Penguin Cafe gave a taste of something completely different at the Inchyra Arts Club. Veering from New Age ambient sound to a sort of modern Chamber Music, the seven musicians took the sizeable crowd on a wonderfully thoughtful journey – to their obvious delight.
Arthur Jeffes formed Penguin Cafe to keep his Father’s legacy, The Penguin Cafe Orchestra, alive and they began with one of those original Simon Jeffes compositions ‘Perpetuum Mobile’, a restless continuum based on a slightly complicated piano rhythm and some delightful instrumentation. They switched between the new and the old seamlessly. Recently, a tie-up with Greenpeace, resulted in a series of pieces written about and describing the characters of the indigenous penguin population of Antartica, of which ‘Emperor ‘ was a stand out, with its haunting theme and magisterial presence.
Penguin Cafe’s music does not sit comfortably in a single style or genre and in ‘Pythagoras On The Line’, an engaged tone and chopsticks are used to give a fascinating swirling, geometric effect which is very definitely in New Age territory. The musicians are splendidly in tune with each other and the combination of Viola, Violins, Cello, Bass, Piano and Percussion give a fabulous and energetically full sound. The music is very strong rhythmically, exemplified by ‘Rescue’, described as music with a happy ending. It is also hypnotic and strangely familiar with its motif based repetition. Piano is the rhythmic base of the music, which is unusual in itself and then the influences pour in on top. Modern Baroque Classical music and Eastern European crowd in until the final encore of the Celtic based’ Music for a found Harmonium’ from the original Orchestra’s repertoire sent the crowd home into the warm spring evening humming these fabulous tunes. Great music and great weather combining in a memorable night.
Review of Larkin Poe at Inchyra, 8th April 2019 - Pete Drummond-Hay
"A sell-out crowd enjoyed a superb night of Southern Rock and Americana at Inchyra Arts Club on Monday night.
Support came from Bristol-based duo Foreign Affairs who got the show off to a cracking start. Brothers, Adam and Lawrence Purnell, treated the audience to a showcase of tunes from ‘The Old Fire Station’, their recently released mini album. Lawrence’s interesting and heartfelt songs are enlivened and enlarged Adam’s skilful grungy guitar. On their gentler numbers, they create unusually atmospheric and powerful soundscapes, the scope of which is extraordinary for just two musicians. The Purnell brothers are a talented pair who know how to excite a crowd.
Then came the twin guitar assault of Larkin Poe, a magnificent, authentic Southern rock band. Hailing from Georgia and led by sisters Rebecca and Meghan Lovell, they proceeded to tear the place apart with a well-paced set of original songs and judiciously chosen covers. They were ably supported by a rhythm section comprising Kevin McGowan on Drums and Tarka Layman on Bass and Keyboards that allowed the Lead Guitar lines of Rebecca and the startlingly inventive Slide Guitar of Meghan to soar. This combined with some gorgeous smoky vocals, reminiscent, at times, of Bonnie Raitt, and even on the more soulful numbers evoking Tina Turner, overlaid with the sibling harmonies that only families seem able to achieve, made for a really exciting show.
Their music is grounded in the Southern Rock and Country Blues of the likes of the Allmann Brothers but Larkin Poe take the genre and put their own, unique stamp on it. Songs from their new album ‘Venom and Faith’ crossed swords with classics like “John the Revelator” and Robert Johnson’s “ Come on in my Kitchen” and it was hard to distinguish new from old so steeped in the Blues are they. The ingenuity and extended soloing on Lead and Slide encapsulated the South admirably. They had the audience in the palm of their hands and songs like “California King” and “Blue Ridge Mountains” were perfect for the band to stretch themselves. “Mad as a Hatter” written for their Grandad was a delight. This was Riff laden rock performed brilliantly and the last night of their four-week European tour will live long in the memory of the Arts Club audience as they made their way home singing."
TICKETING: Tickets for shows at Inchyra can be purchased online through our ticketing partner Skiddle. Tickets are transferable but non-refundable. For most shows tickets are available over the counter in three local outlets: St Madoes Village Store (very close to the venue), Bandwagon in Perth and Groucho's in Dundee.
SEATING: Seating for all shows at Inchyra is unreserved. Here's a description of what to expect for each style of seating:
Cabaret Seating: jazz club style seating at small round tables with chairs together with some bench seating for larger cabaret-style shows. Chairs are padded, benches are not! You are advised to arrive early to grab the best seats.
Theatre Seating: chairs laid out in rows facing the stage allocated on a first come, first served basis. Please be advised that due to the construction of the barn, seats in some places will have a supporting beam in their view, so again arrive early to grab the best seats.
Standing: there is no seating available at these shows.
DISABLED ACCESS: If you require disabled access or seating for any of our shows, including standing, please contact us on 01738 860066 and we will arrange this for you. Please be advised that disabled seating at standing shows requires the construction of a ramp and raised stand so please contact us well in advance.
FOOD: for most shows at Inchyra there is hot food available and we will detail this in the show information at the top of the page. As soon as we know what it is going to be we will add these details to the show information on our website. There is always a vegetarian option available. Food is served from doors opening time.
BAR: Unless otherwise specified there is a licenced bar available at all shows.
This was an amazing chance to see one of the nation's best-loved bands play in the intimacy of the Byre.
The Magic Numbers are a UK-based four-piece comprising two pairs of brothers and sisters (Romeo and Michele Stodart, Sean and Angela Gannon) and are known for their unique harmonies, melodic hooks, songwriting craftsmanship and timeless sound.
We were delighted to welcome them to Inchyra on one of only two Scottish dates in this leg of an international tour supporting the release of their latest album, Outsiders.
After an impressive 19 years together, seven studio albums and over a million records sold worldwide, they might be excused a bit of downtime. But no…….the estimable London 4-piece Turin Brakes released their eighth studio album ‘Invisible Storm’ in January 2018 on Cooking Vinyl and headed out across the UK on 'The Invisible Storm' Tour.
Invisible Storm is big-picture music played on a small screen, refracted through lyrics that embrace the personal and the universal. Formed in Balham South London, Turin Brakes released their Mercury Music Prize nominated debut album The Optimist in 2001 followed by Ether Song in 2003 which featured the top 5 hit single Pain Killer (Summer Rain). One of the finest indie bands of the last decade with 7 top 40 hits to their name Turin Brakes are a band that’s weathered many Invisible Storms, are sure of who they are and what they’ve set out to do, and know that there’s always a story left to tell…
On the night the band were supported by the wonderful Eliza Shaddad who only that day had seen her debut LP well reviewed in The Sunday Times. Eliza is a Scottish-Sudanese musician and songwriter who has released two critically acclaimed EPs on independent label Beatnik Creative. Championed by tastemakers across BBC Radios, Radio X, and supported by the likes of The Sunday Times, i-D Magazine and FADER, Shaddad has seen her reputation for moving songwriting and powerful live shows grow, collaborating with the likes of Clean Bandit and Tom Speight, and playing dates with the likes of Kate Tempest, Oh Wonder, Lucy Rose and James Bay.
“Haunting" - The Sunday Times | “Passionate and captivating” - Scotland on Sunday
Skye's legendary trailblazers returned to Inchyra by popular demand making for a record-breaking THIRD appearance on the Byre stage. We were absolutely delighted that the band chose to play Inchyra as one of a limited number of shows during 2018.
“Nothing prepares you for the high octane music of the Peatbog Faeries. Powerful melodies are dextrously pumped out with a smart degree of techno attitude, while cross-rhythms ricochet over a heavy bass that hits you forcefully like a massive heart beat.”The Scotsman
One of the best live bands currently working in the UK, The Temperance Movement played Inchyra on a rain-free summer evening producing one of the stand out performances of their career in one of Scotland's most atmospheric venues.
The band's eagerly-anticipated new album, 'A Deeper Cut', was released in February this year to rave reviews across the board and features 12 brand new songs which draw on the band's most recent experiences.
"This is my favourite record we've made so far and I'm more excited about getting this out there than I have been about any of the previous albums," states guitarist Paul Sayer. "I feel like we've really captured what the band is about on this one; I can't wait for people to hear it and I can't wait to get out on the road and play it live to everyone."
One of the most authentic and spirited players of blues and New Orleans piano in Europe today, Dom Pipkin has appeared live all around the world, winning and wowing fans with his electrifying live performances.
His musical life’s journey has culminated in the creation of his solo show “Smokin’ Boogie - Tales of the Big Easy, Bourbon & Bad Boys” - New Orleans piano from its very beginnings in the brothels of the early jazz age through the joyous RnB boom of the 50s, marked by artists such as Fats Domino and Professor Longhair, into the heady drug-fuelled excesses and funk of James Booker and the “Nite Tripper” Dr John.
A mixture of stories, humour, and unfiltered raw blues piano, the show was a massive hit with an enthusiastic Inchyra audience. Pipkin is an engaging performer and held an appreciative crowd spell bound with his obvious love of the genre and his consummate skill on the piano.
A welcome return to Inchyra for the incredible Wille & The Bandits - without doubt one of the very best live bands currently working in the UK.
Braving the worst that the Beast From The East could throw at the band and the audience, a stalwart crowd enjoyed a phenomenal show. A huge standing ovation at the end bore testament to some sublime live rock.
'Gypsy Woman' recorded live at the show:
“These boys can groove and sing like whiskey angels and it doesn’t take long to realise why they belong on the festival circuit.” Glastonbury Festival
"This incredibly talented band excels in playing not just one or two musical styles but in fact focus on several genres to an extremely high quality." Maverick Magazine
"If Cream had spent more time on a beach in Newquay they might have sounded like this.” Blues Matters Magazine
"Will Edwards bourbon-laced vocals instantly grab you after hearing the first note sung, the Dobro is a superb instrument and when it is played like this you notice how sublime the band really is." Maverick Magazine
"howling, cinematic psycho blues ... breathtaking" R2
Jake Bugg released his stunning new album ‘Hearts That Strain’, recorded in Nashville, September 1st on Virgin EMI. He visited Inchyra as part of a solo acoustic album tour of the UK. The Byre welcomed the largest audience to date for a truly memorable night - with support from rising star Georgie.
A largely amateur cast received a standing ovation for this poignant sell out evening of song, poetry and music dedicated to the memory of those who fell in the Great War 1914-1918 and told through the story of a Scottish Everyman.
We were delighted to support this Charitable Performance which raised funds for Poppy Scotland, The Black Watch Museum in Perth and All Saints Church Glencarse.
When you think of legendary singer Ella Fitzgerald, you think of the some of the greatest music ever performed. 2017 marks a very special year as one of the most loved entertainer of all time Ella Fitzgerald will be celebrated around the world with a series of commemorative centennial events.
As part of these celebrations, multi-award winning guitarist Martin Taylor and Scottish-Canadian jazz singer Alison Burns toured the UK for a series of concerts highlighting the Grammy-award winning collaboration between Ella and jazz guitarist Joe Pass. Taylor and Burns who have performed for Prince William and whose fans include Sir Michael Parkinson and Downtown Abbey creator Julian Fellowes, presented a concert inspired by the intimate 1960's duo recordings of Joe Pass and Ella Fitzgerald to a large and hugely appreciative audience in the Byre.
For Lucy Spraggan, 2017 had already been a year to remember. The singer-songwriter has already netted her fourth top 40 album and followed that success with a huge tour across the UK and Europe. There was an amazing atmosphere in the Byre with nearly 400 ticket holders experiencing a fabulous show on the first night of the Scottish leg of this tour.
Described as ‘a triumph’ by The Sun, I Hope You Don’t Mind Me Writing was released in January 2017, charting at number 12 in the Official Top 40 Album Chart. It was the second release under her own label, CTRL Records.
Frequently recognized as one of the leading lights in the LGBT community, Lucy has managed to build her fanbase to a new high, with more than 12,000 tickets sold for her recent Dear You tour. Lucy’s festival season was equally busy with shows confirmed at some of the UK’s leading festivals.
Lucy appeared on the X Factor in 2012, since then her audition video has been viewed more than 40 million times. She achieved the unprecedented success of securing a top 20 single (LastNight) and top 40 album (Top Room at the Zoo) while still competing on the TV show. She was also the most Googled musician of 2012.
Lucy immediately signed to Columbia and her debut album Join the Club was a top-ten success. Her next record We Are was released on her own label, after Spraggan opted to take the independent route. The album just missed out on a top twenty position.
Lucy’s music-writing career began with Don Maclean and Kirsty McColl as her major influences, embellished with the folk riffs of Peter, Paul and Mary and taking on the punchy riffs of traditional R and B.
Her name is now synonymous with the cross-border sound she calls AFLOP; the melodic middle ground where pop and acoustic folk meet, the toe-tapping interpretations of classic sounds and the harmony-heavy ballads that she pulls from modern rhythm and blues, turning the rattle of rap into sing-along folk-style numbers that are hard to forget.
After releasing four albums in five years Lucy is probably due a rest, but she refuses to let up and the writing process is already underway for album number 5. Her live calendar is looking busier than ever and we were delighted to be a part of her Autumn tour.
This true star of the Scottish music scene enjoyed mainstream chart success with hits including ‘Answer Me’, ‘Another Suitcase in Another Hall’, ‘Caravan’ and the million-selling number one single, ‘I Know Him So Well’. As Scotland’s best-selling female album artist she has earned 6 platinum, 11 gold and 7 silver albums and cemented her status as one of the UK’s best-loved performers. Her stage career has included the roles of the original Mrs Johnstone in Willy Russell’s long-running musical, ‘Blood Brothers’ and as Viv Nicholson in ‘Spend Spend Spend,’ both of which have won her an Olivier award for ‘Best Actress’. Barbara was awarded an OBE by Her Majesty the Queen in the 2002 New Year’s Honours for her services to music and drama and she continues to record and to play to sold-out audiences.
Nick Holland joined Barbara’s touring band in the mid-2000’s playing keyboards and adding vocals on her ‘Full Circle’ album, the first to feature the style of music she now performs. Barbara and Nick recently started working as a duo with Barbara on guitar and piano and Nick on keyboards – adding harmonies to Barbara’s own wonderful vocals. They have performed this way in numerous venues including cathedrals, festivals and theatres and developed an intimate rapport with each other and the audience.
Martin Stephenson has been one of the UK’s best-loved musicians for 30 years. Stephenson’s “must see” live performances are an exuberant tour-de-force combining heart-in-your-mouth intimacy with playful humour and warm self-deprecation.
The Daintees’ critically acclaimed 1986 debut Boat to Bolivia opened up an always interesting story. It showcased Stephenson’s songwriting, poetic romanticism and spiritual depth – so marking him out as a soulful cream of the leftfield crop during the self-obsessed 1980s. (A celebratory tour of the 30 year anniversary of this phenomenally successful album toured the UK at the end of last year). Never pandering to a particular scene, Stephenson’s lightness of touch on a varied mix of musical styles was immediately apparent. His path was destined to be a lifelong journey through the music he loved: folk, ragtime, jazz, rockabilly, show tunes, punk-pop and country.
The NME said of Martin’s song craft that he “builds bridges between love and hate, cradle and grave, folk and pop, past and present.”
Stephenson’s restless troubadour spirit has amassed an extraordinary catalogue of some 40 albums and he is a gifted, entertaining and much-loved performer.
"The Heroes British Rock Needs Right Now!" Huffington Post
Hunter & The Bear are one of the UK’s most exciting bands and pioneers of a long anticipated resurgence of rock & roll. The band played Inchyra on the tour for their debut album which launched just two days before this show and entered the iTunes Rock Chart at a storming No 8!
He's a joy! He is classic! He is a must!" RUSSELL HUNTER
Jazz and cabaret legend Earl Okin performed at Inchyra during a short tour celebrating his 70th birthday. He first learnt his stagecraft in folk clubs and when they were replaced by comedy clubs, Earl moved effortlessly from one to the other and has been a headline act on the unforgiving UK alternative comedy circuit for decades, highly respected by all his fellow performers, young and old. Expect jazz, cabaret and definitely a few laughs as this highly regarded and seasoned entertainer struts our stage.
He began, however, at the Comic Strip, alongside, Rik Mayall, French & Saunders, Nigel Planer et al. Among his admirers are such names as Billy Connolly (who likewise began his career in folk-clubs), Sacha Baron Cohen and Eddie Izzard (at whose clubs Earl headlined when they were both starting out).
Among his American admirers are such established names as Emo Philips and Rick Overton. Earl has probably performed more ‘encores’ than just about anyone around and his blend of comedy and music (Tom Lehrer was one of his influences) is in demand literally around the world. Earl has performed at such festivals as Juste Pour Rire in Montreal, the Adelaide Fringe in Australia and Humorologie in Belgium with equal success. He regularly performs in Sweden, Germany, Austria and Holland…and at such famous US clubs as The Comedy Store, Caroline’s, The Improv. and The Ice House.
For 18 years straight, Earl performed at the internationally famous Edinburgh Festival Fringe,consistently coming away in profit…a major achievement, as any Edinburgh performer will agree!
Last but not least, Earl is in high demand for both corporate and private parties, having entertained not only Queen Elizabeth II but the king and queen of Sweden, too.
As with everything else he does, Earl Okin’s show is unique!
"The Festival is really under way. Earl Okin is back for his 11th consecutive year. He is, if anything, funnier than ever, just as amazing on both guitar and piano, and his 'trumpet' style is still mind blowing. To a most appreciative audience he exercised his magic again. Age does not matter for he appeals to all from 17 to senility. This year's show is 'Nothing To Do With Sex Whatsoever' and if you believe that you'll believe anything. For much of the time you think he's only ad-libbing, but slowly realise that you are in the presence of a master of the art of cabaret. The man is unmissable as singer, songwriter, Jazz musician, comedian and, possibly my favourite this year, as a dance-track singer. He's a joy! He is classic! He is a must! Russell Hunter, reviewing Earl Okin at the Edinburgh Fringe
Check out other reviews of Earls shows here - this man really does have to be seen to be believed!
This nationally acclaimed touring production from Perth Theatre in association with Bristol Old Vic, Theatre By The Lake and Theatre 503, came to Inchyra for two nights, with a sold out second night.
A soaringly emotional two hander set against the foot and mouth epidemic. As the disease sweeps through the British countryside, communities are thrown into chaos. Michael watches, in grief stricken disbelief, the shooting of his beloved cows. He also watches his friend brandish the gun.
By turns heart-breaking and hilarious, And Then Come the Nightjars is a tender portrait of male friendship and a requiem to rural life. Audiences on both nights were silenced by the harrowing scenes and roaring at the very British characters laughing in the face of adversity.
'A savagely funny and sad play directed with real delicacy' The Guardian
'Intensely funny… a small gem of a play from a writer to watch' The Daily Telegraph.
Winner of the Theatre 503 Playwriting Award.
Fourteen ★★★★ reviews including: ★★★★ The Stage, ★★★★The Evening Standard, ★★★★The Guardian, ★★★★The Telegraph, ★★★★Time Out and six Off West End
nominations - including Best Director, Most Promising Playwright and Best Set Design.
A fabulous night at Inchyra as Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman performed in the intimate surroundings of the Stable Room at Inchyra. The duo have long established themselves as one of the UK folk scene’s most rewardingly enduring partnerships and this performance only served to underline that. Twice recent winners of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for Best Duo – 2016 & 2013 – the couple’s intimacy and strength of passion on stage have won them many fans and an enviable reputation as ‘Songwriters par excellence’- (fRoots), whose greatly varied original songs cover such subjects as wicked mermaids, Norwegian legends and a lonely whale.
The duo also performed for an Inchyra Arts Club Tree Room Session which can be seen on Vimeo.
Martin Harley is quite simply one of the best blues guitar players around at the moment, with a burgeoning global reputation. Martin played at Inchyra in 2015 and anyone who was there that night will tell you that it was something very special. 2017's return was no less impressive and the added bonus of the accomplished bass playing of Daniel Kimbro only added to the experience.
Since last visiting us, Martin has released the widely acclaimed album 'Live at Southern Ground' in a collaboration with Daniel (Jerry Douglas, Larkin Poe) on upright bass. This tour celebrated the release of their latest collaboration - 'Static in the Wires'.
“Harley offers the listener a masterclass in taste, style and roots blues” GUITARIST MAGAZINE
“Martin is arguably the best Weissenborn player in the UK and has been for many years.” WEISSENBORN EXCHANGE
“No doubt that he is a slide guitar master. He is the business” ROOTS MAGAZINE
“Awesome” JOHNNIE WALKER, BBC Radio 2
“Quite simply a great live act” TIME OUT LONDON
“This is how acoustic roots should be heard on a record that allows Harley’s indisputable talent and spirit to shine through” THE BLUES MAGAZINE 8/10 stars
“Martin Harley is one of our finest acoustic guitar players” BLUES IN THE NORTH WEST
Reviews for Martin Harley & Daniel Kimbro's latest album 'Live at Southern Ground':
“Incredible slide guitar chops, Cementing his reputation as one of it’s finest exponents” THE BLUES MAGAZINE 8/10
“’If you only invest in one Blues album this year then make it this one” ROCK SOCIETY
‘A gem of a record for all blues and hollowneck fans’ WEISSENBORN EXCHANGE
“Martin is arguably the best Weissenborn player in the UK and has been for many years. This release only underlines his stature even further as Britains best steel on steel blues ambassador.” WEISSENBORN EXCHANGE
‘From the first note to the last, this is a gorgeous album, played beautifully and with some real respect between the players.’ 5/5 stars MUSIC NEWS
“A spell binding 50 minutes” THE OBSERVER
“Handsome showcase for Harley’s talents as an acoustic guitarist, writer and performer” THE GUARDIAN
“For all lovers of acoustic blues and top class roots music . . . this is for you.” BLUES IN THE NORTHWEST
“Live At Southern Ground is an album for everyone who loves acoustic blues” BLUESDOODLES 9/10
Police Dog Hogan made a welcome return to Inchyra Arts Club on Thursday 2 March as part of an extensive tour throughout February, March and April to promote their brand new studio album 'Wild By The Side Of The Road'. The band’s driving country-rock rhythms and Americana vibe were used to full effect as they showcased material from the new album as well as all the old favourites.
Released on Major Tom Records the new album marks a turning point in the band’s recording career and is already attracting excited interest from local, national and online press and radio. The collective musical skills of the band have been used to full effect to create an album that delivers on both interpretation and atmosphere underpinned by lead singer James Studholme’s lyrics based on stories and personal observations.
“This is an utterly unique venue” says James Studholme. “We were lucky enough to play here when we were touring our last CD, ‘Westward Ho!’ and are thrilled that James and Caroline Inchyra have asked us back. Their enthusiasm for the music really shines through and they have created a magical atmospheric place to play. We had a fantastic night last time and this promises to be the same only more so!” he adds.
Formed in 2009, the band has evolved over the years into a tight-knit eight-piece unit combining guitar, fiddle, banjo, mandolin, accordion, trumpet, keyboards, bass and drums to create an exuberant fusing of country, pop, folk and rocking bluegrass. They have served their time on the touring scene with more than three hundred live shows under their belts, including appearances at the AMA Awards in Nashville and many prestigious UK festivals. They now regularly play to sell-out audiences up and down the country.
This was a fantastic Celtic double headliner to kick off the year. Top bluegrass Dundonians and friends of Inchyra Wire & Wool returned to the Byre alongside the Irish band Old Hannah.
Old Hannah are a band from the west of Ireland who've taken a deep-rooted love of all things folk, country and traditional, and have spun those influences into a unique and sophisticated sound that's both contemporary and timeless. Adding drums,trumpets and outstanding four-part harmonies to a chorus of string instruments,these old friends bring audiences to a standstill on the regular.
Wire & Wool are well known to many Byre regulars who have seen their foot stomping, energetic, and frankly sometimes exhausting, stints on our stage.
A great young band from Leeds - think Elbow with a bit of Mumford and a dash of Damien Rice. Great stuff and we were lucky enough to have the first night of this UK tour.
The Dunwells have already made an impact in America with their 2013 debut album Blind Sighted Faith—having hit singles and playing them on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, appearing at Lollapalooza and Red Rocks—but now their sights are set closer to home: to make an even bigger impact in the UK - and we're pretty sure they will.
This was a thoroughly brilliant night in the Byre - many people commented that it felt like you were seeing a band playing a huge venue - they played to the Byre audience as if we were Wembley! Fantastic stuff. We may be proved wrong but we all agreed that we wouldn't be surprised if this was one of those bands that in a few years time we'll all be saying 'do you remember when we saw The Dunwells in Glencarse?!"
Many thanks to the boys for a really great night and hugest good luck from everyone at Inchyra for what should be a stellar future.
Gangstagrass can be found ripping up stages and blowing minds wherever they appear. Their explosive live performances have created a buzz at the world famous SXSW, New York's CMJ and on tours across the USA. Now they are coming to Europe with emcees R-Son and Dolio! and we were unbelievably stoked that they came to the Byre.
The Gangstagrass sound reached a huge audience when Long Hard Time To Come became the theme tune for hit TV series, Justified, now in its fourth season. "There are a lot more people out there with Jay-Z and Johnny Cash on their ipod playlists than you think.” says Rench, mastermind behind the genre breaking sensation.
The same live bluegrass band approach was used to make Lightning On The Strings, Thunder On The Mic, a full length album with T.O.N.E-z, the emcee featured in the Justified theme song. The second album, Rappalachia, featured multiple rappers and country singers, laying the ground work for the 2014 release Broken Hearts & Stolen Money.
Having no desire to simply coast on the success of previous releases, Gangstagrass released their fifth official album, American Music, in April 2015. Featuring a collection of standout original cuts and traditional fo9lk anthems - with a twist of course! - American Music once again finds the artists breaking new ground, while also playing tribute to their cast of American songwriting heros.
Click here to see Gangstagrass 'Long Hard Times To Come', theme tune from Justified, on YouTube
Click here to see Gangstagrass 'I Go Hard' on YouTube
Please note that tickets are transferable but non-refundable.
***** The Herald ‘The most well-crafted and poignant comedy turns at this year’s Fringe’
***** The Mirror ‘Interesting, engaging and funny’
What a night of class comedy in the Byre when Mark Steel brought his latest show, Who Do I Think I Am to Inchyra. This was a comedy tour de force as Mark kept the audience in rapt attention from kick off at just gone 8pm until the end of a rapturously received encore at nearly 11!
"It never really bothered me that I’d never met my mum. It never occurred to me I needed to meet her to ‘find out who I was’, as it didn’t seem likely I’d discover I was someone different to who I thought I was. Could it turn out I was three stone lighter than I thought, or I spoke Italian or supported Arsenal or had a fear of Liquorice Allsorts? But after the birth of my own son, I realised it’s quite an event to have a child, and she may well remember giving birth to me, and maybe even the adoption."
**** The Guardian ‘he has got an amazing tale to tell’
**** The Independent ‘essential viewing’
Previously, Mark has written and presented Mark Steel’s In Town on BBC Radio 4 and toured it live around the UK. Mark has presented the BAFTA nominated Mark Steel Lectures for BBC2, is a regular on BBC One’s Have I Got News For You and Radio 4’s Newsquiz. He’s also appeared on BBC2’s QI and Room 101. Mark has also written several, acclaimed books, including: Reasons To Be Cheerful and What’s Going On and he writes a weekly column for The Independent for which he wonColumnist of the Year at the Press Awards in 2015.
Skye's great Peatbog Faeries returned to Inchyra as they celebrated an amazing 25 years in the business
We were delighted that great Peatbog Faeries chose to return to Inchyra as they mark this incredible milestone with a country wide tour. The Faeries were last here in the autumn of 2014 when they produced a performance that was definitely one of the best nights in the Byre and this was the first return show for a headline act at Inchyra.
Hailing from the Isle of Skye, the Peatbog Faeries are the figurehead trailblazers of the Celtic Dance Music renaissance. Drawing upon a dazzling myriad of influences from traditional jigs and reels through jazz, hip hop, reggae and more, they take traditional Scottish music and bring it fresh-faced and breathless into the 21st century. They have toured the world taking their inventive and unique brand of music and light show to audiences far and wide, never failing to fill the floor and delight the crowd.
This was high octane Celtic dance music as you’ve never heard it before and the crowd danced ... and danced! One guest emailed us to say thanks for the gig - and for adding 9,000 steps to her Fitbit!
The Peatbog Faeries are Peter Morrison (pipes and whistles), Ross Couper (fiddle), Tom Salter (guitar), Innes Hutton (bass, percussion) Graeme Stafford (keyboards) and Stuart Haikney (drums).
Roddy celebrated the 10th annniversary of his debut solo album 'My Secret is my Silence' with a special UK tour and song book. We were delighted to be a part of this special celebration.
Know to thousands of music fans as the front man of Scottish rock band Idlewild, Roddy Woomble is also a celebrated solo songwriter and peformer. 'My Secret is my Silence', debuted at No 1 in the UK folk charts in 2006 and received great acclaim, with a 5* review in the Sunday Times. Though word of mouth the album became something of a 'cult classic'.
As Roddy says, "(the album) was a low key thing, and everyone had low expectations (laughs) ... we put the album out and did 6 shows to support it and then just left it alone. It took on a life of its own after 2006 - it was a word of mouth thing. By the time I took to the road in support of the next solo record (2011's 'the impossible song & other songs') I was really surprised how much those songs and that album had come to mean to people - the songs were treated like hits when I played them!"
Roddy's full band featuring Hannah Fisher (violin, vocals), Craig Ainslie (bass), Sorren Maclean (guitar, vocals) and Danny Grant (drums) helped to create the perfect backdrop for Roddy's poetic lyrics, blending touches of country and folk to a set of poignant songs.
"I'm really excited to play through 'My Secret is my Silence' with the band - I always view songs as evolving things, so it'll be interesting to see how they sound on stage 10 years later - the last time some of these songs were sung was the day they were recorded." Roddy Woomble
The show was reviewed in the Perthshire Advertiser:
Following the publication in June of their new book 'Feeding Friends', pop up sensations Terry & George bring their renowned food and music experience to Inchyra. Terry and George hail from the kitchen of Le Gavroche and the Burberry catwalk and they create the most ambitious themed pop-up restaurants the UK has ever seen. Inspired by British ingredients and culture, they have cooked sell out nights in London, Manchester, New York and Hollywood.
Terry trained under the Michelin-starred chef Paul Heathcote in Liverpool before joining Michel Roux Jnr at Le Gavroche and then working with Mark Hix. George started the band 'One Night Only' with a school friend at the age of 12. They made the Top 10 - and are still going strong today - but George has also developed a sideline in modelling, after he was scouted by Burberry.
Terry and George met in 2008 through mutual friends. Terry introduced George to foodie London. George introduced Terry to the music scene. They soon realised they could combine their skills to put on pop-up restaurant nights mixing great food with amazing music - appealing to people who enjoy eating out with friends but who can't always afford full-blown 'fine dining'.
Their menus include 'Northern Invasion' featuring their incredible version of Lancashire Hotpot, and 'Hen Party' with spineless chicken and a pudding of 'Eggs & Soldiers' - eggshells filled with creme brulee and mango jelly, accompanied by shortbread soldiers for dipping.
Beyond Presents brought one of Scotland's biggest stars to Inchyra. We were very proud to be a part of this tour of Scotland, as she prepared to launch her fifth album.
KT Tunstall chooses to live and create in the moment. This impulsivity courses through her catalogue and performances, defining classics like the GRAMMY Award-nominated 'Black Horse & The Cherry Tree', 'Suddenly I See', 'Hold On', 'Saving My Face', and many more. This urgency also drives the Scotland-born adn now Los Angeles-based songstress' forthcoming fifth full-length studio album - to be release this autumn on Virgin Records UK.
Stephanie Urbina Jones is a fiery Latina poised to be the first Hispanic American to break through in Country Americana music with her country rock south of the border sound and a style all of her own. Stephanie played Inchyra, supported by Perth's own Americana kings The New Madrids, following an amazing first appearance main stage slot at the sold out Belladrum music festival.
The Inchyra show grew legs and, following the recording of two tracks during the afternoon, it was decided that the whole Inchyra show would be recorded for a 'Live at Inchyra' album. The show was also filmed.
Pull up a chair and whet your whistle for an evening of anarchic theatre, live music and strange goings-on…
* * * * * The Times
The National Theatre of Scotland brought this 5* reviewed show to Inchyra for a one off sold out performance.
One wintry morning Prudencia Hart, an uptight academic, sets off to attend a conference in Kelso in the Scottish Borders. As the snow begins to fall, little does she know who or what awaits her there. Inspired by the border ballads - and delivered in a riotous romp of rhyming couplets, devilish encounters and wild karaoke - Prudencia’s dream-like journey of self-discovery unfolds among and around the audience.
With a rollicking text by David Greig, barnstorming live music; and a ‘terrific, inventive sense of fun…' (The Scotsman), The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart is the lock-in to end all lock-ins.
National Theatre of Scotland cannot be held responsible in the event of any member of the audience losing their head, their heart or their very self during the course of the performance.
“You shouldn’t miss this show for the world…rambunctiously life-affirming and touchingly beautiful” * * * * * The Herald
“more vibrantly alive than any piece of theatre I’ve seen in Scotland for years” **** The Scotsman
The Guardian * * * *
The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart won a Herald Angel award at the 2011 Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Critics’ Awards for Theatre in Scotland 2010-2011 Award for Best Music and Sound
World class jazz came to the Inchyra Arts Club with the fabulous tone and exciting articulation of Arild Andesen's double bass playing. The Norwegian master is one of the key figures in European jazz and Chick Corea, Stan Getz, Don Cherry, Sonny Rollins, Pat Metheny and John Schofield are among the giants whose rhythm sections have featured Andersen's magical presence and sure sense of time. A long association with the leading jazz label EM has seen Andersen appear on more than 40 releases and reinforced his reputation across the world.
Widely regarded as one fo the finest groups currently working in Jazz, Andersen's trio with the Scottish saxophone virtuoso Tommy Smith and the sensational Italian drummer Paolo Vinaccia presents music that thrills and moves the listener in equal measure. Drop-dead gorgeous melodies, razor-sharp interaction, urgent rhythms and, the hall mark of all great jazz, spontaneous creativity, converge in a live music experience that transcends style and genre and makes an Arild Anderson Trio concert an unmissable event.
Anderson formed the trio in 2007 with the aim of breaking new ground in contemporary jazz and their impact was immediate. The group's initial live performances were noted for their astonishing power, precision and dynamism. This energy was quickly captureed on 'Live at Belleville', released in 2008 on ECM to widespread critical acclaim. The same year Andersen was awarded the prestigious Grand Prix du Musicien Europeen de l'Academie du Jazz in France for this recording.
Since then the trio have toured regularly and consolidated their worldwide reputation as an utterly compelling live act. The trio have travelled widely and won the appreciation of jazz audiences as far afield as the USA, Japan, Scandinavia, Europe, the UK, Nicaragua, Argentina, India, Guatemala, Panama, Canada, South Korea and Egypt. We were delighted to be able to bring an act of this calibre to Inchyra and it was absolutely a night to remember.
"Rootsy mayhem!" Upbeat skiffle beats and hugely charismatic performances mean that this band are selling out shows all over the UK.
Skiffle beats, bluesy keys and energetic country songs, along with slower folk influenced numbers on a night of infectious enthusiasm for music and performing - these guys blew the Byre audience away in one of the most charismatic shows we've seen here!
"These boys can sing like whisky angels" GLASTONBURY FESTIVAL
Classic blues rock three piece with a twist and in the Top 10 Must See Bands at Glastonbury 2014. Wille & The Bandits have an exponentially growing following for a sound that is in the tradition of Cream or The Jimi Hendrix Experience. The use of more bizarre instrumentation and eclectic influences often push them in to a more world music direction. Having toured with with artists from Deep Purple to the John Butler Trio and played major festivals across Europe, the band leave an astounding impression on audiences of all ages and musical backgrounds with their energetic and soulful performances.
They have received great critical acclaim:
"Wille is a superb slide player, I love what these boys are doing" JOE BONAMASSA
"Love the soul in their music" WHISPERING BOB HARRIS
"This incredibly talented band excels in playing not just one or two musical styles but in fact focus on several genres to an extremely high quality" MAVERICK MAGAZINE
"If Cream had spent more time on a beach in Newquay they might have sounded like this" BLUES MATTERS MAGAZINE
Wille & The Bankdits were supported by rising star Frankie Forman for this show. Frankie is a singer songwriter from London who started out singing in the bars and cafes of Montmartre in Paris at the age of 18. Returning to London she started two bands before going solo in 2014. With husky tones often compared to Lana Del Rey and Mazzy Star, Frankie's sound marks the place where trip hop, soul and bluesy rock and roll meet. She sold out the launch show for her second EP 'Hootch' last year and went on to perform at festivals across the country, from Camp Bestival to Boomtown.
Last autumn, Frankie announced a three month residency at the world famous Ronnie Scott's club and, fresh from the success of that, she joins us at the Arts Club. With work beginning now on her debut album, we are thrilled to have the opportunity of bringing her to Inchyra.
We were delighted to be chosen as the venue for the 2015 Hogmanay Ceilidh which was broadcast live from Inchyra on New Year's Eve. The show broadcast nearly two hours of live music from a wealth of talented artists including Robyn Stapleton, Mhairi McInnes, Skippinish, the Glenfinnan Ceilidh Band, the Blair Athol Pipe Band and many more.
The acid-croftmeisters visited Inchyra on their major Untied Knot Tour - celebrating a new album launch and the band's 25th year which culminates in a performance at Edinburgh's huge Hogmanay night.
Shooglenifty’s sound springs from traditional Scottish dance music, energised by the beats and bass line of something altogether more contemporary. It is not a sit-down kind of music, it’s a join-in, and get on your feet kind of vibe and that's exactly what happened at Inchyra. Attempts to describe this almost uncatagorisable band include: ‘hypno-folkadelic-ambient-trad’ and ‘Acid-Croft’, which derives from late 1980s club music ‘Acid House’, a croft being a traditional Scottish rural dwelling. This pioneering band is in demand all over the world and the guys have entertained at festivals and venues in Australia, Canada, India, Japan, Lebanon, Malaysia, Russia, the United States and, of course, Europe. Previous career highlights include performing for Nelson Mandela and Emperor Akihito of Japan (not both at once), performing with dhol drummers of Rajasthan at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, inciting the crowd to a stage invasion at Sydney Opera House, and collaborating with Lebanese musicians in Beirut.
Shooglenifty was formed in Edinburgh 25 years ago at the height of the late 80s/early 90s electronic dance music scene, and the vibe of that time is a key influence on their sound. Their latest album The Untied Knot was released in 2015 and is the first to feature song, for the most part supplied ‘puirt a beul’ vocalist Kaela Rowan, whose mesmeric voice wowed the Inchyra audience on the night.
Rupert Stroud at Inchyra Arts Club - reviewed by Pete Drummond-Hay
The Inchyra Arts Club has made a habit of promoting up and coming stars of the future and Friday’s show with Rupert Stroud was another to celebrate.
The show opened with support band The Carloways. This highly rated young five piece from Perth opened with a terrific cover of Bob Dylan’s “You ain’t going nowhere” as done by the Byrds – moving through a great range of covers and original songs. They are a very accomplished country rock/rockabilly outfit complete with the expected delicious harmonies. The song writing partnership of Flynn Sweeney and Mikey McLennan, who alternate on lead vocals and lead guitar, showed great promise on “Lose my mind” and “How I feel”, both on their new single. Ably supported by Steve Liddell on bass, Chris Paterson - rhythm guitar and Charlie Haggart on drums, they entertained wonderfully, building their show to a terrific climax with Woody Guthrie’s “This train”.
That was a great platform for Rupert Stroud to build on and build on it he did. The 28 year old from Leeds has been gaining radio airplay with his melodically inventive songs. Occupying the same sort of territory as the likes of George Ezra and Jake Bugg, Stroud has the ability to write songs that are instantly familiar and memorable. Performing tunes like “Light it up” and “Never back down” from his recent EPs he delighted the very appreciative audience at the Inchyra Arts Club with a show of style and skill. Supported by the drums of Michael Bedford and the bass playing of Paul Horatio Brown who also demonstrated their extraordinary skill and musicianship as they launched into an impromptu concert of their own as Rupert Stroud was forced to address some technical issues with his guitar. Closing their interlude with a hint of Stevie Wonder’s brilliant “Sir Duke” as Rupert Stroud returned to the stage to warm applause and preceded to wow the audience with his geniality and a succession of terrific new and current songs. “Trouble” and “Spirit” sound like hits of the future and his closer ”Truth” should be a current success if its cross generational appeal was anything to go by. Encoring with his brand new single “Catch” he left the stage to a standing ovation. When he returns to Glencarse, I suspect, word of mouth will guarantee a capacity crowd. This was great stuff.
We were delighted to have been chosen as the venue for this amazing show. With their roots firmly planted in folk tradition, Australian award-winning band The Mae Trio are a breath of fresh air on the contemporary folk scene. Incorporating stellar three-part harmonies, complex arrangements and lyrical sophistication, these youngsters are on a rapid rise.
The night brought an incredible level of folk talent to the Byre as Dougie took to the stage for the first half and introduced The Mae Trio for the second, ending with a shared song with all the artists joining together. A packed house of nearly 250 cheered to the rafters.
One of Scotland's finest young singers and lyricists visited Inchyra for the first time following the July release of her new, hotly anticipated second album, 'Tied to the Moon'.
Twenty three year old Rachel has toured extensively across the world since her stunning arrival on the music scene in 2011, making her a young veteran on the gig circuit. In the past four years she has toured across her native Scotland and the UK numerous times as well as appearing in Canada, the US, Australia, Iceland and Europe as well as sharing the stage with names such as The Staves, Stornoway, Rumer, Mumford & Sons, Ron Sexsmith and Elvis Costello.
Rachel Sermanni has an impressive musical and professional resume, a swathe of EP's recorded all over the world, and now two full length studio albums. Her newest release, Tied to the Moon, was recorded in the Highlands and sees Rachel digging deeper than ever and offering a darker and more rhythmic flavour of poetry and music.