Alphabetical listing of all AMC2019 shows
Fringe award-winning acoustic duo, The Boyds, perform their 55-minute show of all the best of The Fab Four. Expect to hear classic songs like Strawberry Fields, Let It Be, All You Need Is Love, Yesterday ... Plus, the genius of Lennon/McCartney with album tracks like Blackbird, Eight Days A Week, Drive My Car, She's Leaving Home. The Boyds signature sound of tight two-part harmonies coupled with percussive guitar make their creative interpretations a joy to listen to in this great concert.
Fringe/AMC sell-out award winning duo, The Boyds (Fringe laurels 2016, 2017 and 2018) present their terrific, brand new show -Acoustic Bowie. The duo perform the fantastic songs of 'The Duke' in a 50-minute show. Well crafted, stripped back versions of the songs that are regarded as timeless classics. Sweet, tight two-part harmonies weaving with percussive guitar make this show a must see! Performing totally live (no backing tracks) with one guitar and two voices. Expect to hear Space Oddity, Starman, Life on Mars, Let's Dance, Rebel Rebel and many more...
Fringe award-winning duo The Boyds re-present their 2018 Edinburgh Festival Fringe premiere show, Acoustic Eagles. Emulating the sound of the iconic early Eagles' songs, these stripped back interpretations with sweet-n-tight two-part harmonies, coupled with percussive guitar, bring a fresh, inspired edge to these wonderful songs. One guitar, two voices, totally live, performing: Take It Easy, Peaceful Easy Feeling, Desperado, New Kid In Town, Lyin' Eyes .. Worth noting that in 2006/2007 Gus Boyd played as bassist/singer in 2006/2007 with Eagles lead guitarist Don Felder, creator of Hotel California. Only one performance tonight - definitely not to be missed!
Returning after three very successful years at Edinburgh Fringe/AMC -sell-out award winners in 2016, 2017, 2018 (Fringe laurels)- The Boyds premiere their new show, Acoustic Queen, perhaps their most audacious project of the six acoustic shows in their touring portfolio. Expect to hear their signature sound of sweet, tight two-part harmonies with vibrant guitar work creating a unique soundscape. Regarded as the UK's, 'Must see acoustic show exponents' (AMC), just turn up, tune in, sit back and enjoy their creative arrangements and passionate delivery of Killer Queen, Radio GaGa, We Are The Champions, Bohemian Rhapsody plus many more.
Alex Yellowlees Hot Club Quartet
Sold out AMC2017, 2018! Alex - the Scottish modern day Stephane Grappelli on violin - and virtuoso guitarists Ged Brockie and Mike Nisbet plus legendary double bassist Kenny Ellis, perform truly intoxicating and inspirational Hot Club swing jazz laced with Latin rhythms and some Celtic gypsy flair! "Brilliant, don't miss them! Outstanding jazz musicianship" (Turin International Jazz Festival). "They will swing you into good health!" (BBC Radio 3). "Alex Yellowlees is little short of masterful. His tone and phrasing are out of the top drawer. Simply a must-see, come and hear them for yourself!" (Scotsman)
André Krengel Solo: Human Steps
André, from Germany, is a "traveller between cultures" because his virtuousity allows him to move amongst styles and cultures without sacrificing identity or style. From an eclectic mix of jazz, swing, flamenco, blues, pop and funk and Latin American influences, André blends a wonderfully harmonious whole. His repertoire ranges across original compositions and surprising adaptations of well-known pieces with improvisations. André Krengel is an award-winning guitar player with an international touring history, whose virtuosity and versatility, together with his musical sense of dynamics and soft sounds, creates guitar wizard with magic hands.
"One of Britain's finest song interpreters" (Sing Out). "...seems like Archie invented Scottish folk" (Boston Globe). From a singing Scots family (sisters Ray and Cilla were both professional singers) and known for superbly judged guitar accompaniments, Archie has long been a most highly regarded and respected Scottish folk-singer. He was inducted into the Scots Traditional Music Hall of Fame (2006) and received an MBE for services to traditional music (2007). Along with a stellar international performing career spanning five decades, for 27 years Archie presented BBC Radio Scotland's award-winning programme, "Travelling Folk".
Arthur and The Scattered Notes
Local songwriter Arthur Wilson will be joined by members of his band The Scattered Notes to perform songs from their continually expanding repertoire. Arthur's latest album The Past on Wings, covers a range of topics and styles. Based in Prestonpans, Arthur has been gigging for many years and is now focused on writing and recording songs for himself and others. His high tenor voice has been compared to Roy Orbison and his songs are now starting to feature on Spotify and Apple Music playlist.
Celebrating 50 years since the formation of Rankin File in 1969 two members of the band Tony Mitchell and Rick Nickerson are joined by the amazing voices of grandmother (Maureen Brack) and granddaughter (Amy Baillie) as Brack'n'File performing old and new songs from Scottish/Canadian singer songwriter Iain Rankin. Songs such as Call on Me, Mr Sax and Sense of Kind which were also covered in the 1970's by Rab Noakes, Barbara Dickson and The McCalmans and were sung and performed throughout Scotland in clubs and pubs. Also featuring Edinburgh fiddler Sarah Brown.
Jigs, reels, airs, beautiful Scottish songs from the Scots tradition by three of Scotland's finest musicians. BrÒg features legendary piper Gary West on pipes, whistles, vocals, guitar; virtuoso fiddler Greg Borland on fiddle and bass; the sensational Sandy Brechin on accordion. Gary currently plays with the famous Atholl Highlanders, is presenter of BBC Radio Scotland's 'Pipeline' and Professor of Scottish Ethnology at Edinburgh University, ex-Ceolbeg, Caledon, Clan Alba. Greg Borland plays with Other Roads, Burach, ex-Caledon, Kathryn Tickell Band. Sandy Brechin plays with The Jimi Shandrix Experience, The Sandy Brechin Band, Burach, ex-Seelyhoo and a host of other bands.
Claude Bourbon: Medieval and Spanish blues
"Bourbon weaved his songs through the audience as if on a journey through life taking in different flavours of Europe and beyond. His Spanish medieval blues evolved into Gypsy, Eastern European, with a splash of Paco de Lucia, Delta Blues and more, holding audience attention under a musical spell. Not easy to begin to describe the breadth or mastery of the music you will hear, it is a sort of sensory experience like no other! Claude Bourbon is a unique figure today ...his playing is almost indescribable" (The Hook, Charlottesville, USA). http://www.claudebourbon.org
Clive Gregson returns to AMC displaying the songwriting craft that has impressed music industry giants, critics and discerning listeners alike. From 1980s indie-pop to folk-rock, from all electric to solo acoustic to world-renowned singer, musician, record producer. Clive has featured on countless albums, had songs recorded by a variety of stars, toured with stellar musical line-ups and is included in Guitar Player's "1000 great guitarists". All the way from Manchester via Texas, USA to Edinburgh - a rare chance to hear Clive tonight. Always a special treat when Clive Gregson takes to the stage, ".a class act" (Sheffield Telegraph).
George Duff and Kevin Macleod
Top Scots traditional singer/guitarist George Duff performs songs featuring classics by Robert Burns, songs from the coalmining industry and Scottish and Irish traditional songs and music. Accompanied by Kevin Macleod, one of Scotland's finest musicians on mandolin, bouzouki and resonator tenor guitar, they will also perform sets of traditional tunes from Scotland and beyond. Only Fringe performance so not to be missed! Sold out in 2018. Nominated as Scots Singer of the Year 2018. "One of the most soulful of Scots voices" (Karine Polwart). "One of the Scottish scene's best rounded performers" (Kris Drever)
George Machray (singer/songwriter) - Singing Off Quay
George is a fine and recognised singer/songwriter from the old fishing and mining village of Port Seton in East Lothian. He writes about what he knows about- the people and places found along the Firth of Forth coastline. Their themes meander from the humorous to the serious, from the ridiculous to the romantic. George is three-times winner at the Glenfarg Folk Club Song Contest and has been the audience vote winner twice in the annual Edinburgh Folk Club Song Competition. He has opened for artists such as Adam McNaughtan, Isla St Clair and Barluath.
Edinburgh's very own Harry Cullen returns to the Acoustic Music Centre after his great sell-out show there last year. Harry's new repertoire of favourite songs old and new with which he will explore both traditional and contemporary songs will delight all. Since last year, Harry's been entertaining audiences at local folk clubs and venues and will be making a special appearance in "The Singing Days', for a nostalgic look at the singing sessions of the 1960s and 1970s, on Monday 12 August in Edinburgh's Queen's Hall.
Ronnie Miller, Maggie Dewar & Helen Ross
Having performed recently to rave reviews at venues around the country, there is a definite buzz around this trio of outstanding musicians -Hoolet. Guitarist Ronnie is a seasoned journeyman, singer Maggie is deeply rooted in traditional folk music, Helen is a classically trained violinist but with the beating heart of a fiddler. Three disparate strands that, when woven together, create music that is uplifting, exhilarating and often deeply moving. Featuring a blend of traditional folk songs, classically influenced pieces and Ronnie's stunning originals this promises to be one of the highlights of the Fringe. Don't miss out. Book early.
Kaivan Saraei and Jenny Clifford
Sell-outs at AMC in 2017 and 2018 bring InAbsence back again with another all-acoustic set of fan favourites and new tracks making their debut exclusively for this show. This talented local trio effortlessly blend haunting vocal harmonies over their unique fingerpicking style on twin acoustic guitars with the double-bass lurking moodily in the background. Each track will take you on an evocative, maybe melancholic, journey laced with elements of progressive rock and folk influences. One night only! Catch them now and yet again wonder at what other hidden talents, waiting to step forwards, hide in Edinburgh's musical undergrowth.
Iona Fyfe: Songs of the North East
Join the MG ALBA Scots Singer of the Year (2018) for an intimate performance of Scots Songs of the North East. With AMC sell-outs in 2017 and 2018 Iona is one of Scotland's foremost young folksingers, rooted deeply in the traditions of her native Aberdeenshire. At age 21 years Iona launched her debut album, Away From My Window, to a sell-out audience at Celtic Connections, followed by a new EP, Dark Turn of Mind: "a new interpretation to the country genre" (Maverick). "One of the best that Scotland has to offer" (Global-Music.de). https://ionafyfe.com/
Luna Blu are a contemporary vocal trio based in the North -East of England. After meeting at university studying Contemporary and Popular Music, Frankie, Megan and Ada decided that they wanted to form a band that shared their passion for vocal harmony. Their individual music tastes come together to create a varied performance with different genres including folk, jazz, soul and pop. Their Fringe/AMC debut centres around an exploration of three-part harmony and their unique vocal blend through both existing songs and original material. Come along and immerse yourself in an eclectic and beautifully harmonised musical experience.
AMC sell-out 2011 to 2014 (inc)! Winnner -"Best Act" Mettman Blues Week 2008 (Germany). Unashamedly good rockin' 12-bar blues on 6/12-string guitars (accurately picked at eye-watering speed), mouth-harps (Mike just packs 'em with great music and blows it at you), and a wee tottie drum-kit. Hear his show-stopping vocal percussion; a veritable tour de force. Mike sings, plays drums, writes songs, plus seems to have boundless energy - that's what it's all about: energy! The most dynamic one-man blues band around the Forth delta. There's one guy on-stage, but close your eyes ...it's Mike Whellans Band!
Music From The Heart
Andrew Leslie and Stephen Roberts
Music from the Heart with Andrew Leslie and Stephen Roberts is a concert for lovers of acoustic music featuring compositions by Andrew Leslie played on acoustic guitars and double bass. The instrumentals feature cinematic and romantic themes played in various styles with influences ranging from Klezmer through classical and folk to blues. The songs have lyrics drawn from the key of life.
7 Aug 20:30 (1:00) £7.00
BOX OFFICE: AMC / FRINGE
North Sea Gas: In Concert
After last year's sell out shows Scotland's foremost folk entertainers are back. With a new album (due to be released in July 2019) and a new show, they will entertain you with guitar banjo, bouzouki and more. Their show will consist of songs from their new album and a few of the old favourites. Great songs, great craic. Come along and enjoy!
Pernille & Stephen Quigg
Stephen Quigg, a long established folksinger and former member of the legendary band, The McCalmans and Pernille Quigg, originally from Denmark, a folksinger and songwriter. The combination of the two voices in close harmony in songs whether traditional or contemporary interspersed with anecdotes and a touch of humour has received much praise from both audiences and organisers. A concert with The Quiggs is a chance to hear folksong in its simple, yet highly expressive form, including beautiful harmonies and songs that seek the audience's participation.
Savourna Stevenson and Steve Kettley
Clarsach virtuoso Savourna joins forces with her old friend saxophonist Steve to showcase her compositions. Dynamic blends of haunting melodies, pulsating rhythms and stirring improvisations: daring yet accessible. Savourna is known for breaking stylistic barriers between musical genres while maintaining her Scottish roots. She has collaborated with performers such as Aly Bain, Eddi Reader and Toumani Diabate and is acclaimed for her recent orchestral and choral works. Steve leads several groups playing his original music, has composed extensively for the theatre and also performs regularly with former Scottish national poet Liz Lochhead.
Steve Tilston & Jez Lowe
Two of the UK Acoustic/Folk scene's finest songwriters join forces for a concert filled with songs and music, chat and banter and intimate insights into their approach to their craft. Head to head, neck and neck (guitar necks, that is!) listen in as they rekindle the spontaneity of their late-night living-room song swaps. Questions, answers, anecdotes and anarchy. and a very special evening of music. "These two well-travelled veterans of the folk music scene have still got a great deal to say and can still say it with style" (Ukfolkradio.co.uk).
21 Aug 20:30 (1:00) £12.00 (£10.00)
BOX OFFICE: AMC / FRINGE
YOUTUBE: The Janus Game
FACEBOOK: Steve Tilston :: Jez Lowe
Dear diary, definitely going to this!! Acclaimed, award-winning musical geniuses who are old friends and two of the best musicians of their generation come together for this rare demonstration of their combined talents. Tim (guitar, melodeon), " ...is brilliant -in every which way. As a guitarist he has few peers. As a box player he's a magician. As a character he's off the scale" (Colin Irwin, fRoots). Ross, one of Scotland's finest traditional musicians and composers (pipes, whistles, cittern) is an acclaimed soloist and prolific collaborator performing regularly with Treacherous Orchestra, Salsa Celtica, Dougie Maclean.
19 and 20 Aug 19:00 (1:00) £12.00 (£10.00)
BOX OFFICE: AMC / FRINGE
Traditional Music with a Modern Twist
GWC Trad Band with Guests
GWC Trad Band is a nine-piece band playing Scottish and traditional music with a vibrant, modern twist. They will perform a range of different tunes old and new - airs, reels and jigs - including Friday the 13th (Adam Sutherland) and Chasing Daylight (Gary Innes). As well as an exciting set from our piper, the band will also accompany guest singers who will be singing Scottish songs such as Caledonia. The band features traditional instruments - accordion, fiddle, whistle and bagpipes - and a rhythm section with bass, acoustic guitar, drumkit and piano.
Brian Miller and Ian Young
Brian Miller and Ian Young return to AMC with a brand new version of Wayfarin' Strangers featuring folk songs that tell a great story. Expect dazzling guitar, banjo and mandolin playing and bring your own voice to add to the fun. Brian and Ian have separately recorded with The Laggan, The Occasionals, The Singing Kettle, The Ian Davison Group and Na H'eilthireach and both have performed at Celtic Connections. They met at school in Rutherglen in the renowned Ballads Club. Last year's show won a coveted Fringe laurel for selling-out, so get your tickets early for this one!