Thursday 26 Novemberfeaturing
“Dave Anderson was Gregory’s dad, the driving instructor, in Gregory’s Girl, Willie Melvin’s boss the bank manager in BBC’s City Lights, and countless other characters on film and TV over the last couple of decades, but he’d rather you thought of him as a songwriter.
He was Musical Director/performer with 7:84 Theatre Company in the 70s and Wildcat in the 80s and 90s. His songs for ‘The Steamie’ are being performed, somewhere, tonight.
His ‘boutique’ musical, Tir na nOg, - four of a cast including the orchestra! – won MTM’s “Best New Musical” award at the Edinburgh Fringe 2007, and he’s still churning them out.
He still brags about jamming with Sonny Terry and Brownie McGee, in Vancouver, some time in the late 60s, the sad old git.
Lorna has just returned from showcasing at the International Folk Alliance in Memphis. She has released three solo albums, the most recent being One More Time. Eric Bibb accompanies Lorna on the title track.
Lorna has opened for Loudon Wainwright III, Janis Ian, Shawn Colvin and many more.. She has worked as a session musician and singer, one of her many highlights being backing singer for the late John Martyn on his album 'Sapphire'.
"From the opening song, Lorna grabbed the audience with her exceptional, distinctive, powerful voice and delivery”. BBC Website
"With little more than a 12 string acoustic and a songbird sweet voice, Lorna delivers note perfect renditions of her own songs in a voice that soars and dips in a complex weave of melodies and harmonies." Evening News
"Lorna has the kind of voice you want to spend the rest of your life with" Record Mirror
doors 7.45 pm Tickets £5 show 8.15
THURSDAY 28 MAY 2009
The wonderful Rab Noakes performs at our opening night of the Sapphire. What a treat! A prolific singer- songwriter and fabulous guitarist, Rab will do nothing but entertain. Not to be missed!!!
Rab has released a dozen albums and toured extensively. He tries to get on the road as a performer at least once a year, either with harmonica player Fraser Speirs, or solo. As well as a helping of original Noakes material, they play a rich mixture of Blues & Country with some interesting interpretations of hard-to-access contemporary material.
Rab has collaborated over the last thirty years with Stealers Wheel, Lindisfarne, Gerry Rafferty and Deacon Blue to name a few!
"a man who knows a good sound and a good song’ - fROOTS magazine
‘With his warmly intimate vocal style, apposite guitar picking and background knowledge it would have been a hard heart who wasn’t drawn in’ - Rob Adams
"Stunning." - Living Tradition magazine
Thursday 25 June 2009
The fabulous Martin Stephenson joins us for our second night at the Sapphire. A great live performer and raconteur. Martin has devoted his life to developing his craft as a singer, songwriter and guitarist incorporating his love for an eclectic range of musical styles from pop and folk through to bluegrass and punk. Just what we want!
Having played in various new wave bands in the late 70's, Martin formed The Daintees in 1980 who produced several critically acclaimed albums and toured with The Bluebells, Aztec Camera and Prefab Sprout. He also toured with Roy Buchanan, Janis Ian and the late John Martyn.
Helen was in various bands in Brighton before forming the Chefs who played loads gigs and performed various Peel sessions. Moving on to Helen and the Horns, they signed to Rough Trade and played even more gigs and Peel sessions then split up. Twenty years on she woke with a head full of songs and a heart ready to sing them!!!
THURSDAY 30 July 2009
Described in the Nashville press as the “Scottish Songbird”, Jill Jackson is a singer songwriter from Paisley who brings her own unique style to the contemporary country music genre.
As a solo artist her acoustic Americana is far removed from the music she made as the front-woman of rock band Speedway, with whom she scored two top ten hits in 2004. But one thing remains the same: she’s still a girl with a guitar and a voice you won’t forget!
THURSDAY 27 AUGUST 2009
Nigel has an international reputation as a jazz guitarist and composer.
Nigel is currently a member of the Scottish Guitar Quartet, the virtuoso Russian Gypsy trio “Koshka” , the Tim Kliphuis Trio and the Carol Kidd Band . He has also performed with Australian vocalist Anita Wardell, multi award winning UK pianist Dave Newton and the legendary Belgian guitarist Philip Catherine.
His first album as a leader, “Worldwide Sound” reached the top ten in the UK Jazz charts.
His debut CD for Arkadia, ‘Grand Hotel Europa’ was released in the U.S. in 2001. It featured award winning pianist Brian Kellock and saxophonist Tim Garland of Chick Corea’s “Origins” Band. The album was a showcase for Nigel’s original compositions
guests Brooks & MedboeWebsite
Thursday 24 September 2009featuring
Davie Scott has been songwriter and producer of one of Scotland's most unique and enduring musical collectives, The Pearlfishers, since 1991. After a successful tour of Japan in 2006 the band started recording their seventh album, "Up With The Larks" which was released in October 2007 to general critical acclaim, including a Sunday Times Album Of The Week, a Sunday Mail Best Scottish Album Of 2007 award and a four star Word Magazine review / covermount CD appearanceDavie is also presenter of BBC Radio Scotland's "Classic Scottish Albums", "Waxing Lyrical" and "Silverscreen Beats" features, and lectures in Commercial Music at the University Of The West Of Scotland
Davie Scott’s work as a record producer has included sessions / albums with artists as diverse as Ricky Ross, Alex Chilton, Amy Allison and BMX Bandits of whom he is now a full time songwriting and performing member.
has been writing and performing her captivating blend of country folk
since she was a young whippersnapper growing up in Cumbernauld. On
graduating from Perth Music College Helen moved to Edinburgh where she
formed Summerhouse. After a couple of years and an EP, she moved to
the States, going solo and recording her debut EP "Where I found You"
in Florida before heading west to San Francisco where she worked the
Northern California circuit. Since returning to Edinburgh Helen has
established The Helen Currie Band and is currently recording a new
album due for release in October 09.
Thursday 29 October 2009
The Felsons Duo
Dean Owens and Calais Brown perform a mixture of songs from The Felsons catalogue and Dean's solo albums.
Based in Edinburgh, united by a collective devotion to American roots music - from Hank Williams to Gram Parsons, early Elvis to Wilco, blues to bluegrass - The Felsons have always been embroiled in something of a love hate relationship with the word "country". Think powerful melodies, passionate vocals and gritty, muscular guitars; purge your mind of stetsons, spurs or schmalz - though this discerning selectivity didn't stop them being nominated as Best British Band in the British Country Music Awards
Dean Owens is one of Scotland’s most acclaimed and established singer / songwriters.
His first two solo albums ‘The Droma Tapes’ and ‘My Town’ were both very successful and attracted significant critical acclaim on release, while his new album ‘Whisky Hearts’, generally agreed to be his finest work to date, gained its full commercial release on Navigator Records in September 2008.
"For God’s sake buy this record" - Russell Brand on BBC Radio 2.
“Bit of a humdinger that one.....” – Mark Radcliffe BBC Radio 2
“A triumph” – The List
“A brilliant singer / songwriter and one of the most compelling live performers I’ve ever seen” – Karen Matheson, ‘Capercaillie’.
Riding high on the release of her debut album “Conjugal scene”, Highland born singer songwriter Sandra MacBeth is at a very exciting time in her musical career. After recording in Germany for six Months in 2008, Sandra is ready to tour the album with her band. Topped by i-on magazine as 2009 one to watch, and by no means a stranger to the live stage, Sandra has opened for Pink at the SECC, the Proclaimers, KT Tunstall, Mumford and Sons...also performing with Nicolette from Massive attack