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More world class live music at the Coffee Shop, Crafts & Things..
It’s a busy time concert wise this month, with another two concerts to come.
I have already told you about the Jenny Sturgeon trio, which includes Jonny Hardie (Old Blind Dogs) on
Guitar and vocals and Charlie McKerron (Capercaillie) on fiddle and vocals. Her debut album, 'From the Skein' was released to
critical acclaim. This will be another great evening of Scottish Traditional music of the highest calibre, one not to be missed! They are playing here on Tuesday Oct 15th, tickets available.
Wed Oct 23d is the date of a following concert here at the Coffee Shop when we welcome back the dynamic Scottish four piece band Gnoss.
Many of you will have enjoyed their previous sell out concerts here first as a duo in Jo Philby’s band when they were still at school in Orkney.
They went onto study at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow, performed here again as a three-piece band, and are now an accolade winning foursome.
With Graham Rorie on fiddle and mandolin, Aidan Moodie on guitar and vocals, Conner Sinclair on flute whistles and vocals, and Craig Baxter on percussion, Gnoss are launching a new album “Drawn from Deep Water”
In his review of the album, music critic Aaron Jackson concluded: “Drawn From Deep Water is their best yet and an assured next step. The material indicates the progression Gnoss have made since their debut and augurs well for their futures. No doubt this release will be supported by live shows which showcase the band’s abilities further. As such, I recommend checking this album out and getting yourself along to a gig. You won’t be disappointed.”
The album has been nominated for Album of the Year at this years Scots Trad Music Awards.
“Impeccable, exemplary playing and interplay” Folk Radio Uk
“Sweeping melodies, accomplished musicianship, and a fine ear for tunes” Songlines
I am delighted that they have included the Coffee Shop in their UK tour. Tickets are on sale now, and you can reserve yours by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or phone 01855 811325 during shop hours. As ever, doors open at 7.30 for an 8pm start and the artist get all the door takings. Tickets are £14 , concessions £12
As there are tickets now available for two concerts, please be clear which one you are requesting tickets for (hopefully both)
Hailing from Aberdeenshire and now living on Shetland, not only is Jenny Sturgeon a talented singer songwriter, she is a biologist and ornithologist whose passion for wildlife is reflected in her work. She was recently commissioned by The National Trust for Scotland to compose some new songs and music in celebration of St Kilda's 30th anniversary as a World Heritage Site.
Jenny plays in a trio with Jonny Hardie (Old Blind Dogs) on guitar and vocals and Charlie McKerron (Capercaillie) on fiddle and vocals.
Her debut album, 'From the Skein' was released to critical acclaim.
"A superb album - I love every track" Mike Harding
"**** Jenny Sturgeon is a singer-songwriter who brings together the old and new with a rare skill...From The Skein is one of the best debut albums you'll ever hear... I repeat - this is a knockout debut" R2 Magazine
'A genuinely inspiring work' RnR magazine
In 2018 she was nominated as Composer Of The Year in the Scots Trad Music Awards.
"Musically superb, absolutely fascinating and utterly charming” ShireFolk
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.
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