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More world class live music at the Coffee Shop, Crafts & Things..

Greetings all, and welcome to the first of the Crafts & Things concert emails for the new decade.

Greetings all

That’s the David Foley/Jack Smedley concert this Saturday night sold out. More than half you who are coming have asked to pick up and pay for tickets on the night, which is fine provided you remember. People have forgotten in the past thus depriving others the opportunity to come and musicians some income, so please if you have been allocated tickets and cannot make it do let me know at least 48 hours in advance so that I have a chance to pass on the tickets set aside for you.

Remember its cash only for tickets on the night.

On Saturday evening you will also have the opportunity to get your tickets for Cera Impala and Lake Montgomery who will be here on March 7th. More about them below.

Delighted that Cera Impala is making a welcome and much demanded return appearance to the Coffee Shop at Crafts & Things on Sat March 7th.

This time she is with the Lake Montgomery, together in a duet they call Delightful Squalor.

Delightful Squalor is a way of life; a celebration of “less is more”, a sweet and savoury something to fill your heart with song and light. It joins the seasoned talents of singer-song writer  Lake Montgomery of Paris, Texas, and Cera Impala of Flagstaff, Arizona. An authentic American duet, these ladies provide honeyed harmonies you can hope to taste with original songs, jazz, blues and folk to help you forget a world gone mad. Guitar, 5 string banjo, and ukulele in hand, they craft songs that feel timeless, songs to help sooth your day dreams along a road of country blues, gospel, folk, and old time jazz.

Lake Montgomery is a singer songwriter from Paris, Texas. Backed by a love for old blues and showtunes, she performs her own intimate stories with a hint of fury. In childhood, her musical awareness developed in old negro church-house gospel, her mother's funk & soul collection, and hymns hummed by her grandmother. In adulthood, Nina Simone reins over most of her musical mind.

From recent reviews…..

“ eerie…tragically beautiful, it’s like she is living with a back woods secret she’s determined to keep”

“Simply stunning, a phenomenal set. Thank you Cera- it was a privilege to spend some time in your world.”

“There is a beautiful intensity to Cera Impala & the New Prohibition, like a bar of deliciously dark chocolate – bittersweet, and very moreish. This band’s heart beats to a waltz, it’ll be an incredible feat not to fall in love with them.”

It’s the usual arrangement. Tickets are available now at the Craft Shop, price £14 and £12. You can reserve yours by replying to this email. For all events, doors open at 7.30 p.m. for an 8 p.m. start.

Looking forward to seeing you soon                        






We have been supporting live music here at the Coffee Shop, Crafts & Things for just on thirty years. We started before the Coffee Shop as it is now, was built in the days of the now sadly long defunct Glencoe and Loch Leven Music Festival, when we had, when weather permitted, bands playing in the garden, at precisely the spot where they play inside now.

Over the years there have been some many amazing evenings featuring the best musicianship the country has to offer, much of it world class. Artists like Fred Morrison, Iain Macfarlane and family, Duncan Chisholm, Andy Irvine, Mary Ann Kennedy, Lily Neil, Clive Carroll, Daimh, Kaela Rowan , James Mackintosh, Tim Edey, Mike Vass, Eilidh Shaw, Tannara, HoRo, Gnoss, Fras, Mairi Campbell, Cera Impala, Ross Martin, Eabhal, Ivan Drever, Iona Fyfe with Luc McNally and Charlie Grey, Kate Young with Patsy Reid and Su-a Lee, John Doyle, John Goldie, Jarlath Henderson,  Marc Clements,  Eilidh Steel and Mark Neil,  plus a few others like Kosmos, Claude Bourbon, Kieran Goss,  and Corinne West, are just a few of those who have wowed audiences here.

Artists who have played here back a bit in time include Brian McNeil, The Wrigley sisters, Ashley McIsaac, Cara Dillon, and the sadly now deceased Michael Mara.

And going back into the mists of time and my memory banks, Sprangeen, the all woman’s group played long ago. And many others have joined in with visiting musicians, the list goes on, and my memory does not serve me well…..

I continue to try to provide a venue not just to the well-established, but also the up and coming musicians, and my feeling is that there are more of them than ever before. But the format does not change. The artists get all the door money, fed and accommodated.  Almost all of the marketing of ticket sales is via the email list I have which you are welcome to join if you have not already done so.

It’s a venue that has no stage, borrows a sound system when needed, has no special lighting, but which both audiences and musicians seem to love. Its intimate, warm and loads of fun. Although some come from Edinburgh and Glasgow for gigs here, the audience catchment area is a small one, which is why there are only concerts on at most twice a month, and in the autumn, winter and spring. In the summer I am just too busy!

I am fully booked for msuicians to play here until December 2019. 

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.




We'll make regular updates to our latest news stories and the forthcoming events we have planned. Please visit regularly to keep up-to-date.

If you would like to have notification by email when the tickets for this and other concerts become available please email david@glencoe.plus.com asking to be put onto the email list.


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