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

The next concert here on September 3d featuring Tim Edey performing with Ross Ainslie is unsurprisingly sold out. I am starting a waiting list in case there are any returns. If you have asked for tickets to be put aside, you will have received an email acknowledging this, and they are here for you. If you can pay and collect before the night it makes life a lot easier here, but it’s not essential. Remember , if you are paying on the night it is cash only.

So, as of today, tickets go on sale for the following concert here, on September 22nd when we welcome for the first time Martin Simpson.

For such a small venue we are extremely fortunate to have a musician of such calibre performing here.

He has been nominated 23 times in the 11 years of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, including nine times consecutively as Artist of The Year, which he has won twice.

The remarkable intimate solo performances Martin gives go from strength to strength – every gig is a masterclass. He travels the length and breadth of the UK and beyond, giving rapt audiences passion, sorrow, love, beauty, tragedy and majesty through his playing.

Universally acclaimed as one of the finest ever acoustic and slide guitar players, and a fine banjo-picker to boot, his solo shows bear witness to an artist at the very top of his game. Whether interpreting material from tradition or singing his own potent self-penned songs, Simpson is a remarkable storyteller: captivating and profoundly moving. His own songwriting produced the poignant ‘Never Any Good’, from Prodigal Son, 2007’s Folk Album of the Year.

A virtuoso player without question, but above all Martin Simpson conveys his diverse treasure trove of material from the heart, performing with rare subtlety, intensity and honesty. A true master of his art.

This will be a memorable evening of music at the highest level, and will I can confidently predict sell out.

As usual, you can reserve your tickets by replying to this email, or phoning 01855 811325. We can take credit card payments over the phone. Doors open for all events here at 7.30 pm for an 8pm start. Alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks are available on the night, but no food.

Looking forward to seeing you.

David

Tickets are available now £14, (concessions £12 ) at Crafts & Things, 01855 811325  david@glencoe.plus.com

You can reserve by email , and hopefully pay for and collect before the event.

Doors open for all concerts at 7.30 for a prompt 8pm 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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