It’s Out of the Bedroom #663 with much promise of hope as we emerge from hibernation. This Thursday 22nd February we’ll be at Woodland Creatures from 8.00 p.m. to 11.00 p.m. Fancy joining us? Entry is free and if you want to play, sign up starts at 7:30pm for an open mic slot, with 10-15 minutes per act depending on the number of performers. You are welcome if you are a performer of original material, a music lover, a creative or otherwise attracted to a night of musical expression.

Jeanice LeeOOTB 662 on 8th February saw four debut acts and some welcome returnees. The review for #662 can be found on the OOTB website and Malcolm’s photos from the evening can be found on our Facebook page. Line up for the evening: Jim BryceTina Louise AverySamantha Preis (debut), Rosie Smith (debut), Colin WhitelawCloudland Blue QuartetNote To Self: (debut), Jacob O’Sullivan (debut), DB Hews, feature act: Conor Michael Riordan.

Feature act for #663 is Jeanice Lee. Jeanice is an Edinburgh-based singer-songwriter who writes songs with a rich blend of poetic lyrics, catchy melodies and deep emotions, resulting in her self-styled, alternative, melancholic tunes. Song-writing is a significant creative outlet for Jeanice in which she explores her inner dialogue and self-awareness as well as the system and the world. Only started learning the guitar over a year ago, Jeanice is writing and performing songs using both classical and electric guitars and has been working hard in the last nine months to build her repertoire of songs and prepare for live shows with her full band.

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A mild February evening brought a few fresh faces and some welcome returners to Woodland Creatures this evening. Themes of the evening included historical characters, both real and apocryphal, Brexit, alcohol and chips. A good mix of topics!

Running order: Jim Bryce, Tina Louise Avery, Samantha Preis, Rosie Smith, Colin Whitelaw, Cloudland Blue Quartet, Note To Self:, Jacob O’Sullivan, DB Hews, feature act: Conor Michael Riordan.

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It’s Out of the Bedroom #662 and do we have a show for you? Thankfully, the answer to that question is “yes”… this Thursday 8th February from 8.00 p.m. to 11.00 p.m. at  the excellent Woodland Creatures. Entry is free and if you want to play, sign up starts at 7:30pm for an open mic slot, with 10-15 minutes per act depending on the number of performers. You are welcome if you are a performer of original material, a music lover or simply curious. Host for the evening will be Jim Bryce with Malcolm McLean on sound desk.

Conor Michael RiordanOOTB 661 on 25th January was reviewed on this website and was a fine tribute to the spirit of Rabbie Burns, albeit no songs of Rab’s were performed or even alluded to. The shortbread went down well, too. Line up for the evening: Suhail, Jeanice Lee, Metecandriu, Startled Bee, Julien Pearly, Izzie Walsh, Michael MacAneny, John Porro, Chris Fogerty, feature act: TG McEwan.

Feature act for #662 is Conor Michael Riordan. Conor is a Banjoist poet from the Wirral, who’s been in Scotland for the last 10 years. Catalogue of song themes include people, politics and alcohol. Conor is an outstanding and highly entertaining performer with words that stay with you long after the show is over. One to watch – this young man could go far.

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Tonight was Burns Night at Out of the Bedroom though, apart from the surplus Christmas shortbread supplied by host James Igoe, you might not have known. The one thing we had in common with this auspicious date in the calendar this evening was the quality of songwriting and sheer passion from everyone who graced the Woodland Creatures stage. Malcolm McLean was on sound desk and photography, with photos of the night on Facebook.

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The second Out of the Bedroom of 2018 this Thursday is number 661 and just happens to fall on Burns Night, 25th January. In celebration of the great man, we’ll be bringing shortbread. No idea if he liked the sugary and buttery biscuit so connected with Scotland but Burns’ face features on a fair few tins! Our very fine venue is Woodland Creatures and first open slot is 8pm and we finish up at 11pm. Entry is free and you are welcome as a performer of original material, a music lover or simply a shortbread eater. If you want to play, sign up starts at 7:30pm for an open mic slot, with 10-15 minutes per act depending on the number of performers. Host for the evening will be James Igoe with Malcolm McLean on sound desk.

TG McEwanOOTB 660 on 11th January was a very enjoyable start to the year though not too many musicians so do come along as the audience is there! The evening featured: host Tina Louise Avery, Skip the Android, James Igoe, Conor Michael Riordan and feature act Roelle Blue.

Feature act is TG McEwan. TG is a phenomenally prolific singer-songwriter who has been performing since the 1980s and has played well over 1,000 gigs. TG will be launching his new album “Promises” which comes with a whopping 120 page booklet! Some of TG’s songs can be found on his YouTube channel and some songs are available on ye olde MySpace. If the new songs played at OOTB recently are an indicator, TG’s album will be amazing.

As well as being a very fine musician and gentleman, TG also co-founded a groundbreaking open mic night in Edinburgh in 1993 called Workers in Song. This was an original music open mic night, later becoming Edinburgh Songwriters Showcase, and was the inspiration for Out of the Bedroom. Basically, TG McEwan is a genius!

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Welcome back to Out of the Bedroom! Yes, it’s 2018, it’s a brand new year and we’re back at Woodland Creatures for more open mic entertainment in our 660th open mic night. Thanks to everyone who came along to play or support the musicians at OOTB in 2017. We hope you enjoyed yourself as much as we did and we’re sure you’ll find plenty to enjoy this year.

Usual rules apply… first open slot is 8pm and we finish up at 11pm. Entry is free for all whether you are a performer of original material or a music lover. If you want to play, sign up starts at 7:30pm for an open mic slot, with 10-15 minutes per act depending on the number of performers.

Roelle BlueFeature act is Roelle Blue. Roelle Blue is the stage name for Edinburgh-based Kirsty Heggie, who is gaining a reputation as an exceptional musician. Her skill and style allow her to be classed as a folk singer, while her diversity invites hints of gothic, celtic, psychedelic, rap, punk and blues. With original material that appeals to a wide audience and also the more obscure art fans, Roelle also has a unique take on classic hits and old folk songs, she never fails to be heard and distinguished.

Roelle’s is a voice that is strong and striking, unlikely to be forgotten, and is a classical guitarist but may use electric guitar. Having made her way from busking on streets, to travelling as a minstrel has led to a 2017 performance at Celtic Connections in Glasgow where judges asserted that she is a “highly recommended” artist. Roelle has acquired a comfort with the stage and to listeners that reflects her life experience and intense relationship with word and music. Influences range from Bob Dylan to Bjork. “Somewhere in between Joni Mitchell and Irvine Welsh.”

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reindeer with guitarOut of the Bedroom is having a Christmas and New Year break. Thanks to everyone who has played, come along to listen and otherwise supported the evenings at Woodland Creatures this year. I hope you agree that it’s been a very positive move for OOTB and we have an excellent venue for music, drink, food, ambience and everything you would hope for in a top public house.

We’re back at the venue on Thursday 11th January 2018 with the wonderful Roelle Blue as feature act. See you there and we hope you have a very enjoyable festive season!

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MichaelThis is it – the last Out of the Bedroom of 2017 with the wonderful Michael as our feature act. We’ve reached OOTB number 659 and we’re bringing cake for you as it’ll be our Christmas show. All religious and non-religious people are welcome and you are free to embrace or completely ignore the Christmas theme. If you want to take part, you can play a festive song – just make it a good one without any fear. First open slot is 8pm and we finish up at 11pm. Entry is free for all whether you are a performer of original material or a music lover. Sign up at 7:30pm for an open mic slot, with 10-15 minutes per act depending on the number of performers.

“Where did 2017 go?” I hear you say. We’ll we’ve had a great time with 18 shows at our (still quite) new home of Woodland Creatures on Leith Walk. Loads of great new acts, musicians returning after a lengthy absence and our amazing regular performers. All-in-all something to celebrate…

At the most recent OOTB, our 658th show, we had another cracking line up with debut host Majk Stokes, Tina Louise Avery, Michael (see below), Darren, Ailsa and The Seahorses, Rui Alma, Conor Michael Riordan, soundman Chris Glen and our feature act Jim Bryce.

Our final feature act of 2017 is Michael, a very lovely septuagenarian gentleman with a long and distinguished musical career stretching back six decades. Born and raised in the Leith area, and proud of that fact, Michael played semi-professionally with his good friend Geoff in ’60s band The Jeffreys and has continued to play live ever since. Just over ten years ago, ‘Mick and Geoff’, as they were know then, made their Out of the Bedroom debut and only recently has Michael become a solo performer and singer. Michael’s songs are beautifully-crafted in the ’50s rock ‘n roll and country traditions with a nod to The Everly Brothers, Buddy Holly, Jim Reeves and Elvis among others. Michael has no music available online, no social media presence or any website and we love him for that! 

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Jim Bryce

As 2017 closes in, Out of the Bedroom has two more top notch shows for you. Open mic night number 658 is on this Thursday 30th November in the backroom of Woodland Creatures on Leith Walk. Feature act for OOTB 658 is the legendary man of many talents Jim Bryce. First open slot is 8pm and we finish up at 11pm. Entry is free for all whether you are a performer of original material or a music lover. Sign up at 7:30pm for an open mic slot, with 10-15 minutes per act depending on the number of performers. Host for the evening will be our newest host Majk Stokes.

For OOTB number 657 (16th November) we had a good, enthusiastic crowd though more musicians would have been nice – musicians, are you hearing me? 🙂. The evening featured: host Tina Louise Avery, Michael, Colin Whitelaw (aka Colin Anytime), Jonas Cimermanas (aka Skip the Android), James IgoeLach and feature act Startled Bee.

Jim Bryce is… unique. If you want a “typical singer-songwriter” – whatever that is – you’re not going to get it. Bryce veers wildly from dissonant boogie-woogie to rock to MOR, from jazz-tinged musings to elegiac pibroch to music-hall. The influences are legion; the results unmistakably Bryce. Jim’s lyrics can be political, achingly beautiful, witty or plain daft. As a composer, he has written for BBC, theatres the length of the country, Ceebeebies and squeaky stuff for the concert-hall, with works performed at the Ravenna Festival and on the Edinburgh Fringe.

“Decidedly quirky songs, somewhere between boogie-woogie and advanced atonality” (The Scotsman) “Randy Newman after a pint of Pimms” (RBL music). “The Noel Coward for our generation.” (Joe Goldblatt) “Strums a guitar, plonks a keyboard, and has no idea why he’s here.” (Jim Bryce)

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Startled BeeOut of the Bedroom open mic night number 657 is on this Thursday 16th November at the backroom of Woodland Creatures on Leith Walk. Feature act for OOTB 657 is Startled Bee – prepare to bee delighted! First act is on stage at 8pm and we finish up at 11pm. Entry is free for all whether you are a performer of original material or a music lover. Sign up at 7:30pm for an open mic slot, with 10-15 minutes per act depending on the number of performers. Host for the evening will be Tina Louise Avery.

For the record OOTB number 656 (2nd November) was a most enjoyable occasion and featured: Tina Louise Avery, Will & Geoff (also known as Schadenfreude), TG McEwan, Iain & Cassy (Combo Combo), Jack Blimey, James McGinley, host Peach and feature act Liam Stuart. 

Startled Bee is a singer-songwriter based in Edinburgh and the “m” in mph. He plays mostly Startled Bee originals and acoustic arrangements of favourites from the mph songbook. Sometimes accused of being a romantic in his lyrical themes, Startled Bee pleads mostly guilty with a touch of quirk.

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