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.
We have been working on this booking for nearly a year and are delighted that we can now bring you this exciting four piece just before they head over the Atlantic to crack America!
Hailing from all corners of the UK the band have been compared to every current folk-rock group out there but critics consistently say that there is something extra special about this band that makes them stand out.
Since they first got together in 2012 as a trio, things have moved on fast for the band, and has seen them supporting Eric Clapton on his recent UK tour, upcoming slots at Reading and Leeds festivals, a new EP coming out in July and then, following this one-off show at Inchyra, the band heads to America for their first US tour.
We were proud to welcome the great Steve Forbert to Inchyra, one of the few artists who can mesmerize a crowd with nothing but a distinctive voice, an acoustic guitar and his trusty harmonica slung around his neck, letting the purity of his music stand on its own.
Singer-songwriter Steve Forbert had his first major hit back in 1979. Thirty-plus years later, he's still writing acclaimed songs having released 14 studio albums, including a Grammy-nominated tribute to Mississippi legend, Jimmie Rodgers. He has seen his songs performed by the likes of Keith Urban, Rosanna Cash and Marty Stuart and was inducted into the Mississippi Hall of Fame in 2006. His debut album, 'Alive on Arrival', showcased his innate musical genius and became one of the year's most acclaimed records. After being compared to folk-based stars like Bruce Springsteen and Bob Dylan, Forbert still managed to walk his own path. The highlight of the was the #11 Billboard hit, 'Romeo's Tune'.
He continues to blend folk, rock and country into his unique American sound which he performs aroung the world.
A rollercoaster tour of massive, hair-raising Georgian harmonies, immaculate ballads and vaudevillian nonsense.
"High camp, epic folly - probably the best programming choice of the entire summer festival circuit" THE IRISH TIMES
The amazing Spooky Men's Chorale, from the Blue Mountains in Australia, employ a devastating combination of immaculate musical sensibilities, cavernous vocal chords and extreme silliness to explore the paradoxes of latter day masculinity.
Formed in 2001, the Spookies visit Inchyra as part of their 6th tour of the UK, which heralds the launch of a brand new album ("an idyll in vast, calm, resonant deepness") and a step-up in their supernova trajectory with some major festival dates. Their last tour in 2013 saw sell-out concerts and ecstatic festival audience reactions. The Chorale are doing three performances on this visit to Scotland - one in Glasgow, one at the Fringe - and here at Inchyra.
"Inspired - and a triumph of choreography! Catch them on the road - a fantastic night out is guaranteed!" MARK RADCLIFFE, BBC RADIO 2
"Highly theatrical, they veer from weird to touching and back again. Grown up entertainment in the best, most infantile way. Don't miss an opportunity to see them" THE DAILY TELEGRAPH
Perth's amazing equal access theatre company brought their all singing all dancing show to the Arts Club for two knock out nights! This hip comedy revue tracks the lives of five young women during the liberating days of London's Swinging Sixties, featuring hits from the divas of the decade: Downtown, Shout!, Son of a Preacher Man, Goldfinger and many more. A hugely talented cast had the crowd on their feet dancing and for a rapturous standing ovation!
Ad-Lib Theatre Arts is a drama and music organisation that prides itself on its 'Arts For All' ethos. The company is open to anyone regardless of age or ability.
The legendary Salford Bard visited Glencarse and gave an epic performance. With a mixture of his classic verse, extraordinary new material, hilarious ponderings on modern life, good honest gags, riffs and chat, this was a chance to witness a living legend at the top of his game.
John Cooper Clarke shot to prominence in the 1970s as the original people's poet, and emerged as one of the leading voices of youth culture. Thanks to his biting, satirical, political and very funny verse, delivered in a unique rapid-fire performance style, he became a seminal influence on the punk movement. His impact far transcended that cultural moment though, and John became the world's leading alternative literary figure, whose work is loved and recognised on a global scale.
His book "Ten Years in an Open Neck Shirt" is one of the most successful poetry books of all time. His words have been indelibly inked into the minds of millions of teenagers thanks to his poetry being place on the UK GCSE syllabus. He was awarded an honorary doctorate from Salford University and his words were chosen by the makers of the Sopranos as the soundtrack to closing scenes of the penultimate episode.
His career has spanned cultures, audiences, art forms and continents.
You can read a full review of this show on The Mumbles blog here
The BCO are hugely entertaining, immensely skilled and boast some of the best musicians in the land. Playing traditional folk and gypsy music from across the Balkans and Russia, they hail, obviously, from Harringey!
A small but impeccably formed orchestra of four players, the BCO combine violin, guitar, accordion, double bass, saz and balalaika to create an awesome aural alchemy - and one that you would normally expect from a far larger ensemble.
Two of the country's most revered international soloists are nestled at the heart of proceedings. Accordionist extraordinaire Eddie Hession has accompanied Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo, Jose Carreras and Chris Rea. Christian Garrick is one of Europe's most celebrated jazz violinists and his CV boasts the likes of Cleo Laine and Johnny Dankworth, Wynton Marsalis, Nigel Kennedy and Duffy.
At this show, the BCO showcased their brand new album 'The Gaelic Chronicles', inspired by the places and people seen and met on five years touring the Scottish Highlands and Islands.
Slide guitar supremo Martin Harley is almost unique in the UK for playing lap slide. Reknowned across the UK he also has a huge following in the US.
"Awesome" Johnny Walker, BBC Radio 2
Martin's name has become synonymous with the British and American slide guitar scene and it has earned him an iTunes No 1 album as well as a massive following in the US with appearances on VH1, Fox News, Bottle Rock and two supporting nationwide tours.
Blues in the Byre featured the amazing Lewis Hamilton Band - fast gaining a reputation as one of the finest young blues singers and guitarists in the country.
Local boy Lewis hails from Auchterarder but this year his journey has been anything but local as word of his talent travels. Touring pretty much constantly right across the UK and now increasingly across Europe, we were really pleased to bring this amazing blues talent at the Arts Club.
It gave us the very greatest pleasure to welcome two time Grammy nominee Gretchen Peters, fresh from being inaugurated into the Nashville Songwriters Hall Of Fame this October, to the Arts Club on Easter Sunday.
Since the release of her “career album" (NPR), 2012’s Hello Cruel World, Gretchen Peters has been in near-constant motion, touring for the past two years and releasing a live DVD and CD, Woman On The Wheel, in early 2013. Since 2012 she’s appeared at the Glastonbury, Isle of Wight and Cambridge Folk Festivals; and in addition to headlining her own sold-out tours, she’s supported country and folk legends Guy Clark, Arlo Guthrie and John Prine (duetting with the latter at several shows).
The latest accolade for the Nashville-based singer-songwriter will be her induction into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in October 2014. There she’ll join the list of 192 existing inductees which includes Johnny Cash, Rodney Crowell, Don & Phil Everly, Woody Guthrie, Merle Haggard, Tom T. Hall, Harlan Howard, Kris Kristofferson, Dolly Parton, Jimmy Webb and Hank Williams.
Peters has risen to the top of her craft by writing and recording songs that explore the deep corners of life with empathy and integrity. She has accumulated accolades as a songwriter for artists as diverse as Etta James, Bonnie Raitt, The Neville Brothers, Patty Loveless, George Strait, Bryan Adams and Faith Hill. Of her own recordings, the Associated Press said, “this is not jukebox music - the stuff that exists to fill in the pauses in conversation. This IS the conversation.”
Her own peers may be her biggest fans, though; Rodney Crowell (her duet partner on Hello Cruel World) called the record "beautiful, brave and poetic", while her frequent collaborator Tom Russell, called it "the best record I’ve heard in many, manyyears." A recent review of her 2013 “Woman On The Wheel” UK tour called her live performance “glorious, uplifting, heart-rendingly beautiful... an affirmation of positive human experience through endured pain.”
Her much-anticipated new album, Blackbirds, was released on 9th February to rave reviews.
Leo Moran and Anto Thistlethwaite brought their two man show to Glencarse with songs from the Saw Doctors and the Waterboys, stories, laughs and more!
The Saw Doctors need no introduction having been one of the country's favourite live bands for over 20 years. The band have been having a bit of a 'time out' for the last two years and last year founding member Leo Moran and saxophonist, current Saw Doctor and founding member of the Waterboys, Anto Thistlethwaite took to the road as a duo - what started as a bit of fun has taken them as far as the US and Russia - and we are thrilled that they will be playing at the Arts Club on three date Scottish tour in March.
Ben Glover has been hailed as the new David Gray. From his roots in a small coastal village in Northern Ireland, Ben traded a degree in law to pursue music. Now living in Nashville, he has been called "one of the finest writers in Ireland today".
In the past year he has garnered rave reviews for both concerts and albums and played in Belfast, London, Glasgow, Copenhagen, Oslo, Edinburgh, Dublin, New York, Turin and Brussels as well has dates at the famed Hotel Cafe in Los Angeles and the legendary Bluebird Cafe in Nashville.
His new album, 'Atlantic', bring him back to his Irish roots and bear fruits from collaborations with Gretchen Peters and Mary Gauthier. The result is his finest offering yet.
'Ben Glover's new album Do We Burn The Boats? is an absolute triumph' THE IRISH NEWS
'.. hints somehow of Paul Simon, KT Tunstall, Villagers perhaps, and even, gulp, Coldplay. It's a strangely satisfying mix.' THE DAILY MIRROR
"... shades of an on-form Ryan Adams." THE TELEGRAPH
Rising Nashville star Angel Snow has persevered with her music waiting, like many, for the break. Meeting acclaimed star Alison Krauss brought that break and an introduction from Alison to her brother Vik resulted in a 'cool creative chemistry' and some wonderful songs. Three ended up on the new Alison Krauss & Union Station album and eight are on Angel's own sophomore album.
If you caught Peter Bradley Adams, Robby Hecht and David Berkeley at the Arts Club earlier in 2014, then Angel is an artist for you.
Celtic Connections came to Inchyra as Jeffrey Foucault played the Arts Club ahead of an appearance at the UK's premier Celtic music festival earlier in the week.
It would appear that in Jeffrey Foucault, the Inchyra Arts Club has found yet another well-kept secret from the world of Americana. The world weary troubadour entertained a large and responsive crowd to a humdinger of a show encompassing Country, Blues, Gospel and Soul, expertly accompanied by the man on the ‘suitcase drum kit’ - Billy Conway. Foucault is an immensely expressive singer with some impressively personal material. The Byre is an intimate space, ideally suited to Jeffry Foucault’s style of storytelling, made even more intimate when he stepped out from behind the microphone to perform entirely unaided.
The Sunday Times has described them as “wonderful”; the Telegraph named them one of its ‘favourite new bands”; Radio 2 called them “a band to watch” and veteran DJ Johnnie Walker praises their gigs as “just a really good, fun time”.
Their literate and superbly crafted songs veer from the wistful and poetic to flat-out, foot-stomping tales of doomed barbecues, French mustard and falling in love on a Tennessee highway.
Founded in 2009 in, if they're honest, a bit of a bucket list moment, over the last year the band have suddenly found themselves very popular indeed - which is no surprise as they are VERY good at what they do (incidentally, they are also VERY good at what they do when they're not playing in the band as the members include a Guardian columnist, a barrister and the MD of a highly successful advertising company!) PDH is now gigging in earnest, and finding themselves sold out at shows across the south. Buoyed by a rapturous reception at festivals last summer, with appearances at Cornbury, Camp Bestival, Larmer Tree and Kendal Calling, among others, this year sees them on a full festival schedule through the summer and then a UK tour to promote a brand new album being released this autumn.
Award-winning comedian Jo Caulfield’s hilarious new show.
'Cut-throat wit and a razor-sharp tongue'
Jo’s always wondered why anger is seen as such a bad thing. When life presents such irritations as vacuous celebrities, endless TV quiz shows, over friendly shop-assistants, emotionally 'challenged' men, drunken girlfriends who always pick the wrong partner, and a husband who continually quotes The Godfather, surely having a good rant - and a good laugh - is the only sensible reaction? Enjoy your anger.
Best Female Stand-Up (Chortle Awards), star of Radio 4’s hugely popular Jo Caulfield’s Speakeasy, and seen on Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow,Mock The Week, Have I Got News For You, Never Mind The Buzzcocks, The Apprentice: You’re Fired and BBC1’s The Politics Show, this is a fantastic night out, for men and women alike.
'Feisty, funny and wonderfully bitchy'
‘One of Britain’s smartest comics. She never fails to nail the laugh’
Local heroes The New Madrids brought their deservedly popular Americana influenced blues and soul to the Arts Club. We invited The New Madrids to play at the official launch of the Arts Club in June because of our deep and meaningful love of Americana blues rock, but we couldn't leave it at that - and were really pleased to welcome them back for a full Arts Club show.
Formed in 2010 as an amalgamation of the four remaining members of Americana stalwarts $outhpaw and the lead singer/founder of rock & blues degenerates The Revivals, this year saw the release of their first full album, Through The Heart of Town. The album has received cracking reviews and rightly so - we couldn't put it better than this review by David James Innes: "As debut release go this is a great start for any band and though this is following a well trodden path, the destination is always going to be worth the trip. The New Madrids is another name to add to a growing list of UK bands finding their own space and place. They should be on your musical map if you like your roots/rock music to have some muscle."
So, come and join us as the band flex their Americana muscle at the Arts Club!
Based on the Isle of Skye, the Peatbog Faeries are one of the best known names in Scottish contemporary folk music.
In 2012 they were a nominee for "Best Live Act" at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, having already twice won "Live Act of the Year" at the Scottish Traditional Music Awards. They've taken their own individual brand of Scottish tunes to audiences around the world, from European Festivals, to Asia, Africa, America, Canada and Australia. The Peatbogs have recorded six studio albums. From headlining the Avalon Stage at Glastonbury to representing Scotland in Sri Lanka for the Commonwealth Games bid, the Faeries are an intrinsic part of current Scottish culture.
Their music embodies many styles and influences, including folk, electronica, rock and jazz, - but their main influence is traditional celtic music. The band's unique sound is created through a mix of programmed effects and traditional celtic arrangements, played on bagpipes, fiddles, and whistles. One thing is for sure - there's never a dull moment in a Faeries show!
As Music News said "If he wasn’t amongst us already, somebody would have to invent Roberto Cassani, he’s such a blast of fresh air in a tired, self-regarding world." A little bit jazz, a little bit swing, a little bit blues, a whole load cabaret, with a splash of Tim Minchin and Tom Lehrer thrown in for good measure
Roberto Cassani is the delightful double-bass slapping child of a threesome between swing, rock ‘n’ roll and the musical cabaret of Milan. Joined by the Tickety Two, guitar maestro Owen Nicholson and renowned drummer Dave Clelland, and united by a love of their families, a laugh, 12 notes and good biscuits, they do what nobody in music seems to do: have a laugh. And make no mistake: these guys can play! Their first album was released earlier this year - produced by the legendary Martin Stephenson, it is a live session recorded in one day.
“Italian genius! You gotta see this guy - he's like nothing on Earth! Outstanding!”Martin Stephenson – UK music legend
"One of the finest blues-based players on the planet - and a very funny guy at that!" Frank Hennessy, BBC Wales
"Cassani rocks" Rob Ellen
A true emerging star with side-splitting humour and clever lyrics which will see him firmly in place as a national icon" Alan Wilson, The Courier
I have seen the future of rock ‘n’ roll – well actually, beautifully judged Scots-Italian songs that bring a smile to your face and a tear to your eye – and his name is Roberto Cassani" Ronnie Gurr, Scotland's music guru
Excellent, Marvellous! Some of the wittiest and more perceptive songwriting you’ll ever hear. A great album that will really, really bring a smile to your face" Tom Morton, BBC Radio