Saturday April 20 Rab Noakes

2019 sees Rab Noakes’s lifetime in music’n’song flourish as he continues to tour and record. In 2017 he marked 50 years of professional performance and released an album, the celebratory ‘Welcome to Anniversaryville’. In recent years he has been receiving awards such as a Nordoff-Robbins Tartan Clef for Contribution to Music and a Hands up for Trad award for Services to Performance. Rab had a presence in the 2018 ‘Rip it Up exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland and this year he is delighted to have been included in the Fife Free Press 40 Fifers of 2018.

Recent highlights in his professional life include the production of high-profile commemorative concerts for long-time friends Gerry Rafferty and Michael Marra. Most of 2019’s shows will be in collaboration, in a number of duo outings. The collaborators include Barbara Dickson, Allan Taylor, Jill Jackson, Rod Clements, Kathleen MacInnes and Brooks Williams.

Here, in Aberdour, Rab will be performing solo with a rich mixture of songs, old and new, and Rab’s signature, entertainingly illustrative anecdotes.

Standard tickets are £10. Premium with 2 course pre-gig meal and reserved seating, £25.

Thursday 25 April (SOLD OUT) and Friday 26 April Karen Matheson

Karen, without a doubt, is one of the finest singers Scotland has ever produced. We all recall her stunning rendition of ‘Ae fond kiss’ stole the show at the closing ceremony of the Commonwealth games in Glasgow, to a televised audience of over a billion people. Karen’s band, Capercaillie, have sold over a million albums and almost singlehandedly transformed the image and the sound of traditional Scottish music. 

As a solo performer, Karen has been involved in various projects of collaboration worldwide including the award winning BBC series Transatlantic Sessions, where over the last decade she has filmed tracks with artists like James Taylor, Emmylou Harris, The McGarrigle Sisters, Nanci Griffith, and a host of respected Scottish musicians.

She has released four acclaimed solo albums. 2015’s Urram, is a musical love letter to her families’ Hebridean roots, with a collection of timeless Gaelic songs that evoke the character and atmosphere of Island life, through work songs, love songs, lullabies, mouth music and evocative poems to the surroundings. For The Dreaming Sea (1996) & Time to Fall (2002) many of the songs were written by acclaimed singer-songwriter James Grant (a good friend of The Woodside!) and feature James on guitars along with the Scottish Ensemble on strings. On Downriver (2004) she worked with Ireland’s legendary producer Donal Lunny to create an award winning acoustic album, which provided the perfect platform for her mesmerizing vocals.

 “Karen Matheson has a throat that is surely touched by God’’.  Sean Connery.

Monday 29 April Hannah Aldridge

Born in Muscle Shoals, the daughter of Alabama/Nashville Hall of Fame writer Walt Aldridge, Hannah is a chip off the old block in terms of talent but is very much her own woman, as a recording artist and electrifying live performer. 

In her songs she’s facing down demons of a life once lived, from substance abuse to failed relationships and scars from the lashes of the bible belt.

Dark, maybe, but irresistibly engaging.

Hannah is steadily making a name for herself, through extensive touring in UK (including a sold out show at Southern Fried festival), Europe and Australia, as well as in USA.

Her second album Gold Rush was released in 2017 to a slew of enthusiastic rave 5 star reviews. For her 2019 tour, to promote her new live CD, she’s delighted to be joined by The Goat Roper Rodeo Band. 

With just an upright bass, two old guitars and a bucketful of aching harmony, The Goat Roper Rodeo Band are preaching ‘Country Blues’ like you never heard… It’s up, it’s down, it’s soft and loud, it’s dark and lonesome too.

There’s a hint of Gram, a sniff of Dylan and a twist of Waylon’s blues.

Riveting… spinetingling performance…  No Depression

Could fill a room with her own electricity… Daily Record

A veritable star in the making… a future Queen of Southern Gothic… Americana UK

Tickets £10 standard, £25 premium with 2 course meal and reserved seating.

Thuesday June 11 (SOLD OUT) and Thursday June 13 Glenn Tilbrook

Front man with the legendary Squeeze, a solo show from Glenn Tilbrook, one of the UK’s finest songwriters, in a small intimate venue is an evening to be treasured. Glenn will play his classic Squeeze songs plus his own solo material and, who knows what else he will cover?

Glenn has always had social consciousness rooted deeply within his musical performance. He changed the lyrics to a song live on the Andrew Marr show (which featured then Prime Minister David Cameron as guest) to: “there are some here who are hellbent, on the destruction of the welfare state.” Songs from ‘The Knowledge’ such as ‘A&E’ and ‘Rough Ride’ also tackle social inequality in the UK.

Glenn’s show will be promoting awareness and donations for The Trussell Trust, the charity that supports a network of foodbanks around the UK.  There will be a food drop point and collection boxes at the hotel and Glenn will also be donating all profits from his merchandise, including an exclusive 4 track EP, to the organisation. Food donated at the venues will be collected and distributed to the nearest Trussell Trust foodbank. 

Glenn says “it is shameful that in the 21st century there are people that can’t afford to put food on the table. Anyone, from any walk of life, can fall upon dire times, and I hope that by doing this tour it will remind people that there is a very real need. Most of us can do something to help – be it giving some food or a little money – and I hope people coming to the shows are inspired to donate.”


Foodbanks provide a minimum of three-days’ nutritionally balanced, non-perishable tinned and dried foods that have been donated by the local community.  A list of items in a typical food parcel are: cereal, soup, pasta, rice, tinned tomatoes/pasta sauce, lentils, beans and pulses, tinned meat, tinned vegetables, tea/coffee, tinned fruit, biscuits, UHT milk and fruit juice. If possible, audience members are asked to check with local foodbanks to see what supplies are currently needed.


“It’s a relaxed, good-natured 90 minutes. Tackling Fleetwood Mac’s Oh Well and his own Chat Line Larry, Tilbrook reinvents himself as a South London bluesman, reeling off a series of dazzling licks. Deft, soulful renditions of Tempted and Black Coffee in Bed prowl the same waterfront. Following a spirited tear through Bacharach & David’s Always Something There To Remind Me, Tilbrook invites a guitar-playing super-fan to join him on stage for Another Nail In My Heart and Take Me, I’m Yours. The pair of them have a blast. They’re not the only ones.”

Graeme Thomson, The Herald

Glenn will be supported by Charlie Austen. Charlie caught the attention of cult blues legends Nine Below Zero and was asked to feature vocally on their critically-acclaimed album 13 Shades of Blue. Charlie has since flourished into the barefoot-boogying, bright-smiling performer she was always meant to be. Tickets here.

Saturday June 22 (rescheduled) Blue Rose Code with Martha Healy

“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.

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.

Friday 13 September 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!

Tickets, £12 standard, £27 with reserved seating and 2 course meal from the hotel 01383 860328 or online

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.


The Woodside Hotel is the hub for many community groups.

We host

  • Spanish language class on a Tuesday evening
  • Women only dancing on a Wednesday evening
  • SingIt choir on a Thursday evening

There are regular live music events featuring both emerging and established artists, as well as popular tribute bands.

We hold author talks and gin tastings.

There is always something going on at The Woodside hotel.

See if there’s something which interests you.

“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 Motherwell, Managing Director, Innovent Scotland