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Letham Nights #61 – She’Koyokh with special guests, The Banana Sessions

January 12th, 2019

Nice One! She’Koyokh Are Back!

…and so are The Banana Sessions!

And it’s a SELL OUT!

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Saturday 9th February 2019 – 7.30pm

How do you follow that, we thought, after a magnificent 60th celebration in November with the Bevvy Sisters.  But up step She’Koyokh, just as they did after our 50th Letham Nights and we are sorted..!

Tickets Here>>

She’Koyokh, as many of you know from first hand experience, are probably the best Balkan & Klezmer outfit in the UK and one of the best anywhere in the world.  Returning to Letham, with a full line up this time, the extraordinarily talented Balkan and Klezmer outfit will be sandwiching this gig between two shows with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in Aberdeen and Edinburgh. When they called us to see if we had a slot, we just couldn’t resist!

And as if that wasn’t enough, we are privileged that the outstanding The Banana Sessions have agreed to open the evening for us. Featuring the legendary and wonderful Roberta Pia, this self-proclaimed ‘Weird Band From Scotland’ were putting together a wee house concert tour and our mutual admiration meant that this was a stick-on as soon as it was suggested!

Tickets Here>>

She’Koyokh

“One of the finest and most entertaining British-based exponents of global music” (The Guardian).

She’Koyokh is an international virtuosic, versatile and prize-winning band comprising seven expert musicians playing klezmer and traditional music from the Balkans and Turkey.

She’Koyokh has toured the world with highlights at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and festivals in Germany, Hungary, Poland, Cyprus, Spain, the Canary Islands and Norway; WOMAD UK, WOMAD Fuerteventura, Sziget and Pannonica Festivals; Fundación Juan March Madrid, London’s Southbank Centre, Aldeburgh’s Snape Proms and live sessions on BBC Radio.

Four globally acclaimed albums have earned She’Koyokh the reputation  as “one of London’s musical treasures playing the best klezmer and Balkan music in Britain” (The Evening Standard). First Dance on Second Avenue was released in 2017 on World Music Network’s Riverboat Records to critical acclaim, receiving a 5 star review in the Evening Standard, 5 stars and Album Choice in fROOTS, 4 stars in the Guardian, 4 stars and Top of the World in Songlines and 4 stars in BBC Music Magazine. She’Koyokh’s previous albums are Wild Goats and Unmarried Women (2014 Riverboat), Buskers’ Ballroom (2011 ARC) and Sandanski’s Chicken (2007 ARC).

With seventeen years absorbing and performing the rich folk music traditions of Jewish Eastern Europe, Turkey and the Balkans, She’Koyokh’s shows bring together the stunning polyphonic melodies and intricate rhythms of Bulgaria, treasured tunes from Serbian villages and exhilarating Gypsy dances from Romania as well as soulful Sephardic songs and klezmer music from Jewish eastern Europe. Added to the mix is an Albanian folk song popular in southern Kosovo, a song from south-west Turkey about wild goats and unmarried women, a love song for a Gypsy girl with penetrating green eyes, a beautiful Armenian song about migration and a Yiddish Swing number from 1950s New York.

The band formed in 2001 with the support of a Millennium Award from the Jewish Music Institute. In 2008 they were awarded first prize in the International Jewish Music Festival in Amsterdam and have been shortlisted twice for Best Group in the Songlines World Music Awards. In 2012 She’koyokh contributed the material for and led performances with the Aurora Orchestra at LSO St Luke’s, St George’s Bristol and the Brighton Dome. In 2019 they will collaborate with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and are currently developing a show with the acclaimed South Indian violinist, Jyotsna Srikanth.

And by the way, She’Koyokh is a Yiddish word meaning “nice one!”

Tickets Here>>

The Banana Sessions

The Banana Sessions are a band. Not just any band either – the sort of band that haunt your dreams with annoyingly catchy melodies, Beatles-esque harmonies and washboard beats. But don’t let that put you off – if Marmite can win the hearts of many, then so can they.

The Banana Sessions exploded onto the Scottish music scene way back when in 2007. Fresh out of music school, Roberta Pia and Calum Wood had met and bonded over tea and bananas and began to write songs about the most mundane topics they could possibly think of – running out of tea bags, the health benefits of bananas, stories about bears in the forest and being chased by imaginary white rabbits. With wild imagination, they stayed up late one night writing their first EP featuring their first ever song, Bananas – they aptly named themselves The Banana Sessions and the rest was history.

Early on, they  recorded their Prodigy Medley – more commonly known as their ‘tenuous claim to fame’ – complete with a music video to boot. The Prodigy saw the video, Liam Howlett said ‘That’s really cool. I dig it.’ – and they posted it on their website which saw multiple fans flowing in from Eastern Europe and beyond. One band from Bulgaria even did a cover of The Banana Sessions’ cover of Prodigy songs – how’s that for inception?!

2016 saw the release of The Banana Sessions second album, Be Bold and Brilliant, marking the moment that the band transcended into folkier and more mature territory. You guessed it – they got the band back together, only this time as a stripped back three-piece and with guests Euan Burton and Doug Hough on the record. The Be Bold and Brilliant Tour stormed across the UK in true Banana Sessions style and saw the band stronger than ever. Straight after this, they went back into songwriting mode and spent a weekend in Eyemouth conjuring up a whole batch of new songs and we’ve been keeping them under wraps ever since – until now.

2019 sees the band reform once again with the same stripped back classic line-up of vocals, guitar, percussion and plenty of harmonies with some brand-new material, some very old material and an album of B sides featuring music that has never been heard before. The band embark on a two-week tour in February 2019 – The House Concert Tour, beginning with their favourite village hall.  And let’s face it, it yours too!  Although less of a house than a village hall, we promise to provide that intimate house concert atmosphere…

Tickets Here>>

Future Shows

Well, as we go to press with this blog, the dates are there but just not quite over the finish line.  However we CAN say that 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.  Just you wait!

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…

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!

Follow Letham Nights on Twitter
Like the Letham Nights Facebook Page and join the events.

Remember, pre-paid is best!  No booking fees – just send a cheque or do an online transfer after checking availability with mike@lethamnights.org and following the instructions on our ticket page

Contact
If you would like to take to the stage or the dance floor at Letham Nights, buy tickets or simply find out more, contact:

Michael t 01337 810372  m 07838 820659  mike@lethamnights.org

or Roy m 07856 892705 roy-campbell@btconnect.com

www.lethamnights.org

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Letham Village Hall, Fife is on the A92 just 15 minutes from the Tay Bridge, 10 minutes from Cupar and 15 from Glenrothes.

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Letham Nights #60 – The Bevvy Sisters with Letham Voices and Dave Webster

October 3rd, 2018

Not long to go until our 60th Show and 10th anniversary!

The Bevvy Sisters with Letham Voices and Dave Webster

Help us celebrate! Book your tickets!  Sign up to sing!

Saturday 24th November

Letham Voices Community Choir Workshop 2.30 – 4.30pm

Evening Show – Doors 7.30pm

Tickets Here>>

What better way to celebrate our 60th event and 10-year anniversary than to bring back to Letham one of our favourite acts, the Bevvy Sisters for another classy night of swing, jazz, folk and blues with harmonies to die for – this time with a unique twist.  The Bevvies will run an afternoon community choir workshop – Letham Voices – who will perform with the band to close the evening!

Like to sing?  Then get signed up!!

Tickets Here>>

A Celebration!

We are REALLY excited about this next landmark in our Letham Nights journey.  Excited and delighted that the Bevvy Sisters agreed to be the headline act for our 60th event and 10-year anniversary.  The Sisters have supported us all the way from early in our development as a venue and so it is all the more important to us that they want to come back this time.

Sign Up To Sing – Letham Voices – Community Choir Workshop!

To make Letham Nights #60 a special celebration, the Bevvy Sisters have agreed to run an afternoon choir workshop. The choir will take to the stage on the night to close the headline performance.  No prior qualifications or experience are required – just bring your voice and your love of singing!

Tickets Here>>

The Bevvies are supremely qualified to bring out the best in our Letham Voices.  Heather Macleod, Gina Rae and Louise Murphy are seasoned professionals not just in their own right as performing artists but as teachers and choir leaders.  “We’re loving the added experience of meeting and working with our audience in a deeper way”.  Find out more about the workshop magic they have been weaving into their shows here >> .  And take a look at this clip to get a feel for what a great experience this could be:

The Sisters have just released their new album, This Moment, and are keen to share its delights with us.  It was launched in fabulous style at the Queens Hall in Edinburgh with the fantastic Soundhouse Choir, which is run and directed by Heather. During the summer the band worked with Southern Fried Voices at the exquisite and newly renovated Perth Theatre with Blue Rose Code. This was hugely well received.

What the critics say…

“This Moment is an album that that floats in the air as serenely as a glider surveying the Earth from the sanctity and the openness of the Heavens, a real treat. A symphony of expressive harmony and patient beauty.” Liverpool Sound & Vision

“It’s not often that you go to a gig and are captivated right from the opening notes – but that’s what happened on Saturday night when The Bevvy Sisters took to the stage in the Drygate in Glasgow’s East End” Scotsman (Glasgow Jazz Festival 2017)

“Scotland-based four-piece group The Bevvy Sisters (not all sisters, or even all women) enthrall and amaze as they bring us their unique stamp on Americana classics and their own songs. The three ladies open slow and atmospherically with a cover of “Sylvie”, in a cappella that allows them to show off their impressive voices and fine vocal arrangements, backed up by David Donnelly’s impressively low and deep, resounding voice. It’s captivating to watch such a sound erupt.”  BBC Best of the Fest – Edinburgh Fringe

Tickets Here>>

Special Guest Dave Webster

We are delighted to announce that vocalist and songwriter, Dave Webster, one of the 3 frontmen of Dundee’s legendary band, Sinderins, has agreed to open the show with a solo set of his own material.  Those of you who have seen Dave perform at previous Letham Nights shows with Sinderins (or previous incarnations Anderson, McGinty, Webster, Ward and Fisher or Luva Anna) will appreciate just what a treat we are in for.  Dave’s voice is unique, powerful and affecting and he is a supremely skilled and sensitive songwriter.  His voice is extraordinary – otherworldly even – and full of soul. It soars and shifts and tingles the spine in a manner reminiscent of, and yet wholly different from, Jeff Buckley or Ian Gillan. Can’t wait!

Future Shows

9th February 2019 – She’Koyokh

Returning to Letham with a full line up this time, the extraordinarily talented Balkan and Klezmer outfit will be sandwiching this gig between two shows with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in Aberdeen and Edinburgh.  When they called us to see if we had a slot, we just couldn’t resist!

Don’t worry!  There is lot’s more in the pipeline…!!

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…

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!

Follow Letham Nights on Twitter
Like the Letham Nights Facebook Page and join the events.

Remember, pre-paid is best!  No booking fees – just send a cheque or do an online transfer after checking availability with mike@lethamnights.org and following the instructions on our ticket page

Contact
If you would like to take to the stage or the dance floor at Letham Nights, buy tickets or simply find out more, contact:

Michael t 01337 810372  m 07838 820659  mike@lethamnights.org

or Roy m 07856 892705 roy-campbell@btconnect.com

www.lethamnights.org

Sign up to the Letham Nights Mailing list

Join Letham Nights on Facebook

Follow Letham Nights on Twitter

Letham Village Hall, Fife is on the A92 just 15 minutes from the Tay Bridge, 10 minutes from Cupar and 15 from Glenrothes.

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Letham Nights #59 – Cara

July 4th, 2018

CARA

Saturday 22nd September

Doors 7.30pm

Tickets Here>>

After our long hot summer, we are going to slip into autumn gracefully with the beautiful sound of CARA (Irish for friendship).  Brought to Letham Nights by the highly acclaimed Scottish folk singer, Kim Edgar, CARA are a truly class act and while the band members are mostly German, their music is firmly rooted in Irish and Scottish traditions. Performing innovative arrangements of traditional material alongside original songs and tunes, CARA have gained international critical acclaim as you can see from this trailer and the reviews that follow…

With lead vocalists Gudrun Walther (Germany) and Kim Edgar (Scotland) alongside piano, fiddle, flute, guitar, uilleann pipes and accordion, CARA have been described as “a whole festival wrapped up in one band” (Bruce MacGregor, BBC Radio Scotland).

Once again then, we have rooted out an absolutely top quality band to perform in our wonderful wee hall with its warm, friendly and music-loving atmosphere.  Cara and Letham Nights is going to be a match made in heaven!  So come, catch up with old friends, make some new ones, and join in the celebration!

Tickets Here>>

“A world class band in top form.” Irish Music Magazine

“Strong on emotion, story and poetry… impressive, dramatic and accomplished” FolkRadio.UK

Genial musicianship… delicious” Living Tradition

“Great musicianship […] total respect for the material. Wonderful.” Mike Harding

Real passion…stunningly good.” Moors Magazine

“A musical force to be reckoned with…they can really fly” **** The Scotsman

“They radiated a warmth that charmed our audience demanding they return on their next tour.” Chapel Sessions, Southampton

“These guys are all excellent musicians and their sound is technically excellent, dynamic and stirring… everybody was mightily impressed, with many requests to have them back again.” Folk In The Barn, Canterbury

Tickets Here>>

Future Shows

24th November 2018 – The Bevvy Sisters and the Letham Nights Community Choir

At last we bring back the Bevvy Sisters for another classy night of swing, jazz, folk and blues with harmonies to die for – this time with a unique twist.  The Bevvies will run an afternoon workshop to train up a choir of volunteers to perform on the night.  Like to sing?  Then get signed up!!

9th February 2019 – She’Koyokh

Returning to Letham with a full line up this time, the extraordinarily talented Balkan and Klezmer outfit will be sandwiching this gig between two shows with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in Aberdeen and Edinburgh.  When they called us to see if we had a slot, we just couldn’t resist!

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…

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!

Follow Letham Nights on Twitter
Like the Letham Nights Facebook Page and join the events.

Remember, pre-paid is best!  No booking fees – just send a cheque or do an online transfer after checking availability with mike@lethamnights.org and following the instructions on our ticket page

Contact
If you would like to take to the stage or the dance floor at Letham Nights, buy tickets or simply find out more, contact:

Michael t 01337 810372  m 07838 820659  mike@lethamnights.org

or Roy m 07856 892705 roy-campbell@btconnect.com

www.lethamnights.org

Sign up to the Letham Nights Mailing list

Join Letham Nights on Facebook

Follow Letham Nights on Twitter

Letham Village Hall, Fife is on the A92 just 15 minutes from the Tay Bridge, 10 minutes from Cupar and 15 from Glenrothes.

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Don’t forget that the Clap and Tipple bar will be on hand to quench your thirst and tickle your tastebuds !

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Letham Nights #58 – Gina Chavez | Delightful Squalor | Zoe Graham

June 8th, 2018

Gina Chavez | Delightful Squalor | Zoe Graham

ONE WEEK TO GO!!

Saturday 16th June

Doors 7.30pm

Saturday 16th June

Doors 7.30pm

Tickets Here>>

Wow! We made it happen! Austin, Texas Musician of the Year is coming to the village hall! Not only that but we have actually assembled 4 truly extraordinary female artists for an evening of exquisite entertainment – a joyful celebration of women in music and of equal rights. We are BURSTING with excitement!

Ever since we saw Gina Chavez on NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert series (now approaching 650000 views!!), we were determined to bring her to Letham Nights to share her beautiful Latino infused songs and rhythms. And she was determined to come to Scotland. Gina is an award-winning, bilingual, Latin-folk singer/songwriter who expertly blends the sounds of the Americas with tension and grace. She has received national recognition from NPR’s “All Songs Considered” and “Alt.Latino” for her debut SXSW performance as one of the new Latin artists to watch. She won Austin Music Awards for two years running, including three Austin Music Awards for “Best Female Vocals, Best Latin Traditional, and Best Latin Rock”.
 

So we are going to have a massive party. With dancing.

 
Delightful Squalor joins the seasoned talents of singer song-writers Lake Montgomery of Paris, Texas and Cera Impala of Flagstaff, Arizona. These ladies provide honeyed harmonies you can hope to taste delivering an authentic Americana duet project, unique in its charm. Guitar, 5 string Banjo and ukulele in hand, they craft songs that feel timeless, songs to help you forget a world gone mad. A taste of country blues, gospel, folk and old-time jazz, they take from a range of influences resulting in a sound that comes across as quite it’s own.
 
The prodigiously talented young Glasgow singer-songwriter, Zoe Graham completes the quartet. Zoe has an impressive maturity and attention to detail in her music that sets her apart from her peers. On stage, she is masterful with new tech, fleshing out the instrumentation with loop pedals, but she can also tear you apart with a simple acoustic ballad like the soon-to-be iconic Anniesland Lights. The last time Zoe played Letham, she blew us away.  Prepare to be amazed.

Now surely that’s enough to get you battering down the door for tickets!

Tickets Here>>

Future Shows

22nd September – Cara

Brought to Letham Nights by the highly acclaimed Scottish folk singer, Kim Edgar, this Irish folk band are a truly class act.  Despite the fact that all of the band, apart from Kim, are German,  the band absolutely NAIL the genre.

24th November – The Bevvy Sisters and the Letham Nights Community Choir

At last we bring back the Bevvy Sisters for another classy night of swing, jazz, folk and blues with harmonies to die for – this time with a unique twist.  The Bevvies will run an afternoon workshop to train up a choir of volunteers to perform on the night.  Like to sing?  Then get signed up!!

A huge THANK YOU!

Sincere thanks to everyone who responded to our call to DO ONE THING ONCE for Letham Nights.  We had a most amazing response and now have a database of around 30 volunteers that we can call upon to help us keep the show on the road. We hope that makes you as happy as we are! And if you still want to get involved and haven’t been in touch please use the contact details at the bottom of the page to reach out.

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…

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!

Follow Letham Nights on Twitter
Like the Letham Nights Facebook Page and join the events.

Remember, pre-paid is best!  No booking fees – just send a cheque or do an online transfer after checking availability with mike@lethamnights.org and following the instructions on our ticket page

Contact
If you would like to take to the stage or the dance floor at Letham Nights, buy tickets or simply find out more, contact:

Michael t 01337 810372  m 07838 820659  mike@lethamnights.org

or Roy m 07856 892705 roy-campbell@btconnect.com

www.lethamnights.org

Sign up to the Letham Nights Mailing list

Join Letham Nights on Facebook

Follow Letham Nights on Twitter

Letham Village Hall, Fife is on the A92 just 15 minutes from the Tay Bridge, 10 minutes from Cupar and 15 from Glenrothes.

Clap & tipple logo

Don’t forget that the Clap and Tipple bar will be on hand to quench your thirst and tickle your tastebuds !

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Letham Nights #57 – The Coal Porters & The Coaltown Daisies – The Review

May 31st, 2018

 ©EBM Photography

The long low rays of spring sunshine lanced their way through open curtains, illuminating dust sprites as they danced and dallied on the ebbs and flows of the evening breeze. Every string had been tuned, thrummed and its waveforms gracefully finessed by science in preparation for the hoe-down. The patrons, regular and irregular, had chosen their pews with care lest cruel Apollo scorch their features and damn their eyes. Drapes were adjusted, tipples gained and the days cares lost as the time of merriment drew nigh.

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But soft, what light through yonder window breaks? Why, none other than erstwhile Letham Nights favourites and top chums, The Coaltown Daisies! Back where they belong after a long absence brought about by gypsy curses and terrifying diary clashes, it was like Vivienne and Linzy had never been away. Except now they have more songs. They like to mix it up a bit too. Vivienne opens up with her own ‘The Brave One’, with Lynzy backing up with box-hitting and backing vocals. Later Lynzy gets her turn with her beautiful tribute to her mate, ‘Little Jane’.

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The dynamics continue in their vocal interplay with both of them capable of low soulful notes or soaring operatics, with the other plugging the gaps in between like songful silicon sealant. A cracking Mary Chapin Carpenter cover gets toes tapping, ‘The Whisky Song’ rounds things off boozily and the #bantz, is bang on. We love you, Daisies!

The Coal Porters are self-described as alt-bluegrass but that doesn’t mean they don’t have the authentic chops and bona fides. Oh, yes indeedy, Sid Griffin and his band of merry pranksters can forward roll, backward roll, strum, flatpick, pluck and fiddle with the finest of their non-alt counterparts. With four part harmonies and forty eight strings stretched across eight instruments you’d better believe these guys keep themselves busy.

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As the personnel rotate like a Swiss timepiece at the stroke of the hour, such instant classics as ‘Salad Days’ and ‘Dancing on The Courthouse Lawn’ trip from their apparatus and plant smiles on the faithful below. A cover of Average White Band classic ‘Pick Up The Pieces’ keeps the purists happy whilst their dirgy cover of David Bowie’s ‘Heroes’ carries a much heavier slice of poignancy than the last time we heard it (damn you, 2016!).

Come the second set and the tunes keep a coming, the toes keep tapping and dancing ensues. Songs about prison breaks and sitting in jail-houses sit perfectly alongside covers by Adele and The Only Ones and the whole shebang comes shuddering to a gleeful conclusion with the band on the dancefloor giving an acoustic rendition of ‘Teenage Kicks’. What a season, what a night, what a band.

Check out The Coal Porters here

Check out The Coaltown Daisies here

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Letham Nights #57 – The Coal Porters with the Coaltown Daisies

April 9th, 2018

The Coal Porters

Saturday 5th May

Doors 7.30pm

with Special Guests – The Coaltown Daisies

Tickets Here>>

As you probably already know, at Letham Nights, as a proud Green Arts Initiative venue, we are committed to reducing our carbon footprint and creating a zero-carbon village hall. However, this kind of carbon we can cope with…!

The Coal Porters, making their second visit to Letham Nights, and led by the legendary Sid Griffin, are all set to light up the hall with their unique punk-influenced take on alt-bluegrass.  The band demonstrate the power of fiddle, mandolin, banjo, acoustic guitar and doghouse bass when matched with four-part harmonies and memorable melodies.

They have taken this sound around the world and have been featured on NPR’s Morning Edition in the USA and having recorded a live session for Bob Harris on BBC Radio 2.

The Coal Porters are;
Kerenza Peacock – fine fiddle and vocals;
Paul Fitzgerald – banjo and vocals;
Sid Griffin – vocals, mandolin, harmonica and autoharp;
Andrew Stafford – bass;
Neil Robert Herd – guitar and vocals.

“Sid Griffin was playing Americana years before the term was invented and that pioneer spirit shines on with his current band, the Coal Porters.” ~ Billy Bragg

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

“Great harmony singing and memorable songs that often recall a British Flying Burrito Brothers or a back porch Ronnie Lane” ~ Mojo Magazine

“The Coal Porters whisk together a hugely listenable cocktail of bluegrass, folk and country” ~ Uncut

 We are sooooo happy to have them back and we know that they love us too.  Here’s what guitarist, Neil Herd, had to say about Letham Nights:

“Genuinely one of the Coal Porter’s favourite gigs EVER. That’s a lot of gigs passed over in favour of you fine folks – and rightly so. Aye. Neil Herd, The Coal Porters

The Coaltown Daisies

And just to stretch the coal theme a bit more, we have invited the wonderful Coaltown Daisies to open the entertainment for the evening.

The Coaltown Daisies write and perform dynamic folk, soul and americana music and have tremendous experience as performers, recording artists and event managers. They are renowned for their highly engaging live performances and steady professionalism which has resulted in them performing at sought after venues and festivals all over the country.

The records they have released under their own Ragged Boot Records label feature some of Scotland’s most highly established musicians and have been exceptionally well received by listeners the world over; their latest release features a composition that was chosen as the original theme for World Whisky Day and won them the coveted CalMac Culture Music prize.

All that coal!  It’s going to be a burning hot night!

Letham Nights – The Year Ahead…

Future Shows – Get the dates in your diary!!
We are seriously ahead of ourselves for the rest of 2018 and have some exciting shows lined up. More details later but get these dates in your diary!

Tickets Here>>

16th June – Gina Chavez and girlfriends –

Soooo excited to have booked the amazing and delightful Gina Chavez.  Gina is a multi-award winning artist from Austin, Texas and will bring some cool Latino grooves to the hall.  She will be joined by a trio of solo female artists that we know well – Roberta Pia, Cera Impala and Lake Montgomery. Each will do a solo set and then Roberta will finish this hot, midsummer evening with a DJ set curated by the 4 artists.  Phew!

22nd September – Cara –

Brought to Letham Nights by the highly acclaimed Scottish folk singer, Kim Edgar, this Irish folk band are a truly class act.  Despite the fact that all of the band, apart from Kim, are German,  the band absolutely NAIL the genre.

16th November – The Bevvy Sisters and the Letham Nights Community Choir –

At last we bring back the Bevvy Sisters for another classy night of swing, jazz, folk and blues with harmonies to die for – this time with a unique twist.  The Bevvies will run an afternoon workshop to train up a choir of volunteers to perform on the night.  Like to sing?  Then get signed up!!

A huge THANK YOU!

Sincere thanks to everyone who responded to our call to DO ONE THING ONCE for Letham Nights.  We had a most amazing response and now have a database of around 30 volunteers that we can call upon to help us keep the show on the road. We hope that makes you as happy as we are! And if you still want to get involved and haven’t been in touch please use the contact details at the bottom of the page to reach out.

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…

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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Letham Village Hall, Fife is on the A92 just 15 minutes from the Tay Bridge, 10 minutes from Cupar and 15 from Glenrothes.

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Letham Nights #56 – The Jellyman’s Daughter

February 15th, 2018

The Jellyman’s Daughter

with Al Shields

Saturday 17th March 2018

Doors 7.30 until Midnight

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When Scottish duo The Jellyman’s Daughter came calling it was hard to resist.  Two years ago at LN#40 (go back and read the review!!) this frighteningly talented duo played as openers to Cera Impala and the New Prohibition.  We said then that they could just as easily have topped the bill such is their class. And now they are launching their second album,  Dead Reckoning, with their own headlining show at Letham Nights on St Patrick’s Night.  What a hooley we are going to have!

The Jellyman’s Daughter lands squarely in the middle of a strange crossroads between bluegrass, post-rock, folk and soul. Mixing their unique vocal harmonies with wild and visceral cello, driving guitar and sweet mandolin, Emily and Graham write their songs together with brilliant technical musicianship and beautiful creativity.  The result has all the class and quality and spine-tingling soul of any of the great duos in this genre whether it be the Civil Wars or Gillian Welch & Dave Rawlings.  And here they are!  Right here at Letham Nights on 17th March!  Have a wee listen to this and then get booked!

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Introducing Al Shields

Al Shields is an Edinburgh-based songwriter, with influences rooted in old-time country, folk and blues music.

Originally from the small Scottish island of Bute (where he grew up on a healthy diet of country and folk music from his mother’s record collection), Al moved to Edinburgh in 2005, and is a founding member of indie outfit Ardentjohn, with whom he has enjoyed independent success. Their debut album ‘On The Wire’ garnered very favourable reviews in mainstream music press, with Uncut magazine describing the band as “refreshing new arrivals”.

With the band on hiatus, Al returned to his musical roots, recording and touring his country-tinged solo album ‘Slow Burner’, and gigging regularly with his band The Wilted Roses. He has recently had the privilege of supporting a number of international touring acts, including legendary Bauhaus frontman Peter Murphy, Joe Pug, Neal Casal, Red Sky July, and LA country rockers Dead Rock West.

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Letham Nights #54 – The Review – Jez Hellard & The Djukella Orchestra

January 17th, 2018

Letham Nights 54 – The Review

Let the wild winter wind bellow and blow, I’m as warm as a July tomato.

We couldn’t have put it better ourselves. As the landscape around paled into a frost-bitten melancholy of mists and mellow fruitfulness departed, and the fields hardened their hearts against Jack Frost’s nimble advances, those of us within The Hall were warmed literally and figuratively by that pot-bellied stove of rhythm and righteousness in the form of none other than our good friend and fellow traveller on the road to enlightenment and sweet fortune, Jez Hellard.

But patience, folks. More of old friends later. Before any of that came our support in the shape of Dundee and Fife’s own, The Mnemonics. This bunch are new friends in more ways than one, after all the guys were barely six years old when Letham Nights first opened our doors way back in the mists of time when phones were dumb and presidents were smart. Yes, The Mnemonics are just starting out on their voyage through the starry-eyed romp that is popular music but on this evidence they’ll be around for some time yet. From soon to be single, ‘Sunrise’, to set closer, ‘Bones’ their twinkly guitar interplay and solid rhythms jollied along strong lyrics and melodies and left no toe untapped. All the more impressive as they had eschewed their usual electric axes for acoustic instruments for the evening. Nice bit of African influence in the lead guitar at times too. Nice!

And then for the main event. Transitory Troubadour and veteran of the road less travelled, Jez Hellard, has haunted our house of harmonies on no fewer than three previous occasions but this was the first time he had brought members of his cosmic collective, The Djukella Orchestra. With him this evening were submariner, Nye Parson, on upright bass and fruit of the loins of myriad dangerous radicals, James Patrick Gavin, on violin. We’ve come to love and revere Jez’s virtuosity on harmonica and flat-picked guitar and his musical compatriots on this tour turned out to be maestros in their own right. Starting with the power-waltz instrumental of ‘Southwind’ Jez tickles the six-string and hands out the solos to Nye and James both of whom contrive through genius exertions to go the entire evening without playing the same note twice. C’est impossible? Non, mon ami! The trio power on through jigs (‘rashers and sausages’) and reels, calling in at reggae and the mouth-organ masterpiece of ‘Miners Picket Waltz’. Not content to just warm our cockles the gang then break our hearts with a soaringly beautiful version of our unofficial anthem, Scott Cook’s ‘Pass It Along’. And what more fitting climax could there be to Act One than the much anticipated Atlas Tango with our very own Ron & Janey gliding round the dance floor as if it was a bar in Buenos Aires. Poetry in motion!

Then on to the second set where, I confess, your humble reviewer somewhat abandoned the written form and gave in to bonhomie, joie de vivre and those seductive pleasures of Bacchus for which our species has such weakness. And so suffice it to say that there was mesmerising music, dizzying dancing and a very late bedtime for all and sundry. Just grand!

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Review by Mick Pritchard

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Letham Nights #55 – The Railsplitters

December 10th, 2017

The Return of the Railsplitters!

And introducing Steph Fraser

Saturday 27th January 2018

Doors 7.30 until Midnight

Folks, don’t delay – this one is going to sell out.  For sure… IS SOLD OUT!!

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The Railsplitters bring their high energy brand of unconventional bluegrass from Boulder, Colorado back to the village! Although rooted in traditional bluegrass and old time music, The Railsplitters push the boundaries of those genres in every sense.

Look forward to hearing lush harmonies, instrumental virtuosity and non-conformist songwriting. This hugely entertaining band draws on a range of influences including folk/roots, Americana, modern pop and rock & roll as well as bluegrass pioneers like Bill Monroe and Earl Scruggs. Featuring banjo, mandolin, fiddle, guitar and upright bass, The Railsplitters have the kind of raw power that will knock your socks off! The line-up features Mississippi-born Lauren Stovall and her luminous vocals in the lead, Dusty Rider’s melodically intricate banjo licks, Peter Sharpe’s Brazilian and bluesy flair on mandolin, Joe D’Esposito’s New England and Italian-inspired fiddling and the ever-so-groovy Jean-Luc Davis on the double bass.

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Having got their career off to a flying start by winning the band competition at the popular and influential Rockygrass festival, The Railsplitters have spent much of the last few years on the road honing their craft. With three albums and two extensive UK tours under their belts, the band has received rave reviews on both sides of the Atlantic for their songwriting talent, outstanding vocals and exceptional musical range. Though they operate with the instrumentation of a bluegrass band, The Railsplitters are making music totally unlimited by tradition. This is music for the open road, the open dance floor, and open ears – music of the American West, made for all.

Startlingly original and very exciting to listen to” – Bluegrass Today

The Railsplitters embody two of my favorite musical elements: high quality musicianship and great original songs. They use both to make them, without a doubt, one of the best bluegrass bands to emerge in the last few years.” Andy Hall, The Infamous Stringdusters

Introducing Steph Fraser

And we are delighted and excited to welcome Steph Fraser to open the evening. Steph, originally from Blackpool has been playing live for ten years and is now based in Scotland. At 15 she toured Ontario Canada, making her showcase at Canadian Music week. Steph signed a deal with Island Records at 19 however parted company with the label at 21. Since then she has toured across Europe, lived and played in Nashville and was part of a band which supported Mumford and Sons. She continues to perform and record independently. Her extraordinary, haunting voice has depth, range, power and tenderness, hooking you into her beautiful lyrical melodies.  Check her out here >>

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It’s going to be quite an evening!

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Letham Nights #54 – Jez Hellard and the Djukella Orchestra

November 9th, 2017

Saturday 9th December

Doors at 7.30, Music from 8pm – Midnight

RETURN OF THE JEZ!  And this time he’s bringing the orchestra!

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Much loved balladeer and folk warrior, Jez Hellard, returns to Letham Nights in style, this time bringing an amazing trio of troubadours, The Djukella Orchestra to entertain you and sting you into action.  The band have prepared a whole set of beautiful music as he says: “specially designed to counteract the effects of Trump, Armageddon, talent shows, fracking, dolphinoplasty, Paul Nuttalls and the curse of magnetic lettering, and to encourage you to walk with a charismatic sophistication to your step”. The Djukella Orchestra includes some of the finest young instrumentalists on the UK folk scene.  They will offer you an aural cornucopia of ballads, jigs, and reels as well as some rumba, tango and reggae, from their latest live release D’rect From The Shire all designed to make you dance like a dervish.

As you will remember if you were at his previous Letham Nights performances, Jez Hellard is a singer of potent songs, a virtuoso guitarist and a simply stunning, smoking harmonica player. His lyrics are often stinging political swipes at the establishment, railing at the injustices of current and past events.  Add to this some silky double-bass and fiery fiddling and you have a blend of virtuoso musicianship, witty political comment and a deep repertoire of powerful songs that will leave you breathless.  So, get a move on and get booked!

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Opening set from The Mnemonics

We are delighted to introduce fantastic new local lads, The Mnemonics.  The band are from various parts of Fife but ply their trade mainly in Dundee.  As far as we are concerned then, this is a home gig!  They combine great songwriting with an excellent sense of melody and driving, poppy-rocky rhythms. Add to that great taste in music – they cite The Jacksons’ ‘Blame It On The Boogie’ as their favourite song!  We can’t wait to see them live!  Have a wee listen…

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