DKOS Showcase of 2021 Danny’s on 21st Jan 2022 On Line 5-7 on CMR
Blue Milk /Roo Geddes & Neil Sutcliffe /Mairi McGillivray /Janice Burns & Jon Doran /Emma Jane / Roswell – Zoё Wren & Jasmine Watkiss.
Jonny Mac – Guitars and Vocals / Luo S Glaister – Harmonica / Ike Malinki – Base Guitar- Backing Vocals / Taylor Whyte – Drums and Backing Vocals
Glasgow-based Blue Milk are a one-of-a-kind roots group harking back to traditional turn-of-the-century Delta Blues and 60’s – 70’s electric Blues Rock. Taking its name from the classic Captain Beefheart album Safe As Milk, Blue Milk are heavily influenced by the slide guitar style of Ry Cooder and inspired by Blues legends such as Muddy Waters, Junior Kimborough and Lightnin Hopkins to name a few.
The band deliver a brand of Blues which is entirely their own. The dynamic 4-piece boasts dirty, electric slide guitar and rousing melodies from Jonny McGiffen (guitar, vocals) the wailing howl of Leo S. Glaister’s harmonica, powerfully resonant undertones from Ike Malinki (bass guitar, backing vocals) and infectious grooves from Taylor Whyte (drums, backing vocals). Currently playing originals and old delta Blues covers in venues across Scotland- delivering deeply compelling Blues, charged with intense sincerity and relentless energy.
The band released their first Ep “Coal In The Fire,” in March 2020 and are releasing two new blues singles in November 2021 – “Street Rolling Man” & “Come Back Around.” Also released in Nov 2021 ‘Street Rollin Man’ their new single, and they will be releasing another single and an album in 2022
Blue Milk are modern bluesmen. Channelling the raw spirit of blues in its most authentic form, whilst simultaneously bringing a driven twist to the genre.
21st Jan 2022 – Danny Kyle Showcase Pre Record online on CMR on DKOS.co.uk
9- 12th June 2022 – Eden Festival
Roo Geddes & Neil Sutcliffe
Roo and Neil are a duo based in Glasgow, Scotland. Both have grown up surrounded by Scottish traditional music, and this is a strong part of their musical identity.
They combine their shared experience across Classical, Folk and Jazz to create original music for violin and accordion. Their compositions are inspired by landscape and people, and by how music can evoke a sense of place and community.
Both musicians are in their final year of the classical Performance degree at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Throughout their studies they have developed their
Roo Geddes and Neil Sutcliffe combine their shared experience across Classical, Folk and Jazz to create original music for violin and accordion. Based in Glasgow, their compositions are inspired by landscape and people and by the ways in which music can evoke a sense of place and community.
The pair first met as students of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland’s Juniors’ School, aged 13. They quickly formed a close friendship and began collaborating musically throughout their studies until graduating this year with Honours of the First Class.
In January 2022, the duo will release their debut album, “Home Lands” – showcasing original compositions inspired by the people and places that create a feeling of ‘home’. In 2020 during the first Covid-19 lockdown, one piece from this collection was selected a winner of Feis Rois’ “In Tune with Nature” competition. They remotely composed, recorded, and filmed a new piece which celebrated the wildlife and landscape of the magical Taynish National Nature Reserve. In January 2021, the duo was selected by the prestigious ‘Danny Kyle Award’ and will give their debut performance of their new music at next year’s Celtic Connections festival.
In addition to their original music, they also perform their arrangements of Scottish traditional music and song and function as a ceilidh band, performing at events across the UK. Furthermore, Roo and Neil have eclectic experiences as jazz musicians which deeply influence their work. Improvisation is a fundamental element in their composition process and is occasionally incorporated into their performances.
In the coming years Roo aims to pursue a Master’s Degree in Jazz in order to further develop this facet of his musicianship while Neil is focussing on establishing himself in the Scottish music scene as a collaborative performer and teacher, working on shows with storytellers, artists and dancers.
21st Jan 2022 – Danny Kyle Showcase
27th Jan 2022 – Celtic Connections – National Piping Centre 7:30 CANCELLED DUE TO COVID RESTRICTIONS as at 11th Jan 2022
Mairi McGillivray is a Gaelic singer from the island of Islay off the west coast of Scotland. Mairi comes from a strong gaelic background and uses her heritage along with her dynamic range of musical influences to put her own style on songs from her tradition, performing in gaelic and other traditional styles.
Mairi has performed at various venues across the UK and graduated from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in 2020 with a First Class Honours in Traditional Music. She also won a prestigious Danny Kyle Award in January 2021.
Mairi’s Debut EP, “In My Mind”, was released on the 15th of January 2021. The EP is formed of 4 tracks of different style including one self penned song “Sea of Men” along with traditional gaelic and scots pieces. She was joined on the EP by some of Scotlands best young musicians, Seán Gray (guitar), Isla Callister (fiddle), Charlie Stewart (double bass), Graham Rorie (mandolin) and Paul McKenna (backing vocals)
21st Jan 2022 – Danny Kyle Showcase
3rd Feb 2022 – Celtic Connections – The Mackintosh Church
Janice Burns & Jon Doran
Janice Burns & Jon Doran are an Anglo-Scottish duo who formed in 2017, after discovering a shared love of traditional music. They find their songs in archives that span the depths of our history; songs that, regardless of age, tell vivid stories about the nature of life, from the ethereal landscapes of ancient ballads to the urban rhythms of work songs. Their compelling storytelling comes alive through tight vocal harmonies and sensitive interplay between mandolin and bouzouki, with arrangements that balance intricacy with energy. Their dynamic performances are a celebration of their own musical and geographic backgrounds, embracing the differences that connect them.
The duo met whilst studying folk and traditional music at Newcastle University, spending one year at the University of South-East Norway together. These experiences allowed them to hone their craft whilst expanding their audiences further beyond the UK. After three years of working together and performing in notable venues such as Sage Gateshead and Folklub Newcastle, they decided to record their debut EP. It was released in September 2020 to overwhelmingly positive feedback.
Emma Jane has always been inspired by the melting pot that is country soul and blues. In December 2005, Emma Jane took to the stage for the first time, and since Multi-Award winning Americana singer/songwriter Emma Jane burst onto the Glasgow music scene In December 2005, since then Emma Jane’s unique blend of country, soul and blues along with her distinctive vocals she has won awards both locally and nationally for her song-writing talents and incredible voice. Emma singed a world-wide publishing deal with Speegra in 2013 and since then has also gained recognition in the USA & Europe as well as here in the UK.Emma has self released 7 self released titles as well as writing with and performing for others in the industry including Grammy award winning producer Kent wells. In 2021 Emma Jane was awarded a “Danny” at the Danny Kyle open stage and is currently writing for her new album which will be released, hopefully this year.
Upcoming Gigs 2022
Performing – Emma Jane – guitar & vocal (cajon and harmonica possible depending on set) Iain McKinnon – lead guitar backing vocal
9th Jan Inn on Loch Lomond – Also 22nd jan, 4th feb, 12th March, 1st April, 5th Aug, 30th sept, 11th Nov,
21st Jan Danny Kyle Open Stage – PRE RECORD ONLINE CMR
21th March – Hug & Pint
Roswell – Zoё Wren & Jasmine Watkiss
When harmony-obsessed multi-instrumentalists Zoё Wren and Jasmine Watkiss formed a duo after an impromptu Cambridgeshire gig in 2018, they didn’t think that within a year they’d have gone on to win Purbeck Rising and release their debut EP ‘Remedy’, which won the Fatea EP of the Year Award. The indie Americana duo have been compared to First Aid Kit and The Indigo Girls, and as well as main stage appearances at UK folk festivals, they have also been invited to play the Fête de la Musique Genève in Switzerland and Costa del Folk in Portugal. Roswell released their second EP ‘Come Home’, produced by Dan Wilde, in February 2020, with a tour including shows at Green Note, London, The Stables, Milton Keynes and The Shelley Theatre, Bournemouth.
21 Jan 2022- Danny Kyle Open Stage Pre Record `on ~Line with CMR
23 Jan 2022- Celtic Connections – CCA Glasgow
25 Jan 2022 – showcase at UK Americana Week
26 Feb 2022- Printers Playhouse, Eastbourne
4 March 2022 – Hadleigh Folk Club
12 March 2022- Bournemouth Folk Club