February 24, 2012 Show Information : Circus Envy and Torino

Doors open at 7.30pm with the music starting at 8pm. Please bring your own drinks and snacks.

Advance tickets are available from St Boswells Post Office or from the Border Events Box Office (subject to a £1.50 total booking fee).

Tickets are priced at £8, with under-16s at £4 and family tickets (2+3) at just £20.

St Boswells Live! tickets for the March 2012 show (Rachel & Lillias + Mooney & Keatinge) are available at the door at a 20% discount; this is the first place you will be able to buy them before they go on general sale.

This month’s show has been kindly sponsored by The Jedburgh Press.

Circus Envy + Torino on February 24th

The next St Boswells Live! show on Friday 24th February is a double-headliner featuring two very different bands, one from Hull and one from Galashiels.

Circus Envy are an alternative-folk band based in East Yorkshire. Featuring a line-up of primarily acoustic instruments, they add a traditional sensibility to their intricately crafted harmony-led modern songs with use of bouzouki, mandolin and cajon.

High profile performances alongside artists such as Jim Moray, Megson, Belshazzer’s Feast, Iain Matthews and Jackie Leven have cemented the band’s reputation as a live act.

The band’s 2011 album, “Secrets”, was released to critical acclaim, and received significant airplay, including from Mike Harding on BBC Radio 2 and resulted in Circus Envy being featured on the front cover of R2 Magazine. The year ended with a Christmas performance at the Ropery Hall, Barton-upon-Humber which sold out before Halloween.

Formed in 2010 Torino hail from the Scottish borders – mostly around the Galashiels area. Notable music highlights from The borders over recent years have included Frightened Rabbit and Dawn of the Replicants. There is either something in the water or the fact there there is practically nothing to do that does not involve sheep that means that Torino formed from a group of people who had been involved in music in the area for many years with many connections finally got their act together and decided to write some songs.

Torino blend many influences from pop culture ranging from song complexity similar to Karnivool to lilting melody lines that would be happy on a Radiohead album. Torino are happiest however when creating the “Torino” sound.

St Boswells Live! are delighted to be able to always bring something different, but always wonderful to their venue, and February guarantees to be a very special show.

Tickets are priced at £8 adult, £4 under-16s and just £20 for a family of five. They are available from St Boswells Post Office, from Border Events e-ticketing, or by calling 01835 822692.

Doors open at 7.30pm, Open Mic starts at 8pm – please call if you would like to perform.

January 27, 2012 Show Information: Rory McLeod

Doors open at 7.30pm with the music starting at 8pm.

Tickets are available from St Boswells Post Office, and reservations can be made by calling Keith on 01835 822692. Tickets are priced at £10, with under-16s at £5 and family tickets (2+3) at just £25.

E-Tickets can be purchased from the Border Events Box Office (subject to a £1.50 total booking fee).

St Boswells Live! tickets for the February 2012 show (Circus Envy and Torino) are available at the door at a 25% discount; this is the first place you will be able to buy them before they go on general sale.

Rory McLeod Comes To St Boswells Live!

A very Happy New Year to everyone from St Boswells Live! After the stunning success of the Village Hooley both from an entertainment and a fundraising point of view, we are ready to face 2012 with a new energy and desire to bring even more great music to St Boswells.

Rory McLeod is our first headliner for the new year, and what an entertaining and interesting headliner he promises to be. Rory McLeod – ex-circus clown and fire eater. A one man soulband, poet and storyteller, singing his own unique upbeat dance stories. A modern travelling troubadour using tap shoes, acappella, harmonica, guitar, trombone, spoons, finger cymbals, bandorea, djembe and various percussion instruments!

Rory has travelled the globe for different reasons at different times, from Asia to the middle East from Gambia to Cuba, Central America, Australia, North America, Canada, Europe and other nooks and crannies of the earth.

In his travels, McLeod not only acquires new material and new life experiences, but he also brings his past and present along with him. As he puts it: “The more I go away, the more I feel rooted in my own traditions, in my own language, my own community where I’m from. It becomes stronger somehow in what I sing about.”

Rory is to be supported by someone who on another night could be a headliner. Hannah Scott has been writing music since her early teens but it was a year spent in Tuscany that inspired her to start performing more seriously. She has self-released an album and two EPs which showcase her lyrically intelligent songs and distinctive voice, attracting interest from industry and audiences alike.

In July 2011, Hannah reached the final of MOJO Magazine’s New Voice competition. She was invited to perform at London’s prestigious Gibson Guitar Studio where panellist and legendary BBC 6 DJ Tom Robinson described her performance as “clear, assured, melodic, memorable”.

National airplay and further gigs across the UK and Italy, including shows alongside Ed Sheeran and support slots with folk favourites Cara Dillon and Seth Lakeman, have helped Hannah to build a solid fanbase and her forthcoming album will be sure to achieve the wider recognition it deserves.

Rory McLeod and Hannah Scott perform on Friday 27th January, with doors opening at 7.30pm.

Tickets are available at St Boswells Post Office or on 01835 822692 priced £10 full price, £5 for under-16s and £25 for a family of two adults and up to 3 under-16s.

You Should Have Been There…

From The Southern Reporter, December 01, 2011

There are some nights that remain fresh in your memory for years to come and last Friday at St Boswells village hall will be one of them for me, writes Alan Kinghorn.

It wasn’t because the hall was cold enough to freeze a brass monkey or that there was only a small but select group of music lovers huddled together for warmth round candles and glowing heaters. No, the reason the night will remain with me is because of the sheer class of musical entertainment.

Not only were we treated to some great local talent, including a superb symphony on viola and a surprise late acoustic slot from Gala’s Craig Jeffrey, but the official support slot was led by Berwick’s own musical troubadour, Iain Petrie. His songs of love and loss filled the hall with magic and mystery, and then there was an added treat when he invited two friends to join him on backing vocals.

Anna Emmins (lead singer with eclectic soul band Electric Penelope) was joined by her Mammatones bandmate Lizzie Bell and the sound they all created was nothing short of heavenly. Mouths were dropping open all over the hall as their blend of ‘Andrews Sisters’ harmonies took Iain’s songs to new heights. All all this before the main act hit the stage.

Boo Hewerdine is a singer / songwriter of immense talent. If you have never heard of him, you will have heard his songs made famous by Eddi Reader – think of all her hits and Boo probably wrote them. He also wrote for KD lang and other luminaries in this country and the US.

From the off Boo did away with the mics and PA, and came down from the stage into the audience, where we all gathered around as if it was a living room (all be it a cold one). In that intimate setting he took us through his greatest hits alongside some new songs, with us joining in, and it was a magic that continued well into the evening, till all too soon it was over and we left satisfied.

If you were there then I am sure you will remember that evening with a large grin on your face. If you weren’t then you missed something very special and you had better get your tickets early for the next St Boswells Live event because it is sure to be worth every penny.

(And by the next one, we’ll have heating!)

Music Clips from St Boswells Live!

All big venues and festivals make digital recordings of performances, just for the record and in case they can be used some time in the future. St Boswells Live! also makes digital recordings because we love to hear the music again.

Below are a few tracks taken from the desk so you can hear the wonderful things we have listened to over the past few months.

Kathy Stewart and the Frequent Flyers @ St Boswells Live!

Bill Muir and Seoras Ashby @ St Boswells Live!

Archie Fisher @ St Boswells Live!

Angus Gunn @ St Boswells Live!

Mairearad and Anna @ St Boswells Live!

Craig Bevan @ St Boswells Live!

NOTE: All relevant rights are retained by the performers and their publishers – this is purely for non-commercial purposes.

November 25, 2011 Show Information: Boo Hewerdine

Doors open at 7.30pm with the music starting at 8pm.

Tickets are available from St Boswells Post Office, and reservations can be made by calling Keith on 01835 822692. Tickets are priced at £10, with under-12s at £5 and under-5s free.

St Boswells NEW YEAR HOOLEY TICKETS are available at the door; this is the first place you will be able to buy them before they go on general sale.

Boo Hewerdine at St Boswells Live!

Taking centre stage at St Boswells Live! on Friday November 25th is none other than the brilliant singer and songwriter Boo Hewerdine.

Boo Hewerdine is widely regarded as a song writing legend, an artist with a musical C.V of international collaborations and hit songs that stretch over two decades and many genres.

His quiet outward personality is the perfect front for a man who can deliver tender heart-wrenching beautiful lyrics and as well as foot tapping upbeat arrangements.

Boo has written extensively for Eddi Reader, and produced Eddi’s album “Eddi Reader Sings the Songs of Robbie Burns”. He has also written for Natalie Imbruglia, Mel C, k d lang and Alex Parks amongst others.

Also playing on the night will be Berwickshire-based Iain Petrie, who played an open-mic set at St Boswells Live! earlier in the year and so surprised us that we booked him on the spot. Iain is very excited to be supporting Boo.

Doors open at 7.30pm with the music starting at 8pm.

Tickets are available from St Boswells Post Office, and reservations can be made by calling Keith on 01835 822692. Tickets are priced at £10, with under-12s at £5 and under-5s free.

Anna Massie and Mairearad Green at St Boswells Live!

We are delighted to welcome the superb folk duo of Anna Massie and Mairearad Green to St Boswells Live! on Friday 28th October. They will be supported by the exceptional singer and guitarist Craig Bevan.

Multi-instrumentalists, Anna Massie and Mairearad Green are a captivating duo. Providing a highly energetic performance with a warm and friendly stage appearance, this duo will engage any audience. Individually, they can be seen performing with a number of well-known artists such as The Poozies, Blazin Fiddles, Karen Matheson, Box Club, Eddi Reader and Karine Polwart, and together in Scotland’s one and only Celtic Big Band, The Unusual Suspects!

Both growing up in the Highlands with similar musical backgrounds, (most notably, mandolin playing Dads!) Anna and Mairearad share an innate understanding of Scottish culture and music. Having played together for 9 years, they have an intuitive approach to each other’s musical ideas and interpretations.

Anna was the winner of the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2003 Award and since has a further array of nominations such as the “Horizon” award at the 2005 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and “Best Instrumentalist” at the 2005 and 2008 Scots Trad Music Awards. A talented multi-instrumentalist, she excels in playing the fiddle, mandolin and tenor banjo. Though perhaps most impressive is her guitar playing – equally at home either accompanying in her unique rhythmic style or flat-picking tunes, Anna’s dexterity shines through.

Originally from the Wester Ross village of Achiltibuie, Mairearad on accordion and pipes is one of Scotland’s finest musical exports. Known for her deft and lyrical accordion style and her innovative compositions, Mairearad is in great demand as a performer. Mairearad wrote the music for the short film “Sea of Glass” and many of her compositions are rapidly becoming popular session tunes. Among the favourites are “Maggie West’s Waltz” and “Dram Behind the Curtain.” Her piece “Passing Places” was hailed as “The third, final, and undoubtedly best of this year’s New Voices series” at Celtic Connections 2009.

Craig Bevan is a hugely talented singer-guitarist from Leeds who writes his own songs, but is better known for his brilliant cover versions of contemporary songs which he manages to make his own to such an extent that that version becomes the one that sticks in your head. St Boswells Live! spotted his talent and invited him up immediately; we are very excited to hear what he can bring to the live stage.

Doors open at 7.30pm and the music starts at 8pm with an open mic session (please contact us if you would like to play).

Tickets are £10 full price, £5 for under 12s and free for under 5s. Available from St Boswells Post Office or by calling Keith on 01835 822692.