Danny Kyle Open Stage Sat 19th Jan 2019
Johnston and Gordon
Euan Johnston and Andrew Gordon have been friends from the Scottish music scene for 15 years. Finally getting together as a duo in early 2016, Euan and Andrew have worked on a set that shows their passion for Scottish and Irish Music. Never taking themselves to seriously, they switch from the serious to the surreal, from syphilis to seals. Their accompanying guitar and bodhran rhythms could be considered “robust” and when both bodhrans are out… Mighty! After a tour in Denmark, the duo have made inroads around the folk club and festival circuit in Scotland, and have had interest from Germany and Northern England.
Clare McBrien – Piano: Aileen Marshall – Cello: Sadie Ryan – Violin: Tony Harris – Guitar
Other Stories are a Glasgow based four-piece formed in 2017. After playing together in other bands, Clare (vocals, piano), Tony (guitar, vocals), Sadie (violin, vocals) and Aileen (cello, vocals) began writing and rehearsing for their new project. They first started sharing demos and playing live in the summer of 2018 with listeners comparing their sound to Bat for Lashes, Sufjan Stevens and Kathryn Joseph.
Matt Carmichael with Fergus McCreadie
Matt Carmichael is an 19 year old tenor/alto saxophonist and composer originally from the highlands of Scotland. He began playing saxophone aged 11 and was introduced to Jazz music a few years later by teacher Allon Beauvoisin. He was inspired to take music more seriously after hearing Scottish groups such as Brass Jaw, SNJO and TSYJO.Matt is currently studying at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and regulary performs around Scotland with bands including The Tommy Smith Youth Jazz Orchestra, National Youth Jazz Orchestra of Scotland, The Mark Hendry Octet, fat Suit and many more. Performing highlights to date include Newport Jazz Festival USA, Love Supreme, BBC Proms, Edinburgh Jazz Festival, Dundee Jazz Festival and Aberdeen Jazz Festival.
Matt is currently studying at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and regulary performs around Scotland with bands including The Tommy Smith Youth Jazz Orchestra, National Youth Jazz Orchestra of Scotland, The Mark Hendry Octet, fat Suit and many more. Performing highlights to date include Newport Jazz Festival USA, Love Supreme, BBC Proms, Edinburgh Jazz Festival, Dundee Jazz Festival and Aberdeen Jazz Festival.
Fergus McCreadie is one of Scotland’s most exciting young artists. Soon to be a graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, he has been featured at the Glasgow, Edinburgh, Fife, Aberdeen and Islay Jazz Festivals repeatedly for the past 4 years. His debut album, Turas, has been praised for ‘reflecting his engagement with the Scottish landscape and musical tradition while also showing a firm grasp of the jazz piano tradition.’ (Jazz In Europe) He is also a member of Graham Costello’s STRATA, described as “groovy yet cerebral” by BBC Radio Scotland, and of the Mark Hendry Octet and the Matthew Carmicheal Quartet, both of whom have recently released their debut album. He is a winner of the coveted Peter Wittingham Jazz Award, the Young Scottish Jazz Musician of the year u17s Prize, the Guy Jones Prize and the Joe Temperly Prize from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and the Linda Trahan Memorial Prize from St Andrews University
Aaron is a singer-songwriter based in Glasgow. He has found success with his first two critically acclaimed albums. This success lead him to play festivals all over Europe, including Glastonbury and Benicassim and allowed him to work with the likes of Paul Heaton of the Beautiful South and The Housemartins and Francis MacDonald of Teenage Fanclub. Aaron’s songs vary in range from slow, heartfelt songs that will remind you of your first heartbreak to upbeat, funky pop tunes that will have you up on your feet in no time. His next EP is expected to come out this year
Zoë Bestel & Tobias Elof
As well as numerous BBC radio performances, award winning Zoë Bestel has played at leading festivals including Celtic Connections,
Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Cambridge Folk Festival, Stonehaven Folk Festival, Orkney Folk Festival, and headlined The Ukulele Festival of Scotland.
Danish Ukulele virtuoso Danish Tobias Elof has toured Europe, Asia and Hawaii, been nominated for two Danish Folk Music Awards, and is the first in the world with a Bachelor Degree on ‘ukulele’.