So get yourself along to the next Letham Nights. We have a treat in store!
Saturday 30th May 2015 8pm.
For our early summer offering, we bring you two exceptionally talented singer-songwriters. Bristolian Jez Hellard and Canadian Scott Cook returning to Letham Nights, having enthralled us with their playing, storytelling and shenanigans in 2013. Jez on the harmonica is a sight and sound to behold, taking virtuosity in moothie-playing to a new level whilst the warmth and intensity of Scott’s writing, his deep, rich vocals and beautiful guitar picking will enthrall you.
Scott is a roots balladeer with a rare personal warmth. He has distilled stories collected over a decade of near-incessant touring across Canada, the USA, Europe, Asia, and Australia into straight-talking, keenly observant verse. Road-worn, painfully honest, and deeply human, his tunes weave folk, roots, blues, soul and country with spacious fingerstyle guitar and clawhammer banjo arrangements. His 4th album, One More Time Around was nominated for a Canadian Folk Music Award and its opening track “Pass It Along” won the Folk and Acoustic category in the 2013 UK Songwriting Contest. At Letham Nights we have also adopted the song as our anthem, evoking as it does so perfectly the spirit of our humble music venue.
UK magazine Maverick Country named Scott “one of Canada’s most inspiring and imaginative storytellers”. He is one of the hardest-working DIY troubadours on the road today, averaging over 160 gigs and ten festivals a year. All the hard miles notwithstanding, he still believes that songs can change your life, and your life can change the world.
Jez Hellard is a singer of potent songs, and a stunning harmonica player, guitarist and producer. He thrives on music of all stripes. Since 2005, Jez has played over 800 gigs; from Vancouver to Istanbul, New York to Taipei. Whether he’s improvising over Gypsy rhythms, stomping out fiddle tunes on the harmonica, singing a rebel ballad, or dropping fresh beats on a variety of drums, his infectious energy, skill and passion for music have gained him fans far and wide.
This time Scott and Jez are joined by two of Dundee’s finest musicians and performers, Dave Webster and Stevie Anderson of Sinderins. All four know just how to establish a rapport with their audience and there is no audience more receptive than a Letham Nights audience! It’s going to be emotional!