Time for a post-punk funk revival dontcha think?
If you remember that sweet time from 1979 to 1981 when a host of new bands hit the scene and brought a punk sensibility to a funky beat, you will not want to miss this one! Boots for Dancing and Restricted Code were part of the influential post-punk movement celebrated in the film Big Gold Dream made in 2015 and feature on the new Big Gold Dreams definitive collection of Scottish Music.
Saturday 27th April 2019
Boots For Dancing
Born at Scotland’s post-Punk crossroads in 1979, Boots For Dancing kicked down the boundary walls of a played-out scene and introduced the UK to a more funky way of doing Punk. Hugely popular as a live act, often wiping the floor with the bands they were supporting, Boots was something genuinely ahead of the epoch’s curve and played an important part in the vanguard of the burgeoning Post Punk and Punk-Funk movements. Boots For Dancing’s light shone brightly but briefly and their boundless energy and undeniable talent never proved quite enough for great success beyond their legendary John Peel Sessions. However, if it “wasnae for Boots there’d be “no Elvis, Beatles or Rolling Stones …”
Meanwhile, on the West coast, a similar picture developed when a group of friends from Easterhouse got together as Restricted Code. They too melded punk with funk and soul to create an incendiary live act that led to them being signed to Bob Last’s new label Pop:aural. Restricted Code enjoyed fantastic critical success and something of a ‘cult’ following. Paul Morley in NME picked them as “band most likely to…” in 1980, Sounds music paper claimed they delivered the “best gig of 1980”, and there were numerous rave reviews and extensive features in magazines including The Face and Melody Maker.
So yeah, how about that? Bet you weren’t expecting that from Letham Nights! Well you know we like to surprise you and it is going to be one helluva show. Tell your friends!! Get booking!!
Future Shows 2019
The Year of The Funk!
Following on from Letham Nights 62, 2019 is going to be The Year of the Funk! As you know we never like to get stuck in one genre and so once again we thought we would branch out. And we didn’t have to fall far to find a few fab funk outfits keen to come and play. Next up on 29th June we will have the funktastic James Brown Is Annie with their full-fat, calorie-laden, whipped-up funk ‘n soul! More soon!
Green Arts Initiative
Letham Nights is now a member of the Green Arts Initiative, an interactive community of Scottish arts organisations working to promote sustainability and reduce their environmental impact – a perfect fit for Letham Nights!
Run by Creative Carbon Scotland and Festivals Edinburgh since 2013, the Green Arts Initiative supports Scottish arts organisations to be at the forefront of growing an environmentally sustainable Scotland.
Letham Nights began in December 2008. Our vision was to bring high quality music to our village hall and provide a stage for local talent. At the same time we wanted to work towards creating a zero carbon village hall. 8 years and over 80 acts later, we have drawn in an audience which now averages nearly 100 in our 120-capacity hall. We have supported hall improvements so that we now have double glazing, better insulation, renewed wiring and a new efficient boiler. The events are renowned for their high quality music and the unique, warm and friendly atmosphere. We really do put on THE BEST SMALL GIGS IN THE WORLD!
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