27th APRIL 2012: Plug and Play – Have You Got What It Takes?

We are one year old! Yes, in April 2011 we had our first ever St Boswells Live! and to celebrate 12 months of the club we are getting right back to the heart of the club and making a huge effort to encourage raw talent from around the Borders. April 27th 2012 sees our first dedicated night for young musicians; called “Plug and Play” it will be an edge-of-your-seats, no soundchecks (hence the name) experience, where we guarantee some really special moments both for audience and performers.

The spark for this was from Peebles / Innerleithen band, Cake and Grief Counselling who wanted to know if there was any chance of playing at St Boswells Live! as they had struggled to get gigs in the local area. It became clear that there was plenty of other talent around so we hit on the idea of a night solely for under-18s, giving a rare opportunity to play to an audience who want to listen, and alongside lots of other musicians in the same boat.

So, Noah Brown, Isaac Pringle, Luke Macdonald and Henry Pullan’s band make up the first act on the list, to which we have also added Seven Brunettes and a Ginger, an eight-piece (obviously) who come from all over the central Borders, and Rebecca and Katherine Caswell a duo of singer-guitarists from Oxton.

But we need more performers. If you are a member of a band, group or just on your own and would like to experience something really inspiring (plus getting a free ticket) then please send a short biography, a photo and an example of your music – it can be a YouTube link, a web page, a sound file or something else entirely – to keith@stboswellslive.com, and we will get back to you. Entries close on Friday 20th April.

To round off the evening we have secured rising local stars Where’s George? to play a set, and give everyone else a chance to sit back, relax and enjoy the music. You can find out more about them by going to their Facebook page.

Tickets are priced at just £5, available from WeGotTickets.

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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.