Chico Chica to make rare Scottish visit
London-based jazz-cabaret group Chico Chica make a rare trip to Scotland in the new year. The trio, whose recent charity single for the Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors without Borders Syria Crisis Appeal, Ali's Song, received much acclaim and radio airplay, appear at Whigham's Jazz Club, Edinburgh on Sunday February 16, Midlem Village Hall, Selkirk on Monday 17 and St Mary's Monastery, Campbeltown on Wednesday 19. With a collective CV that includes tours with such diverse artists as Paul Weller, Jools Holland, The Blow Monkeys, reggae singer Maxi Priest and latin jazz master Roberto Pla, the bring a wealth of experience as well as a wide range of influences to their music.
Niebla spices up the New Year
Moroccan-born flamenco-jazz guitarist Eduardo Niebla begins a mammoth 27-date UK tour with a trip to the Highlands and Islands in January. Niebla, whose career in the UK began in a busking duo with the now popular Edinburgh Fringe attraction Antonio Forcione and has included collaborations with the Dante String Quartet, George Michael, poet Michael Horovitz and prog rock legends Gong, plays concerts in Plockton (January 30) and Stornoway (January 31) before going on to the Isle of Skye, Shetland, Banchory, Peebles and Edinburgh in early February and returning to play Ayr and Glasgow in March.
Folk club unveils new programme
Edinburgh Folk Club has announced its programme for 2014. Reopening on January 8 with locally based quintet Dallahan, who specialise in Irish and Balkan music and have just released their debut EP, the club will welcome guests including singer Barbara Dymock, accompanied by the late Michael Marra's brother Christopher on guitar, former Battlefield Band singer-keyboardist Alan Reid with guitarist Rob van Sante, and fiddler Simon Bradley's Tune Book featuring piper Ross Ainslie and accordionist Mairearad Green. The club meets on Wednesdays at the Pleasance Cabaret Bar.