Based in Richmond, Virginia, The Hot Seats are a ‘bubbling fountain of virtuosic insanity’. Their original music demonstrates a massive flexibility within the band as they move seamlessly between bluegrass, ragtime, oldtime, jugband, and Klezmer, injecting humor and sharp-witted commentary along the way. This is clearly demonstrated in the album, Retreat To Camp Candy Temptation Island, the band’s first release under their new name.
In 2008, when formerly known as Special Ed & The Shortbus, they tore the Edinburgh Fringe apart and won a coveted Herald Angel, the equivalent of an Oscar, for their outstanding contribution to the event. The Herald described them as “sensational” whilst fellow Edinburgh Fringe favourites (and stablemates) The Wilders, refer to them as “crazy bluegrass scientists”. This five-piece band features Ben Belcher on upright bass, Graham Dezarn on fiddle, Ed Brogan on guitar, Jake Sellers on bass and Josh Bearman on mandolin and banjo. With a trap set, many kazoos and a whole host of other toys also contributing to their irresistible sound, The Hot Seats are a guaranteed hit.
It’s not often you get a spontaneous coming together of like-minded musicians of such high quality, and rarer still that they should make their way to the UK for a tour.
There is a fair chance you will have heard a track or two from the stunning new album by The Abramson Singers from Vancouver, thanks to the level of radio exposure it has received.
One of those who joined Leah Abramson in the studio for the recording was Rayna Gellert, well-recognised in her own right following a successful career in Uncle Earl before she went solo to establish herself as a major name on the circuit as well as a huge creative force.
Leah, who was formerly with bands The Crooked Jades and Dyad, had also recorded and performed with Rayna on many occasions so they know each others’ material inside out. Here, these two friends come together to become an even more potent force (joined on bass and guitar by Petunia & The Vipers’ Patrick Metzger). Rayna also has a superb new record in circulation that is winning her much praise.
The 5Th Haal was very successfully launched on sat 8th Feb at our Bothy Ballads & Burns evening.
A capacity crowd enjoyed great food, loads of refreshments and superb entertainment from our Top Table Guests. The festival programme is here – CLICK HERE.
We are hosting a weekend of writing with a view to producing tracks for a CD. 21st, 22nd, 23rd February
Professional facilitators will be on hand to ensure a high quality experience is had and a high quality product is produced.
Supported by funding from Aberdeenshire Council “Be Part Of The Picture Fund”.
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For more than forty-five years Allan Taylor has travelled the world performing at festivals, concert halls and clubs. He is considered to be one of the foremost singer-songwriters and guitarists in his genre, with more than one hundred recorded versions of his songs by Artists in ten different languages. One song in particular, “It’s good to see you” was a hit in many countries, and to date, there are eighty cover versions of this song.
Allan is considered to be one of the music scene’s great guitarists, creating during his stage performance a distinctive rich and mellow sound, and with a voice that speaks of a life-time of travel he can make each song a vignette of life, like a story told over a drink in a bar. His songs have an integrity that tell you they come from something real, where characters come to life as people you know and places become as familiar as if you had been there. When this happens, you know it’s an Allan Taylor concert.