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
The release in 2014 of their double album 'Live at the Gardyne' has cemented AMWF's position as one of the finest new bands to come out of Scotland in recent years. Their reputation has built over the past two years through appearances at festivals - including the rare ability to fill a T in the Park tent for the opening slot on a Sunday - some increasingly high-profile radio sessions such as Bob Harris on Radio 2 and a collaboration with Dougie Maclean on a new version of Caledonia.
The live set up is fluid, with changing lead singers and each member having the ability to pick up pretty much any instrument on stage, which includes double bass, banjo, mandolin, bouzouki and harmonium.
As a reviewer said after a live performance near Inverness "There is something inexplicably natural about AMWF ... If you get the opportunity go see them, you won’t be disappointed."
We saw them play at the Belladrum Festival and all anyone could say was "Just imagine that in the Byre" - and it was quite something. The band also played a short acoustic set in the Inchyra Arts Club gazebo at Belladrum 2014.
Perthshire fiddler and singer Patsy Reid is one of the most admired musicians in the UK. We were thrilled to welcome Patsy to the Arts Club following the release of this year's highly acclaimed solo album The Brightest Path.
In the last couple of years, the former Breabach fiddle player has performed extensively with BBC Radio 2 Folk Award 2013 winners Kathryn Tickell and Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman, The Cecil Sharp Project and Zakir Hussain's Pulse of the World. She also contributed violin, viola and cello to albums by Duncan Chisholm, Bella Hardy, the Treacherous Orchestra and Tim Edey, to name just a few.
Patsy now takes centre stage - accompanied by an equally accomplished band - to bring us tunes and songs from The Brightest Path, her first solo recording since 2008's rapturously received Bridging The Gap. The album features freshly recovered traditional Scottish melodies from the Atholl Collection, alongside self-penned and contemporary material that demonstrates Patsy's ability to virtually sing through her instrument. Combining skills and techniques from both folk and classical disciplines, Lau's Aidan O'Rourke describes her as having "an accuracy and tone that many fiddlers only dream of. She has truly mastered her instrument."
Patsy will be joined by Matheu Watson on guitar and mandolin, Alistair Iain Paterson on piano and Signy Jakobsdottir on percussion.
***** “A glorious musician playing with soul and integrity.” fROOTS
**** "A profound example of the emotional riches in contemporary music making." Scotland on Sunday
Guests were welcomed to the Byre by accomplished piper Rich Gordon.
Jubovski are (L to R) Peter Cowdrey on piano, Liz Cowdrey on violin and Jub Davis on double bass.
Guests enjoyed a delicious Mexican dinner of chilli, nachos and guacamole, followed by summer berries, under the beautiful Byre roof.
Flint the deerhound makes a visit!
We'll leave it to our audience members to give you an idea of what a success it was:
"I just had to write to tell you how much we enjoyed Jubovski and the whole evening at The Byre. Wow! Peter, Liz and Jub were outstanding. For sheer exuberance, vitality and musicality they were an absolute joy to listen to and what a privilege and surprise to find such a performance on our doorstep in Perthshire! At the time I wondered whether your introduction might have been slightly overblown but the half was not told us; thank you both so much for finding and bringing such an amazing performance. A subsequent look at their websites, including the Goldfinch Foundation made fascinating reading too. What an impressive trio.
The whole Byre experience was a treat from start to finish with a wonderful atmosphere and I loved your informal and relaxed layout. Supper was delicious, beautifully presented and was just right. Your staff and helpers were so friendly and smiling too which added greatly to the atmosphere. All in all, one of the best evening’s entertainment [we] have had in a long time."
And from another guest:
"Just to say what a great evening you organised last night at The Byre. Jubovski oozed excellent, stirring music with a entertaining and varied programme delivered with style and charm throughout. Dinner was most welcome and good. Looking forward to the next one!"
The programme finished with a standing ovation and cries for 'More!' - and the
trio duly obliged with a wonderful encore.
Audience members leaving on a beautiful July night guided to the car park
The programmed was opened by Stella Reilly, an up and coming local girl, who stormed it with her new 6 piece band. Watch this space - Stella is playing gigs and festivals all over Scotland this summer - see if you can catch her somewhere.
Anticipation builds as the 400 strong crowd wait for Kassidy to come on stage.
We might be biased but we think there is a strong argument for sayign that the Arts Club is the most beautiful venue in Scotland!
And they're off! Kicking things off with 'Night In The Box', the set list ran on to 'Traveller', 'Take Another Ride', 'Oh My God', 'War', 'Waking up Sideways', 'I Don't Know', 'Gambler', 'Panic Day', 'Secret Tells A Lie' and 'Betrayal'. It didn't disappoint a crowd who knew all the words to every one of the band's great songs and anthems.
After the full set the band came back on to rapturous applause to give a glorious encore starting with 'People Like Me' and ending with an epic version of 'Stray Cat'. It was really a momumental start to the life of the venue and paved the way for many more amazing nights. A huge thank you to the band for saying 'Yes' in the first place - no idea what made them decide to come and entertain everyone here but we are so happy and pleased they did and look forward to welcoming the boys back before too long!
Norwegian singer songwriter Dagny was the first artist to appear at Inchyra, bringing her fabulous voice to the Byre in May 2014. Dagny has since gone on to release songs that have, at last count, had over 24 million streams and as we write is currently songwriting in LA.