20 February 2015
After an 18 month hiatus, Ndaje: African Connections Club is being relaunched in its new home at Edinburgh’s The Mash House, on Fri 20 Feb, with 2 further dates scheduled on Fri 20 Mar and Fri 17 Apr. Doors are at 11pm with a late bar, and music, till 3am.
Ndaje is a joyous fusion of live music, drums and DJs with a wide range of music including African, Latin, reggae and ska. The club is hosted by Senegalese musician Samba Sene and specialist world music DJ James Combe.
The line-up of live music for the opening night is Samba Sene and Diwan, singer songwriter Benny Tetteh-Larty and Makossa percussionist Sam Achampon.
20 February 2015
Singer songwriter Dean Owens’ new single Valentine’s Day in New York was included on the BBC Radio Scotland playlist for the first 2 weeks of February. He was in good company with chart topper Hozier, George Ezra and Canada’s the Barr Brothers. Valentine’s Day in New York was released digitally on 14 Feb 2015
Link to the video of Valentine’s Day in New York (Youtube)
Dean’s new album Into the Sea, recorded in Nashville with producer Neilson Hubbard, is released on Drumfire Records on 27 Apr 2015
15 December 2014
Congratulations are in order for Jim Sutherland who won the Composer of the Year Award at the 2014 MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards (Na Trads) in Inverness on Saturday. The award was for his work as Composer and Artistic Director for the epic production Children of the Smoke, part of the 2 year Struileag project, which included a live performance, CD, film, interactive diaspora website and book of poetry. It involved approximately 70 musicians, singers, dancers, artists and writers.
Children of the Smoke is a multimedia spectacular performance, with dance, music and film, about migration, displacement and home. It was one of the key events of the Commonwealth Games and the Homecoming events in 2014. The music deconstructs nostalgic perspectives on the notion of Gaelic identity through time, exploring relevant and gritty issues of exile and homelessness. The musical styles range through a wealth of influences including trad Scots, African percussion and rap.
With no geographical, social or stylistic boundaries, timeless tales of home, loss, hope, longing and adapting to new environments, connections between the old and new world are captured in the music of Children Of The Smoke in an extraordinary way.
“It is fantastic that Na Trads celebrate new music in this way. These awards are a huge shot in the arm to us all. I am delighted to receive the Composer of the Year Award after such a busy year. I’d like to thank everybody who worked with me and gave me so much support and inspiration on Struileag: Children of the Smoke (including Creative Scotland and Event Scotland)”
The full ceremony, with an attendance of over 1000 people, can be seen here on BBC iplayer, with Jim’s award presentation at 22:10
23 November 2014
Congratulations to all the Scots Trad Music Award shortlisted nominees, especially
Adam Holmes (Album of the Year (Heirs and Graces))
and Jim Sutherland (Composer of the Year and Event of the Year (for Children of the Smoke))
More details and info about the public vote here
13 August 2014
There’s good news for those disappointed that they couldn’t get tickets for Adam Holmes’ sold out shows at the Gilded Balloon. He will be performing as a special guest at The Hat Pack music club (New Town Theatre, George St) on Tues 19 Aug, 10.15pm
Get tickets here and on the door.
9 August 2014
5 Star review for Camille O’Sullivan: 10 (show celebrating Camille’s 10 starry years at Edinburgh fringe)
“It’s impossible to choose highlights from a concert that was uniformly fabulous”
Edinburgh Evening News
9 August 2014
Video clip of a radio show – whatever next!
Footage from Adam Holmes and the Embers live spot on BBC Radio Scotland’s Iain Anderson Show special outside broadcast from Pacific Quay, Glasgow (30-7-14). Rest of the lineup included Rab Noakes, James Grant, Allan Taylor and the Siobhan Miller Band. Great night!
16 May 2014
Congratulations to Donal O’Kelly, Sorcha Fox, Ocean FM Ireland, musicians Kila and all the Francisco team for winning the prestigious 2014 New York Festivals International Radio Program Award for Best Drama Special.
Francisco, a 3-part music-drama serial, written by Donal O’Kelly and produced by the tiny Ocean FM in Sligo, has already won Europe’s top prize for radio programmes – the Prix Europa in Berlin.
Francisco was up against six other nominated shows, from US, UK, New Zealand and Romania in Best Drama Special category.
Read what the commissioning radio station, the tiny Ocean FM, have to say about the Award here
16 May 2014
Hotly tipped Scottish singer songwriter Adam Holmes is a late addition to support up and coming London musician Tom Hickox (recently featured on Later With Jools…) on his only Scottish dates
Fri 16 May -The Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh
Sat 17 May – Nice n Sleazy, Glasgow
Hickox’s new album War, Peace and Diplomacy has been attracting rave reviews and admiration for its dark, lyrical songs and intense delivery.
That’s a lot of songwriting talent in one gig – just don’t expect an upbeat, dancey night of cheery toe-tappers!!
Album of the Week
Meanwhile Adam’s SAY award longlisted Heirs and Graces CD is BBC Radio Scotland’s Iain Anderson‘s Album of the Week (from Mon 12 May)
24 April 2014
Delighted to announce that Adam Holmes’ debut CD Heirs and Graces has been included in a longlist of 20 for the Scottish Album of the Year Award. The longlist covers a wide range of music and includes established acts such as Biffy Clyro, Mogwai and Edwyn Collins.
Vic Galloway, SAY Award Host said:
“All 20 deserve your attention and investigation, representing the artistic cream of the crop from this extremely talented land”
Adam Holmes commented: ‘It is a privilege to be longlisted for this prestigious award, alongside such a wealth of exceptional musicians‘
More information at www.sayaward.com