JAZZ EXCHANGE - TRIPLE-BILL Lyth Arts Centre - 28th May 2016
2nd May 2016
Caithness Big Band - we are always delighted to welcome back this happy gang who keep jazz alive in the north by playing the well-loved swing repertoire to a very high standard to which they add a few of their own surprises. We feel proud that Caithness has a big band of its own - there is nothing quite like that rich sound to get your feet tapping.
Sam Walker and Will Bartlett - two of the popular regulars on the London jazz scene using their weeks residency at Lyth to record an album of jazz standards arranged for piano and sax. Here are those timeless melodies which have been re-interpreted by countless jazz musicians, each one discovering something new in this musical treasure trove.
Fergus McCreddie Trio - Fergus is the new boy on the block with his trio winning lots of attention across Scotland with virtuoso piano playing. This is a chance to hear an exceptionally talented young man definitely on the way up.
Impressive – (The Scotsman)
One of Scotland's finest young pianists – (The Herald)
*** Note this event takes place in Tempest Cafe Thurso ***South African born singer songwriter Tim De Graaw began his career as a blues guitarist while harbouring a passion for songwriting. After leaving high school in England, he was accepted into the world renowned Berklee College of Music in Boston and after graduating, he seized an opportunity to move to Los Angeles to work as a professional musician.
A good chance for families and their youngsters to spend Saturday afternoon sharing the fun of hearing live music indoors and, if it's not too cold, running around in a safe outdoor space. Birlinn Jiarg was founded by multi-instrumentalist Beccy Hurst and performs the traditional Manx music she grew up with plus new compositions.
As part of The Portskerra Storytelling International Festival, local storyteller Alexandria Patience presents "Stories from here and there" - a mix of traditional Scottish stories given an extra twist with live original music by Donald McNeill. They are joined by Mexican storyteller Ruben Corbett who has performed at some of the most prestigious arts festivals across Latin America as well as Europe and brings us some storytelling warmth (narrated in English) all the way from Mexico to Lyth Arts Centre.
South African born singer songwriter Tim De Graaw began his career as a blues guitarist while harbouring a passion for songwriting. After leaving high school in England, he was accepted into the world renowned Berklee College of Music in Boston and after graduating, he seized an opportunity to move to Los Angeles to work as a professional musician.
*** Note this event is in Thurso High School ***Donizetti's sunny comedy takes to the road, touring 17 smaller venues around Scotland. Dynamic young British director Oliver Platt and designer Oliver Townsend (Rodelinda 2013) take their inspiration from the world of P.G.
RANT is the meeting of four of Scotland's finest fiddle players who have joined forces to create a rich sound that's both vibrant and evocative of Scotland's exciting new musical landscape which brings classical and traditional worlds together. Using just their fiddles and performing acoustically, they weave a tapestry of melodies, textures, layers and sounds.
Straight from her acclaimed run at Edinburgh Fringe Mairi Campbell brings her show Pulse to Lyth Arts Centre. A homecoming in viola, voice, movement, animation and storytelling, Pulse is the story of award-winning musician Mairi Campbell's quest to heal cultural wounds.
Combining soulful melodies with incredibly catchy lyrics, Alex Wayt showcases his American-inspired songwriting with a joyous ode to living life to the full. With an impressive and seemingly endless list of shows under his belt, including tours in the USA and live performances at Murrayfield Stadium, this well-seasoned artist always promises to entertain.
An evening of Scottish music featuring composer Ronald Stevenson We welcome a return visit to Lyth by Christopher Guild, a young Scottish pianist, graduate of the Royal College of Music, London and champion of Scottish composer Ronald Stevenson. Ronald Stevenson is probably the last truly great pianist and composer of his generation.
Originally formed as an offshoot of all-star swing combo the Loveboat Big Band, the Bevvys simultaneously channel the heritage of such classic sister-acts as the Beverleys, the Andrews and the Boswells, while their own diverse backgrounds and collective song writing skills reinvent the female trio formula. "...highly seductive vocal harmonies with their trademark mix of sweetness and sass..." (Netrhythms magazine).