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  1. THE SCOTTISH NATIONAL JAZZ ORCHESTRA WITH BOBBY WELLINS Directed by Tommy Smith Music Hall, 7.30pm £17.50+bf (conc. price available) Bobby Wellins’ Culloden Moor Suite is a sleeping giant of jazz and chamber music. An eloquent lament for the fallen in battle and a beautiful, soulful celebration of one of Scotland’s most haunting historical locations, it is a rarely visited masterpiece long deserving of a wider audience and brilliantly rearranged for the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra. His other piece is about Robert Burns – a musical celebration of early family life through his inspirational writing to his fall from grace. With Wellins’ tenor saxophone – an entirely individual sound that is indelibly associated with Stan Tracey’s 1960s classic Under Milk Wood recording – as the leading voice at the head of Europe’s finest large scale jazz ensemble, the SNJO, this much-anticipated performance promises atmosphere, drama, spontaneous creativity and spiritually uplifting music. www.snjo.co.uk Tickets available from Aberdeen Box Office, 01224 641122
  2. The Cave Singers Tuesday 16 August, doors 7.30pm The Lemon Tree Lounge Tickets 10+bf Brilliant threesome from Washington state, performnig a blend of American folk and roots blues through the lense of punk-rock. Check out the superb video for their latest single, .I'm a big fan of the likes of North Mississippi bluesmen RL Burnside and Junior Kimborough and these guys are right up my street. They've also got a good dash of Seasick Steve/Dave Arcari about them, mixed with 60s American folk. Tickets available from Aberdeen Box Office, 01224 641122 facebook.com/apawhatson @apawhatson
  3. this one's tomorrow and starts a nice wee run of high quality folk music coming to The Lemon Tree. Next up Shooglenifty return next Wednesday, followed by BBC Radio 2 Folk Award Winners for Best Band 2008-2010 Lau on Friday 13 May, then exciting new folk foursome Kan make their Lemon Tree debut on Wednesday 1 June and finally double BBC Radio 2 Folk Award Winner (Best Album and Best Traditional Song) Eliza Carthy and her band roll up the following week. Phew. Incidentally Kan are giving away their debut EP as a free download on Soundcloud.
  4. a wee bump to get this back up the top - going to be a really good show! following the release of their latest album, Beer in the Breakers, they've been getting a good bit of exposure on 6Music, these guys are certainly on the rise.
  5. THE WAVE PICTURES plus support Sun 8 May, doors 7.30pm The Lemon Tree, 8+bf The Wiki blurb: The Wave Pictures are David Tattersall, Franic Rozycki and Jonny ''Huddersfield'' Helm. In 1998 Franic and David lived in a village called Wymeswold where they started playing music together, with Hugh J. Noble on drums. The band was called Blind Summit. When Hugh decided he didn't want to play drums he went to Exeter to study Philosophy instead. The band changed it's name to The Wave Pictures. Hugh was replaced by several drummers, until Jonny "Huddersfield" Helm became the permanent replacement. For a few years The Wave Pictures have played sporadically in the UK, France and New York. During this time highlights have included playing at the Mofo Festival in Paris at the invitation of friends Herman Dune, and playing shows with Herman Dune and The Jeffrey Lewis Band. David also sang The Wave Pictures song "Dust Off Your Heart" with Herman Dune on a radio session for the great John Peel. The Wave Pictures have also served as backing band and co-songwriters for John Darnielle of The Mountain Goats, the results featuring on a seven-inch single released by 4AD records. Lyrically, The Wave Pictures turn on a dime. They can zip from the richly observed into amusingly confessional into a Lewis Carol flight of fancy. 8/10 NME The Wave Pictures are currently conjuring the most gleeful, magnificent pop in town. Guardian At their helm The Wave Pictures have a writer who captures expertly the bitter romance of British life. ***** Time Out Original Intelligent, and utterly heartwarming. **** The Fly Theyre making quintessential, embrace-able indie, and their everything is essential streak continues. 8/10 Rocksound The band were interviewed on Marc Riley's 6Music show - click here to listen on the band's BBC page. thewavepictures.com Tickets available from Aberdeen Box Office, 01224 641122.
  6. SANDI THOM plus Marcus Bonfanti Fri 22 April, doors 7.30pm The Lemon Tree, 12.50+bf I know what you're thinking, but hear us out! Sandi has put her flower-in-the-hair punk-rocker identity of earlier years firmly in the closet and has returned to her first love - the blues. Her latest album, Merchants and Thieves, has been hailed for just how different it is from those early records, generating quite a nice wee buzz amongst the British blues community. Following a guest spot with Peter Green, none other than Joe Bonamassa was so impressed he got her on his latest album and popped up on hers. Plus there's support from the superb roots n blues guitarist Marcus Bonfanti. www.sandithom.com www.marcusbonfanti.com Tickets available from Aberdeen Box Office, 01224 641122.
  7. MARK THOMAS: EXTREME RAMBLING (WALKING THE WALL) Thu 14 - Fri 15 April, doors 7.30pm The Lemon Tree, 15+bf (concessions available) Following his sell-out nationwide show The Manifesto, award-winning comedian and activist Mark Thomas returns with his brand new show, The Wall. Never one to take the easy option, Mark decided to go rambling in the Middle East and walked the entire length of the Israeli Separation Barrier crossing between the Israeli and the Palestinian side. This is the story of 300 000 settlers; a 750 km wall; six arrests, one stoning; too much humuus and a simple question...Can you ever get away from it all with a good walk? Mark has become one of Britains most acclaimed comics as well as one of Britains most recognised and influential activists. After 25 years of performing, six series of the Mark Thomas Product and Mark Thomas Comedy Product with Channel 4, numerous documentaries, two books published by Ebury Press, radio programmes, changing the law on tax, secretly filming torturers, stinging arms dealers with school children, exposing abuses of civil liberties and corporate skulduggery, writing for the New Statesman and the Guardian, Mark has finally conceded that he might have a career yet. A brilliant investigative journalist disguised as a comedianvery funny indeed" Daily Telegraph Thomas the polemicist deploys the comedians eye for a situations dark absurdities... Moving and inspiringas gripping as any live performance you will see Guardian ***** A human time bomb who mixes comedy with old fashioned investigative journalismvery funny, irrepressible and devilishly clever The Irish Times www.markthomasinfo.com Tickets available from Aberdeen Box Office, 01224 641122.
  8. Jazz at The Lemon Tree presents LORNA REID'S JAZZ CAFE with Graeme Stephen Thu 12 May, doors 7.30pm The Lemon Tree, 12+bf (concessions available) Described as "cool and classy" by The List magazine, Edinburgh-born vocalist Lorna Reid sings a collection of jazz and blues standards with influences from Anita O'Day to Peggy Lee. Lorna will include a number of well known jazz standards and will be accompanied by Aberdeen-born guitarist Graeme Stephen. www.lornareid.com Tickets available from Aberdeen Box Office, 01224 641122.
  9. SHOOGLENIFTY Wed 11 May, doors 7.30pm The Lemon Tree, 14+bf Famous the world over for inventing Techno Ceilidh, Acid Croft and Hypnofolkadelia, Shooglenifty's original and exciting sound has launched the band on an international career. A wild uptempo mix of trad talent and super funky phonics melding heritage and hedonism into one unbreakable whole. Shooglenifty is one of Scotland's most unique musical exports. This six-man band is credited being the originators of acid-croft, a fiery and infectious blend of Celtic traditional music and dance grooves that band members decribe as hypno-folkadelic ambient trad. While their sound is difficult to put into words, audiences from around the world have fallen under their musical spell. A supremely dexterous and witty live band, their energetic live performances have kept them in constant demand around the world. The Evening News in London, England said of a Shooglenifty live performance, This virtuoso band started building crescendos from the start, each one higher than the last, until the final, shuddering chord left the crown breathless and cheering wildly. Shooglenifty, whose members include: Malcolm Crosbie, acoustic and electric guitars; Garry Finlayson, banjo and banjax; Angus A. Grant, fiddle; Luke Plumb, mandolin; Quee MacArthur, bass and percussion; and James Mackintosh, drums, machines and djembe. This is tradition standing on its head... doing cart wheels and pole vaulting over every barrier in sight... The Irish Times ...a bit like a jam between the Tannahill Weavers, Phish and The Chemical Brothers. Chicago Tribune www.shoogle.com Tickets available from Aberdeen Box Office, 01224 641122.
  10. Jazz at The Lemon Tree presents BRASS JAW Fri 6 May, doors 7.30pm The Lemon Tree, tickets 12+bf (concessions available) Ryan Quigley Trumpet Paul Towndrow Alto Saxophone Konrad Wiszniewski Tenor Saxophone Allon Beauvoisin Baritone Saxophone The iconoclastic Glasgow based four-piece brings a vibrant new sound to the world of jazz. Working without a traditional rhythm section, Brass Jaw creates a performance that is truly unique in sound and direction, revealing a group that is able to adapt to almost any performance environment. Brass Jaws concerts are characterised by the bands trademark momentum, drive and charisma, in a set that strongly embraces the jazz tradition whilst reaching out into the unknown towards new musical territory. Deep at the heart of Brass Jaws philosophy is the idea that music should be as engaging, entertaining and humorous as it is virtuosic, cerebral and progressive. Brass Jaw makes a deliberate and committed statement. The ensembles flexibility makes it the ideal vehicle for new compositions from members of the group as well as commissions for renowned composers such as ECM recording artist John Surman who composed two new works for Brass Jaw, premiered at the 2009 British Composers Awards. "The sound of their four horns working together is massive, and theyre as mobile and pliable as well, a very mobile, very pliable thing." Rob Adams, The Herald "Irresistible swaggering exuberance laced with grace and wit" Chris Parker, The Vortex Brass Jaw's idiosyncratic approach to jazz lacks for nothing in the way of drive, rhythm or sheer muscle.the album resonates wit creative energy. 4 Stars" Kenny Mathieson, The Scotsman "They played a full-on set that was absolutely right for the atmosphere in The Yardbird and brilliantly won over the audience. One of my gigs of 2009" Tony Dudley-Evans, Birmingham Jazz www.brassjaw.co.uk Tickets available from Aberdeen Box Office, 01224 641122.
  11. THE ALARM Wed 4 May, doors 7.30pm The Lemon Tree, tickets 14+bf Featuring founding member Mike Peters playing alongside Craig Adams (Sister of Mercy, The Mission) on bass, James Stevenson (Gen X ) on guitar and drummer Steve Grantley (Stiff Little Fingers). www.thealarm.com Tickets from Aberdeen Box Office, 01224 641122.
  12. SESSION A9 Thu 5 May, doors 7.30pm The Lemon Tree, tickets 12+bf "gloriously epic sound..Just inspiring" fRoots In the true spirit of traditional Scottish Music, the band formed during a Session on the famous A9 - the road between Glasgow and the Highlands of Scotland. Regularly bumping into eachother at various stops on the road, sessions began, a band was formed, albums released and one of the most experienced and talented fiddle bands on the circuit began to appear live. Session A9 are Charlie McKerron (Capercaillie), Adam Sutherland (Peatbog Faeries), Kevin Henderson (Fiddlers Bid), Gordon Gunn (a host of bands!),David 'Chimp' Robertson (Capercaillie), Marc Clement (Blazin Fiddles), Brian MacAlpine (too many to mention!). As well as seeing some of the top names in Scottish traditional music, audiences will gain an insight into the spirit of a Scottish session. Not a night to be missed. "Session A9 are your men when it comes to pounding out a high-octane tune, but they are also wonderfully creative arrangers who make dynamic use of their line-up of four fabulous fiddlers." The Scotsman
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