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Rootin Aboot 05


5 West North St.


AB24 5AT

Box Office: 01224 642230



Evening Concerts

Weekend Club


Free Lunchtime Gigs

Please find below full details of Rootin Aboot 2005, The Lemon Trees twelfth annual celebration of folk, roots and acoustic music. Once again we present the best of Scottish traditional music alongside top-class artists from all over the world.

Great Scottish acts such as Deaf Shepherd, Blazin' Fiddles and Dochas will share the stage with musicians from Ireland, the US, Denmark, Norway, Croatia, Poland and Argentina this year. It's not all jigs and reels either as we have something for all manner of tastes in this year's programme including blues, country, jazz, latin and Balkan music and a very special "punky folky party" on the Friday featuring Th' Legendary Shack*Shakers who are tipped to be the sensation of the week!

This is the busiest week in the Lemon Tree's calendar and as well as the great lineup of evening concerts and clubs, we have fantastic free lunchtime performances every day for all the family. Artists include Irish stars Grada, Ivan Drever and Duncan Chisholm and local heroes Banish Misfortune in a specially expanded format. And for those of you who want to get involved in a hands-on capacity there are a wide range of workshops taking place throughout the week, offering everything from Songwriting to Balkan Accordion and a Fiddle Masterclass.

We hope to see you there.

John Loveday

Chair of The Lemon Tree

Evening Concerts

Deaf Shepherd / Grda

Monday 4th April

Doors Open 7.30pm Onstage 8pm

9 (6 concessions and Regulars)

Rootin Aboots concert series gets off to a great start with two great traditional bands. Scottish favourites Deaf Shepherd return to the stage with a new, mouth-watering line up while the fabulous young Irish group Grada make their Aberdeen debut.

Deaf Shepherd

Following a short break from live work and some changes to their line up, Deaf Shepherd are back! Featuring four original members and two of the most exciting instrumentalists to emerge in recent years, the new line up is:

John Morran - Guitar/Vocals

Malcolm Stitt - Bouzouki

Clare McLaughlin - Fiddle

Mark Maguire - Bodhran

Finlay MacDonald - Bagpipes/ Low whistle

Jenna Reid - Fiddle

A Deaf Shepherd performance runs the full gamut of moods and emotions, from the hell-for-leather elation of fiery jigs and reels, through the stirring majesty of Highland pipe marches, to the haunting eloquence of slow airs and ballads. Their instrumental arrangements match power with precision, contemporary inventiveness with authentic traditional taste, while lead singer John Morran, with his richly expressive, subtly poignant voice, is widely recognised as his generation's leading exponent of Scots song.

"quite simply the best folk band Scotland has produced in many a year" - The Scotsman


In their short three-year existence, Dublin-based band Grda have quickly risen to the top of the contemporary Irish scene. Mixing Irish, Breton, Eastern European, and other diverse styles with many original tunes led by Alan ODoherty on flute and whistles and fiddler Brendan OSullivan. The bands unique rhythm comes courtesy of their Antipodean engine room of Gerry Paul on guitar and bouzouki and Andrew Laking on double bass. The outstanding singer and

bodhran player Anne Marie OMalley completes a formidable line-up.

Grda is a band with star quality - Dublin Event Guide

Hear how diverse pitches coalesce to startling effect, welding contemporary and traditional tunes and songs that consort as cosily as if they were

lifelong bedfellows ensemble playing with a vengeance This is an eye-popping debut. Firebrands all. - The Irish Times


Brendan Croker and Steve Phillips /

Steve Young

Tuesday 5th April

Doors Open 7.30pm/Onstage 8pm

12 (8 concessions and Regulars)

This feast of American roots music is a must for all blues and country fans, with much more on offer besides as two tremendous acts come together for extremely rare Aberdeen performances.

Brendan Croker and Steve Phillips

Two of Britains greatest blues guitarists reunite for a very scarce duo performance. Both formidable solo performers and bandleaders (Brendan with the 5 OClock Shadows) they joined forces in the 80s and quickly became one of the most sought after acts on the booming acoustic circuit of the time. They upped the ante further in the 90s when they were both invited to become part of Mark Knopflers Notting Hillbillies project, enjoying album chart success and a succession of sellout national tours. Expect more than blues with slices of folk, country, western swing, rocknroll and a healthy dollop of humour.

Brendan Croker: "a world-class songwriter" - Andy Kershaw

Steve Phillips: "One of the greatest blues guitarists Europe has produced, and currently one of the finest anywhere in the world. - Blueprint

"For that voice, that guitar, and those songs to come together in one person is a wonder." Townes Van Zandt

Steve Young

Steve Young has been a performer and songwriter for over thirty years and is one of Americanas great troubadours. Lucinda Williams and Steve Earle, two of the most talented singer-songwriters on today's alternative country scene, have long sung Young's praises. "As a writer," Williams said, "Steve is in a league with Dylan and Hank Williams - and he sings like an angel." His songs have been covered by the Eagles, Joan Baez, Dolly Parton, Henry Rollins and Travis Tritt, Hank Williams Jr. and Waylon Jennings, among others. He still retains a keen contemporary edge in his work, often performing with his son Jubal Lee, and his broad musical vision takes in country, blues, southern gospel, tejano, bluegrass and a celtic accent, courtesy of Youngs strongly felt Scottish ancestry.

"Steve Young is the second greatest country music singer behind George Jones, he has no idea how great he is." - Waylon Jennings


Szapora / Eduardo Niebla Guitar Duo

Wednesday 6th April

Doors Open 7.30pm Onstage 8pm

9 (6 concessions and Regulars)

A thrilling programme of exotic European music is in store with the spellbinding Spanish guitarist Eduardo Niebla opening proceedings with a showcase of his unbelievable technique and intensity. The British/Balkan ensemble Szapora will then raise the blood temperature even higher with their glorious mix of heartrending ballads, uproarious drinking songs and breakneck dance tunes in improbable time signatures.


Formerly known as The Budapest Cafe Orchestra, Szapora perform uplifting, reckless and passionate traditional and gypsy music from all over central and

eastern Europe. Romanian doinas, Hungarian czardas and Bulgarian horas and songs and dances from Bosnia, Macedonia and Russia jostle for position in a truly unforgettable live set.

Szapora furiously throw together violin, mandolin, mandocello, Portuguese guitar and accordion to create deranged and drunken sounding aural melodramas as wild and as engaging as any theatre. The pace is so fast it seems to splinter sound into sparks, while the rhythms are as intoxicating as alcohol.

London Metro

Driven, relentless rhythms underneath towering melodies and improvisations. Boy, can this band play.- Acoustic Musician

Eduardo Niebla

World class Spanish virtuoso Eduardo Niebla has been widely regarded as one of the finest acoustic guitarists on the planet for two decades. His unique style is rooted in flamenco but has a strong jazz influence as well as shadings of rock and other traditional musics. He has performed with a bewildering array of artists

and groups but is best known for his inflammable guitar duo with Antonio Forcione, who performed several memorable Lemon Tree concerts. We are delighted to welcome him back after many years in the same format, this time with second guitarist Ricardo Garcia.

Spectacular, sensitive, idiomatic and breathtaking - fRoots

truly breathtaking - The Scotsman

Stunning flamenco-jazz guitar pyrotechnics - Sounds

Dramatic, emotional, spicy, fleet fingered stuff - The Herald


Michael McGoldrick Band / Dochs

Thursday 7th April

Doors Open 7.30pm Onstage 8pm

9/6 concessions and Regulars

The Scottish Arts Councils Tune Up programme brings us an unmissable night of celtic music with Michael McGoldrick, award winning flautist and Irish piper, and his high octane band plus Dchas, the hottest new Scottish traditional band around.

Michael McGoldrick Band

A groundbreaking pioneer of celtic fusion, Michael McGoldricks thrilling live show draws on folk, jazz, funk, hip-hop and world music but is firmly rooted in

traditional tune playing of the highest standard and those strong roots are never compromised. In recent years he has been a crucial contributor to such

seminal artists as Flook!, Afrocelts, Lunasa, Kate Rusbys band and now as a permanent member of Capercaillie. However, he is seen to most stunning

effect when he takes the spotlight fronting his own superb line up:

Michael McGoldrick (flute, whistle, uilleann pipes)

Dezi Donnelly (fiddle)

Donald Shaw (keyboards)

Ed Boyd (guitar)

John Joe Kelly (bodhran)

Ewen Vernal (bass)

James MacKintosh (drums)

...traditional melodies, contemporary dance-floor rhythms and jazz-funk workouts: one of the most adventurous yet intelligently configured sounds currently to be heard in any genre - The Independent


From every corner of the Highlands and Islands, Dochas produce one of the freshest and most exciting sounds in the contemporary folk scene and have taken it by storm in the last two years. In 2004 they toured Ireland, Europe and Canada to massive acclaim and rounded off the year by deservedly winning the Best Newcomers title at the Scottish Trad Awards.

Kathleen Boyle : Accordion, Piano, Guitar

Julie M Fowlis : Vocals, Whistles, Pipes, Oboe

Carol-Anne Mackay : Pipes, Accordion, Whistles

Eilidh MacLeod : Clrsach, Piano

Martin ONeill: Bodhran

Jenna Reid : Fiddle, Piano

With an armoury of fiddle, twin bagpipes, accordion, clarsach, piano and guitar, they can play big rumbustious barnstorming tunes with the best of them - and then turn round and slay you with the exquisite poignancy and lyricism of Julie Fowliss Gaelic singing." - The Scotsman


Weekend Club

Th Legendary Shack*Shakers (11.30pm)

Neck (10pm)

Selecter Acoustic (9pm)

Friday 8th April

Doors Open 8pm

10 (6.75 concession and Regulars)

Something a little different for Rootin Aboot as we present a night of roots music from the margins with a definite outlaw worldview. Headliners Th Legendary Shack*Shakers are one of the worlds greatest live bands and theyre ably supported by paddypunkers Neck and Two Tone stars The Selecter in their acoustic duo format.

Th Legendary Shack*Shakers

Th Legendary Shack*Shakers are widely acclaimed as one of the finest live experiences in the US. Led by demented singer/harmonica player Colonel JD Wilkes they have succeeded in melding the rural, agri-dustrial rhythms of America's puritan work ethic, the intensity of gutbucket blues, the dark underbelly

of country and even the madcap oompah of polka.

"This quartet create a gloriously exhilarating collision of full tilt blues, swamp voodoo and hillbilly rock...intoxicating energy and intensity" - Q

A non stop riot of blitzkreiging barndances, meltdown polkas and black hearted blues. The devils music, straight from hell. - 5/5 The Guardian

En vild, rojig och stompig korsning av country, rock-n-roll och blues. - countryrockspecialisten.se


Over the last five years, London-Irish band Neck have firmly established themselves as a leading force in the folk-punk scene, their irrepressible psycho-ceilidh sound marking them out as transatlantic cousins of Flogging Molly and Dropkick Murphys. The 6-piece band combines the swirling abandon of traditional

Irish music (fiddle, tin-whistle, banjo and uilleann pipes); with the rip-roaring electric guitar, bass & drums of a full-on punk band. All topped-off with the raucous, passionate vocals of song-smith Leeson O'Keeffe formerly of Shane MacGowans Popes.

Selecter Acoustic

Selecter Acoustic came into being in 1998 and is an offshoot of the great Two Tone band the Selecter, featuring singer/songwriter Pauline Black and songwriter/producer Nick Welsh. Their hugely entertaining live show will feature all The Selecter hits including Too Much Pressure and On My Radio, tracks from their recent albums, and stories that chart the beginnings of ska and reggae through Two Tone to the present day.


Blazin Fiddles (9pm)

La Sonera Calaveras (11.30pm)

Saturday 9th April

Doors Open 8pm

12 (8 concession and Regulars)

We end Rootin Aboot appropriately enough with the reigning Best Live Act from the Scottish Trad Awards, the wonderful Blazin Fiddles. If youre not worn out from dancing to them, La Sonera Calaveras will take you into the wee small hours with some wonderful latin grooves.

Blazin Fiddles

In the past decade no other band has quite captured the excitement, passion and the sensitivity of Scottish music as Blazin' Fiddles. With the fiddlers in the

band hailing from Mallaig (Allan Henderson) Shetland (Catriona Macdonald), Glenfinnan (Iain MacFarlane), Inverness (Bruce MacGregor) and Oban (Aidan

O'Rourke), it's fair to say that Blazin' Fiddles embodies the spirit of today's Highland fiddle music. The band arrive as holders of the Best Live Act title from

the Scottish Trad Awards and fresh from their ambitious Strings Attached tour with Eddi Reader, Justin Currie of Del Amitri and Colin McIntyre of Mull Historical

Society. Its back to business as usual tonight though with the band playing for a dancing audience for the first time at The Lemon Tree.

"The Led Zeppelin of the folk world" - The Scotsman

"Enough craic to fuel an entire festival" - The Highland News

La Sonera Calaveras

This Glasgow sextet are now firmly established as one of the UKs very finest latino bands. The band continue the revival of the magical sound of Cuba popularized by the Afro-Cuban All-Stars and Buena Vista Social Club but executed in the more intimate style of the countryside associated with Compay Segundo and Septeto Nacional. Incredibly danceable, La Sonera Calaveras repertoire mixes original material and their own versions of traditional songs,

all done in the old-fashioned afrocuban way.

brillante y apasionado- Salsa Noticias Magazine

They conveyed a carefree spirit that left the audience feeling not just entertained, but enriched in some measure - The Herald



All sessions cost 5 (3.25 concessions) and will last for around 90 minutes. Please note that the Fiddle Master Class on Saturday the 9th of April consists of two sessions which must both be taken, costing 10 / 6.50 for both parts.

Traditional Singing led by Anne Marie OMalley

Monday 4th April

3pm - Studio

Anne Marie OMalley is one of the finest vocalists to emerge from Ireland in the last few years and leads this session for singers at all levels of experience.

Irish Fiddle led by Brendan OSullivan

Monday 4th April

3pm - St Ks Bar

Widely known for his creativity and rock-steady fiddle playing, Brendan is a very talented and experienced fiddler with the band, Grda.

Guitar Accompaniment led by Gerry Paul

Monday 4th April

3pm - Boardroom

Gerry Paul plays guitar and bouzouki with the acclaimed Irish band Grada and is a key part of the rhythmic engine room that gives the band their unique sound.

Songwriting led by Steve Young

Tuesday 5th April

3pm - Studio

Steve Young is a great singer, guitarist and above all a great songwriter - his best known songs include Seven Bridges Road (recorded by The Eagles and Dolly Parton) and Waylon Jennings signature song, Lonesome Onry And Mean. In this session, hell take a holistic approach to his work - guitar, voice and writing - and share his methods, views and experiences. Participants are welcome to bring along instruments, finished songs and work-in-progress.

Rhythm Guitar led by Dave Kelbie

Wednesday 6th April

11am - Boardroom

Dave Kelbie specialises in gypsy jazz and central European music and introduces some of the techniques involved.

Accordion led by Vanja Krawczyk and Luke Carver Goss

Wednesday 6th April

11am - Studio

The Polish/English duo Vanja Krawczyk and Luke Carver Goss examine the idiosyncracies of Polish and other central and east European styles.

Fingerstyle Guitar led by Dylan Fowler

Wednesday 6th April

11am - St Ks Bar

A vastly experienced teacher and a tremendous musician across a variety of styles, Szapora's Dylan Fowler also appeared at Rootin Aboot with Julie Murphy last year.

Fiddle led by Oli Wilson Dickson

Wednesday 6th April

3pm - Boardroom

Oli Wilson Dickson, fiddler with Szapora will lead this session introducing participants to the eastern and central European traditional music performed by the band.

Song Interpretation led by Tea Hodzic

Wednesday 6th April

3pm - Studio

Using her knowledge and mastery of East European folk styles, Tea Hodzic and other members of the Balkan ensemble Szapora will work with vocalists to inspire them in their own approaches to traditional song.

Acoustic Guitar led by Eduardo Niebla

Wednesday 6th April

3pm - St Ks Bar

One of the worlds foremost acoustic guitarists, Eduardo Niebla leads this unmissable workshop for intermediate and advanced players. Topics covered will include flamenco jazz rhythms, Spanish finger-style playing, right hand techniques and improvisation in a very down to earth way.

Arranging For Voice and Instruments led by Fromseier Rose and Inge Thomson

Thursday 7th April

3pm - Studio

This workshop focuses on arranging a set of tunes or a song for both melody and rhythm instruments. This would include selecting the material and then going through different ideas on how to arrange and what each musician should listen for in the others. The session is open to all rhythm and melody players as well as singers.

Arranging For Voice and Guitar led by Bruvoll-Halverson

Friday 8th April

11am - Studio

Tore and Jon Anders will give a workshop in both traditional Norwegian singing and not-so-traditional guitar playing. They will demonstrate how one can arrange this music in simple, yet expressive ways. In their case, just with an acoustic guitar. The songs will span from medieval ballads to "lighter" material such as

Norwegian "stev" and "viser". Feel free to bring any instrument along for the interactive part of the session.

Fiddle Masterclass with Aidan ORourke and Catriona MacDonald

Saturday 9th April

11am and 3pm - Studio

10 / 6.50 for both parts

This two-part workshop is led by Blazin Fiddles Aidan ORourke and Catriona MacDonald and is designed for intermediate and advanced players only.

Free Lunchtime Performances

All shows start 1pm - Admission COMPLETELY FREE. Caf open from Noon.


Monday 4th April

In their short three-year existence, Dublin-based band Grda have quickly risen to the top of the contemporary Irish scene. They mix Irish, Breton,

Eastern European, and other diverse styles with many original tunes led by Alan ODoherty on flute and whistles and fiddler Brendan OSullivan. The

bands unique rhythm comes courtesy of their Antipodean engine room of Gerry Paul on guitar and bouzouki and Andrew Laking on double bass.

The outstanding singer and bodhran player Anne Marie OMalley completes a formidable line-up.

Ivan Drever and Duncan Chisholm

Wednesday 6th April

Former Wolfstone bandmates, singer-songwriter/ guitarist Ivan Drever and fiddler Duncan Chisholm are established as one of Scotland's top duo's, playing

mainly traditional venues and festivals across the UK, Europe and recently the USA.

Chisholms superbly expressive, virtuoso fiddling and Drevers powerful chord accompaniments and imaginative single-line picking on guitar have always

been highly compatible, but a decade of working together has brought a telepathic sense of communication to the gig. - The Scotsman

Jubal Lee Young

Tuesday 5th April

Jubal Lee Youngs songs are reckless, deep and spiritual, meticulously crafted and delivered by an amazing voice that can go in a heartbeat from a falsetto whisper to a lions roar. Touring and performing with his father Steve, Jubal Lee is currently earning a formidable reputation for his own work, receiving plaudits from Van Dyke Parks, Mary Gauthier and David Olney among others. He blends the country, folk and bluegrass soaked up during his youth with his own

rock influences to create a highly distinctive songwriting sound.

Fromseier Rose with Inge Thomson

Thursday 7th April

Fromseier Rose are Danish fiddler Ditte Fromseier Mortensen and American pianist Michael G Rose. They play elegant roots music with a repertoire that combines their own compositions with contemporary and traditional Celtic and Scandinavian tunes. Ditte's full sound and rhythmic bounce is complemented by the swinging pulse from Michael's New England roots and his jazz influenced interpretations. For this special Rootin Aboot performance they are joined by Fair Isles Inge Thomson on vocals and accordion.

Mortensen's pure-toned fiddling is sweet and resonant, especially on the slower pieces. Rose's accompaniment is delicate and spare, not the foot-pounding sort

that's often heard backing up Celtic music, reminding me in places of Keith Jarrett's jazz improvisations. - Dirty Linen


Friday 8th April

Jon Anders Halvorsen is a young folk singer who specializes in songs from his native area of Telemark in southern Norway. Over the past year Jon Anders has collaborated with the gifted guitarist Tore Bruvoll. Together they bring historic songs into a modern context, the effects of which are at times delicate and touching, and at others powerful and moving.

Beautiful, tear-jerking stuff from a very talented singer. - Songlines

Halvorsen is a young singer of vocal perfection... Apart from the quiet excellence of the music, the melodies and stories will be something of a revelation to any disposed to assume that the English and Scottish ballades are a unique phenomenon, or that Norwegian tradition is all Vikings and sagas. - fRoots

Banish Misfortune & Friends

Saturday 9th April

Banish Misfortune were formed in 2001 from the vibrant local session scene in Aberdeen, Scotland by North Cork buttonbox player Tom Roche, whistle and fiddle player Sara Reith and guitarist/singer Paul Tasker. These musicians different backgrounds have blended together into a distinctive style which takes the listener on a journey from North East Scotland, to Cork, via Nashville. They will be joined on stage today in a specially expanded lineup for Rootin Aboot

by Davy Cattanach (percussion and vocals), Brian Cromarty (mandola, bass and vocals), and Karen Hannah (fiddle).

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