Dick Gaughan to return to Leith in January
Leith Folk Club will kick off its 2014 programme with a return visit from veteran singer-guitarist-political commentator Dick Gaughan, above, on January 7. Gaughan, who was an early member of Boys of the Lough and formed acclaimed folk-rock band Five Hand Reel before going on to international solo success, will be followed by Edinburgh singer-songwriter Rosie Nimmo on January 14, fiddler Kathryn Nicoll & Friends on January 21, and Fife-Yorkshire duo Rantum Scantum on January 28. The club meets every Tuesday at Victoria Park House Hotel, 221 Ferry Road, Edinburgh.
Mundell names bands for 2014
Mundell Music, the company that specialises in bringing heritage rock bands including Jefferson Starship and It's a Beautiful Day to the Green Hotel in Kinross, has announced another selection of names from the pages of rock history for early 2014. After bringing in the new year with long-time John Martyn and Pentangle bassist Alan Thomson's Allstars on December 31, Mundell Music will welcome Stan Webb's Chicken Shack, Bruce Springsteen associate Garland Jeffreys and in a rare Scottish appearance, former Crosby Stills Nash & Young and Stephen Stills's Manassas bassist Calvin 'Fuzzy' Samuels to one of the UK's top intimate venues.
Celtic Connections has received a boost from two of the festival's 2014 debutants scoring big points on the end-of-year surveys of two of America's most influential barometers of taste. Pennsylvania folk trio the Stray Birds and Colorado-based roots music adventurers Elephant Revival have been marked as names to watch by online music radio broadcaster Folk Alley and writer Kim Ruehl, who is recognised as a major authority on American roots music by musicians, promoters and audiences. The Stray Birds appear at St Andrew's in the Square on January 25 and Elephant Revival at the Old Fruitmarket on January 24.