Available in advance from TicketSource, or on the door.
We are delighted to be welcoming back Sean Taylor to open our 2017 season of Mill Sessions. Sean will be appearing as part of his tour to promote his new album Flood & Burn releasing in February 2017.
Originally from Dumfries and now living in New York, Jazz star Ben Bryden is home again this summer and will be opening the Edinburgh Jazz Festival on 17 July with his Velvet Donkey project – the music of the “Glasgow Dreamer”, Ivor Cutler. We’re hugely chuffed to be hosting a “Pre Release Show” at the Mill on The Fleet. where the new album will be on sale although it is officially not going on sale until the following night at the Edinburgh Jazz Festival.
tickets £8 on the door or in advance from TicketSource
with support from Mark Thomson of Stereopod
Playing some fiddle tunes, guitar tunes and mandolin tunes, plus sampler and effects. Some new stuff and a few old favourites, and possibly a game of musical statues ...
"A splattering of electronica infused drum 'n' bass folk/rock madness"
"Sandblasted yet beautiful folk-tinged ravetronica"
Frog Pocket is the recording name of John Charles Wilson, a Scottish musician. He is currently signed to Mike Paradinas' record label Planet Mu. He also runs his own record label, Mouthmoth. Wilson mixes elements of folk with electronica and often uses fast, noisy and complicated beats in his songs. His songs usually incorporate violin and guitar - often using harmonics.
As part of The Big Lit Festival
After their sell-out performance at BIG LIT last year, the unique combination of actor/writer/singer-songwriter Gerda Stevenson and multi-instrumentalist/composer Kyrre Slind return with more poetry and music. Gerda reads from her new poetry collection in progress, Kyrre plays from his new CD, Open Airs, further delighting us with song settings of James Joyce’s miniature Chamber Music poems, by the renowned composer Ronald Stevenson.
Tickets for this event are available from the Big Lit Box Office:
The Franca Bruno Shop Tel: 07803 228497 / 07707 686109
Tickets available in advance or on the day - open daily 10am - 5pm
and from Midsteeple Box Office: Tel: 01387 253383 or online: Box Office
The Midsteeple is open Tue - Fri: 10am - 4pm, Saturday: 10am - 1.30pm
Sponsored by the Scottish Book Trust
Friday March 25th : 7.30pm £8
Graeme Stephen is one of the UK's top jazz guitarists and it is with great pleasure that we welcome him back to the Mill on the Fleet, this time as a trio with musicians from Amsterdam outfit Zapp4
A multifaceted musician, he performs with numerous projects playing a wide array of styles and works with a variety of jazz combos including the free improvising NeWt, his own Sextet, and Gerwin Eisenhauers booOm (Music from Video Games), and is a regular at the Playtime jazz sessions in Edinburgh's Outhouse Bar. In addition to his live and recorded jazz output Stephen works with folk and cross-over artists such as Fraser Fifield and Aidan O'Rourke, and maintains an impressive sideline in the composition and performance of soundtracks for silent films of the 20s and 30s.
Stephen’s music speaks loudly of ambition, imagination, nous, and harmonic adventure yet teemed with the sort of tuneful realisation that swells the heart – Rob Adams, The Herald.
With support from Marcus Wright
Tickets on the door or in advance from TicketSource
Mike & Solveig are a duo based in Glasgow and Bergen.
Mike Hastings and Solveig Askvik have been key players in the Glasgow psych-folk scene for the past decade or so, playing in the Mike Heron band (at midsummer Music in 2009), Trembling Bells, Lucky Luke, Pendulums. Mike's intrincate fingerpicked guitar interweave with Solveig's sliding fiddle lines in finely-crafted tales recalling the best of the Scottish folk tradition.
"Songs from a decaying future".
The Mill Sessions is proud to host this surreal music / cinema hybrid performance combining off-world electronica, 3D animation and live vocals. Music by Fiona Soe Paing, animation by Zennor Alexander. A trailer for the Edinburgh Fringe performance can be seen here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kvg1zD7IHw8
Don't miss this chance to be at a very special event, on a very special date! Chilling uneasiness guaranteed for Hallowe'en!
Saturday 12 September
7:30pm - 9:30pm
Tickets £8 on the door
Mill Sessions is privileged to host acclaimed singer song-writer Sean Taylor who will be making a very welcome return to the Mill as part of his autumn tour this September, featuring songs from his superb new album 'The Only Good Addiction is Love'. The album has been listed by The Telegraph as among the best folk music albums of 2015, given 9/10 by Blues Magazine and featured by Whispering Bog Harris (a long-standing fan) and Paul Jones of BBC Radio 2, on radio Caroline and on Belgium Radio 1 among many others. It is a stunning album and best conveyed by Sean's own words:
"Being an artist is about making connections. Sometimes the connections are straight forward like writing a love song when you’re in love or a song about being heartbroken when she’s gone. On my latest album ‘The Only Good Addiction Is Love’ I have searched for more abstract and demanding references. The album’s title is a quote from the former President of Uruguay Jose ‘Pepe’ Mujica who gave 90% of his salary to charity and refused to live in the presidential palace preferring a farm with his wife and a three legged dog.
Saturday April 18th
7.30 - 9.30
Tickets: £8.00 (from the Mill or the Midsteeple Box Office in Dumfries: 01387 253383)
Mill Sessions presents poet/singer/songwriter Gerda Stevenson
(nominated Scots Singer of the Year, MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards, 2014) with her new album Night Touches Day, accompanied by Norwegian musician Kyrre Slind, on lute, sitar, guitar and mandolin.
As part of Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival
Friday 29th May
Tickets: £5 on the door or in advance from: Midsteeple T: 01387 253383
Join us for a special celebration of young emerging artists on the current UK folk scene. Award-winning local singer-songwriter Zoë Bestel will host an intimate evening of songs, chat and audience participation. She will be joined by Stirling-based acoustic singer-songwriter Calum Gilligan and Finch and The Moon, an indie folk duo from North West England. Spaces for this gig are likely to be much sought-after and anticipated to sell out quickly.
Saturday 23rd May 2015
Tickets £6 on the door or from TicketSource
Now touring with her third album Veritas, Louise Jordan’s music has been described as ‘a masterclass in songwriting’. Fusing award winning acoustic song writing with classical influences and a folk sensibility, Louise Jordan accompanies herself on piano and guitar to play original works and musical settings of literature as well as her own unique arrangements of traditional material.
Saturday 30th May
Tickets: £7 on the door or in advance through Ticketsource.
Award winning guitarist and composer Graeme Stephen has been breathing new life into classic early cinema with his Silent Film Scores. In Nosferatu he performs his most recent score accompanying FW Murnau's 1922 classic German silent Nosferatu. Some say that this is the most frightening of all Dracula adaptations and Graeme has won Scottish Jazz's Innovation Award 2013 for this soundtrack.
A warm welcome back to the Mill Sessions for Cole Stacey and Joseph O’Keefe who were a rel class act last time they played for us. A Session not to be missed!
Unpretentious, absorbing and far from the madding crowd, India Electric Company’s carefully blended sound vortexes around a supple joining of voice and instruments. Concocted in the Devonshire countryside and Parisian cafes, Cole Stacey and Joseph O’Keefe produce intricately woven textures which belies the fact that there are only two of them.
Bellevue Rendezvous are an inventive Scottish based trio of Gavin Marwick (fiddle), Cameron Robson (cittern, jaw harp) and Ruth Morris (nyckelharpa), plundering Europe for strange and interesting tunes.
This fast rising singer-songwriter (just 19) from the Scottish Borders launched her debut EP to a ‘packed to barely standing’ Jazz Bar in Edinburgh in January.
“..her songwriting is well-developed and supportive of a voice which is her strongest asset, a huskily mature sound with a tone and personality pitched somewhere between folk and rock.” The Scotsman
The Razorbills are back at the Mill with an unplugged gig, featuring tracks from the new album Like Everybody Else, as well as some older material - and the chance of a new tune or two shouldn't be discounted.
With support from The Lounge Punk Blues of Richard Ipaint.
Photograph by Kim Ayres
17th May 2014
Tickets £5 (available via the Dumfreis and Galloway Arts Festival website: dgartsfestival.org.uk; from the Mill; the Mid-Steeple in Dumfries; or on the door)
Alan McClure is a teacher, songwriter and storyteller based in Galloway. He regularly performs in the region with his band The Razorbills and has, since 2010, been writing and performing poetry. Both lyrics and poems deal with politics, nature and human relationships and he aspires to communicate his ideas with humour and economy of language. ‘Songs and Poems’ sees the launch of a new poetry collection and a solo album.
Image courtesy of Kim Ayres kimayres.co.uk
Scottish folk singer, song-writer and guitarist Shelagh MacDonald, who released two critically acclaimed albums before her abrupt and mysterious disappearance in 1971, almost as mysteriously reappeared a couple of years ago and the Mill Sessions was hugely honoured to have her for a session very early on in that process of making her return to the world of performing.
Sean Taylor has grown to be one of the hottest new names in the Eurpoean blues/acoustic scene. His incredible passion for performance, sheer talent and songwriting of the highest calibre is a testament to his frequent comparisons with John Martyn, Neil Young and Tom Waits.
Acclaimed singer-songwriter Lorna Reid and award winning guitarist Graeme Stephen will be performing original material from Lorna's new album 'Falling Dew' as well as some jazz and bluesy standards.
"A great collaboration" BBC Radio Scotland Jazz House
"Tasteful elegant soulful" The Scotsman
The Border piping tradition is at the radiant core of our intense music. Matt Seattle is a major figure in the resurgence of this tradition, while Frazer Watson and Lewis Powell-Reid, both musicians immersed in Eastern European folk styles, create a new soundscape for Border music, performing on frame drums, darabouka, accordion and bouzouki, and Donald Knox provides the harmonic rooting for the group on guitar.
Mike Hastings with Murray, Stewart & Burns supporting.
Mike Hastings is a singer songwriter from Glasgow and is the guitarist of Psyche Folk-Rock band Trembling Bells. He also plays in the Mike Heron Band, Mike and Solveig and The Pendulums. Influenced by the likes of the Incredible string band, Kevin Ayers, Syd Barrett and early John Martyn, Mike’s colourful and surreal songs twist and weave unexpectedly around intricate finger picked guitar patterns. Expect tales of Candlestick Makers, Small Horses, Spirals and the Infinite Reflection of the Golden Sandwich.
Acclaimed Scottish folk musician Alasdair Roberts is currently touring following the release of his new album ‘A Wonder Working Stone’. As is often the case with Alasdair’s songs, the tracks from A Wonder Working Stone draw heavily on the traditional song culture of Scotland (and, more widely, the British Isles), which is the basis of his musical research.
March 30 : 7.30pm
Like Syd Barrett before her, the story goes that Shelagh McDonald had one bad acid trip too many and disappeared from the music scene in 1972 leaving behind just two albums. Unheard of since 1970s, her whereabouts have been the subject to much speculation and whispered adulation. Sid Smith
Acoustic-led, with rocky stuff. Bits of folk, but not folky. A bit indie, but mostly sound like Scruffy Buzzards.
Richie Hamilton - Guitar/Vocals
Kim Ayres - Bouzouki/mandolin
John Traynor - Bass/Vocals
Bruce McKenzie - Percussion/Vocals
November 14th 2012
Tickets £10 on the door, or phone 01557 814458 / 814647 to reserve.
Up in the Air with Jonny Hardie - fiddle and guitar, Gavin Marwick - fiddle, Davy Cattanach - percussion and guitar.
As part of their album launch tour: November 7th - 18th 2012.
This fiddle led trio is back together 15 years after the initial release of their much loved Up In The Air album, a selection of traditional Scottish reels, jigs and airs largely taken from nineteenth century collections, given a modern setting and lightly mixed with other influences.
Eleanor McEvoy is undoubtedly one of Ireland’s most successful songwriters. She first came to prominence with her multi million selling worldwide hit ‘Only A Woman’s Heart’. The song was adopted as an anthem for women across the globe and subsequently has been covered by countless artists including Mary Black for whom the song was a No1 and her most famous hit. The song spawned the album ‘A Woman’s Heart’ which still remains the biggest selling Irish music album in Irish music history.
Mill Session : Friday August 10 2012
Fresh from his gig at The Wickerman, Peter Kelly of Beerjacket was our August Mill Session. Beerjacket is the musical title of Glasgow alt-folk singer-songwriter, Peter Kelly. At this very special show, The White Feather Trail was played in its entirety with Stuart MacLeod, who recorded the album playing all the 'guest' instruments (including ukulele, mandolin and baritone guitar...) and Julia Doogan of Julia and the Doogans.
Masayuki Kino has appeared with orchestras worldwide including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Berlin Symphony Orchestra, Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra, and made many international appearances on both television and radio.
With a unique sound and style Farino have been finding popularity and wide recognition with their shows of high musicianship. Their acoustic, instrumental, jazz, flamenco mix will make you move your feet to their latino beats!
They wil be supported by local group the Scruffy Buzzards.
22nd March 2012 : 7.30pm
Samba Sene was born in Senegal but moved to Scotland ten years ago. He writes his own material and sings in French, English and Wolof. His style is strongly influenced by international music from Jazz, Latino, Caribbean, Pop, Rock, Blues and Traditionnal music from Senegal. He is mainly influenced when writing by the like of Baaba Maal (with whom he studied before leaving Senegal), Youssou Ndour, Salif Keita, Omar Pene, Alpha Blondy, Lucky Dubbe, Xalam II, Souleymane Faye, Senemali, Camille Ndiaye, Missal Group, Manu Dibango, Paul Simon, Van Morrison, UB 40, Aswad. He is a charismatic singer, with a broad appeal, from serious world music fans to audiences who just want to dance to the beats.