Letham Nights #42 – Sinderins – The Review

August 20th, 2015
by Letham Nights

sinderins2Letham Nights 42 – The Review

Well then. Here we were, and back they came. Letham Nights besties and best band on the planet, Sinderins, all packed in for a steamy summer sell-out. And, didn’t it all go swimmingly? Oh yes!

EuanStamper3First up was local(ish) boy Euan Stamper who got us off and running with an unexpected but brilliantly soulful cover of Blackstreet’s No Diggety. Nifty original numbers such as The Firewalk combined nicely with well selected covers such as a beautiful version of This Charming Man and encore Kanye West’s Stronger. One man, one guitar, one love. Nice one, Euan!

EdMuirhead3Singer, songwriter and piano champ, Ed Muirhead, hails from Dundee and the city flavours his songs performance and outlook. A self-aware cheeky slapdashery belies Ed’s rampant musicality and his piano chops are there for all to hear from the earnest loveliness of Life They Dreamed Of through the haunting homage to The Tay Bridge, The High Girders, to set closer Where Is The Love. Ed is one of the most engaging performers you’ll see with easy #bantz and laughs coming as frequently as the songs. Do go see him. You’ll be entertained.

Sinderins3So, what can I say that hasn’t been written already in these pages about out headliners, Sinderins. We’ve skirted around hyperbole in the past for decency’s sake but it’s time to go big. If you haven’t seen Sinderins play then go, because there isn’t a better experience in live music in the whole of Scotland right now. What are you waiting for? Dave Webster has the greatest voice in the world, Stevie Anderson is the best guitarist, Tom Barbour and Billy Fisher are unsurpassable in the engine room and Gavin McGinty is the monstrous Machiavelli of musical theatricality. Put it together with great song-writing and commitment to the cause and you have one hell of a band at the peak of their powers. They will be huge!

Oh, and they’re quite good to dance to (if you sit out the 5/4 timings, that is).

Top tunes, top night, top people. It’s what we do, right?

Check out Sinderins here: https://www.facebook.com/Sinderinsband

Ed Muirhead here: http://edmuirhead.co.uk/simple

And Euan Stamper here: https://www.facebook.com/evan.stamper.9

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Letham Nights #43 – The Coal Porters

August 7th, 2015
by Letham Nights

coal porters2The Coal Porters led by Sid Griffin

Saturday 5th September 8pm

“A sumptuous bluegrass spread impeccably served”
Uncut Magazine

Tickets here >>!

So! After a long and mostly cold and wet summer, what better way to brighten up the onset of autumn than by making your way down to the village hall on 5th September at 8pm for some of the hottest, most accomplished, toe-tappingest bluegrass you will ever experience from the amazing, incomparable, utterly marvellous Coal Porters.  The Coal Porters are an exciting and dynamic bluegrass combo with a DYNAMITE LIVE ACT featuring Kerenza Peacock – fine fiddle and vocals; Paul Fitzgerald – banjo and vocals; Sid Griffin – vocals, mandolin, harmonica and autoharp;  Tali Trow, bass; Neil Robert Herd guitar, sporran and vocals.

The Coal Porters claim to be the world’s first “alt-bluegrass” act, demonstrating the power of fiddle, mandolin, banjo, acoustic guitar and doghouse bass matched with four-part harmonies and memorable melodies. They have taken this sound around the world and have featured on NPR’s Morning Edition in the USA as well as recording a live session for Bob Harris on BBC Radio 2.  They have wowed audiences at numerous UK and European arts centres, done no less than four North American tours and performed to tens of thousands at festivals such as Glastonbury, HebCelt, Stagecoach (USA), Larmer Tree, Didmarton, LaRoche (France), Cork Midsummer Fest (Eire), Wombwell and Hultsfredsfestivalen (Sweden).

The Coal Porters have five albums available. Their most recent, Find The One, was produced by folk-rock legend John Wood, producer of Fairport Convention, Nick Drake, Squeeze and Beth Orton.

“Not your average fish & chips bluegrass, the Coal Porters have expanded their music with broad strokes and fearless execution.”
Chris Hillman (Byrds/Flying Burrito Bros)

“Sid Griffin was playing Americana long before it was called that with his Long Ryders and his pioneering spirit lives on in his work with the Coal Porters.”
Billy Bragg

These guys really are at the top of their game!  What a steal to have booked them for Letham Nights!!  Yeeha!!

So the word is out and tickets are beginning to disappear.  This band are uniformly loved by young and old alike so make sure you bring along the whole family – babies, children, teens, big kids (aka adults), grannies and grandads – ALL WELCOME!!Don’t be disappointed – get your booking in!

Tickets here >>!

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Letham Nights 41 – Scott Cook & Jez Hellard – The Review

July 1st, 2015
by Letham Nights

scott cook LN41Familiarity breeds contempt? Not on your nelly, felly!

For Letham Nights No. 41, we were lucky enough to see the return of some of our favourite balladeers in the shape of Scott Cook and Jez Hellard with support (although it felt like more of a double-headliner) from Dave Webster and Stevie Anderson of Sinderins.

Stevie and Dave are becoming firm friends of Letham Nights having performed here numerous times in various incarnations from Luva Anna through Anderson, McGinty, Webster, Ward and Fisher and will be back on Sat 4 July to rock us like a hurricane with current set-up Sinderins. Tonight they sported just acoustic guitars and voices and it was a rare pleasure to hear two of our favourite musicians unplugged. Dave is one of the greatest singers you will ever hear (believe it) and from the low-key thoughtful ballad of Little Brown Boy to the wailing heights of You Will Find, we were open mouthed with awe at a simply stunning vocalist at his peak. His cover of Tim Buckley’s Phantasmagoria in Two had our very own Roy practically melting with appreciation. Stevie’s guitar work is no less dazzling and he slid, picked strummed and soloed his way through a sizzling set which culminated in the slap-picked rhythmic behemoth of blues funk juggernautery, Trust In Me. What an opening act!

There is no place for hyperbole in these pages so when I say Scott Cook is one of the best songwriters you will ever hear, you had better believe it. From his opener, Song For The Slow Dancers (a lament for the loss of individuality and authenticity in music) he spins his web of charm and folksiness inviting us all to come along with him on a journey through his passions, pains and rivers of consciousness, making everyone feel like they’ve been part of his world, if only for an evening. His ode to his local Driftpile Festival (as local as Scott gets, anyway – he’s a fully paid up rambling man!), Going Up The Country is a hoot with its jaunty Mississippi John Hurt guitar lines and lyrics like ‘We’re gonna leave behind our phones and watches, slip into our beards and moustaches’.
scott n jez LN41Jez Hellard joined Scott on stage for the pretty as all hell Song For a Pilgrim, and it was as the haunting strains of his mouthwatering harmonica version of Atlas Tango began, that two ghostly figures glided onto the floor. But who were these two entwined tango titans gracing us with their pristine prowess? None other than our very own Ron and Janey. Wow! The first set finished with the sublime (unofficial Letham Nights anthem) Pass It Along. Sweet!

With Jez moving into the ascendency for the second set we were further bewitched by his moothie magic and glittering guitar. A wise man once said there are no such things as protest songs, just songs with conscience and they don’t come much more conscious than McDonalds For The Mind. Jez’s harmonica playing is a good as you’ll hear and Miner’s Picket Dance is a stomping romping round of righteous reed-wrangling that only dead Prime Ministers could fail to enjoy. The ballads, jigs and tomfoolery continued well past our bedtimes with such interactive delights as Tax Free Money ensuring everyone was left humming and swaying as the hall emptied and we all dispersed to our hearths and homes, clutching our CDs and reflecting on a charming, moving and all round good feeling night of romance and rhyme.
Triumphant!

Keep up with Scott here: scottcook.net

And Jez here: jezhellard.com

And you can check out Sinderins here:http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/amwf

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Letham Nights #42 – Sinderins

June 21st, 2015
by Letham Nights

SOLD OUT SOLD OUT SOLD OUT SOLD OUT SOLD OUT SOLD OUT

Hot on the heels of their storming show at the Newport Festival 2015, The incredible Sinderins will be appearing at Letham Village Hall on Saturday 4th July 8pm

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sinderins photoOne of our most keenly anticipated Letham Nights is almost upon us!  Just two weeks to go until ‘THAT band’ are back at the village hall weaving their magic spell with their enthralling repertoire of music (sorry, we refuse to put a label on their diversely beautiful sound). Sinderins, formerly known as Anderson, McGinty, Webster, Ward & Fisher, are embarking on a new phase in their upward trajectory with a new identity and a new album. As many of us know, this extraordinary collective of musicians are probably the best band in the whole world! It is hard to pin down the way in which they craft their vocal and instrumental talents into such a beautiful soundscape but it is a combination of brilliant individual songwriting with a deep respect for each others creativity and the sheer joy they take in playing together, especially for a live audience.

rab-kinross-1We are also delighted to present the amazing Ed Muirhead as support, together with a short set from new songwriter Euan Stamper, one third of an innovative new theatre company called Yellow Magpies Productions. You will be impressed!

Tickets on sale NOW!

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Letham Nights #41 – Scott Cook & Jez Hellard with special guests Dave Webster & Stevie Anderson

May 10th, 2015
by Letham Nights

4CardiffSleeperSongs can change your life and your life can change the world!

So get yourself along to the next Letham Nights.  We have a treat in store!

Saturday 30th May 2015 8pm.

Tickets on sale here!

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!

Tickets on sale here!

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Letham Nights – Probably The Best Small Gigs in 2015…!

April 19th, 2015
by Letham Nights

A huge thank you to Cera Impala and The New Prohibition and The Jellyman’s Daughter for kicking off our 2015 programme in such high class style.  Read the review here >>

But now it’s time to announce a full and exciting schedule of gigs for the rest of 2015.

As usual, we think that they will probably be the best small gigs in the world this year. Letting you know now will help you to plan some top quality entertainment for the year ahead!

Tickets for all the shows can be found here >>

So here goes:

Saturday 30th May – Scott Cook & Jez Hellard

with special guests Dave Webster & Stevie Anderson

Scott n JezThis time we bring you two exceptionally talented singer-songwriters. Bristolian Jez Hellard and Canadian Scott Cook returning to the 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.  This time they 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!

Tickets on sale here!

Saturday 4th July – Sinderins

Sinderins4Yes, Really!  We are very excited to say that ‘THAT band’ will be back at the village hall weaving their magic spell with their enthralling repertoire of music (sorry, we refuse to put a label on their diversely beautiful sound). Sinderins, formerly known as Anderson, McGinty, Webster, Ward & Fisher, are embarking on a new phase in their upward trajectory with a new identity and a new album.  As many of us know, this extraordinary collective of musicians are probably the best band in the whole world!  It is hard to pin down the way in which they craft their vocal and instrumental talents into such a beautiful soundscape but it is a combination of brilliant individual songwriting with a deep respect for each other’s creativity and the sheer joy they take in playing together, especially for a live audience.

Tickets on sale NOW!

And just in case you want time to think about it before deciding to come to this gig, all tickets were sold within a week last time – just sayin’!

 

Saturday 5th September – The Coal Porters

The-Coal-Porters-Bridge-Hi-ResAccording to Billy Bragg, the Coal Porters, led by ex-Long Ryder, Sid Griffin, were playing Americana long before it was called that. Reckoned to be the first Alt-bluegrass act, The Coal Porters live show is legendary and they are certainly not, as Chris Hillman of The Byrds noted, your average ‘fish and chips’ bluegrass band. What a steal to have booked them for Letham Nights! Yeeha!!

Tickets here >>!

 

 

 

kirsten adamsonSaturday 10th October – Kirsten Adamson

 

The stunning, the irrepressible, the amazing and fun-loving Kirsten Adamson has once again agreed to share her joyous upbeat and soulful country-pop choons with an adoring Letham Nights audience.  Last time she played our humble hall as the Gillyflowers, the roof nearly came off so we can’t wait for this one to come around.  Check out the preview of her new album here >>

Click here to book! >>

 

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Saturday 12th December – Lindsey Black

To round off the year in style, we are delighted to announce the booking of Bevvy Sisters’ founding member and all round wonderful human being, Lindsey Black, playing with her own band and presenting brand new material from her recently released album Raise A Storm.  Lindsey’s silky vocals and beautiful songwriting will melt your heart.  Don’t miss it!

 

Click here to book! >>

 

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Finding us is easy.  Just check our ‘Where We Are’ page for details.

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Moon shoots, roots and musical fruits – LN#40 – The Review

April 7th, 2015
by Letham Nights

cera impala 5Moon shoots, roots and musical fruits, what an elegant swellegant sonic soiree we were party to on the occasion of Letham Nights fortieth incarnation. It was the Night of The Strings with not a single piece of woodwind, brass or percussion (craftily mounted cymbals and unorthodox double-bass playing not withstanding) anywhere near the stage for what proved a sumptuous and soulful treat for the LN faithful.

We pride ourselves on finding the best talent out there and that doesn’t just mean our headline acts. The Jellyman’s Daughter were our openers this evening but they could just as easily have topped the bill such is their class. Based in Edinburgh, and travelling under their own steam for the first time ever due to the recent acquisition of an automobile (cello’s and public transport, anyone?), Emily Kelly (acoustic guitar / vocals) and Graham Coe (cello / vocals) share an easy on-stage dynamic borne out of their off-stage partnership. The result is that their ‘banter’ never seems forced and maintains a natural intimacy with the audience. Their voices are beautifully sympathetic and any egos are refreshingly kept at bay with each seemingly as happy singing backing as lead vocals. Their virtuosity is not limited to their singing with Graham playing cello unlike anything you’ve heard before, at times running conventionally up and down the neck with classically trained precision, then ‘chopping’ funky octaves to get toes tapping and even, at times, strumming it like an guitar. You sometimes come across acts which pack such musicianship but lack the songs but TJD back up the chops with plenty of creativity with songs such as ‘Anna’ and ‘Little Child’ a deserving part of anyone’s playlist. A unique take on ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’, all rich dark strings and minor harmonies, was also a particular treat and the finale, a stunning version of the traditional ‘Darling Corey’ was a proper spine-tingler. Our very own answer to The Civil Wars! Can there be any higher praise?

Cera Impala already knows a thing or two about a Letham Nights welcome having previously wowed us with her harmonies as part of The Bevvy Sisters but she was back tonight doing her own thing with her band The New Prohibition, featuring the wonderfully accomplished talents of Joel Sanderson (double bass / vocals) and Dr Dirk Ronneburg (fiddle / vocals / husband). Originally hailing from Flagstaff, Arizona, Cera has made her home in various bits of the USA and Europe and this shows in the myriad cultural flavours evident in her writing. Cera herself is a truly dazzling musician turning her hand to ukelele and guitar but it is the banjo where her true magic lies and, boy, she can pick with the best of them. Where there’s a banjo, bluegrass isn’t usually far behind and Cera and the guys serve up great handfuls of mountain melodies and hillbilly harmonies with an energy and passion that can’t fail to put a smile on your face. Foot stompers sit effortlessly next door to slow-burners like the gorgeous ‘Whisky’, a paean to the great universal cause and solution to all of life’s problems. Cera’s voice is truly wonderful and versatile too and she shifts into jazz without effort, her vocal soaring to new heights. Fans of murder ballads will love ‘Flicker and Shine’ whilst her cover of Hoagy Carmichael’s ‘Star Dust’ was just magnificent. The intimate feel of Letham Nights (and the natural warmth and loveliness of the LN audience!) invites artists to establish a certain rapport and Cera and her boys have a lovely line in witty chat. You can’t fail to warm to the banjo jokes and easy conversation including a routine so simple and hilarious that it’s amazing we’ve never seen it before: Cera: “I’d like to take a moment to introduce the band. Joel, this is Dirk. Dirk, Joel.” Brilliant!

jellyman's daughterSo, another great night had by all. Forty down; here’s to the next forty!
Check out Cera Impala & The New Prohibition here: ceraimpala.com

Check out The Jellyman’s Daughter here: thejellymansdaughter.com

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Letham Nights #40 – Cera Impala & the New Prohibition

March 3rd, 2015
by Letham Nights

 Saturday 28th March – 8pm

(doors at 7.45, music from 8.15ish)

Tickets here >>

cera impalaWell we can’t quite believe it’s March already and we still haven’t had our first Letham Nights of 2015. But, Oh Boy!  It is going to be worth the wait!

We are delighted to present Cera Impala & the New Prohibition with guests, The Jellyman’s Daughter for an evening of banjo-wielding, fiddle-blazing folk, jazz and americana.

Songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Cera Impala is a banjo-wielding mama who oozes wild style and has unique, timeless voice and a writing style that draws you in like magic. She creates songs that feel instantly familiar. Cera performs with her hand-picked band, The New Prohibition, featuring the talents of Joel Sanderson on double bass and Dr. Dirk Ronneburg on fiddle.

And opening the evening will be the stunning new Edinburgh duo, The Jellyman’s Daughter, who are making huge waves and wowing audiences wherever they play.

Tickets are going fast so get your orders in for what is going to be a real treat!

Tickets here >>

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Finding us is easy.  Just check our ‘Where We Are’ page for details.

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Letham Nights – The Year Ahead

January 30th, 2015
by Letham Nights

kirsty almeida bandWe realise it’s a wee while now since the turn of the year but hey, we’re relaxed about that…

2014: what an amazing year in so many ways and for Letham Nights it was positively stellar with 6 really top notch acts taking to our humble stage and belting out performances that conjured up no end of superlatives.  Follow the links for a wee reminder:

It seems wrong that most of these amazing artists have to work quite so hard to make a living from their music when they are quite obviously far superior to most of what we hear on the mainstream music channels.  But they love what they do and we love them for it.  At Letham Nights we believe in creating a stage for local talent and bringing high quality music to the community regardless of what the media tells us we should be following. We are committed to bringing you the very best!

So, 2015… what do we have up our sleeves for you?  Our programme is building nicely!  So far, here are the acts we have booked for your delectation:

cera impalaFirst up:

28th March – Cera Impala & the New Prohibition with guests, The Jellyman’s Daughter.  We know Cera better as one of the Bevvy Sisters – the one with the top hat wielding a banjo!  Well, we are delighted to say that she is coming to Letham with her own band and it’s going to be a treat!  And we’ll have support from the stunning new Edinburgh duo, The Jellyman’s Daughter, who are making huge waves and wowing audiences wherever they play.  Tickets here >>

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And then….

30th May – Jez Hellard, Scott Cook and Fraser Ross – 3 brilliant singer-songwriters from different corners of the globe coming together to tell stories and sing songs – heartwrenching and heartwarming in equal measure.  Jez and Scott played for us in 2013 to great acclaim and now they are back. This time we have invited  the amazing Fraser Ross from New Zealand to join them and we think that the chemistry between these guys is going to create something really special. Tickets here >>

4th July – TBC – the hall is booked, the bands contacted.  Just remains to sort out a few wee tweaks… Watch this space!

1kirsten adamson0th October – Kirsten Adamson – yes, it is she of the silky, slinky vocals and mean guitar picking.  By the time this comes around, Kirsten will have launched her new solo album and if, like us, you were part of the Kickstarter campaign to get this off the ground, you’ll understand that this show is going to be a cracker! Tickets here >>

 

 

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Letham Nights 39 – So Much Soul!

December 19th, 2014
by Letham Nights

Letham Nights 39 – The Review

Kirstyalmeida2Wowzers trousers, ladies and gentleman! It was a soulful one, right enough, but no less rousing for all that. Some of the finest voices and songwriting talent we’ve yet assembled joined together for a toe-tapping Christmas shindig that will be remembered for years.

robertapia1First on stage was old friend of Letham Nights, Robert Pia. Roberta has graced us with her presence on several occasions and in several guises. After dazzling us previously with her work with The Banana Sessions and The Bevvy Sisters, Roberta tonight gave us a solo performance which got the night started with a bang. Roberta’s voice is simply amazing. She has real power but, where some singers blessed with such pipes, would get carried away, Roberta knows enough to sing within herself, respecting the songs and creating a performance of real poise and class. Accompanying herself with effortless and simple guitar picking the overall effect is just lovely. Her encore of Aretha’s ‘Baby I Love You’ was just sublime.

kirstyalmeida1Kirsty Almeida comes from here, there and everywhere, it would seem, and her influences are no less diverse. Combining elements of jazz, folk and blues (I know, I hate labels too but you try making sounds into words!) it’s obvious from the first note that this is what Kirsty ‘does’. Equally at home with her own material as with, say, Joni Mitchell, she owns the stage and nails her performances, charming the whole room in the process. And talk about engagement! There’s nothing a LN crowd appreciates more than a nice bit of chat to bond audience and performer together and, boy, does Kirsty love an inter-song chinwag. From the story of discovering her parlour guitar to anecdotes about baby brain (“where’s the capo? – there’s the capo! – who put that there!”) and her moving reminiscence of her time as a child spent visiting elderly Rosyth ‘landmark’, Josie Brown, Kirsty’s chat kept us just as enchanted as her singing.

johnellismattowensOf course, you can’t be a great singer with average backing and Kirsty brings the noise in the shape of smooth jazz fountain John Ellis on keys, ‘Mr Upright’ Matt Owens on upright bass and Pete Churchman on guitar and drums (simultaneously, folks!). A tidy little band and no mistakin’. And smashing chaps to boot. And we mustn’t forget the moral support and ‘vibes’ provided by Baby Ray! What a champ!

Special thanks also to The Doorstep Bakery who turned out with some hot little Cajun Swirls to raise the temperature further.

Good times!

Check out Kirsty Almeida at:  https://www.facebook.com/kirstyalmeida

Check out Robert Pia at:  https://www.facebook.com/thebananasessions

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