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More world class live music at the Coffee Shop, Crafts & Things..
I am delighted to welcome back here the brilliant Iain McFarlane and Ingrid Henderson who will be playing here on Nov. 22nd, and tickets are available, £14 and £12, now.
THIS CONCERT IS NOW SOLD OUT
They are no strangers to Crafts & Things, having played here on an annual basis for many years. I was concerned that I might not be able to get them here this year as they are very busy touring and promoting their new cd “ Cockerel in the Creel” but we did find a date which suited, and another evening of traditional Scottish music at its very best is guaranteed.
Iain and Ingrid are Lochaber based musicians steeped in traditional music all their lives. They both have performed over many years all over the world, particularly for Iain with Blazin’ Fiddles, and for Ingrid , with Cliar Both are principle tutors at the National Centre of Excellence in Traditional Music in Plockton, and both play regularly as founder members of the Glenfinnan Ceildh Band. Individually and together they are hugely sought after, and we are lucky indeed to welcome them back here.
Every one of their concerts here over the years has been sold out, with a long waiting list of people hoping for a returned ticket. You can reserve yours now by responding to this email.
About the new cd:
“Combining years of experience playing with bands such as Blazin’ Fiddles and Cliar, multi-instrumentalists, and stalwarts of the traditional music world, Iain MacFarlane & Ingrid Henderson create a sound which is reflective of the stunning, culture-rich Lochaber area they grew up in. Based mainly on harp and fiddle, and mixing traditional and newly written material, they combine rousing marches, jigs and reels with poignant slow airs of love and loss, giving the listener a unique insight into the rich culture of the West Highlands.”
“Stories of the derivation of tunes and recollections enrich MacFarlane’s superbly fluent, always expressive way with a melody” Rob Adams, The Herald
“Ingrid is a musician of quite outstanding calibre, a virtuoso in terms of sensibility.” Living Tradition
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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