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Chuck Prophet (acoustic)

plus special guest

Jesse Malin

Thursday 20th September 2018

Cottiers Theatre Glasgow

SOLD OUT

Doors 7.30pm, 8pm start

Californian alt-rock hero Chuck Prophet returns to Glasgow, for his first ever duo show with his wife and co-conspirator, Stephanie Finch this September. The tour features Chuck and Stephanie playing songs on acoustic and with keyboard with tracks from each others albums spanning over twenty years digging deep into some tunes you haven’t heard for awhile. They will be joined by friend and native New Yorker Jesse Malin whom will also be playing a full set with his keyboardist. Jesse has toured the UK for the last 20 + years too with a rich musical history. Chuck and Jesse will be closing out the night together on stage.

Chuck Prophet has been on the scene since his days with Americana pioneers Green on Red from 1984 to 1992 whom he recorded seven albums with. Chuck has gone on to have a successful solo career with over twelve albums under his belt and writing songs for the likes of Solomon Burke, Heart and Alejandro Escovedo and as a sideman with the likes of Lucinda Williams, Warren Zevon and Cake.

This will be a rare time to catch him as a duo setting.

“the swagger and innocence of early Springsteen and the demi-monde storytelling of early Lou Reed.” MOJO

Jesse Malin has been on the scene almost as long, revered by iconic figures from Bruce Springsteen and Joe Strummer to Joey Ramone and Jim Jarmusch, “His songs are so good they hurt my feelings,” Ryan Adams once said, and it’s little wonder considering Malin’s ability to bridge the reckless abandon of The Replacements with the sensitive introspection of Neil Young.

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Kris Drever & Boo Hewerdine

Sunday 14th October 2018

St Andrew’s In The Square Glasgow

Tickets £16 from Tickets Scotland 0141 204 5151 and http://www.ticketweb.co.uk

Doors 7.30pm, 8pm start

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Two of the U.K’s finest and most prolific songwriters Kris Drever (BBC Folk Singer of The Year, Lau) and Boo Hewerdine (The Bible / Eddi Reader) tour together for the first time in over three years.

2018 finds both artists on top form, Kris having released his If Wishes Were Horses album and won
BBC Folk Awards Best Singer award, Boo releasing his critically acclaimed Swimming In Mercury album and Seven song ” Letter To My Younger Self” EP, music which is widely considered to be the best work of each artist yet.

The duo started life with a successful tour in Spring 2015, releasing the limited edition Last Man Standing EP. Connected through song now for over a decade, when Kris approached Boo about his song “Harvest Gypsies” for Kris’ debut album “Black Water”, Drever and Hewerdine have more recently written new songs for BBC Radio 2’s Radio Ballads album and show. 2018 audiences can expect to
hear many of their favourite songs from across both artists catalogues and some new songs played for the first time.

“The folk revival has a new standard bearer – Kris Drever”
Q Magazine

“Boo Hewerdine is one of the country’s most consistently admired songwriters’
Folk Radio UK



Jason Eady plus support

Thursday 18th October 2018

The Admiral Bar Glasgow

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

 

On the heels of his last two albums, both having charted on Billboard’s Top Country Albums and Heatseekers charts–Mississippi bred singer / songwriter /guitarist Jason Eady released his highly anticipated sixth album in 2017. Produced by Kevin Welch, the collection merges Eady’s distinct sensibilities into a stripped-down, roots-oriented sound that showcases the gritty elegance of his song writing.

For Eady—who names Merle Haggard, Guy Clark, and Willie Nelson among his main inspirations—instilling each song with so much graceful honesty proved to be his greatest achievement and thrill in creating the new album. “When you first get started making music, your ideas are grandiose and more about the big picture. But the longer I’ve done this, the more I’ve realized that the real joy comes from the process rather than the end goal,” he says. “Now it’s about getting better and finding more of myself with every album.”

 

Rachel Sermanni plus Courtney Hamilton

Wednesday 24th October 2018

The Caves Edinburgh

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Thursday 25th October 2018

The CCA Glasgow

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Tickets £14 from Tickets Scotland Glasgow 0141 204 5151& Edinburgh 0131 220 3234

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Both shows doors 7.30pm, 8pm start

Rachel Sermanni, the folk-noir balladeer, plays two special shows for us in Glasgow & Edinburgh in October. Singing Solo the new songs from her upcoming album – to be released early 2019. Her writings and their roots will be laid bare in venues, specially chosen for their womb like nature. This will be the first time many of these songs have ever been performed. And this will be the first time Rachel will have performed a full concert since taking a year’s break to learn the beginnings Motherhood.

Rachel played two sell out shows Double Bill shows with Adam Holmes as in Glasgow and Edinburgh last October and November, so tickets are sure to be in demand here.

In support, all the way from Colorado USA, the amazing Courtney Hartman will join Rachel.

Alejandro Escovedo plus Don Antonio

Friday 26th October 2018

Oran Mor Glasgow

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

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Doors 7pm, 7.45pm start

Austin Texas legend Alejandro Escovedo returns with Italian band Don Antonio supporting and backing his set performing songs from their new album out this Sept on Yeproc plus Alejandro classics. Alejandro was named artist of the decade by No Depression and has released 11 solo albums as well as recording and playing with Alt Country pioneers Rank and Fie and the True Believers.

Alejandro has also recorded with Bruce Springsteen, Ryan Adams, Chuck Prophet, John Cale and a host of others. In 2003 he collapsed on stage from hepatitis C and the musical community came together with a tribute album featuring Calexico, Steve Earle, the Jayhawks, Cowboy Junkies, Ian Hunter etc covering his songs. Finally in 2016 he was given the all clear and has a new lease on life.  His new album is by far is most diverse and best album to date.

 

 

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Ian Felice plus support

Monday 29th October 2018

Stereo Glasgow

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

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Ian has been the lead singer and songwriter for The Felice Brothers for over a decade. The band has put out nine records and toured ceaselessly throughout the world. Born and raised in the Catskill Mountains he moved to New York when he was 18 to study art and soon after began writing songs and performing with his brothers Simone and James.

The Felice Brothers was conceived in 2006 after the recording of Iantown, a 10 song album of Ian’s first songs recorded in one night in January of 2006. In the weeks and months that followed, The Felice Brothers began playing bars, restaurants and busking street corners and subways, joined by their friends Josh Rawson on bass and Greg Farley on the fiddle. They continue to play and work as a band after 12 years of prolific song writing and performance and the creation of some 9 albums of original material.

In The Kingdom Of Dreams was the debut solo album from Ian. The album was recorded in his childhood home of Palenville NY, with his brother Simone Felice on production duties. Simone produced and co-wrote recent hit albums from The Lumineers and Bat For Lashes. On the album, Ian was joined by the original Felice Brothers line-up of James Felice on keys, Simone Felice on drums and Josh Rawson on bass.

 

CUA plus support

Wednesday 31st October 2018

The Admiral Bar Glasgow

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

Since issuing their superb Songs of The Hollow album in 2017, Cua have gone on to become a band that has gathered in more praise than most from all the best sections of the media.

Awarding the album an 8/10 rating at AmericanaUK, top writer Jeremy Searle said: “This Irish trio stands right at the forefront of contemporary cutting-edge folk and even that description sells it a little short.”

Issuing a similar judgement for Acoustic magazine, Julian Piper had this to say: “At its finest, music should confound and amaze the listener, and this trio from Ireland have the luck – and the ability – to be one of those outfits who can pull this off.”

Folkwords said, rightly: “Unlike anything else.”

As a result, there are many who cannot wait to catch the band in action and this will be their first ever Glasgow show.

 

Otis Gibbs plus support

Thursday 1st November 2018

The Admiral Bar Glasgow

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

 

 

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 A Damn which features your favourite musicians, journalists and historians sharing memories, backstage stories and history lessons. His podcast quickly became a cult favourite and lead to him hosting Country Built on Pandora (USA) where Otis tells stories about the history of country music to his 2 million subscribers. He grew up in Wanamaker, Indiana, but now lives in East Nashville with his long time partner, Amy Lashley.

We have been working with Otis since he first came to Glasgow in 2007 to open up a show for Sam Baker on his first visit here, we haven’t looked back since.

Robbie_FulksRobbie Fulks plus support

Sunday 4th November 2018

The CCA Glasgow

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

Robbie Fulks is a singer, recording artist, instrumentalist, composer, and songwriter. His most recent release, 2017’s Upland Stories, earned year’s-best recognition from NPR and Rolling Stone among many others, as well as two Grammy® nominations, for folk album and American roots song (“Alabama At Night”).

Fulks was born in York, Pennsylvania, and grew up in a half-dozen small towns in southeast Pennsylvania, the North Carolina Piedmont, and the Blue Ridge area of Virginia. He learned guitar from his dad, banjo from Earl Scruggs and John Hartford records, and fiddle (long since laid down in disgrace) on his own. He attended Columbia College in New York City in 1980 and dropped out in 1982 to focus on the Greenwich Village songwriter scene and other ill-advised pursuits.

In 1983 he moved to Chicago and joined Greg Cahill’s Special Consensus Bluegrass Band. He taught music at Old Town School of Folk Music from 1984 to 1996, and worked as a staff songwriter on Music Row in Nashville from 1993 to 1998. His early solo work — Country Love Songs (1996) and South Mouth (1997) — helped define the “alternative country” movement of the 1990s. His music from the last several years hews mainly to acoustic instrumentation; it returns him in part to his earlier bluegrass days, and extends the boundaries of that tradition with old-time rambles and sparely orchestrated reflections on love, the slings of time, and the troubles of common people.

“There are many good living songwriters. But then you hear a new Robbie Fulks record, and you can’t remember who they are.” – Chica

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adam Holmes & The Embers plus Baskery

Thursday 15th November 2018

The CCA Glasgow

Tickets £16 from Tickets Scotland 0141 204 5151 and http://www.ticketweb.co.uk
Doors 7.30pm, 8pm start

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Saturday 17th November 2018

Cabaret Voltaire Edinburgh

Tickets £16 from Tickets Scotland 0131 220 3234 and http://www.ticketweb.co.uk

Doors 7pm, 7.45pm Start

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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 the Atlantic mixing traditional and contemporary folk with his own brand of soul and Americana.

His first album, Heirs and 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.

Latest album Midnight Milk was recorded in one room in his Edinburgh flat, but came complete with full brass section, an eighteen voice choir and a widescreen folk/soul/electronica production, which was influenced by a 2016 collaboration he was involved in with Adrian Utley of Portishead, Dominic Aitchison of Mogwai and Martin Green of Lau.

Swedish sisters Baskery make their first appearance in Glasgow since 2010 and we can wait to welcome them back.

The​ ​three​ ​sisters​ ​can’t​ ​recall​ ​when​ ​or​ ​why​ ​they​ ​started​ ​playing,​ ​the​ ​music’s​ ​always​ ​just​ ​been there.​ ​In​ ​their​ ​late​ ​teens,​ ​the​ ​sisters​ ​joined​ ​forces​ ​with​ ​their​ ​dad,​ ​who​ ​for​ ​decades​ ​was​ ​a one​ ​man​ ​band​ ​playing​ ​old​ ​blues​ ​and​ ​country​ ​tunes​ ​for​ ​a​ ​living.

This​ ​foundation​ ​of​ ​classic​ ​”roots​ ​music​ ​and​ ​Americana”​ ​settled​ ​in​ ​their​ ​hearts,​ ​but​ ​also awoke​ ​the​ ​urge​ ​of​ ​breaking​ ​the​ ​rules​ ​of​ ​traditional​ ​music.​ ​Baskery​ ​is​ ​a​ ​band​ ​built​ ​on​ ​what three​ ​people​ ​can​ ​do​ ​together​ ​and​ ​it’s​ ​all​ ​about​ ​turning​ ​the​ ​music​ ​on​ ​its​ ​head,​ ​blending​ ​the straightforwardness​ ​of​ ​punk​ ​with​ ​the​ ​subtlety​ ​of​ ​singer/​ ​song writing.

Cam Penner & Jon Wood

plus support

Wednesday 21st November 2018

The Admiral Bar Glasgow

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

 

The pair had a sold-out show at Glasgow’s big Celtic Connections Festival after winning major TV exposure when tracks from the sensational To Build A Fire album were chosen as the backdrop to the BBC 2 TV drama based on Iain Banks’ Stonemouth novel.

The follow-up release – Sex & Politics – confirmed them as a creative tour de force.

“Simply superb – an album that’ll be making more than a few end-of-year “best of” lists,” said AmericananUK, while Acoustic magazine called it “totally glorious” and added: “it’s maybe as fine as music’s likely to get.” R2 magazine called it “a work of outstanding genius.”

Penner has that rare quality – a well-grounded human spirit. In another life he might have been a Shaman. With constant playing companion Jon Wood (a highly respected producer) by his side, percussive elements and layered guitar techniques have added rich texture. Those Shamans also dance around – and beat the drum – sometimes.

They will be bringing a brand new album with them. Can’t wait to hear what they have conjured up that that woodland cabin that doubles as their recording studio!

“Quite brilliant” – No Depression

“Stunning” – The Daily Express

 

DAN STUART NEW WEBDan Stuart plus Tom Heyman

Sunday 25th November 2018

The Hug & Pint Glasgow

Tickets £13 from Tickets Scotland 0141 204 5151

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Doors 7.30pm, 8pm start

Perhaps how one leaves a party is more important than one’s entrance. Green on Red’s Dan Stuart has chosen to make his ultimate studio recording with producer/guitarist Danny Amis: a founder of both Los Straitjackets and The Raybeats. They both currently reside in Mexico City and have individually worked previously with Twin Tones/Sonido Gallo Negro’s leader Gabriel López at T-Vox Recording. The vinyl LP is a companion piece to a novel by the same name, and the two will be released together this May in one package through Cadiz Music, along with a CD with extra tracks and an audio version of the novel. Both works are a sort of noir travelogue through foreign landscapes real and imagined, sublime and horrific, and question whether love can survive in a world of violence and betrayal. The record is the last of the Marlowe trilogy, with the novel being the second; one can only hope Mr. Stuart will eventually deliver a third book to complete the series and leave the world if not better off, then at least slightly less banal. Dan performs songs from his four solo records plus a host of Green on Red classics.

 

 

Peter Bruntnell Trio
Thursday 29th November 2018

The Admiral Bar Glasgow
Tickets £13 from Tickets Scotland 0141 204 5151

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Doors 7.30pm, 8pm start

 

If you ask the likes of Peter Buck (REM), Scott McCaughey (REM, Minus 5), Willy Vlautin (Richmond Fontaine), Jay Farrar (Son Volt, Uncle Tupelo), John Murry, or Kathleen Edwards they’ll all tell you that Peter Bruntnell is a writer with rare and mysterious qualities. Peter has a unique ‘way with a tune’ and the most interesting thing about his music – and part of the reason for his devoted following – is the indefinable knack the songs have of locking into one’s emotions in an elusive, intangible but deeply affecting way.

Respected journalist Keith Cameron once claimed in NME that “Peter Bruntnell’s records should be taught in schools” – such is the particular appeal of the quiet Devonian’s song writing craft.

Off the back of a well-received set at BBC Scotland’s “Quay Sessions with Roddy Hart”, a session for “Another Country with Ricky Ross”, and several sold out trio shows throughout March, July, and November 2017, Peter will (once again) take to the road with a line-up comprising himself on acoustic guitar, harmonica, and vocals, Danny Williams (The Rails, and ex- Black Grape/St. Etienne) on double bass, and one of Scotland’s most in-demand musicians of the moment, Iain Sloan (of The Wynntown Marshals and Blue Rose Code) on pedal steel, guitar, and backing vocals

An Evening with Lau

Friday 7th December 2018

The Queens Hall Edinburgh

Tickets from The Queens Hall Box Office 0131 668 2019

and Tickets Scotland Edinburgh

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Doors 7pm, 8pm start

 

 

 

Lau’s final show of 2018 is a chance to hear some of the band’s first new music since 2015’s The Bell That Never Rang (Album of The Year – The Herald, The Guardian) alongside favourites from throughout their career.

New album Midnight and Closedown is set for release in February 2019 on Reveal Records, produced by John Parish – famous for his production and collaborations with PJ Harvey, Eels, Sparklehorse and many more.

Lau’s new music was written in Shetland and continues their experimental approach to folk music. With increasingly stripped-back instrumental arrangements and exploratory song forms, the album deals with timely themes of isolation, togetherness and forgiveness. All three members of Lau have been expanding their compositional horizons and they bring that experience back, making for a musical language that builds on their traditional roots but is unlike anything they’ve done before.

Always a hot ticket, best to purchase well in advance.