Saturday 9 February Steve Forbert

More than four decades have passed since Steve Forbert made his way to New York City from his Meridian, Mississippi birthplace in quest of a career in music.

He found blazing success early on with a string of critically acclaimed albums including Alive on Arrival (1978), Jackrabbit Slim (1979), and Little Stevie Orbit (1980).

His career has had its share of triumphs as well as stumbles and disappointments as did his private life.

Through it all, over the course of a marriage, divorce, raising three children, writing and recording 18 studio albums and fronting an ever changing line-up of supporting musicians, he has persevered and stayed true to his roots and the folk ethos.

Now, those life-changing experiences have been chronicled by Forbert in Big City Cat: My Life In Folk Rock, co-written with Therese Boyd, which was released on September 14 by PFP Publishing.

Sharing reflections and journals he kept at the time, Forbert weaves an absorbing narrative that fully addresses the trials, travails and triumphs that would eventually play out over the course of his prolific 40+ year career.

The book is accompanied by its own soundtrack, an evocative new Steve Forbert album entitled The Magic Tree.

Produced by Karl Derfler (Tom Waits, No Doubt, Two Gallants), it offers a series of songs gleaned from previously recorded acoustic demos, augmented with new backing tracks.

Consistently upbeat and optimistic, the album’s songs recorded in Meridian, Nashville, New York, and New Jersey and Virginia convey a firm sense that age ought not diminish a lust for living.

Big City Cat and The Magic Tree underscore what revered critic the late Paul Nelson wrote about Forbert in Rolling Stone almost 40 years ago: “..Nothing, nothing in this world, is going to stop Steve Forbert, and on that I’ll bet anything you’d care to wager.”

Tickets for Steve Forbert are on sale at the hotel, 01383 860328, £15.

Friday 22 February 2019 Rose Room

Rose Room

Rose Room.
Pic: Julie Howden

Scottish Jazz Award-winners Rose Room have become one of Scotland’s leading ensembles influenced by the
Gypsy Jazz genre. Sharing a love of Swing music and the style of the great Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli, their “vigorous and vivacious” performances go “down a storm” with any audience as they serve up their 1930s ‘Hot Club’ standards, Gypsy Jazz favourites and self-penned originals with virtuosity, verve and panache recreating the excitement of Rive Gauche Paris.

Based in Glasgow, the quartet is fronted by award-winning violinist and “sophisticated songstress” Seonaid Aitken who was voted Scottish Jazz Awards ‘Best Vocalist’ in 2017 & 2018 and also plays with the Orchestra of Scottish Opera, the Tim Kliphuis Sextet and is presenter of BBC Radio Scotland’s ‘Jazz Nights’. Scotland’s No.1 guitar maker, Jimmy Moon of ‘Moon Guitars’, features on double bass with Celtic Connections’ Danny Kyle Award-winners ‘Swing Guitars’ Tam Gallagher and Tom Watson on rhythm and solo guitars respectively.

With three albums recorded to date – ‘The High Life’ (2015), ‘Am I Blue’ (2013) and ‘Somewhere In
Roseland’ (2011) – Rose Room have headlined at all of the major Scottish jazz festivals, appeared at the
celebrated Shetland Folk Festival, and toured Ireland performing at the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival. Their
collaboration with top Scottish saxophonist Konrad Wiszniewski and ‘string quartet to the stars’, the Capella String Quartet, led to the formation of ‘Rose Room Orchestra Fantastique’ – a 9-piece ensemble which celebrates the vintage sound of the 1930s.

Rose Room were delighted to have been voted ‘Best Band’ in the Scottish Jazz Awards 2018, having been finalists in the previous two Scottish Jazz Awards, and are frequently played on BBC Radio Ulster, BBC Radio Scotland’s ‘The Jazz House’ and Jazz FM. They have performed with world-famous virtuoso jazz guitarist Martin Taylor, German Gypsy Jazz star Joscho Stephan and they are involved in teaching and fundraising for The Clutha Trust charity. Two of Rose Room’s tracks are also featured on The Clutha Sessions charity CD.

“The hottest ticket in Scotland right now!”

“Classy, very accomplished”

“As close to the sound of the great Stephane Grappelli as I think you’re going to hear in Scotland”

Friday March 1 Food and Music

Friday March 8 An Evening for Whisky Lovers

Saturday March 9 Martin Stephenson

Saturday April 20 Rab Noakes

Saturday May 4 Blue Rose Code

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 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 from the hotel, 01383 860328 or online.

Friday show 

Saturday show

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

  • 02 01 18 MacBlondie

  • 08 03 18 Kenny Foster

  • 13 04 18 Hayley McKay

  • 21 04 18 Yvonne Lyon

  • 27 05 18 The Black Feathers

  • 15 06 18 Jessica Lynn

  • 16 06 18 Megan O’Neill

  • 23 06 18 Curtis Grimes

  • 10 11 18 Kim Richey & Ben Glover

  • 24 & 25 11 18 James Grant

  • 13 12 18 Fara

  • 09 02 19 Steve Forbert