Saturday 26th November 2016 8pm
For our next Letham Nights we present our first full jazz outfit – and as you have come to expect from us, we don’t just book any old jazz band. No, we bring you one of the finest in Scotland, if not the UK. Scottish Jazz Awards finalists Rose Room have become one of Scotland’s leading ensembles influenced by the Gypsy Jazz genre. Sharing a love of Swing music and the style of the great Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli, their “vigorous and vivacious” performance will be sure to go down a storm with the Letham Nights audience as they serve up their 1930s ‘Hot Club’ standards, Gypsy Jazz favourites and self-penned originals with virtuosity, verve and panache.
Wow! What a line up!
Based in Glasgow, the quartet features award-winning violinist and vocalist Seonaid Aitken (who also plays with the Orchestra of Scottish Opera, Idlewild frontman Roddy Woomble and was the featured violinist/fiddler on ITV’s recent period drama ‘Jericho’ as well as orchestrating and appearing on the BBC/Richard Curtis film ‘Esio Trot’), Scotland’s No.1 guitar maker Jimmy Moon on double bass, and Danny Kyle Award-winners Swing Guitars’ Tam Gallagher and Tom Watson on rhythm and lead guitars respectively.
With three albums recorded to date – ‘The High Life’ (2015), ‘Am I Blue’ (2013) and ‘Somewhere In Roseland’ (2011) – Rose Room have headlined at all of the major Scottish jazz festivals, appeared at the celebrated Shetland Folk Festival, and toured Ireland performing at the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival.
Rose Room were delighted to have been nominated for ‘Ensemble of the Year’ in the last ‘Scottish Jazz Awards’ and are frequently played on BBC Radio Scotland’s ‘The Jazz House’ and Jazz FM. They are involved in teaching and fundraising for The Clutha Trust charity, and recently performed to Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall in a special event alongside young musicians supported by the trust. Two of Rose Room’s tracks are also featured on The Clutha Sessions charity CD. Have a listen and then get booking!!
What the press say:
“As close to the sound of the great Stephane Grappelli as I think you’re going to hear in Scotland”
BBC RADIO SCOTLAND
“Rose Room swing harder than an elm tree in a force nine English gale…”
“Classy, very accomplished”
“The way that Rose Room plays this material manages to revitalise it while remaining true to its origins”
Read a full review from The Herald here >>
And an opening set from new singer-songwriter, Georgia Gage…
Georgia Gage is just starting out on her musical career but we think you are going to hear a lot more about her in the near future! From an early age, Georgia LOVED music and toyed with becoming a classical pianist. But out of the endless piano lessons and hours spent at choir practice has grown her beautiful and unique vocal style and a love of song writing. On receiving recording kit for her 17th birthday she began to record her songs, adding layers of harmony and experimenting with different sounds from violin, piano and guitar. Her song writing is compositionally complex, but immediately appealing and filled with memorable hooks. They tell tales of the mundane made fantastical, like a wonderful hot chocolate in an Edinburgh café and a summer romance with a sailor called Jerry. Slowly slowly, whilst studying for her Physics degree in Manchester, Georgia began to do live gigs. Whilst her records feature violin arrangements and layers of harmony, she performs acoustically, armed with a wealth of charming stories and an inimitable voice. Her gigs are intimate and enchanting, but feature as many hilarious moments as they do haunting ones. Having drawn comparisons with Joni Mitchell and Linda Perhacs, Georgia is a magnetic character and a masterful folk songwriter. We think she is a right good fit for our atmospheric wee venue! Have a wee listen here…
Letham Nights @ 50!
Meanwhile we have also booked an amazing line up our 50th Letham Nights for 28th January. If you would like to be on the priority list for tickets for this special milestone party then make sure you email firstname.lastname@example.org. More exciting news soon!