DKOS Showcase of 2021 Danny’s on 21st Jan 2022
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.”
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.
17th Dec – The 13th Note – Single Launch
21st Jan 2022 – Danny Kyle Showcase – Exhibition Hall GRCH
25th Jan 2022 – St Lukes – with Christone ‘Kingfish’ Ingram
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 musical style and technique, drawing from the wealth and diversity of experience around them.
In 2020 during the Covid-19 lockdown, they were selected as winners of a category in “In Tune with Nature”, a competition run by Feis Rois and Scottish Natural Heritage. They remotely composed, recorded and filmed a new piece which celebrated the wildlife and landscape of the magical Taynish National Nature Reserve.
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)
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.
24th Feb Crail Folk Club – Tickets – Crail Town Hall
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.
Upcoming Gigs 2022
At Celtic Connections
Emma Jane – guitar & vocal (cajon and harmonica possible depending on set) Iain McKinnon – lead guitar backing vocal
21st Jan Danny Kyle Open Stage– GRCH Exhibition Hall 5pm +
21st Jan With Geraint Watkins – The Drygate 7:30
Inn on Loch Lomond
22nd jan, 4th feb, 12th March, 1st April, 5th Aug, 30th sept, 11th Nov,
Hug & Pint 10th March
Roswell – Zoё Wren & Jasmine Watkiss
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 in less than two years they would have won Purbeck Rising 2018, released their debut EP ‘Remedy’, which won the Fatea EP of the Year Award 2019, and sold out a headline show at the Green Note for the launch of their second EP.
The duo, who describe themselves as Indie Folk/Americana, have supported John Smith and Gilmore & Roberts, and played main stage shows at Purbeck Valley Folk Festival and Wimborne Minster Folk Festival.
They were also invited to Switzerland to play the Fête de la Musique Genève 2019. Roswell’s second EP ‘Come Home’, produced by Dan Wilde, was released in February 2020, with the tour including shows at The Stables in Milton Keynes, The Big Comfy Bookshop in Coventry and The Shelley Theatre in Bournemouth.