Quite a few concerts coming up with Savourna:
Thurs 2nd May – Tradfest at the Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh
Thurs 9th May – An Tobar, Tobermory, Isle of Mull
Fri 10th May – The Library, Isle of Iona
Fri 24th May – Blue Lamp, Aberdeen
Sat 22nd June – Solas Festival, Errol Park (nr.Perth)
Suns 11th & 18th August – Acoustic Music Centre, Edinburgh Fringe
Somehow my club has reached its 100th edition! Five great acts I’ve been priveleged to put on several times will be playing on Thursday 28th February 2019.
Had an excellent weekend up North with Liz Lochhead. Great reception for our show at St.Margaret’s in Braemar, and at Kinloss Church Hall for the Findhorn Bay Festival. Beautiful scenery as well!
Thanks to St.Margaret’s for the photo – video or two coming soon…
CD out now – “The Light Comes Back”, Liz Lochhead with the Hazey Janes and myself, recorded in Tobermory last December by Gordon Maclean.
My old friend Stewart Hanratty is gravely ill with cancer. We put on a gig for him on Sunday 3 March at the Jazz Bar, Chambers Street, Edinburgh, featuring John Sampson; Freddie King & Lachlan McColl; Lorna Brooks; Dave Anderson, Sarah McCardie & John McGlynn; Martin Morrey; Mary May, Ray Leonard & Phil Craig; Terminal Bliss; Elaine C. Smith & Robert Pettigrew; Odd Times; Christine Kydd; the Kings of Cheeze and the Great Shakes Allstars. The centrepiece was a set of three of Stewart’s songs, beautifully arranged by pianist Robert Pettigrew. The band for these consisted of Freddie King (vocal), Robert Pettigrew (piano & vocal), John Sampson (trumpet), Steve Kettley (tenor sax), Duncan Black (accordion), Allan Knox (double bass) and Rick Bamford (drums). The venue was packed with Stewart’s friends and family. The man himself had a great time, and got up to dance to the salsa sounds at the interval, and to his own tune as played by the Great Shakes Allstars at the end. A great day for a great man, musician and friend.
I played in probably one of the best concerts of my career at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall on Mon.28th January, “All Will Be Well” – celebrating the life and music of my friend, the wonderful singer and songwriter Michael Marra, who tragically left us in October last year. An excellent house band; Alice & Matthew Marra’s group The Hazey Janes; many singers, including Eddie Reader, Kris Drever, Dougie McLean, Sylvia Rae Tracey, Rod Paterson; a poem from Liz Lochhead; all put together by Rab Noakes, and before a sell-out crowd. It will take us all a while to realise how much Michael gave us, and how much we have lost.
Kenny Fraser, Michael Marra, Dick Lee, Steve Kettley, Calum Kettley – Craignure 2007.