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Welcome to St Boswells Live!

Saturday 17th December, 2016


A gypsy jazz band based in Edinburgh, Viper Swing effortlessly evokes images of 1920’s, 30’s and 40’s Paris with their fiery gypsy guitars, high-flying violin melodies, gravelly vocals and infectious rhythmic bass. Their repertoire includes works by the legendary guitarist Django Reinhardt, tunes from the Great American Songbook, other swing-era hits and modern songs with a twist.

The Band

Founding member David Midas has been a professional musician for over 25 years. He has worked in London as a session musician with many world-class artists and has performed in major venues and festivals across the UK and Europe. He now lives in Edinburgh and enjoys a busy portfolio career comprising performing and teaching.

Before settling in Edinburgh, American violinist Dirk Ronneburg was a founding member of the ShoeSwing Stringers in Berlin. In addition to Viper Swing, he is the resident fiddler in the genre-bending Cera Impala & the New Prohibition and also performs with the award-winning Southern Tenant Folk Union.

Originally from the Island of Mull, guitarist Ross Baird has been living and playing music in Edinburgh for the last 10 years. His influences are varied: in addition to gypsy swing, Ross has played in folk groups, jazz/funk bands and electronica bands. While studying music at Napier University, Ross was introduced to jazz which inevitably led him to the music of Django Reinhardt.

2014 saw double bassist Matt Curtis join Viper Swing. Originally from the South West of England, Matt has spent most of his life in Central Scotland. He took up playing double bass in 2005 after playing guitar for many years and has since played bass with many of Scotland’s top Roots and Americana bands, playing shows from as far as Moscow to Las Vegas.

Two of the band’s members sat in at a memorable St Boswells Live! jazz show when half of the Alex Yellowlees Band went sick, and the result was truly memorable. The whole band together promises to give a performance equally, if not even more exciting.

Doors open at 7.30pm with a complimentary mince pie, and we’re keeping it festive on the stage. Please feel free to wear something appropriate and light yourself up!

TICKETS AVAILABLE FROM THE MUSICGLUE WEBSITE (link)  or from St Boswells Post Office, priced £10 (£6 under 18s)

Also available on the door priced £12 (£8).

Sunday 22nd January, 2017


martincarthy1_web For more than 40 years Martin Carthy has been one of folk music’s greatest innovators, one of its best loved, most enthusiastic and, at times, most quietly controversial of figures. His skill, stage presence and natural charm have won him many admirers, not only from within the folk scene, but also far beyond it.

Arguably the greatest English folk song performer, writer, collector and editor of them all – Q Magazine

Trailblazing musical partnerships with, amongst others, Steeleye Span, Dave Swarbrick and his award-winning wife (Norma Waterson) and daughter Eliza Carthy have resulted in more than 40 albums, but Martin has only recorded 10 solo albums, of which the much anticipated Waiting for Angels (Topic TSCD527) was the latest. Whether in the folk clubs (which he continues to champion), on the concert stage or making TV appearances (he was the subject of the acclaimed ‘Originals’ music documentary strand on BBC 2) – there are few roles that Martin Carthy hasn’t played.

Carthy is a master of the ballad of substance, songs that tell stories, whether they are traditional, his own or from contemporary writers – The Telegraph

He’s a ballad singer, a ground-breaking acoustic and electric-guitarist and an authoritative interpreter of newly composed material. He always prefers to follow an insatiable musical curiosity rather than cash in on his unrivalled position. Perhaps, most significant of all, are his settings of traditional songs with guitar, which have influenced a generation of artists, including Bob Dylan and Paul Simon, on both sides of the Atlantic.

Doors open at 7.30pm with the music starting at 8pm. Don’t forget, this is a Sunday performance.

TICKETS AVAILABLE FROM THE MUSICGLUE WEBSITE (link)  priced just £12 (£8 under 18s)

Also available on the door priced £14 (£10).

Friday 24th March, 2017




With their fresh approach to blues rock music, Wille and the Bandits have been assertively carving a place for themselves in Europe’s music scene, developing a reputation as one of the best live acts around and capturing the imagination and interest of music lovers right across the globe.

“One of the best Live acts in the country” Daily Telegraph

The band were listed in the top ten must see bands at Glastonbury 2014 by BBC Radio 1 and were personally invited to perform on the German TV show Rockpalast; a musical institution of global import. In 2016, Wille & The Bandits played a stunning show at St Boswells Live! since when we have been inundated with requests to bring them back.

Essentially, Wille and the Bandits is a classic blues rock three piece, much in the vein of Cream or The Jimi Hendrix Experience and like these bands is pushing at the boundaries of their genre. Wille and the Bandits take their sound way beyond what is expected of such a traditional line up.

The band combines three talented and committed musicians who come from very different musical backgrounds. Wille’s exquisite slide guitar playing and powerful vocals are given perfect momentum with Andy’s innovative drumming, while virtuoso Matt, with his 6 string bass and double bass, adds a class and polish rarely seen in a Rock act. The great musicianship with infectious songs has inspired praise from Rock legends such as Ian Paice, Joe Bonamassa and Francis Rossi.

“Wille is a suberb slide player, I love what these guys are doing” Joe Bonamassa

“Love the soul in their music” Bob Harris

Throughout a performance the band can be seen playing a range of instruments, sometimes simultaneously, sometimes switching between various guitars, basses and percussion within the same song, giving the audience a complete performance which has seen the popularity of Wille and the Bandits grow at an exceptional rate.

Don’t forget, this is a Friday performance.