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The Stray Birds plus support

Friday 3rd November 2017

Saint Luke’s Glasgow

Tickets £15 from Tickets Scotland 0141 204 5151

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Doors 7.30pm, 8pm start

All originally from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, The Stray Birds started as a duo of acoustic buskers in early 2010 when Maya de Vitry and Oliver Craven met with their instruments, their voices, and their songs.

It didn’t take much convincing to get bassist Charlie Muench on board, and with the addition of a third unique and powerful voice, the group began to define its captivating sound. Seven years, three original records, and some six hundred performances later, the band is best known today for its song-writing, tight vocal harmony blend and commitment to an impassioned delivery of original material, both on stage and in the studio.

They’ve been seen from LA to London, sung songs from Dallas to Denmark, and played tunes from New York to New Orleans. In 2015, they emerged triumphant from Cambridge Folk Festival with footage included in the TV Highlights coverage of the event.

Their 2016 Yep Roc Records release Magic Fire was produced by Grammy-winner Larry Campbell and established them as a major force, being voted Best Album of The Year in the annual Readers’ Poll at Americana UK. They also carried off the Band of The Year accolade in the same vote at the end of 2016. Aoife O’Donovan plus support

hot-club-of-cowtownAn Evening With The Hot Club Of Cowtown

Sunday 5th November 2017

St Andrew’s In The Square Glasgow

Tickets £16.50 from Tickets Scotland 0141 204 5151

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Doors 7.30pm, no support 8pm start

Award-winning trio, The Hot Club of Cowtown will provide the musical fireworks with a show at St Andrew’s In The Square in Glasgow on Sunday, November 5 this year.

Winners of the Western Swing Group of the Year 2015 Award this is a sparkling, globetrotting band that has toured with Dylan, Willie Nelson and The Mavericks.

The trio’s latest album “Midnight on the Trail” is a vintage mix of 12 Western swing songs and cowboy ballads hand-collected to reflect the spirit and joy of the American West.

The music is romantic and rustic, the harmonies warm and they make people want to dance.

Elana James (fiddle and vocals), Whit Smit (guitar and vocals) plus Jake Erwin (upright bass and vocals), are always willing to develop and improvise with new sounds to add to their blistering mix of blues, jazz, folk, American fiddle tunes and pop standards.

They are brilliant musicians whose range of styles and influences win over audiences wherever they hit the stage, so it’s great to have them back again.

“Hot Club punch above the weight of their guitar/violin/bass line-up and combined vocals.” – The Observer.

nathan-bell-webNathan Bell plus support

Friday 17th November 2017
The Admiral Bar Glasgow
Tickets £13 from Tickets Scotland 0141 204 5151 & from The Admiral
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Doors 7.30pm, 8pm start

He picked up glowing 5-star reviews for his last album, I Don’t Do This for Love, I Do This for Love – a CD that won him more media exposure in the space of a few weeks than he had experienced for a long time.

And, Nathan Bell ended 2016 on another high after featuring as one of the Best Male Performers of the Year in the Readers’ Poll at the influential AmericanaUK website.

He made a rare visit to these shores in February for an appearance with James McMurtry at Celtic Connections, and stunned a capacity crowd into hushed silence when he took the stage at Oran Mor.

Reviewing the performance for AmericanaUK, writer Paul Kerr said:
“It was a raucous crowd that faced Bell when he bounced onto the stage but within minutes he had them transfixed with barely a murmur to be heard, his confident delivery and wry humour demanding attention, “Gruff and tender with a poet’s voice and a sincere sense of justice Bell is the real deal…do yourself a favour and catch this true American troubadour. You won’t be disappointed.”

Nathan has a new album “Love>Fear (48 Hours In Traitorland) – a stark, acoustic soundtrack for the times we are living in – that is winning him more attention on both sides of the Atlantic

Chuck Prophet & The Mission Express plus support

Sunday 19th November 2017

La Belle Angele Edinburgh

Tickets £17.50 from Tickets Scotland 0131 220 3234

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Doors 7pm, 7.45pm start

Chuck Prophet and The Mission Express will bring their raucous, glorious and majestic show to Edinburgh on November 19 this year.

His Glasgow gig earlier this year was a terrific example of a crowd- pleasing showman with a top-notch American songbook behind him to deliver big style rock ‘n roll – it was a full-on love in between the frontman/guitarist and a audience who roared their approval throughout.

Tracks from his latest release, Bobby Fuller Died For Your Sins, his 13th solo effort since his Green On Red Days, slotted into the set easily and rowdily.

There’s a lot of humour around when Chuck hits the stage with his ace band, and he’s one of those performers who clearly and dearly loves what he does.

“Chuck never fails to deliver a 100 per cent, good-time-for-all type show, so this Edinburgh gig promises to be another great night for all,” said Kevin Morris of The Fallen Angels Club.

“…a charmed and charming performer” – The Scotsman

Adam Holmes & The Embers & Rachel Sermanni

Saturday The Pleasance Theatre Edinburgh

Tickets £15 from Tickets Scotland 0131 220 3234

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Doors 7.30pm, 8pm start

Adam Holmes and The Embers and Rachel Sermanni are planning a joint headlining Autumn Tour of the UK including a one-night only show in Edinburgh at The Pleasance Theatre on Saturday, November 25.

Adam Holmes has emerged as one of the rising stars on the Scottish music scene, with influences from either side of the Atlantic mixing traditional and contemporary folk with his own brand of Americana.

It’s a musical mix that’s winning him more and more fans and latest album, Brighter Still, has brought him even greater attention.

Rachel Sermanni is a stylish musician and artist whose reputation as a folk-noir balladeer is, like her fellow headliner’s, going only upwards.

Fans and critics alike were thrilled by Tied To The Moon, her sophomore studio release of 2015.

As a double-header featuring two of Scotland’s brightest talents, this show promises to be a memorable one.

Both Adam and Rachel are terrific live performers with a catalogue of songs that are intriguing and hugely appealing.

An Evening with Lau
(Decade Best Of Lau 2007-2017)

Thursday 7th December 2017
The Queens Hall Edinburgh

Tickets £19/£17/£15 from Tickets Scotland 0141 204 5151 and Tickets Scotland 0131 220 3234

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Bar Open 7pm, doors 7.30pm, 8pm start

Lau is the pioneering contemporary folk trio comprising three of the UK’s finest traditional musicians: Kris Drever (vocals, guitar), Martin Green (accordion, wurlitzer, keys, electronics) and Aidan O’Rourke (fiddle). Lau has garnered four awards for “Best Group” at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and also appeared on the Later… With Jools Holland TV show (BBC 2 TV). Individual members have all won multiple awards and recognition for their solo work.

Kris Drever is shortlisted for Folk Singer of The Year 2017 & Best Original Track 2017, Martin Green nominated for Best Album 2017 & Best Original Track 2017 at this year’s BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.

Lau announces the release of its first ever retrospective album, Decade (The Best of 2007-2017). A compilation of the trio’s best tracks, curated by the band and manager Tom Rose from the song and tune suggestions of their very many fans.  As you might expect for a band as renowned for its brilliant stage performances as recordings, Lau will be taking this retrospective material to concerts and festival stages throughout the summer of 2017 and then touring it in the UK during the November and December 2017.

“The U.K’s best live band, Lau are remarkable – the most musically adventurous trio in British folk: exquisite and hypnotic, musicianship at its best” (The Guardian)For a decade, O’Donovan wielded her instrument with tensile strength as the captivating lead singer of the Boston-based progressive string band Crooked Still. She was a featured vocalist on “The Goat Rodeo Sessions,” the Grammy-winning album by Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer and Chris Thile, has made regular appearances on A Prairie Home Companion and collaborated with some of the most eminent names in music across a wide variety of genres from Alison Krauss to Dave Douglas.

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