Letham Lights – Home Grown Cinema in the Village Hall!

August 14th, 2016
by Letham Nights

Letham Lights Launch Event

Sunday 21st August 3pm

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addicted to sheepWe are delighted to support a fantastic new community arts initiative in Letham from a group of local film enthusiasts, Letham Lights.  The group join Letham Nights to bring more voluntary, not-for-profit community arts and culture to our fantastic village hall.  The initiative has already attracted some very positive press attention and with just a week to go before the launch event, here is more from Letham Lights group spokesperson Keith Taylor:

We are really excited to be launching a new community cinema in Letham. A few of us in the village had been talking about ways of putting on events for the community to bring people together and a cinema seemed like a great way to do this. Many people remember how cinemas used to be a focal point in small towns throughout Scotland and how exciting it was to see a film with other people no matter what it was! It is sad that over the years these have slowly vanished and been replaced with generic multiplex cinemas outside large cities which are often very expensive, inaccessible, and can feel a little soulless. We wanted to revive the idea of film being something for everyone to enjoy together rather than sitting alone in your living room.

We have been supported by the Grow Your Own Cinema scheme which is part of the Cinema For All initiative. This helps to develop grass-roots community cinemas by giving advice on equipment, funding and logistics. It has also been invaluable meeting some other local cinema groups which seem to be popping up all over the country to learn from their experience. We are all volunteers and any money we raise will go towards supporting the village hall and buying equipment to make the cinema sustainable in the long term.

Over the coming months we plan to show a variety of films that will appeal to different ages and interests. We have some quite ambitious ideas for how we would like to develop in the future with some great possibilities for themed events. We are already planning a spooky family event for Halloween and of course “It’s a wonderful life” for Christmas complete with 1940s costume and mulled wine. To begin with we want to focus on providing an affordable, entertaining and interesting experience for everyone young and old. We will be learning quite a lot from the audience as we go!

Addicted to Sheep    Book Tickets

Our first screening is on Sunday 21st August at 3pm. We are starting with something a little unusual – a charming documentary called “Addicted to Sheep” about a year in the life of a family on a remote hill farm in the Pennines who are on a quest to find the perfect sheep!

We thought this might appeal to a lot of us who live in a rural area but have little appreciation of what goes on in the fields around us.

Into the Middle of Nowhere

We will also be showing a couple of short films that perfectly capture the innate spirit of hope and adventure that children take into the world.  One of these films “Into the middle of nowhere” was filmed at the Secret Garden nursery in Letham a few years ago and follows a child’s eye view of the beautiful woodlands in the village.

One or two of the stars of the film might even be in the audience! You can find out more, book tickets or even offer to help out at our website www.lethamlights.org or on our facebook page. We really look forward to seeing you there so come along, have some popcorn, sit back and enjoy the show!

Addicted To Sheep press packs are available from http://www.addictedtosheep.com/

Keith Taylor
Letham Lights Community Cinema
July 2016

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Letham Nights 47 – The Review – The Cut Throat Razors

July 25th, 2016
by Letham Nights

CTR@LN1BOOM, BOOM, BOOM! Did you hear that? It was massive! Yes, big was definitely better on the most raucous occasion of Letham Nights 47, as we welcomed two widely different but wildly wonderous whizz-bangers of wickedness. Romping, stomping and soul pomping was the order of the night, but we’ll come to all that later.

IrenieA rose by any other name might smell as sweet but would she sound as stonkingly brilliant as new LN fave, Irenie Rose? I should coco! As the late spring evening grew in, Irenie serenaded us with her songs of her home island, Lewis (flat and no trees, apparently – pure poetry), and love’s labours lost. If your sense of humour is of a certain warped persuasion then Irenie’s banter is worth the admission alone. When is a chocolate peanut not a chocolate peanut? Go see Irenie and find out. Lovely guitar picking and sweet vocals combined with the best use of loop pedal you’ll see anywhere. Not every rose has its thorn, it would seem. Brill!

And so to the big bit. There were ten of them, I tells ya. TEN! Deep breath then while we introduce the band:
Scott Crawford, Fran Schoppler and Trez Henderson – Vocals
Stewart Bentley – Keys
Phil Rasmussen – Guitar
David Hartley – Bass
Gary Walker – Drums
Alison Hendrey – Trumpet
Alex Chandler – Sax
Dave Scott – Trombone
Yes, the stage was creaking and the horns were speaking as new ska rebels, The Cut Throat Razors, slashed their way through a scorching two sets of funking good tunes, evoking everything from ska to blues to soul. A bit Wigan Casino, a bit Southside Chicago and perhaps even a nod to Belle & Sebastian on third number, Beautiful Day. Yes, the horns were honking, the strings were cronking, the keys were swinging and cymbals pinging (sorry) as 2014’s Best Unsigned Band (Sunday Herald) took our dancing feet here, there, everywhere and back again. If it’s fun times you’re looking for then you should look no further than this gang. BOOM!

Check out The Cut Throat Razors at: thecutthroatrazors.com

Check out Irenie Rose at: missirenierose.com

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Letham Nights 46 – The Review – The Railsplitters

June 2nd, 2016
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railsplitters at lethamRoll up, roll up, roll up! Come ye hither, all who swing, sing, and shake yon thing. A sexy, sassy spring evening of lively licks, rippin’ riffs and rollicking rhymes were the reward for those who chose to forego their evening stout by the fireplace and do something more interesting instead. And a tantalising triptych was on hand to massage the senses of regulars and occasionals alike.

sleeping gypsy at lethamYou know how it goes. You wait ages for an alter-ego and then three come along at once. And so it was that the proverbial came to pass in the form of our old friend, Sleeping Gypsy aka Bob Honson aka Robbie Ward (formerly of Luva Anna and Anderson, McGinty, Webster, Ward and Fisher). Some musicians blast you with vocal range or bamboozle with tricksy guitar manoeuvres. And there’s nothing wrong with that but how lovely it is to see an artist who can draw a line from his heart to the audience seemingly without breaking sweat. Looks easy, but it’s not. Brilliant.

mark richardson eisenbergNext up we had Mark Richardson, the Poet Chandon of Tayside. In one of his first performances (not that you’d know it), Mark explored the whole range of life, the universe and Dundee. If you want to see humanity, red in tooth and claw, spat out with real talent and bare emotion, go and see Mark. And the Heisenberg notebook was a nice touch.

And so to round off the evening, our headliners were wizardly wonderful The Railsplitters. The flavoursome fivesome brought their heavenly hewn pieces of wood and string across oceans, down valleys and up A roads and B, to deliver a bluegrass class of simmering sass that made mountain men and maidens of all us. Hailing from Boulder, Colorado, The Railsplitters take the clever, pretty songs of banjo maestro (and beard in chief) Dusty Rider and spin a neat, sweet web of sound around them. Down in the bassment comes Leslie Ziegler on upright bass, up top, working away like a hummingbird is Christine King on fiddle. Peter Sharpe on mandolin fills things out beautifully and Lauren Stovall fronts (if you can say that of such an ensemble cast), plays her guitar like a country queen and sings with the voice of an angel. The all round playing and singing is just bloody lovely. Great!

Check out The Railsplitters here: www.therailsplitters.com

Sleeping Gypsy is here: www.jollification.uk

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Letham Nights #47 – The Cut Throat Razors

April 30th, 2016
by Letham Nights

Cut Throat Razors at Wickerman - Credit - Lorne BruceONE WEEK TO GO!!!

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Prepare yourselves for Love, Libation & Liberation from…

The Cut Throat Razors

with special guest Miss Irenie Rose

Saturday 11th June 2016 8pm

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Stewart Bentley and Elaine Flemming at Wickerman - Credit - Lorne BruceOh my goodness me!  We have waited a long time to bag ourselves some funk at Letham Nights and lo and behold we have finally done it – and in style!  For your delight, we have booked one of the most funky, soulful, dancetastic bands in the land – The Cut Throat Razors.  Based in Glasgow, this 11-piece (yes, I know – ELEVEN piece) band, deliver a big punchy sound, evoking ska, funk, soul and blues. Their self-penned songs of love, liberation and libation are theatrical, comical, political and melancholic. With a fantastic energetic live show they have graced the stages of Wickerman Festival, King Tuts and 02 ABC Glasgow.

Winners of the Sunday Herald’s Best Unsigned Band 2014 , The Cut Throat Razors new EP – Motown’s Lost Its Soul – was launched on Fri the 27th Nov 2015 at Stereo, Glasgow.

Just picture the scene at Letham Village Hall – All 11 band members on that stage, complete with funky horn section, and everybody – yes, EVERYBODY! – up on the dance floor.  You won’t be able to stop yourself!  Listen to this clip and tell us we’re wrong!

Opening the show will be the wonderful Miss Irenie Rose…

Miss Irenie Rose 1Miss Irenie Rose, a young artist from the Isle of Lewis, has always been surrounded by music and musicians and was raised in a strong Scottish folk tradition.  While rooted in this background, her songs and style transcend folk, reaching out to other influences and genres.  She has the feel of Joni Mitchell and her creative use of loops brings a richness and depth to her performance.  She has supported both local and touring artists, played festivals across the country, and made multiple radio and television appearances.  In early 2013 she took part in a documentary about Celtic Connections presented by Julie Fowlis and was nominated for best newcomer in the Scottish Alternative Music Awards. Irenie also reached the semi-finals of the Radio 2 Young Folk Musician of the Year Awards 2014.

We know you will love her!

So there you go – another fine line up for Letham Nights.  Get booking!

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Letham Nights #46 The Railsplitters with special guests Sleeping Gypsy & Mark Richardson

January 31st, 2016
by Letham Nights

The first Letham Nights of 2016!



Don’t despair – there is still a chance someone won’t make it so if you wish to be added to the waiting list for returns please use the contact details on the home page to let us know. 

Saturday 23 April is just around the corner! All the way from Boulder, Colorado, we bring you the magnificent…

Railsplitters2smallThe Railsplitters

Saturday 23rd April 8pm

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This magnificent alternative Bluegrass fivesome spent 2015 ripping up stages all over the US as well as fitting in a UK and Ireland tour, in the process winning the Rockygrass’ Best New Band Competition.  This year they are back and we are lucky enough to have booked them for your delight and delectation on Saturday 23rd April.

What the reviews say…

“With their new album, The Faster It Goes, The Railsplitters, are using these new influences to break the bonds of bluegrass and unleash tradition. Lauren Stovall and the rest of the ‘Splitters suggest that using your roots to evolve is really at the heart of the genre as, Bill Monroe himself was an innovator. With their finger on the pulse, The Railsplitters are pushing the genre forward with an adventurous spirit, carrying in the tradition of breaking boundaries with their innovative sound.”  Mindie Lind, Hearth Music

“The Railsplitters are one of the most exciting bands to come on the scene in a long time. The complexity of their arrangements, the beauty of their vocals, and excitement in their performance should put them right in the center of your radar. Catch the Railsplitters, you’ll dig ’em!”  Stephen Mougin, Sam Bush Band

So for goodness sake, get booking!!  There’s plenty time of course but we think this is going to be a busy one

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And announcing our opening acts for the evening…

Sleeping Gypsy

Letham GIFSleeping Gypsy is the alter ego of veteran shyster Bob Honson who is in turn the alter ego of our beloved Letham Nights friend, the one and only Robbie Ward (formerly of Luva Anna and Anderson, McGinty, Webster, WARD and Fisher!) His new album, Zen and the Art of Jollification (2015) is a jolly tapestry of witticism and wisdom featuring some astonishing textures, impassioned vocals and superb instrumentals. And it’s out now. Here is how he describes the album:

“It’s unconventional but very traditional. Lets just say I grew up inside a shortbread tin – my father playing fiddle tunes late into the night and my mother by his side, quite the dramatic spoon player. I left home young enough to blag my way into some folk band or other but I dun got fired for wearing double-denim. I hog-tied myself to a pair of headphones in some old studio down on Long Lane and next thing I know I’ve lain a pure egg with all these hip young things telling me to ‘represent’.” – Bob Honson

Sleeping Gypsy will open the evening with a selection of these songs for your delectation.

For more information please visit the homepage: www.jollification.uk

Mark Richardson

markAnd for our first foray into spoken word performance we present Mark Richardson, urban poet from Dundee.  This will be one of Mark’s first public performances.  His poems are heartfelt reflections drawn from everyday life and delivered with an affecting, emotional energy and at times an edgy, hard-hitting street vibe. We are so delighted he has agreed to perform for us.

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Letham Nights 44 – The Review – Kirsten Adamson

November 30th, 2015
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kirsten a 3Letham Nights 44 – The Review – Kirsten Adamson

The nights were getting colder but down in the hall things were as hot as ever with the realisation of Letham Nights 44 (The Boom Boom). Dancing, drinking, cavorting and exhorting were the watchwords as the heady brew of music and mischief was bottled and drank off almost simultaneously if you can imagine such a thing.

tom beaver 1First up we had Cupar’s own Tom Beaver with his beautifully written eulogies to getting drunk in Dundee, dogs chasing badgers (or vice versa, I’m not quite sure) and gigs going bad. Tom’s nice simple picking and quirky little thumb bass runs counterpoint to his vocals charmingly as he flits between his own stuff and covers such as a sublime Ain’t No Sunshine When She’s Gone by Bill Withers. Mr Wrong by California alt rockers Cracker was less expected but no less a stompin’ triumph for all that. Nice one, Tom!

kirsten A 1Kirsten Adamson is part of Scotland’s musical aristocracy, coming, as she does, from the loins of Big Country’s Stuart Adamson. Here she was, the six-string purebred, complete with her pedigree chums, kicking out the jams, grooves and licks a la boom boom. From opener Born to Die Kirsten belts out her lyrics like a cross between Kate Bush and Beth Ditto, all the time keeping things moving on guitar and keys. Phil (Guitar) Hopwood must have broken a few tremolo arms in his time and here he was throwing some seriously dangerous guitar shapes while maintaining a reputation as the happiest man in Guitarland. Ru Stewart kept things pounding along nicely with flip-hot drum fills and some solid squalid beats while bassman Steve Whitlock (late addition to the band and only two gigs under his belt, folks!) kept things thrumming along like a well-tuned automobile. On the strings of love, Diana de Cabarrus filled the spaces with some proper tidy cello and guitar action while backing up on vocals to boot.

And as if all of that wasn’t enough, a party set encore complete with The Bangles, The Sweet and even a bit of Ike and Tina. Bish, bash and, oh why not, bosh!

Check out Kirsten here: www.kirstenadamson.com

And Tom here: https://soundcloud.com/tom-beaver-1994

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Letham Nights #45 – Lindsey Black, with special guest Zoe Graham

October 28th, 2015
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Lindsey black 1To round off the year in style…

ON… Saturday, December 12th

AT… 8pm

IN… Letham Village Hall

We’re gonna RAISE A STORM!

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Like a fine single malt from her native Scotland, Lindsey Black’s music is a slow-matured distillation of flavours and influences, uniquely mingled and delectably potent. Previously best known to Letham Nights Lovers as a founder member of sassy harmony trio The Bevvy Sisters, Lindsey now launches her solo career with an outstanding all-original album, Raise A Storm – which is set to do just that. And we get to hear her live in our village hall!  Not only that, but just recently Lindsey supported the phenomenal Alex Cornish in Glasgow and she has only gone and enlisted him to play piano for her at Letham Nights!  Have some sense won’t you?  Click that ticket link and get booked!

From the perfectly poised coolness and fervour of its insistently pulsing opener, ‘Bluegrass’, to the compellingly hushed closing strains of ‘Don’t Walk By’, Raise A Storm’s vocal and lyrical richness stunningly belie its debutant status.  Lindsey’s wonderfully lithe, sensuous, intensely expressive voice will melt your heart with its bright, velvety contrasts echoing the likes of Joni Mitchell, Kate Bush and kd lang.

In 2005, Lindsey joined Celtic/African fusion outfit La Boum!, and sang with swing supergroup the Love Boat Big band, before launching The Bevvy Sisters, with Heather Macleod and Kaela Rowan, in 2008. She remained with the trio until 2011, featuring on their rave-reviewed debut album St James Sessions, and guesting on live and studio projects by Eliza Carthy, Dick Gaughan and Canadian reggae artist Jason Wilson. She has also sung on albums by Sharon King and The Banana Sessions, and was a member of the 12-piece vocal ensemble hand-picked by composer Andy Thorburn for his ambitious multilingual composition Tuath gu Deas, while her festival appearances over the years include Celtic Connections, Belladrum, Kelburn Garden Party, the Insider and the Highland Festival.

And now, with Raise A Storm Lindsey has started afresh with almost all songs written in the year prior to recording. “In some ways it does distill all my experience up to that point, all the craft I’d learned, but I didn’t want to go back,” she says. “Finally having my own songs at the forefront, having complete control over how they sound – it’s not so much a culmination as a whole new beginning.”

Have a listen to her new single The Wonder of You here:

Click here to check out Lindsey’s website

zoe grahamAnd, as usual, we will not stint on quality for our support act – another silky-toned singer-songwriter, Zoe Graham.

Zoe, who is from Glasgow, is just embarking on her musical career but her songwriting and mature and diverse vocal tones belie her youth and herald an exciting and successful future!  With an eclectic mix of musical styles within her covers and originals from indie folk to lively swing/blues, Zoe’s music appeals to all tastes. Having supported acts such as Brooks Williams, Iain Mathews and Jen Grant her reputation and success is continuing to grow. Zoe has a powerful voice and a dynamic personality to match; her enthusiasm, witty humour and charm make it impossible not to warm to this young musician. We are very excited that she has agreed to play for us.  Listening to her songs on soundcloud sends a shiver up your spine so we know that the atmosphere in the hall is going to be amazing when she plays.

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Letham Nights #44 – Kirsten Adamson

September 13th, 2015
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The next Letham Nights is just around the corner and yet again we offer you another absolute CRACKER!  Because… Kirsten Adamson is back!

Saturday 10th October 2015 8pm

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Kirsten Adamson will be showcasing material from her soon-to-be-released, much-anticipated crowd-funded album.  From the snippets we have heard it marks a new chapter, and a magnificent one at that, in her development as one of Scotland’s foremost musical talents.  Kirsten is a class act and the last time she and her band played Letham the crowd went wild and demanded more, and more again.  “You lot are mental” she said.  And we were – crazy for her music!

Kirsten comes from an historical musical background in Scotland. Growing up, her two main influences were Kate Bush and her father, Stuart’s band, Big Country. In 1998 her father relocated to Nashville, Tennessee, where she would spend her summers and it was here where she first picked up a guitar. Classically trained in voice from a young age, Kirsten has grown to become a wonderfully diverse singer songwriter and her forthcoming album encompasses her eccentricities with class and originality. She is an undiscovered artist that must be heard!

The new album is simmering nicely but will not quite be ready for October so there will be limited edition EP’s available at the gig and free downloads of the latest single can be streamed up until the show https://soundcloud.com/kirstenadamson/stay-like-this

tom-cottage-guitarSupport will be provided by talented local boy, Tom Beaver!
Tom is a 21-year-old singer-songwriter and guitarist from Cupar in Fife, whose repertoire includes a mix of atypical covers and self penned songs. These are inspired, among other things, by personal experiences of drinking misadventure, local characters, feelings of isolation and the general oddity of life! His wide variety of musical influences include bands and artists such as Sparklehorse, Camper van Beethoven, J.J. Cale, Modest Mouse, Seasick Steve, Nick Drake and Neil Young.

From a residency in a St Andrews bistro, Tom has moved to play several venues across Scotland, most notably at the Wickerman festival in July. This will be his first appearance at Letham Nights and we can’t wait to hear him! Come along and support him and in the process bag yourself a stonking show!

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Letham Nights 43 – The Coal Porters – The Review

September 11th, 2015
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coal porters LN43 2If music be the food of love then what a careening cacophony of carefree corpulescence we must have made. Yes, fatty bum bums all, in the gluttonous gloaming of the hall. And were we satiated? [burp] Oh, mightily, thank you kindly.

Steve Dempsey is more used to having his musical chums up on stage with him but tonight he took his talent in both hands and jumped right in to give us a glimpse of his (not inconsiderable) musical charms. Uncomplicated structures and simple guitar strumming allowed his heartfelt love songs and anthems to broken romance to shine through, unpolluted by the tyranny of lead guitars and crashing cymbals. And it sounded pretty good for it, you have to say. But it was on his penultimate number, ‘Brothers and Sisters’, that the fire in his belly became a roar and he belted out his moving protest song showing us all a startling set of pipes and nearly taking off the roof. Nice moves, Steve!

So, to The Coal Porters!

coal porters LN43Instant charm, musical affection and Bluegrass dynamite exploding forth from every tensioned length of steel and catgut. Good vibrations wobbling their way through the dense night air, setting each hair a shivering and a quivering, each hair passing it along and down, down, down into the roots and into the blood, round and round into those deep, deep sensory centres where the physical blossoms into the emotional and then…. BOOM! THE DANCING FEET! Here they come now, some whirling, some twirling, others just going up and down. Some are going from side to side, hypnotised by Sid Griffin’s merry band of banjo wielding (Paul Fitzgerald), fiddle searing (Kerenza Peacock), bass tearing (Jonny Bridgwood), mandolin worrying (Sid, the man himself), guitar bustin’ (Neil Robert Herd) gods and goddesses of good-time Americana. Hot diggety, what a night of music and chatter.

Sid’s been doing this a good while now, both in this current incarnation and previously with the brilliant Long Ryders, and his well-honed low-key showmanship shine through with homely banter keeping it humming along in between songs. And how about those songs? Great original compositions such as ‘The Old Style Prison Break’ and ‘Barefoot On The Courthouse Lawn’ sit tightly alongside brilliant (and unexpected, perhaps) covers of Bowie, The Stones, The Only Ones and even The Undertones. And let us not forget the stormingly ace homage to New York’s finest, ‘The Day of The Last Ramone’ (“gabba gabba hey, 1,2,3,4 they did say”, oh yes indeed). So not your average Bluegrass bandits, although there might well have been mention of a foggy mountain in there somewhere near the end of the night, but by that time the heels were oiled and context was the last thing on our minds.

The encore saw Letham Nights first stage invasion, sorry, dancefloor invasion as the spirit of Jimmy Shand took hold (not for the first time) and the band finished sans amp in the heart of the reveller’s pit. Almighty stuff, just almighty. When can we do it again?

Check out The Coal Porters here: http://www.sidgriffin.com/the-coal-porters/

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Letham Nights #42 – Sinderins – The Review

August 20th, 2015
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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?

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Ed Muirhead – check him out online!

Euan Stamper on Facebook….

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