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More world class live music at the Coffee Shop, Crafts & Things.
Mike Vass will be here on Wednesday February 13th, this is now sold out.
The next concert here is on Wed. April 3d.
Over the years we have had some amazing musicians and wonderful evenings of live music in the Coffee Shop, but once in a while we have something which takes peoples breath away. This certainly happened when this group, Kosmos, played here before. So many of the audience that night phoned, emailed, or came in to tell me how much they had enjoyed their evening and to ask if they could play here again. Well, I am delighted to say that they are returning, and will be playing here on Wednesday April 3d. Read the reviews below, have a listen on youtube, but don’t leave it too late to book your tickets as I suspect they will fly.
Harriet MacKenzie - violin, Meg - Rosaleen Hamilton - viola, Milos Milivojevic - accordion
Internationally acclaimed Kosmos Ensemble re-defines classical and world music in a unique combination of violin, viola and classical accordion. Kosmos’s innovative interpretations of emotive Jewish and Greek and Balkan music glide seamlessly into hot-blooded Argentine tango with 'telepathic rapport, dazzling virtuosity, serious scholarship, intellectual curiosity and impeccable musicianship. I defy you not to be mesmerised'(Richard Morrison, The Times).
Kosmos Ensemble has performed all over Europe and at the UK’s most prestigious music festivals and venues, notably London’s Southbank Centre, Kings Place, BBC Radio 3, Classic FM, Radio London, Ripon International Festival and have toured Scotland, Italy and Greece.
"major verve and musicality.... as breath-taking as it is moving... impressive and brilliantly effective" - Rob Adams, The Herald
“Revelatory.....their wild synthesis of tango arrangements, Jewish folk songs, Leonard Bernstein riffs and improvised takes on Vaughan Williams was an unexpected gift: brilliantly done with style and spunk.” - The Telegraph.
"Sparkling virtuosity and imaginative improvisation, all presented with complete professionalism and boundless youthful energy. What more could you ask for?" - James Ross, Nairnshire Telegraph.
"Lively, passionate, poignant, serene, mesmerising....words are inadequate to convey the magic of the playing...." John Holt, Advertising Courier, Argyll and Bute Concert tour
"Kosmos: the very name conjures up an entire universe. An apt name, then, for the Kosmos Ensemble, three exceptionally talented musicians for whom there seem to be no boundaries...A packed house was taken on a breathtaking world tour in music, borne aloft on some of the most virtuosic playing heard in the Eastgate’s 11 year history. But this was not about technical brilliance alone. The performance revealed thoughtful immersion in the music and cultures of many lands, real genius for imaginative improvisation and a rapport between the musicians that has rightly been called ‘telepathic’.... this was truly a ‘concert sans frontières’ and the audience rightly awarded it five stars. " - Border Telegraph, Music in Peebles
"Kosmos is breaking new ground by taking material and interpreting it in accordance with the highest standards of Western musical training.....there are echoes here of Ravel and the Minimalists as well as much that is original. The arrangements ebb and flow, shifting from turmoil to tranquillity.... The playing is faultless, virtuoso where necessary and always refined and controlled.
.....as the ensemble continues its journey it will undoubtedly scale very great heights indeed.” - fRroots, Worldwide Roots Music Guide,.
“In the music world, it is a rare treat to have something new and refreshing burst onto the scene. But Kosmos, the talented and vibrant trio is just such a treat... Everyone should make the effort to hear them; amongst the brightest of the rising stars in Britain, Kosmos are truly exceptional.”
Jethro Marsh, Editor, FE News.
“Between them there was not a single piece in the programme that seemed mundane, or was not played with sparkling panache. Each piece was their own composition or arrangement and their improvising skills second to none”
Alisdair Crosby, Jersey Evening Post.
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.
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