Liz Clark brings you up to date on the latest from the Danny Kyle Open Stage 2012. The Danny Kyle Open Stage (DKOS) page is here.
The Danny Kyle Open Stage kicked off on Friday 20 January 2012 with two of the 2011 Finalists – Iona Marshall and Rura plus a guest appearance of Danny Coupar who was a long time friend of Danny Kyle’s and a staunch supporter of traditional music.
The other three could not perform on the day due to exams and other commitments, but we look forward to hearing them in their support gigs and at future events.
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Support Gig- The Big Dish Saturday 21 January at O2 ABC.
Iona Marshall is a singer-songwriter based in Glasgow, becoming recognised there for her original live fusing melodic folk with experimental synth parts, delicate harmonies, found samples and acoustic guitar hooks. Her beautiful songs are Celtic tinged and her solo performances are heartfelt and enigmatic. She sings about landscape, love, travel, spirituality and whatever sounds come out in a stream of consciousness. Mike Scott of The Waterboys says: “Iona Marshall sings and her crystal, angelic voice creates an immediate sense of connection to something mystical, other-worldly. One could easily be washed away by the lush, spell-binding sound. Iona’s ethereal qualities are clear – a strong connection to the spiritual west coast island of Iona. Her unique song-craft has been honed over many years, blending life-long influences with modern interpretations and experimentation, exploring her passions, emotions and philosophies through sublime, haunting sound-scapes.
Steven Blake (pipes, whistles)
Jack Smedley (fiddle)
Adam Holmes (guitar, vocals)New addition in 2011!
David Foley (bodhran, flute)
Chris Waite (guitars)
Rura consists of now five stunning Scottish Musicians, several of whom have been BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musicians of the Year as well as going on the prestigious Traditional Music & Song Association of Scotland (TMSA) Young Trad Tour. Rue have had an extremely busy year from Stapfest to Hebridean Music Festival and Piping Live to name but a few! Joining them since ther award is Adam Holmes bringing the voice to enhance the group even further. There debut album from Greentrax will be with you soon.
Tensheds is the piano bashing, guitar swinging, husky voiced hobo. An individual with a chameleon like personality. An artist who won’t conform to a stereotype but who lives his life in a time old tradition. A free spirit with humble charm with stunning songs and musicianship.
“For the past few years Tensheds has dedicated himself to his craft, even to the extent of living on the road in his campervan. And now, his hard working earnestness is now paying off. He won the Performing Rights Society UK Unsigned Award in 2008, the Northern Trax Making It Big Award in 2009, a Celtic Connections Danny Award in Jan 2011, Pure Rawk Best Blues Track Of The Year, and even found time to set the World Record for the Most Gigs Performed in 24 Hours – performing 8 shows in 8 different cities. Supporting the likes of Hazel O’Connor, 2011 tour”
Liam Campbell (guitar)
Roisin Anne Hughes (button accordion)
Roisin McArdle (piano )
Colette Hunter (banjo)
Patricia McArdle (flute)
Matthew Turner (drums)
Daniel Hunter (fiddle)
Siobhan McArdle (fiddle)
Yuptae are a young band hailing from the vibrant music scene in Glasgow’s South Side. Coming through the ranks of St Rocks Ceilidh Band giving them the strong sense where their music has come from and where they taking it too with innovative arrangements of traditions, contemporary and self penned tunes.
Mostly coming from musical families they in turn become the tutors for the youngsters coming behind ensuring that the Irish/Scottish traditions in music are kept alive and kicking! Playing at local gigs and sessions over the last few years, they have built up a firm following of fans and are looking to expand this with future recordings and gigs further afield and played at various festivals throughout Scotland and Ireland in 2011 and are hoping to expand on this in 2012.
Magnus Bichan (Fiddle/Banjo/Border Pipes)
Guille Lopez (Cajon)
Graham Low ( Fiddle)
Aidan Moodie (Guitar)
Chloe Peace (Fiddle)
Graham Rorie (Fiddle/Mandolin)
Robbie Stevenson ( Accordion)
Broken Strings first played together in February 2009 with just five members. (from Kirkwall Academy)Under the tutorage of Douglas Montgomery.
They played at the Orkney Folk Festival Open Stage where they were pronounced the winners in May 2010 which in turn brought them to The Danny Kyle Open Stage in January 2011 and became one of the six final award winners!
Since then they have been building on their success with numerous appearances at local concerts and fund raisers in Orkney as well as coming down to Edinburgh to perform at The Fiddle Festival in November.
On 10 December 2011 they launched their new CD ‘Halda’ in Kirkwall, Orkney and was greeted with much acclaim and was the BBC Radio nan Gael album of the week.
Jos Kelly (Button Accordion and Piano)
Paddy Hazleton (Percussion)
Ted Kelly (Banjo and Tenor Guitar)
Niamh Farrell (Vocals)
Sligo based group The JP Trio was described by Martin O’Connor as ‘the new cutting edge of fused traditional music’, the JPTrio are an inventive and fresh new trio. All three musicians are founding members of Spraoi. Heavily influenced by jazz along with Irish music, the group is unique and exciting, fusing both genres and creating a brand new sound”.
Recently winning a Danny Kyle award at Celtic Connections and getting a few Scots on there feet the wonderfully entertaining JPTrio will have the audience swinging!
Joining the band last year in time for the Stonehaven Folk Festival with her stunning voice is Niamh Farrell.
Danny Kyle Open Stage, every day 5.00-7.00pm live on Celtic Music Radio.