Crafts & Things - News and Events
More world class live music at the Coffee Shop, Crafts & Things.
Tim Edey's concert here on Oct 12th is going to be a hard act to follow, but our next guests here are up to the task!
I am delighted to welcome for the first time palying here Daimh a five piece traditional Scottish band, once voted "Folk Band of the Year" at the Scottish Traditional Music awards.
Here is a bit more about them from their web site:
Daimh – Gaelic Supergroup and un-challenged champions of straight in the eye Highland music are based around West Lochaber and the Isle of Skye.
Formed around the turn of the century and taking the name from the Gaelic word for “kinship” Daimh (pronounced Dive) have taken their contemporary take of Highland and Gaelic music to over 20 countries, setting audiences alight from Moscow to San Francisco.
With a reputation as giants of the Bagpipes and Fiddle, Angus Mackenzie and Gabe McVarish lead the melodic powerhouse with fellow founder member Ross Martin underpinning the groove on the Guitar. The Band are joined by “new guy” Murdo “Yogi” Cameron on Mandola and Accordion to complete the instrumental line up.
Daimh have always had the renown and notoriety of working with some of the finest Gaelic singers in Scotland and the current line up only serves to cement that distinction with the addition of the Gaelic firmament’s most rapidly rising star, Ellen MacDonald on vocals.
Recent accolades include last year’s award for the “Best Folk Band in Europe” at the prestigious Folkherbst competition in Germany and most recently winner of “Folk Band of the Year” at the Scottish Traditional Music Awards.
So, its going to be another great night here at the Coffee Shop! You can reserve your tickets (£14, £12 conc) by phoning in or emailing now. They will be here on Tuesday November 13th, doors open 7.30 p.m. for a prompt 8.p.m. start.
David 01855 811325
Re the bid to for the best venue award at the forthcoming Scot Trad Music awards, nominations close tomorrow, Oct 14th.
Over the years a few people, musicians and concert goers, have suggested that The Coffee Shop, Crafts & Things, should be a candidate for the venue category of the annual Scottish Traditional Music Awards, a televised event held in early December.
This coming year sees the 50th anniversary of Crafts & Things. I bought it in 1982, and the Coffee Shop opened in 1990. The previous year, 1998, is when the first musicians played here, in the garden where the Coffee Shop now stands, as part of the now long defunct Glencoe and Loch Leven Music Festival.
So, for thirty years musicians have been encouraged to play here. In more recent times these events have become a regular feature with an average of two concerts a month from September through to the end of May. Hundreds of wonderfully talented musicians have played here over the years. Some at the top of their game, famous figures with long and well established musical careers, but, perhaps more importantly, many just starting out.
Competition for this will be fierce, with many major players in the mix. So why us?
It’s not a profit making exercise. The musicians play for the door money. All of it. The bar takings will sometimes cover the running costs, sometimes not.
The musicians love playing here, and many come back and back. It’s an intimate atmosphere with an appreciative audience.
It’s an outlet for new, up and coming talent, of which there is plenty in Scotland, and as they are new on the scene can find it hard to source places to perform.
It’s been going successfully for thirty years, providing quality live music in a rural area with a small population. And It brings people into the area. There are many recipients of these emails who come to the concerts from other parts of the country, staying in local hotels or b&b’s, eating in restaurants, thus contributing to the local economy. And it is all done for the love of live, traditional music.
If this award process is going to go anywhere, it will only do so with your help. I am told from the most reliable of sources that the place needs nominations both from audience members and musicians. So if you feel to help, please follow the link below, and click through until you reach item 17, the Venue of the Year Award, and fill box 1 with “The Coffee Shop, Crafts & Things, Glencoe. “
Its that simple. Nominations close on Oct 14th, and I will probably pester you again with a reminder nearer the time, and if there is a short list for this category and if we were fortunate enough to get on it, will pester you again. All for a party in Perth! Thanks. David
If you would like to be the first to hear of forthcoming events at Crafts & Things, just drop me an email.
The owner of the business David Cooper has written a book, called "A Gap Life"
Capturing the spirit of the 60s, this is the story of one man’s physical and spiritual journey through those extraordinary years.
Starting in Aberdeen, finishing in Glencoe, David Cooper travels across Europe, North America, and Asia. From a commune in California to the rooftops of Istanbul, traversing the deserts of Iran and Afghanistan, crossing the Karakoram on foot, staying in Tibetan monasteries and remote Sumatran tribal villages, travelling alone, he encounters many iconic 60’s figures.
From R.D. Laing, John Lennon, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and Allen Ginsberg, the acknowledged founder of the Beat Generation, David’s travels and meetings give us a unique insight into a fascinating era, one that changed the world.
Its available at the shop.
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