“Imagine John Martyn meets a young Van Morrison shipwrecked with a crate of Chet Baker records” – Time Out £16 standard, £31 premium, reserved seating 2 course meal.
Friday July 5 Hannah Rarity
Winner of Radio Scotland’s Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2018. Hannah sold out a show at The Woodside at the 2017 Aberdour Festival.
“HANNAH RARITY HAS A JUST DOWNRIGHT GORGEOUS VOICE… THE ALBUM’S A JOY – NO WONDER HANNAH IS IN SUCH HIGH DEMAND.” FROOTS MAGAZINE
★★★★ “DEBUT ALBUM SHOWCASES HER CRYSTAL-CLEAR DELIVERY…HER VOICE SOARS…” THE SCOTSMAN
“…NEATH THE GLOAMING STAR IS A MUST-HAVE ALBUM…” FOLK RADIO UK
“HANNAH RARITY IS AN EXCITING ADDITION TO A GALAXY OF SCOTTISH STARS.” THE NATIONAL
Saturday July 13 Dean Owens
Award winning singer songwriter Dean Owens is widely hailed as one of UK’s finest troubadours, with fans including Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh and BBC legend “Whispering” Bob Harris.
Armed with a searingly soulful voice, skilfully crafted songs and earworm inducing melodies, Dean is a spellbinding and hugely engaging live performer, with an emotional hurricane of stories and songs. Dean’s music conjures the open road’s wild romanticism, whilst searching for, and combining the primal sounds of two very different countries, distilling the Scottish and Americana into a unique blend of celtic spirit, country soul.
A Dean Owens gig isn’t just about the songs though, as Dean is also a witty raconteur, with anecdotes about his travels and the songs – from an 8 album solo career, and his days with Scotland’s original Americana band, the Felsons – peppered throughout his set. His performance crosses genres, as he takes his audience from tears to laughter to rocking out in the course of just a few songs.
The title track of his most recent, widely acclaimed album, Southern Wind, won the UK Song of the Year Award at the 2019 Americana Music Association UK Awards.
“A little bit country, a little bit rock and soul…” MOJO
“Borders on genius… A-List…” Country Music People
“One of Scotland’s best troubadours… fabulous…” Bob Harris (BBC)
“Scotland’s most engaging and haunting singer-songwriter…” Irvine Welsh
“Magical… a must see” Ricky Ross (BBC/Deacon Blue)
“Scottish, Americana in a unique blend…” No Depression
“His songwriting craft can stand proudly with the best … albums like this don’t come around too often…” FATEA
“Superb…” Ralph McLean (BBC Radio Ulster) Standard tickets £10. Premium tickets, £25 inc 2 course dinner and reserved seating.
Wednesday July 24 Tenement and Temple
TENEMENT & TEMPLE is a new route for Scottish songwriters Monica Queen and Johnny Smillie, alighting gracefully on the hymnal stylings of pre-war Americana and the lush, widescreen Countrypolitan sounds of the 60s.
Singer Monica and guitarist Johnny were central to seminal Glasgow country-rockers Thrum. Signing to Fire Records and recording their debut album in San Francisco with American Music Club producer Norman Kerner, they shrugged off the prevailing trappings of Britpop, introduced mid-90s indie kids to the joys of Gram Parsons and pioneered the UK wave of the nascent alt.country scene in the process.
Monica is now known though and highly regarded for her numerous guest appearances, most notably duets with Shane MacGowan, Snow Patrol and Belle and Sebastian, particularly on the latter’s early classic ‘Lazy Line Painter Jane’, and for her elegant, Smillie-produced solo records.
Johnny is better known these days for his studio work but is never happier than when playing his guitar and singing harmony to Monica. Their new route is a free, melodic and expansive harmonic domain in which dissonance exists with simple beauty and a sense of mischief wrapped in a cassock of spirituality. The pair’s love of such musical great as Elvis, Neil Young, Emmylou, Gillian Welch , Carter Family, Doris Day and Willie Nelson is laid bare on this, their debut collection of songs.
Friday September 13 FARA
FARA played at the hotel in December 2018.
The gig was a slow burner.
It was almost pure old school word of mouth.
Anyone I came into contact with I said “you need to see this band, if you miss them you’ll be mad with yourself!”. And so it proved.
Also, everyone who was there raved about the musicianship and the energy of these four hugely talented ladies.
This set will be very different from the Christmas one.
Expect selections from the band’s two albums and, as always, something unexpected!
Sunday October 6 The Orphan Brigade
The Orphan Brigade was founded by Ben Glover, Neilson Hubbard and Joshua Britt. The group’s first album Soundtrack To A Ghost Story was written, recorded and filmed in a haunted Civil War house in Kentucky.
In 2017 they spent time in 2500-year-old-caves in the Italian city of Osimo, writing and recording Heart Of The Cave. No Depression called it ‘an extraordinary album’ in which the songs explored themes of mysticism and personal transformation.
The Orphan Brigade’s latest album album will be released in the autumn of 2019.
American Roots UK described the Orphan Brigade as “tugging at the heartstrings, is of-ten uplifting, includes gorgeous melodies, great vocals and playing, brilliant arrangements and atmospheres that flow between deep, dark and spooky, as well as eerie and haunting with occasional flashes of light.
Sunday November 10 Kim Richey
Kim’s roots in Nashville have honed her own songwriting craft. Her trademark is her ability to interpret a lyric and harmonize, all the while writing songs with an optimistic melancholy quality that is unusual and alluring. Comparisons to Shawn Colvin have run rampant over the years, due to Kim’s cleverly twisting lyrical phrases and beats. Kim’s most recent album, Edgeland, featured cameos from Robyn Hitchcock and Chuck Prophet. After a sold out event in 2018, we are delighted to see Kim return to the Woodside!
Friday November 15/Saturday 16 November James Grant
In November 2018, James Grant played two truly memorable shows at our hotel.
The demand for James to return has been overwhelming.
We are delighted James has agreed to play again and these shows are not to be missed!
Tickets are £20 (standard), £35 with reserved seating and two course meal from the hotel, 01383 860328 or online.
The Saturday 16 November show is sold out.
Monday 9 December China Crisis RETROSPECTIVE
Eddie Lundon and Gary Daly are the founder members of the band which started in Kirkby, Merseyside back in 1979. China Crisis found major success in the UK with five Top 40 singles, ten Top 50 singles and three Top 40 albums and hits across Australia, Europe and the Americas. The band are known for their string of hit singles, including African & White, Christian, Working with Fire and Steel, Black Man Ray and Wishful Thinking, The RETROspective tour will see the band performing these classics alongside songs from all of their seven studio albums.
The Woodside Hotel is a terrific new intimate music venue in a beautiful village. Acoustically spot on and catering for discerning music lovers and artists, this is a venue you MUST visit and play. The staff were wonderfully attentive.
Bobby MotherwellManaging Director Innovent Scotland