a small town church where her father preached and her mother played piano. In 2003 Amber left her studies at New Mexico State University to pursue her love for music. Se moved up and down the coast of California; the San Francisco Bay Area, the Sierra Foothills, the San Joaquin River Valley, the coastal range of Sonoma County, and now San Luis Obispo County. She has opened for such artists as Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Gurf Morlix, Mary Gauthier and Dave Stamey, as well as made frequent guest performances with The Wronglers, Warren Hellman’s band, founder of San Francisco’s Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival.

Amber released her debut album You Can Come In in March of 2013. Country Music People Magazine/UK, discovered the album and gave it a 5 Star Review and CD Of The Month, saying “Every now and again a debut CD arrives and you know about 30 seconds in that you are experiencing something a bit special… it’s appeal is likely to be broad, from bluegrass, rootsy Appalachian, to country or honky-tonk.”

Amber performs solo and in band arrangements. She is often accompanied by long time friend and Cajun/oldtime fiddler Gary Arcemont and husband James Moore. The two men play a variety of instruments to support Amber’s songs; guitar, fiddle, banjo, harmonica, mandolin and upright bass, as well as offering vocal support.

 

Arcade feat Heidi Talbot & Adan Holmes

Thursday 16th April 2020

La Belle Angele Edinburgh

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For the first time Ireland’s Heidi Talbot and Scotland’s Adam Holmes are joining forces to tour, write and record an album of original material together. Between them they have been nominated for multiple BBC Folk Awards, SAY awards, Irish music awards and played for First Ministers and US Presidents.

This new collaboration will see the pair work under the name “Arcade”, with plans to record and release a new album of songs in 2019 produced by Louis Abbott (Admiral Fallow)

Heidi Talbot was born in Ireland became a folk star in the USA as a member of the Irish American band Cherish the Ladies, and now lives in Edinburgh, Edinburgh based singer song writer Adam Holmes with his band The Embers combine the rhythm and blues, country and folk music textures of classic artists such as The Band, Neil Young and Ryan Adams and The Cardinals.

Letitia VanSant plus support

Wednesday 22nd April 2020

The Glad Cafe Glasgow

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Baltimore’s Letitia VanSant first came to prominence in 2017 when she won the prestigious Kerrville New Folk Song-writing competition – an honour previously granted to many who went on to become big names, such as Lucinda Williams and Nanci Griffith.

Since releasing her debut album in Europe, the powerfully impressive singer-song-writer has won a legion of new fans…and many glowing reviews.

Writing at AmericanaUK, Paul Kerr said she was “wonderful – a great songwriter with a glorious voice,” and at Folk Radio UK, writer Mike Davies delivered more praise, calling her “terrific,” while respected music writer Marc Higgins described the album as “captivating,” and awarding it a top 5-star rating, added: “The song-writing is sparkling and she has a stop-the-traffic voice.”

Last time she toured here with her band’s guitarist who also provided backing vocals -David McKindley-Ward – they made a big impact. It will be the same duo format once again.

Eileen Rose & The Holy Wreck plus support

Wednesday 29th April 2020

The Glad Cafe Glasgow

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After a five year break from touring the UK, Eileen Rose & the Holy Wreck return with a new record which she is recording in Muscle Shoals.

Her country roots four piece band have been regular visitors to Scotland over the years where they built up a loyal following. Time magazine says ‘Like Lucinda Williams but with softer edges, Rose fuses country, honky-tonk and smoldering pop into something all of her own’

‘Nashville with an attitude for the 21st Century’ NME

“Songcraft of the highest order, stuff that lingers long and nestles deep”. TIMEOUT

Lynne Hanson & The Good Intentions

plus support

Thursday 7th May 2020

The Glad Cafe Glasgow

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Too tough for folk and too blues influenced for country, Lynne Hanson’s brand of “porch music with a little red dirt” can turn on a dime from a sunshine, blue sky ballad to a full-on thunderstorm of gritty Americana swamp from one song to the next. Lynne is known for her high-energy, roots guitar driven live performances, whether solo or with her band The Good Intentions. A closet stand up comedian, Lynne often leaves the audience howling with laughter with her between-song-banter.

Lynne has toured the US, Europe and the UK, showcased in Austin, TX and Memphis, TN, toured in support of Grammy nominated artist Gretchen Peters and Steve Forbert, and opened for Grammy-award winning guitar legend Albert Lee.

She received a Canadian Folk Music Award nomination in 2009 and won the prestigious Colleen Peterson Song writing Award in 2010. She is also one half of “The LYNNeS.” Their release “Heartbreak Song For The Radio” was nominated for 5 Canadian Folk Music Awards, winning English Songwriter and Ensemble of the Year.

The Handsome Family plus Daniel Knox

Saturday 9th May 2020

Community Central Halls Glasgow

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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.

20th May 2020: Gretchen Peters

Posted: June 3, 2014 in Gig Guide

Gretchen Peters (no support)

Wednesday 20th May 2020

Community Central Halls Glasgow

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

 

 

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.

In 2015, The Telegraph named her one of the greatest 60 female singer-songwriters of all time. Her latest album, The Night You Wrote That Song: The Songs of Mickey Newbury, is a loving tribute to another Hall of Fame songwriter and a profound influence on Peters’ own writing. It will be released in May 2020.

22nd May 2020: Lau- Unplugged

Posted: June 3, 2014 in Gig Guide

Lau-Unplugged

Friday 22nd May 2020

The Queens Hall Edinburgh

Tickets £22/£19 from The Queens Hall 0131 668 2019
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Bar opens 7pm, show starts 8pm start

 

 

For the first time in over a decade, Lau present an entirely acoustic tour.

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 hypnotic, musicianship at its best” The Guardian

Chuck Prophet & The Mission Express

plus support

Thursday 28th May 2020

Saint Luke’s Glasgow- Part seated/part standing

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Doors 7.30pm, 8pm startChuck 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.

31st May 2020: Madison Violet

Posted: June 3, 2014 in Gig Guide

Madison Violet (no support)

Sunday 31st May 2020

The CCA Glasgow

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

 

 

With heart-wrenching song writing and luscious harmonies combined with the natural storytelling of folk, the rhythms of Americana and catchy pop hooks, Madison Violet have been captivating audiences and critics alike for two decades.

Brenley MacEachern and Lisa MacIsaac met in Toronto in 1999, only to discover that their fathers sat next to each other in high school nearly 2000km away in Cape Breton. That longstanding, deep-rooted history is what ties the duo’s harmonies so tight, and lies at the core of their unparalleled musical connection and enthralling live show.

With nine albums to their credit – most recently 2019’s acclaimed Everything’s Shifting, inspired by love, loss and regret – the multi-instrumental duo has achieved an impressive list of accolades in their twenty years, including a Juno nomination, a Canadian Folk Music Award for Best Vocal Group Album, a Critic’s Choice Award from Country Music People’s Magazine, and the John Lennon Song writing Grand Prize.

Madison Violet’s songs have featured in influential music magazine MOJO’s Top 10 playlist, as well as CBC Radio 2’s Top 20, and received a mass of international acclaim from outlets such as the BBC, Maverick Magazine, NPR and Germany’s WDR, where the duo feature on the station’s list of ‘Best Bands of All Time’. In a brief sojourn from their signature roots-based sound, their 2014 single These Ships was remixed and released on one of the largest US dance labels, Ultra Records, garnering over 1.2 million plays on Spotify (for that track alone), and counting.

 

Rachel Baiman plus support

Thursday 4th June 2020

The Glad Café Glasgow

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Rachel Baiman’s June 2017 label debut Shame was featured on NPR’s “Songs We Love”, called a “Rootsy Wake-up Call” by Folk Alley, and described by Vice’s “Noisey” as “flipping off authority one song at a time.” Now Baiman has announced Thanksgiving (out November 2 on Free Dirt Records), a self-produced four-song EP, featuring her live trio as well as special guests including Molly Tuttle and Josh Oliver

Thanksgiving is a collection of music to inspire an introspective holiday spirit. The songs center around themes of Indigenous Rights, home and homelessness, and love in hard times. “Thanksgiving has always been one of my favorite holidays,” says Baiman. “But two years ago in November, the fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline was in full swing, and it just got me thinking about how the relationship between indigenous and white people in this country has hardly changed at all over the years. The irony of Thanksgiving being celebrated right as people were being arrested and sprayed with water guns for protecting their right to clean water really hit me”.

The EP opens with the jovial sounding “Tent City” which features a hard-driving bluegrass band. However, the slaphappy sound becomes erie as the lyrics sink in , The song is from the perspective of a man who has fallen from his picturesque middle class lifestyle into homelessness and addiction. Yet the matter-of-fact delivery huamizes his story and gives context to a character who might otherwise be treated as a statistic.

Josh Okeefe plus support

Friday 12th June 2020

The Glad Café Glasgow

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Doors 7.30pm, 8pm start

 

Okeefe dropped out of school at age 16. Living briefly in numerous places including London and the seaside resort town of Brighton, Okeefe often slept on the floors of recording studios, music coffee houses and other small venues.

After traveling to America in search of the places his music idols once roamed, he began writing songs at an astonishing pace. Okeefe has earned coveted spots at major music events on both sides of the Atlantic including the Woody Guthrie Folk Festival, Black Deer Festival and England’s prestigious Glastonbury Festival for the first time in the summer of 2019, at the invitation of British folk musician and political activist Billy Bragg. He is also a featured artist on the popular YouTube channel GEMSonVHS.

A rebel artist, a protest singer, the heir to Bob Dylan, or – when he’s doing one of his lighter satirical numbers – a harmonica-tootin’ Mr. Bean… with raw, topical storytelling and a voice that crackles with authentic folk tradition, Okeefe is all of those and more.

Steve Forbert (no support)

Tuesday 30th June 2020

Saint Luke’s Glasgow

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Doors 7.30pm, 8pm start

 

Steve Forbert’s folk-rock career has spanned four decades and counting. In June 1976, the twenty-one year old boarded a train in Meridian, Mississippi bound for New York City, then the epicenter of folk music. His combination of musicianship and authenticity demanded notice. In less than two years, he went from being a street performer and living at the YMCA to filling historic Greenwich Village clubs and signing a major label record contract with Nemperor Records.

From 1978 to 1982, Forbert released four acclaimed albums. Rolling Stone contributing editor David Wild wrote that “now or then, you would be hard-pressed to find a debut effort that was simultaneously as fresh and accomplished as Alive on Arrival . . . it was like a great first novel by a young author who somehow managed to split the difference between Mark Twain and J.D. Salinger.”

Forbert’s second studio release, Jackrabbit Slim went RIAA Gold Certified with its Billboard #11 hit “Romeo’s Tune”. Recording success vaulted Steve onto a broader musical stage, touring the U.S. and Europe many times over. Forbert even appeared opposite Cyndi Lauper in her music video for “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun.” His early accomplishments would be a career for most artists, but he continues to write, record, and perform to this day. His artistic pursuit has resulted in twenty studio albums and numerous live releases, compilations, and accolades. His songs have been recorded by Keith Urban, Rosanne Cash and Marty Stuart.

Forbert’s latest studio album release The Magic Tree serves as sound track to his memoir. The album rings with the verve and vitality that Forbert’s fans have always come to expect. The Magic Tree underscores what revered critic the late Paul Nelson wrote about Forbert in Rolling Stone almost 40 years ago: “… Nothing, nothing in this world, is going to stop Steve Forbert, and on that I’ll bet anything you’d care to wager.”

Anyone who reviews Steve’s catalogue of music can see the writer in the musician. His songs are as literary as they are musically vibrant. Brutally honest lyrics delivered with sensitivity create an uncommon trust with his listeners. Excelling in every decade of his career, Forbert exemplifies the best of the troubadour tradition.

The California Feetwarmers plus support

Friday 10th July 2020

Saint Luke’s Glasgow

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When The California Feetwarmers roll into town it SPELLS party time.

Last time they played Glasgow, they raised the roof of the city’s Old Fruitmarket, treating the 1000-capacity crowd to a virtual Mardi Gras celebration.

The 7-piece has gathered praise from some of the biggest names in the biz.

When they headlined at Herb Alpert’s nightclub in Beverly Hills, where Hollywood’s A-list go looking for fun, one of the UK’s true greats enjoyed the show so much he declared himself a fan, told them to head for London and said: “Just tell them Tom Jones sent you!”

He wasn’t the first big name to fall under their spell…this is the band that Keb’ Mo’ sought out to provide an air of authenticity when he recorded his Blues Americana album. The collaboration won them a Grammy-nomination.

When Keb’ Mo’ grabbed them as must-have sidekicks, he did so as he wanted it to be “a joyous thing – a party,” he told The Wall Street Journal.

Tom Russell (no support)

Wednesday 29th July 2020

Saint Luke’s Glasgow

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The legend that is Tom Russell makes a welcome return Glasgow in the summer.

Singer songwriter, painter, essayist – Tom Russell has recorded thirty five highly acclaimed records, & published five books: 120 Songs of Tom Russell; Tough Company – Letters with Charles Bukowski; Blue Horse Red Desert: The Art of Tom Russell; Bloodsport a crime novel published by Aschehoug, Norway; and And Then I Wrote: The Songwriter Speaks, with Sylvia Tyson.

Tom Russell songs have been recorded by Johnny Cash, Doug Sahm, Nanci Griffith, KD Lang, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Ian Tyson, Iris DeMent, Joe Ely, and a hundred others.

Tom’s latest release, “October in the Railroad Earth” was released last year with some great reviews.

Whether you look at, listen to, or read Russell’s creations, it’s always a fascinating expedition to far-flung places, slightly skewed yet true-to-life adventures based on the reality that exists between his ears.
No Depression

This one raises the bar even higher…there’s not a dud track here. This one should be in every self-respecting country devotee’s collection. 5 Stars.
Maverick Magazine

 

Kris Drever In Concert

Thursday 29th October 2020

Saint Luke’s Glasgow

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Doors 7.30pm, 8pm start

(no support)

 

Photo Genevieve Stevenson

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