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

Delighted to nannounce the next artist to play here is the extraordinarily talented Mike Vass who will be here on Wednesday February 13th.

Here is some information abouth this man and his music. 

Mike Vass is one of the most creative forces on the Scottish music scene. As a musician, composer, producer and arranger Vass has amassed a body of work that encompasses early appearances as a livewire young fiddler, collaborations with many of the leading voices among today’s Scots and Gaelic tradition bearers, delivering multi-media performances, overseeing critically acclaimed recordings, and scoring for prestigious ensembles.

Born in Nairn, Vass emerged as vital young talent in a Highlands-based fiddle and keyboard duo with his twin sister, Ali. They came to the attention of Edinburgh’s long-established Bechhofer Agency and in 2008 they toured Scotland with Fiddle Rendezvous, an international presentation with Bruce Molsky & Mary Ann Kennedy and Gerry O'Connor & Gilles le Bigot.

In 2008 Vass joined Malinky, the internationally respected champions of traditional Scots song. He played fiddle and tenor guitar on their Flower and Iron album, toured regularly with the band until 2010 and following their five – year hiatus he returned to record Far Better Days and play further concerts with them in 2015.

Vass’s status as a composer whose tunes have been featured by organisations such as the BBC and Visit Scotland as well as being played and recorded by musicians including Brian Finnegan, Kan, Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas, Anna Massie & Mairearad Green, and Irish/ American band Comas, began to grow exponentially with his 2010 Celtic Connections New Voices commission, String Theory.

One of the stand-out pieces in this collection was Man's Search, a highly developed composition for bagpipes, strings and a rhythm section of guitar, piano, drums. Inspired by Viktor Frankl's memoir of his experiences in Auschwitz, Man's Search for Meaning, the piece was subsequently featured by the Victor Frankl Institute during the author’s birthday celebrations.

Doors, a piece for border pipes and string quintet inspired by Aldous Huxley’s The Doors of Perception and performed by James MacKenzie, of Breabach, and Mr McFall's Chamber, continued the literary connection and having written, performed and produced his 2012 album, Decemberwell, which involved multi-tracking piano, melodica, glockenspiel, percussion, cittern and voice in addition to fiddle and guitars, Vass earned the Composer of the Year title that he won at the 2012 Scots Trad Music Awards.

During the summer of 2013 Vass’s momentum as a go-to musician and strongly developing composer came to an abrupt halt as he was hospitalised with neuroborreliosis, a disorder of the central nervous system. This potentially life-threatening illness resulted in Vass spending time in a medically induced coma but during his recuperation Vass read Scottish author Neil Gunn's account of his sea-going sabbatical, Off in a Boat and the following year, back to full health and drawing on a love of sailing that goes back to his childhood, he recreated Gunn's voyage round the west of Scotland.

In the Wake of Neil Gunn, a suite of music and subsequent album and tour inspired by both Gunn's journey and his own journey through ill health and recovery, became a defining achievement and a successful spur to further extended composition. The album was long- listed in the Scottish Album of the Year award and short-listed in Album of the Year category of the Scots Trad Music Awards.

Following on from these triumphs Vass has maintained a busy schedule as an accompanist and session musician, working with some of Scotland's finest voices including Scots singers Fiona Hunter, Siobhan Miller, Gillian Frame, and Robyn Stapleton, and recording with Paul McKenna, Mairearad Green and Runrig. He played a major part in the success of Gaelic singer Kathleen MacInnes’ Scots/Irish collaboration with Brian Finnegan, of Flook, and former Altan accordionist Dermot Byrne at Celtic Connections 2016, where their performance received a five-star review in The Herald newspaper. Also at Celtic Connections 2016 Vass acted as musical director for The Gathering Stream, an exploration of the Moray Firth's musical heritage featuring some of Scotland's most respected singers and musicians, including Shona Donaldson, Anna Massie, Jack Smedley, Hamish Napier, and Angus Binnie.

Tickets are on sale now, its the usual arrangement, £14, £12 concessions with the artist getting all the door money, doors open 7.30 for a prompt 8 p.m start

 

 

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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