Danny Kyle Open Stage Fri 24th Jan 2020 5-7pm
Malachy Arnold & Cardie
Malachy Arnold / Breanna Wilson / Roy Stark / Sophie Joint
Siar is an innovative music group that hails from the west of Ireland and Scotland. The group, originating in County Mayo is made up from 2 well known young Glasgow musician joined by 4 talents from Achill island in Mayo. They most recently played at Achill International Harp Festival 2019, joined by the likes of Ross Ainslie and Catriona Mackay. Also competing as part of a larger group collaboration in April at the final of the coveted national competition Siansa Gael Linn. They secured 3rd place due to their unique mix of newly composed material combined with traditional pieces, arranged in a contemporary style. They utilise a blend of traditional and non-traditional instruments to deliver their expressive sound, namely Harp, of which there is a strong tradition on Achill Island, and the low whistle as well as various traditional instruments. The group formed through many years of playing and performing together at the various fleadhs, music festivals and charity events.
Is a Glasgow born Singer Songwriter with over 30 years experience playing his music all over the world. Michael has played in the UK, USA and Brazil and recently returned from playing in New York, Nashville and at The Pensacola Beach Songwriters festival. His album Cross Country was nominated for album of the year by UK Country Music Radio and one of the singles (Coming Home) from his new album Missing Person sat at number one for six consecutive weeks in the British/Irish Hotdisc Top Ten. Michael’s songs are like short individual movies that take the listener right there to that place and time. If you like, Steve Earle, Jackson Browne, The Eagles and Bruce Springsteen unplugged, then you will love Michael’s music.
Robbie Hutton / Jim Chadwin / Declan Corcoran / Iain McCreath
Robbie Hutton has been playing in bands since he was 11 years old, but it was only on hearing The View at 16 he realised there was nothing else he wanted to do with his life. Eight years later, the singer/songwriter from Stirling is doing just that, both as a solo performer and with his band.Taking inspiration from artists as diverse as Jackson Browne, The Script, Vance Joy and Kodaline, as well as a more recent diversion into the country sound of Keith Urban, The Zac Brown Band and Luke Combs, Robbie has crafted a sound that’s more than the sum of its parts, it’s a sound that’s all his own.
Catherine Rudie & The Kisses
Catherine Rudie / Chris Brambley / Barbara Bartz
Originally a traditional Gaelic singer and bagpipe player from Sutherland in the North Coast of Scotland, singer-songwriter Catherine Rudie now lives and works between London & Glasgow. She is a past recipient of the Scottish Burns Award for songwriting and was named by BBC Radio 3’s Late Junction as ‘One to Watch’ for 2019. Her debut album ‘The Möbius Kiss’, released in late 2019 (distributed by Hudson Records), received wide-spread critical acclaim with Jude Rogers of the Guardian describing it as ‘A fascinating debut’ and BBC 6 Music’s Tom Robinson declaring it was ‘A message for our times’. It has received extensive radio play including Steve Lamacq on 6MUSIC, The Roddy Hart Show, BBC Scotland; The Late Junction, BBC Radio 3; and The Tom Robinson Show, 6MUSIC. Catherine was recently interviewed by Janyce Forsyth for the Afternoon Show on BBC Radio Scotland. ‘The Kisses’ consists of the much sought after violinist and vocalist Barbara Bartz, who plays with many well known London based musicians (including Ben Walker and Dana Immanuel) and Chris Brambley – a virtuoso guitarist and keyboardist. slot to fit with other music commitments but could swap things round if necessary – or alternatively I could play solo – would really love to play so would make it work!
The Blue Moon Travellers
Sheila McWhitter / Jim Bowers
The Blue Moon Travellers, are a duo comprising Edinburgh and Oban based Singer/Songwriter duo, Jim Bowers and Sheila McWhirter. Experienced and seasoned performers, having performed in a variety of line-ups and genres over the years, they have been described as having “spine tingling vocals, outstanding guitar arrangements and mellow sounds”. Warm, emotional and honest vocals and sensitive guitar accompaniment, coupled with first class song-writing, make for an entrancing combination. Sheila and Jim are top class musicians who bring a great combination of humanity, humour and emotional engagement to provide, quite simply, quality, acoustic music. Into the Blue is their first album and consists of a lyrical musical journey with themes of love, loss, longing and travelling – or “Life in Eleven songs”. These original compositions draw from Folk, Jazz, and Contemporary New Acoustic musical styles.