Caves and Clouds, Support - Pete Deane and the black kites, Al Shields
Nov
4
7:30 PM19:30

Caves and Clouds, Support - Pete Deane and the black kites, Al Shields

Caves & Clouds is E.W. Harris & Jo Kroger, but it’s more than that. It’s an extension of an idea. 

Jo Kroger and E.W. Harris met by way of one Niall Connolly, as part of the Big City Folk collective in NYC, they have played many shows together and even appeared on the same albums. It is not until recently that they have attempted, in earnest, to produce something together. 

This newest record, “The Winter of our Discontent,” is just such an endeavor, all we’re missing to make it happen is you.

To find out more about the project just go to

https://igg.me/at/0ZO5GgvdpR0/x/16246116

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Ben Kunder & Sarah Macdougall £10 entry
Nov
25
7:00 PM19:00

Ben Kunder & Sarah Macdougall £10 entry

One Night, Two top Singer Songwriters whats not to love!!

BEN KUNDER

 

Part carpenter; Part actor; Canadian singer-songwriter Ben Kunder has spent years honing his craft to become a full time musician. On May 26, 2015, Ben ventured closer to making this a reality with the release of his DEBUT solo LP, Golden.With a voice thattruly fills your heart and keeps you warm, Ben writes songs that everyone can relate to. His powerful voice is a driving force in his music, guiding his songs by creating impressive and tactful melodies and dynamics.   

Exclaim! declared, Kunder's extra special voice, along with gorgeous production, lends the record an almost velvety quality.” While NewCanadianMusic said the album:“features strong and warm vocals, nicely-crafted folk-rock songs, and top-notch production and playing,” and the Toronto Star had this to say about Ben - “he’s got the kind of mellow sincerity in his voice to take it beyond generic country-pop.” 

No stranger to the Canadian music community, Ben has been writing and producing his music independently for over 7 years. Through a chance meeting with John Dinsmore(NQ Arbuckle), the pair hunkered down at John’s, Lincoln County Social Club studio to co-produce Golden. The album features 9 stunning original songs by Ben, including the first single and title track, Golden. Ben (guitar, vox, and piano) is joined by a group of Canada's finest musicians for the studio recording, featuring Brian Murphy (Alvvays) on guitar/piano/Wurlitzer, Rich Knox (Dustin BentallDanko Jones) on drums/vox, Anna Ruddick (Ladies of the Canyon, Randy Bachman) on bass/vox, and Aaron Goldstein (Cowboy Junkies, Daniel Romano) on pedal steel.  Also John Connolly lends his voice, along with Kirty, Maia Davies (Ladies of the Canyon) and Jasmine Bleile (Ladies of the Canyon) for select tracks.   

Ben has lived all across the beautiful country of Canada, from his solar powered cabin on Salt Spring Island, BC, where he spent his days chopping wood and chasing deer from the garden, to Charlottetown, PEI, working at the Confederation Centre for the Arts. Now, Ben is back to where he started his journey in his hometown of Toronto. Golden is an album that pushed Ben to new levels, and will surely see him reach new heights in his career. Ben will continue to tour and write music throughout 2016.

 

"Soulful Country-Pop with a voice to die for..." 

Americana UK, United Kingdom

 

"Ben Kunder's voice sounds like filtered sunbeams..." 

Altcountry.NL, Netherlands 4/5 stars!


 


SARAH MACDOUGALL

Described by the magazine Rootstime in Belgium as ‘One of the greatest talents of our era”, and listed as the “2nd best gig” by the major UK newspaper The Independent, becoming the #1 most played artist on Canadian Galaxie Folk/Roots radio, Western Canadian Music Award winning artist Sarah MacDougall is getting known for her honest and poetic songs, passionate performances, and unique voice. Born in Sweden, Swedish magazine Nöjesguiden declared her “One of Sweden’s best singer/songwriters”.

Since the release ofaward-winning The Greatest Ones Alive in 2011, Sarah has been touring Canada and Europe endlessly, taking time to work on songs and record between tours. Last winter, she hunkered down under the Northern Lights in Whitehorse and put the final touches on the sonically rich album which was to become Grand Canyon. The album, co-produced by Sarah and Caleb Stull (Field Study, Dominique Fricot, Language Arts), which was recorded in Toronto and Vancouver, features 8 songs and guest appearances from Erika Angell (Thus:Owls), Rose Cousins, Jesse Zubot (Tanya Tagaq, Dan Mangan), Peggy Lee, and Leah Abramson (Abramson Singers). Stepping outside of traditional folk and flirting with sounds that could have come from The Postal Service or Kate Bush, Grand Canyon keeps the acoustic guitar but infuses the sound with heavier drums and richly textured strings and synths.

The songs are about identity, love, fear, hope, growing up, rootlessness, forgiveness. They are written from the point of view of the hopeful outsider, trying to figure out their place and make sense of the world. Grand Canyon sees Sarah challenging herself and pushing new boundaries musically and sonically, and it is an album that will surely see Sarah reach new levels in her career.

Sarah has played festivals such as Iceland Airwaves, Winnipeg Folk Festival, The Great Escape, and she will continue to tour and write music throughout 2015.

Sarah MacDougall’s beautiful new record is as vast and as varied as its namesake’- CBC

"Grand Canyon is a refreshing addition to Canada’s singer-songwriter genre, but it’s also so much more. The album is filled with Sarah MacDougall doing what she does best: taking indie-pop expectations and shooting them full of fresh turns and honest lyrics" - Greyowl point = Proud hoot (really good)

“an excellent and an accomplished album and augers well for Sarah’s future as a distinctive writer with a unique voice. A sterling effort.”- NE:MM

“an album of darkness and light, the spring and sun after a long, arctic winter” Exclaim!:: 8/10

‘Thoughtful, strong, and spiritual”- The Globe and Mail

“This is a real breathtaking and touching record from one of the greatest talents of this era.”- Rootstime, Belgium

“Sarah MacDougall (from Malmoe and now Canada) has become one of the few voices that is separating itself from the big choir of song poets”- Ystad Allehanda, Sweden 5/5 stars!

 

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Doghouse Roses Edinburgh Album Launch
Nov
19
7:00 PM19:00

Doghouse Roses Edinburgh Album Launch

Iv loved watching these guys play on two previous occasions and I'm over the moon to have them join us for the launch of there new album. Support from Al Shields

£10 entry and BYOB.

DOGHOUSE ROSES are a folk / Americana duo from Glasgow formed by guitarist Paul Tasker and singer Iona Macdonald in 2006. They are marking this tenth anniversary with the release of their third studio album, 'Lost is not losing' in November. Previous years saw the duo establish their reputation through the UK and Central Europe, touring on their own and as members of U.S. based alt- country collective The Willard Grant Conspiracy. Two full length studio albums released in 2008 and 2010 garnered critical acclaim for the music 'Mines the best of Scottish and American musical influences' (R2 magazine) as well as the performers, with Maverick magazine calling Tasker 'One of the guitarists of his generation', and Rolling Stone magazine commenting that 'in Iona Macdonald's singing resides a loveliness that cannot be taught'.

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Lorraine Lucas - £7
Oct
22
7:00 PM19:00

Lorraine Lucas - £7

Its going to be the usual cold , dark, driech winter in Edinburgh , so having this lady play is sure to get you out the house and open your ears to some wonderful new music, as always its a byob event.

Lorraine Lucas - Scottish Americana singer songwriter based in East Kent.

She has many influences including some of my favourites...

All the Williams'...Hank I and Hank III, Lucinda
Gillian Welch, Mary Gauthier, Old Timey Country Blues - Doc Watson, Mississipppi John Hurt, Leadbelly, Townes Van Zandt, Blaze Foley, Johnny Cash, Warren Zevon

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Terra Lightfoot - £10
Oct
9
7:00 PM19:00

Terra Lightfoot - £10

“Currently, it seems like there are only two types of Canadian singer-songwriters: those who strive to sound like Jeff Buckley and those who strive to sound like Leslie Feist. Terra Lightfoot has crafted a third, more interesting option: none of the above.” – Exclaim! Magazine

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M G Boulter - £10. Byob
Oct
8
7:30 PM19:30

M G Boulter - £10. Byob

“Gorgeous, in a word” Uncut

“A dreamlike album of lyrical beauty…. Another very fine addition to a promising portfolio”  R2

“A pleasant, smoky vibe…. Check him out” Maverick

“When you hear an album that reminds you of your childhood and your dreams, the best film you’ve seen all year, your favourite record of all time, and your first love – that has to be a good day” No Depression

“Introspective, gentle, tinged with darkness and a sorrowful undertow, these are elegant songs delivered with restraint and oodles of world-weary charm” FATEA

“Beautiful, engaging, and not quite like anything else out there” Flyinshoes

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Peewee Moore £10 entry BYOB support from Al Shields
Sep
30
7:00 PM19:00

Peewee Moore £10 entry BYOB support from Al Shields

"If I were to trace the genealogy of the country music Outlaw,
it would start with Bobby Bare, roll through Willie & Waylon
and that whole gang, follow Cash through the late 90′s, and
end up in the country music underground with people like
Peewee Moore as possibly the perfect example of the Outlaw
lineage in the present day"


-Kyle Coroneos, www.savingcountrymusic.com

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Poor Nameless Boy £10
Sep
28
7:30 PM19:30

Poor Nameless Boy £10

If you Loved Danny Olliver and The Dead South when they played then you don't want to miss this lad, Joel Henderson also from Regina.Sk

As Poor Nameless Boy, Regina-based indie folk artist Joel Henderson leaves a piece of himself on stage every night he performs. His mellow sound is personal, speaking honestly about love, life, and our changing hearts in a busy world. He has been described as a lighter version of Noah Gundersen with the wispy sounds of Gregory Alan Isakov. Listen carefully and take note of the passionate range of vocals and songs with stories, sung from the soul.

The new 10-song album Bravery, focuses on the message of life and of hope. With producer Brad Prosko (B-Rad Studios) at the helm and many talented musical friends guesting in (Tenille Arts, Chris Henderson, Carmelle Pretzlaw and more), Bravery showcases Joel’s outstanding evolution as a songwriter and artist. You can hear every ounce of meaning and emotion in each word and every note. From the haunting hooks of the title track, to the powerful harmonies in “Saturn”, to the upbeat, rock-infused “River & Trees”, these songs will plant themselves in your mind and heart, and never leave.

 

Stuff People Are Saying

 

Poor Nameless Boy singer-songwriter / folk / roots “...mellow, folksy, acoustic guitar-driven instrumentation with Henderson’s earnest, emotional vocals.” Sarah Murphy, Exclaim.ca Release Date: January 15, 2016

 

"It's a pretty, melancholic offering that exemplifies Bravery's overarching themes of life and hope, as well as Henderson's growth as a songwriter." Sarah Murphy, Exclaim.ca

 

"Poor Nameless Boy actually has a name - it's Joel Henderson. The man's music bears a prime descriptor as well: classic folk/roots, Canadian-style. These warm and lovely songs need to be heard by a wider audience!" Mark Rheaume, CBC Radio

 

"A young man writing extremely moody, thoughtful, kind of wistful songs." Kelley Jo Burke - CBC Radio One

 

"...'Bravery' demonstrates perfectly Henderson’s strengths as both a songwriter and a singer." Jeff Dedekker, Leader Post

 

"Poor Nameless Boy (Joel Henderson) serves up a new generation of folk music while interacting naturally with the audience. A pleasure to have on our stage." All Folk'd Up Music Festival

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Mulholland - £7. BYOB
Sep
17
7:30 PM19:30

Mulholland - £7. BYOB

A fresh take on alt-country/folk fusing the ‘sounds of the city’ and the ‘spirits of the backwoods’. Like Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, James Taylor? You'll like Mulholland.

With their influences reaching back to the heyday of singer/songwriters in the 60/70s, York-based Mulholland bring their own take on acoustic americana with their close harmonies, self-penned country/rootsy material and reinterpreted songs from the past.  "Rich Americana" Americana UK

Mulholland have gigged/are gigging extensively across the UK including concerts supporting Pelico (Dec 15), Lowri Evans (Mar 16), Cale Tyson [USA] (May 16), Charlie Parr [USA] (Aug 16), The Hot Seats [USA] (Aug 16). Their new album, North Country was released at Easter 2016.

Originally formed in 2012 as a five-piece americana covers band, in July 2015 Mulholland morphed into an alt-country duo consisting of Stan Smith (lead vocals, acoustic guitar, harmonica) & Ann Dunford (harmony/backing vocals, fiddle, accordion, keyboards)

They are currently planning tours in Scotland and Northern Europe and will be appearing at various festivals over the summer.   In amongst all the gigs and recording they also found time for a photo shoot with rock photographer Ami Barwell and to film a video in Belfast for the first single off the album ‘Black Feathers’ with York film school alumni James Arden and Ronnie McQuillan.

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E.W.Harris - £10
Sep
2
8:00 PM20:00

E.W.Harris - £10

Thanks to a wonderful Nashville born songwriter getting in touch recently iv discovered the music of this man. Born in the Rubber City and raised in the South, E.W. Harris is what he terms "a futurist with an acoustic guitar and an axe to grind." Known in the Brooklyn scene for his strong vocals, odd demeanor, and infectious laugh, Harris has become a staple in the Big City Folk Collective, and in many venues both in NYC and afield. 

This is sure to be one of those memorable nights your glad you were part of, its the usual £10 entry with all money going to the performer, lets get involved and keep supporting live music and touring independent musicians.

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Mimi Oz to headline Bluebird Festival Sessions - Free events - byob
Aug
20
4:45 PM16:45

Mimi Oz to headline Bluebird Festival Sessions - Free events - byob

The Edinburgh Fringe in the city center can be full on overwhelming and to be fair a little crazy!! Why not take a night off from it and come join us down at the Bird for what will be a memorable night of Local Singers and Songwriters, sharing stories, drinks and laughter. We have seven acts performing every 45 minutes these are donation only shows with free byob

As a Special treat Mimi Oz is popping .by to close the night off as part of her UK tour..

Canadian artist  Oz began her career in songwriting in 2013 with the independent release of her solo album “Three Of Swords”, produced by songwriter and Canadian icon sir “Bob Wiseman”. After a brief period of playing with her Toronto band “Mimi Oz and the Wizards”, she relocated to Brooklyn NY and began writing, producing and recording material for her second record, funded by the Ontario Arts Council titled “Men Who Never Loved Me” due to be released and toured Fall 2015. Mimi is also a leading member of NYC band “Rooster”, a 4 piece band playing her original songs inspired by NYC and her experiences.

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Bluebird Blues - Allan Jones and Ian McDonald
Aug
12
7:00 PM19:00

Bluebird Blues - Allan Jones and Ian McDonald

Join Allan Jones and Ian McDonald for a fingerpicking, flatpicking, slidin county blues night!

Allan jones is one of the best blues guitarists around and specialises in pre-war blues played on a variety of vintage guitars. Ian McDonald plays with Edinburgh Americana band, The Chilli Dogs and is a fine guitar player and singer whose influences range from Mississipi John hurt to Hank Williams and beyond..


As always its £10 on the door with all money going to support these musicians and byob welcome :)

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Hymn For Her - £10 BYOB
Jul
23
7:00 PM19:00

Hymn For Her - £10 BYOB

Hymn for Her have been busy touring across the country and abroad over the past few years, injecting juiced-up backwoods country blues with a dose of desert rock psychedelia that has been described as “Hell’s Angels meets the Amish.”

They recorded their 2nd album, “Hymn for Her Presents . . . Lucy and Wayne and the Amairican Stream”, in their vintage 1961 Bambi Airstream trailer at locations stretching from Philadelphia to Malibu on a three-month tour.
For their latest release, “Hymn for Her Presents . . . Lucy and Wayne’s Smokin Flames”, the twosome kicked it into high gear. They traveled to Ghetto Recorders in Detroit to work with Jim Diamond.

They recorded live and mixed 12 original songs in just one week.

The duo certainly covers a lot of musical territory in Smokin Flames. Their wild-eyed mash-up of country, blues and punk led U.K. music critic Steve Bennett to call H4H’s sound “a riotous, rocking roadkill stew,” while others have referenced such diverse bands as Captain Beefheart, Primus, X, R.L. Burnside, JS Blues Explosion and the Ramones.

Impressively, the two create their “ripsaw sounds” (Los Angeles Times’ Randy Lewis) with only a few instruments. Wayne (with the devilish voice), mainly playing the kick-drum, high-hat, acoustic guitar and harp, serves as the group’s rhythmic driving force. Lucy (of the fallen-angel voice) delivers a gritty squall on her “Lowebow” — a custom-made cigar-box guitar: “The Riff Monster.”

Catch this duo as they burn down the highway and tear up your town like a Wichita twister.

 

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Norrie McCulloch - £10 BYOB
Jun
10
7:30 PM19:30

Norrie McCulloch - £10 BYOB

'Influences fuse together on what could be McCulloch's Opus Majus' *****5 stars

-Maverick Magazine

 

'Bringing together inspiration from both American country and Scottish folksong, McCulloch entertainingly combines the best elements of both on material of beautifully understated melancholy' ****4 stars -R2 Magazine

 

'Album of the week' - Iain Anderson Show-BBC Radio Scotland

 

'McCulloch is an astonishingly good songwriter' - Americana UK

 

'A cross-pollination of traditional Scottish folk and Americana...universal and easily relatable' 

-Folk Radio UK

 

'Recalls Son Volt, with natural welcome Celtic nuances, reminiscent of Dick Gaughan’ 

-Blues & more again

 

'Beautiful music which deserves to be heard by all who care about music' 

-Blabber n’ Smoke

 

'A terrific album, marvellously crafted' 

-FATEA Magazine

 

'These Mountain Blues is an album of class’ 

-Folk Words

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The Dead South & Danny Olliver - £10 BYOB
May
21
to May 22

The Dead South & Danny Olliver - £10 BYOB

The Dead South is a four-piece acoustic ensemble based in Regina, Saskatchewan. With Nate Hilts' gritty vocals and aggressive guitar strumming, Scott Pringle's soaring harmonies and mandolin chops, Colton Crawford's blazing banjo licks and steady kick drum, and Danny Kenyon's prominent cello melodies, The Dead South blends elements of folk, bluegrass, classical, and rock which results in a unique, modern, and authentic blend of boot-stompin' acoustic music.

 

The Dead South has been hard at work since they formed as a band, having played several notable shows, some of which include: showcasing at Reeperbahn Festival 2014, Canadian Music Week 2014, Regina Folk Festival, Ness Creek Music Festival, Gateway Music Festival, Juno Fest 2013 - 2014, Grey Cup Festival 2013 where they opened for Serena Ryder, Saskatchewan Party Premier's Dinner, The Works Art and Design Festival, All Folk'd Up Festival, Frontier Days Festival, Long Days Night Festival, Picker's Cup Festival and the Cathedral Village Arts Festival.

 

On top of playing shows, The Dead South released an EP in June 2013 titled The Ocean Went Mad and We Were to Blame. Following the success of their debut release, The Dead South returned to the studio and recorded their first full-length album, titled Good Company, which was released in April 2014 to a capacity crowd at local venue, The Owl. Shortly after the release of Good Company, The Dead South showcased at Canadian Music Week in Toronto where they caught the attention of Jörg Tresp of Devil Duck Records (based out of Hamburg, Germany). He immediately signed the band, released the album in Europe, and has booked the band for numerous overseas tours.

 

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The Dead South & Danny Olliver  - £10 BYOB
May
20
7:00 PM19:00

The Dead South & Danny Olliver - £10 BYOB

The Dead South is a four-piece acoustic ensemble based in Regina, Saskatchewan. With Nate Hilts' gritty vocals and aggressive guitar strumming, Scott Pringle's soaring harmonies and mandolin chops, Colton Crawford's blazing banjo licks and steady kick drum, and Danny Kenyon's prominent cello melodies, The Dead South blends elements of folk, bluegrass, classical, and rock which results in a unique, modern, and authentic blend of boot-stompin' acoustic music.

 

The Dead South has been hard at work since they formed as a band, having played several notable shows, some of which include: showcasing at Reeperbahn Festival 2014, Canadian Music Week 2014, Regina Folk Festival, Ness Creek Music Festival, Gateway Music Festival, Juno Fest 2013 - 2014, Grey Cup Festival 2013 where they opened for Serena Ryder, Saskatchewan Party Premier's Dinner, The Works Art and Design Festival, All Folk'd Up Festival, Frontier Days Festival, Long Days Night Festival, Picker's Cup Festival and the Cathedral Village Arts Festival.

 

On top of playing shows, The Dead South released an EP in June 2013 titled The Ocean Went Mad and We Were to Blame. Following the success of their debut release, The Dead South returned to the studio and recorded their first full-length album, titled Good Company, which was released in April 2014 to a capacity crowd at local venue, The Owl. Shortly after the release of Good Company, The Dead South showcased at Canadian Music Week in Toronto where they caught the attention of Jörg Tresp of Devil Duck Records (based out of Hamburg, Germany). He immediately signed the band, released the album in Europe, and has booked the band for numerous overseas tours.

 

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Niall Connolly - £10 entry BYOB
Mar
15
7:00 PM19:00

Niall Connolly - £10 entry BYOB

1977. The year that punk was born. With only hours left to spare it also produced a baby boy in the suburbs of Cork, Ireland, born with his ears piqued to the murmurs and clatter around him.

As he grew the soundtrack changed. Nirvana on the Walkman. Leonard Cohen on his sister’s stereo. The surge of bands and songwriters emerging from the 1990’s Cork music scene. Later it became snippets of eavesdropped New York conversation. Tales of woe on the radio. The sights and sounds of tours across Europe.

All of it gets woven into a tapestry of words. Then melody. Harmonies added in the studio. Electricity, sincerity, and humor on the stage. At the core of every Niall Connolly song is the story, one that unfolds a layer with each listen.

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Christina Martin  -Tickets £5
Mar
12
7:00 PM19:00

Christina Martin -Tickets £5

Experimentation is the lifeblood of any artist. But occasionally they experience moments when everything comes into focus, and suddenly they have opened a door to a limitless creative future.

Christina Martin has reached that point on her fifth album, ‘It’ll Be Alright,’ a 10-song collection that finds the Halifax-based singer-songwriter attaining what her music has always suggested, a place where the ghosts of her musical heroes freely mingle with pop-rock’s modern architects.

The album’s brilliance is its seamless blend of the past and present. The bridge between them is Martin’s voice, an instrument both haunting and immediate, traits that could also best describe ‘It’ll Be Alright’’s lyrical content. To say the album is Martin’s most accomplished effort to date is stating the obvious; what is remarkable is how her maturity has translated into her most accessible album to date as well.

“With this album and the development of the live show, I am able to say a lot more with my music than I ever have before,” Martin says. “There is growth because we are all reaching for something bigger for ourselves and the audience.”

Working closely with her husband Dale Murray (Cuff The Duke, The Guthries), Martin made a conscious effort not to be bound by the expectations of those who have categorized her in the past as an alt-country artist. Although she will never shed those influences, ‘It’ll Be Alright’ utilizes far more sonic textures, allowing Martin to explore the many sides of her musical personality.

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