A NEW live music club is to open in Edinburgh on 5 February.

RootsBase, in the Rose Theatre, has been designed to promote roots, folk and traditional music.

Its weekly gigs will take place every Tuesday in the Gilded Balloon Basement.

More than twenty Scottish-based artists are due to appear in the spring programme, which runs to 25 June. They include Rachel Newton (BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Musician Of The Year 2017), Hannah Rarity (BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician Of The Year 2018), and Iona Fyfe (2018 MG ALBA Scots Singer Of The Year).

Other artists include Seonaid Aitken, Ryan Young and Adam Sutherland.

Folk groups including Inyal, Heisk and Westward the Light will also be performing.

Gilded Balloon said they are confident the former Charlotte Baptist Chapel in the west end corner of Rose Street "will become a regular draw for fans of all things folk-music related."

Katy Koren, Gilded Balloon's artistic director, said: "We are incredibly excited to be expanding our music programme at the Basement.

"As a local Edinburgh company, Gilded Balloon are passionate about showcasing the greatest artists that this city, and Scotland, has to offer.

"It's important to the team here at Gilded Balloon to have as diverse a programme as we possibly can, encouraging fans of all different kinds of entertainment to come down to the new venue and see what we're about.

"Scottish traditional music couldn't be more healthier and more vibrant just now, and we're thrilled to open The Basement's doors to some of the best it has to offer."

She added: "Like everyone else, we have been saddened and surprised by the rapid and wide-ranging closure of live music venues across Edinburgh. We hope that our new weekly night, RootsBase, will inspire more and more people to support and involve themselves in the revitalisation of Edinburgh’s music scene."


THE Summerhall venue has announced the artists who will be part of the first round of its 2019 Artist Development Programme.

Summerhall Lab offers a company or group of artists a mini-residency at Summerhall for a week to develop a new work.

In March this year it will host SHHE by Dýrafjörður, a multi-arts project exploring the connections between sound, the brain and the body.

This project was first inspired by time spent in Dýrafjörður, the largest fjord in the Westfjords of Iceland.

SHHE is the alias of Dundee-based artist, musician and producer, Su Shaw.

June will see Hannah Lavery and Colin Bramwell work on Three Pints on a Sunday.

The show is "about an unlikely friendship between a forty-something mum and a single man in his late twenties, set against the backdrop of the impending climate apocalypse, in their recently abandoned local pub."

Summerhall Scratch, on 14 February, is an evening of new work across all genres.

It will feature Sean Wai Keung, Róisin O’Brien, Beth Godfrey, Jenny Lynn and Persefoni Gerangelou.

Verity Leigh, Summerhall’s programme manager, said: "We had a fantastic response from artists for all the opportunities and found it very difficult to choose between the proposals.

"We are delighted to be working with such an eclectic and exciting range of artists across all the strands of the Artist Development Programme, and look forward to seeing how they take up the opportunities and the work which results."


THE Harbour Arts Centre in Irvine is to stage the work of textile artist Astrid Weigel from 18 January to 3 March.

Ms Weigel is a textile designer and artist living and working in Ayrshire.

Her home and studio overlook the Irvine Valley which has provided inspiration for her work for the past 15 years.

The work using graphic design and colour influenced by the 1950s.

Nature’s Way” is her first solo exhibition and features textile based works as well as screen prints and illustrations on paper.