22 May 2015 20:30
Miriam Jones + Giles Perring/Ewan MacPherson
the music for the 2015 season, we've got a show on 22 May, the eve of
the Jura Fell Race, and we're bringing song smithing of the highest
order to Jura from
A small-town British Columbia native, Miriam
Jones has written and recorded albums on the Nova Scotia coast,
in Nashville, and in England where she is now settled. She supported Aztec Camera's Roddy Frame on his UK
tour at the end of last year, the first outing for her new record, Between Green and Gone.
The album is a concise collection of poignant short stories in song
form brought perfectly to life through a creative partnership with a
musician who is no stranger to Sound of Jura Simon Edwards, whose craft graces
albums from Albert Kuvesin & Yat
Kha, Karl Culley, Fairground Attraction, Billy Bragg and David Gray.
Miriam Jones' new album comprises ten, four-minute tales which are
delivered with a grit and warmth that puts her firmly in the Bonnie
Raitt and Joan Osborne class of tough but soulful exponents of North
American roots music. It's a thrill to have the chance to hear this in
the surroundings of the Jura Hall “Transfixed by her style ....
emotive performances that combine darkness and soul but warmth and
accessibility too” – Maverick “Quiet, restrained and
thoughtful piece of work ... it’s a very good record” – Independent On Sunday "classy confident country pop”
– acoustic mag
Giles Perring is an artist with a very diverse
background. He describes his own music as 'having no genre but its own'. His
interests reflect a restless musical temperament. He has engaged with
music as varied as rock, pop, electronica, contemporary composition,
jazz and improvised, industrial and traditional music. A member of the ground breaking
and innovative sound collective Echo
City since 1983, his work outside that formative project has
associated him The Shout, Van der
Graaf, Fad Gadget, Yat Kha, Islay Gaidhlig Choir, Sarum Orchestra, Karl
Culley and The Mekons.Meanwhile his own recorded
compositions have featured in cinema, radio, theatre and many major TV
shows. He is teaming up for this show with Ewan MacPherson, who's musical
craftsmanship has been incorporated into his work in bands like Breabach and Shooglenifty, and who has been heard
live on Jura in collaborations with Lauren
MacColl and Luke Daniel.
Giles is pairing with Ewan to give a little flavour of some the music
that he gets up to at the moment in the Sound of Jura studio, which has been
established at Knockrome for about 9 years now. 5 June 2015 20:30 Jura Hall Des Horsfall's Kuschty Rye & Clare Jordan
We've got quite a busy live music programme on Jura for all you fans of
a proper evening's entertainment over the next few weeks. Hot the heels
of our Fell Race Eve gig on 22 May, we've finally got the chance to put
on a show that been in discussion for a while, in the shape of Des
Horsfall's Kuschty Rye...
Des earned his stripes in various Roots/Country-Rock band line-ups from
his West Yorkshire base since the late 70s, Des Horsfall has had, in
his own words,“a few skirmishes with fame”. In the 80s, under the
guidance [til his untimely death] of the legendary Alexis Korner], he
fronted Blues-Rock band Raw Deal. In the 90s Des opened gigs for an
illustrious list of seriously good people that includes Joe Ely, Steve
Earle, Emmylou Harris, and Chuck Prophet.
After a decade of as a producer in his own studio [Valve Studios],
Horsfall has reemerged with his live ‘Rustic Rock n Roll’ outfit ‘Des
Horsfall’s KUSCHTY RYE’ and a critically acclaimed album ‘The Good
Gentleman’s Tonic’, for which he proudly cites the influences of Ronnie
Lane and Slim Chance. The album features Slim Chance members Benny
Gallagher, Charlie Hart and Steve Simpson and was described by Ronnie’s
old mate Pete Townshend as 'a killer record….KILLER!.'
We've got Des performing with his frequent compadré, guitarist and mandolin player Dan Raza.
We're very, very pleased to be able to announce that we've just added Islay's Clare Jordan to the bill on 5 June.
Clare is a major local talent, both as a Gaidhlig singer but also as a
composer and songwriter. She is well known to local audiences for her
stunning singing while her song cycle Blar was performed on Islay in 2013 as part of the Feis. A number of the songs then featured on the Islay Gaidhlig Choir Cd released by Sound of Jura.Clare
hails from Connel, a small village outside Oban, and has been heavily
involved in traditional music and song from a young age. She continued
her love for music right through her school years and eventually went
on to complete a degree in Gaelic and Traditional Music. Since then she
has been involved in many projects which include Blār, but also Rogha Bārdachd Ėle and many others. Clare also plays with Islay band Siar who released their debut EP last year. Clare says, 'I now want to pusue my dream of becoming a full-time performing artist specialising in Gaelic song'. Tickets for our shows are available
on our tickets
Ģ12 on the door or online
Ģ10 in advance, in person, from the Jura Community Store Travel ideas Come straight into Craighouse from
Tayvallich with The Jura
Nicol on firstname.lastname@example.org
or +44 7768 450000. Accommodation is
available at the Jura Hotel and the various B/B's on the island. There
is also camping in the Hotel field. Look at the Jura Development Trust website
for more information. Jura Island Tours
can offer transport to and from the concert venue from Feolin Ferry as
well as an acclaimed and highly informative Island tour for anyone who
fancies making a day of it.
Contact Alex on +44 1496 820 314 or email@example.com If you're heading over from Islay you
can use the Jura Ferry. It offers late evening return
transport to Port Askaig which you need to book on +44
1496 840 681. It
should be booked at least 3 days before the concert for late evening
travel to Islay after the music finishes, using the 23:00 return
sailing from Port Askaig.