Running order: Small Feet Little Toes, Darren Edmund, Majk Stokes, Impossible Songs, Startled Bee, Snakeskin Shoe Review, Adam Naylor, feature act: Sonja Sleator.

It was a warm, balmy Leith evening… and hosting Out of the Bedroom this evening was the very lovely Peach opening the evening in her stage persona Small Feet Little Toes, The toes were visible this evening as SFLT was barefoot – well, it is summer yes? ‘The Tides’, written at a songwriting retreat in September, and had a graceful riff, a deeply melodic vocal and the overall effect was one of washing away the past (sample lyric: “I got strong / I am free”). ‘Sweeter’, a love song written when in a bad relationship, showcased a growing confidence in her delivery with clear lyrics and astounding vocal dynamics with muted guitar picking adding to add effect and intensity. The final song was written when she was 19, and was jazzy and Jeff Buckley-esque at times, matching the great man’s intensity with phenomenal guitar playing. Read the remainder of this entry »

Ben InglisRoll up, roll up for Out of the Bedroom #671 at Woodland Creatures in glorious Leith this Thursday, 14th June from 8.00 p.m. to 11.00 p.m. Entry is, as always, free and sign up for an open mic slot is from 7.30 p.m., with 10 to 15 minutes per act depending on the number of performers. Original music only for the open slots and all music lovers are welcome.

Feature act for #671 is Ben Inglis. Ben is an aspiring young singer songwriter from the outskirts of Edinburgh influenced by the likes of Neil Young, Tom Petty, Bob Dylan, Richard Ashcroft and Noel Gallagher. Ben decided to start his musical journey last August after coming home inspired from a trip to London’s Hyde Park to see Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers. Ben has recently finished recording his first EP record with Frazer Brown at Werra Foxma Studio and this is due to be launched on June 30th at Bathgate’s Purple Orange arts venue.

OOTB #670 took place on 31st May. Photos from the evening can be found on our Facebook page. Line up was: Small Feet Little Toes, Darren Edmund, Majk Stokes, Impossible Songs, Startled Bee, Snakeskin Shoe Review, Adam Naylor and feature act: Sonja Sleator.

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Running order: Majk Stokes, Ben Inglis, Nyk Stoddart, Ewan Stein, James Igoe, feature act: The Trailer Park Saints.

Host for the evening Majk Stokes opened the evening with a gangster rap song that he tried out at Out if the Bedroom recently. More polished now, Majk’s rap celebrated his love of Yorkshire managing to rhyme “Yorkshire” with “Porsche” which was possibly a world-first! ‘Your Days Are Numbered’ was a birthday song (!) influenced by local act Jim Bryce’s birthday song and Monty Python’s ‘Galaxy Song’ – most amusing. Majk closed his set with ‘We Need The Bees’ about the current and impending environmental crisis. “Where can a bear shit when there aren’t any woods?” was a sample of the honesty and humour inherent in Majk’s very fine repertoire. Read the remainder of this entry »

Sonja SleatorOut of the Bedroom #670 is taking place at Woodland Creatures in glorious Leith this Thursday, 31st May from 8.00 p.m. to 11.00 p.m. Entry is, as always, free and sign up for an open mic slot is from 7.30 p.m., with 10 to 15 minutes per act depending on the number of performers. Original music only for the open slots and all music lovers are welcome.

Feature act for #670 is Sonja Sleator. Sonja Sleator is a Belfast-based singer/songwriter. Her story driven songs have taken her to play shows all over Ireland as well as in Nashville, New Orleans and San Francisco. Her last EP, ADAMS, was released in 2017 and described as “one of the best releases of the year.” Suffice to say, Out of the Bedroom rarely books touring musicians but we are big fans of Sonja’s music and are delighted she is our feature act.

OOTB #669 took place on 17th May. The review can be found on the OOTB website. Photos from the evening can be found on our Facebook page. Line up was: Majk Stokes, Ben Inglis, Nyk Stoddart, Ewan Stein, James Igoe, and feature act: The Trailer Park Saints.

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The Trailer Park SaintsOut of the Bedroom #669 is coming from Woodland Creatures in sunny Leith this Thursday, 17th May from 8.00 p.m. to 11.00 p.m.  Entry is free and sign up for an open mic slot is from 7.30 p.m., with 10 to 15 minutes per act depending on the number of performers. Original music only for the open slots and all music lovers, poetic hearts, flower children and hay fever sufferers are welcome to our three hours of musical paradise on Earth.

Feature act for #669 is The Trailer Park Saints. The Trailer Park Saints, created by Jonas and Paulius — two Lithuanian natives, friends, and musicians — is a fresh attempt to combine various experimentations in song writing with similar experiments in guitar-heavy soundscapes. Inspired and influenced by the likes of Radiohead, Pink Floyd, Leonard Cohen, Nick Cave, and Swans, The Trailer Park Saints have set out to form their own unique way of blending it all together. Jonas has also played Out of the Bedroom using the alias Skip, the Android.

The review for #668 on 3rd May can be found on the OOTB website and photos from the evening can be found on our Facebook page. Line up was: James Igoe, Chris Fogerty, Jim Bryce, Startled Bee, Adam Naylor, Majk Stokes, The Trailer Park Saints, Lach, Andy Hiles, feature act: Dog On A Swing.

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Running order: James Igoe, Chris Fogerty, Jim Bryce, Startled Bee, Adam Naylor, Majk Stokes, The Trailer Park Saints, Lach, Andy Hiles, feature act: Dog On A Swing.

Host for the evening James Igoe started the evening off with ‘Inge’s Eyes’. There was a comment about the depth and maturity of his voice tonight; this was entirely down to him having just recovered from a heavy cold! Still, he was happy with his performance [Ed’s note: James, it’s virtually impossible to review your own performance!]. Read the remainder of this entry »

Dog On A SwingOut of the Bedroom #668 is happening live and direct at Woodland Creatures this Thursday, 3rd May from 8.00 p.m. to 11.00 p.m. ? Entry is free and sign up for an open mic slot is from 7.30 p.m., with 10 to 15 minutes per act depending on the number of performers. Original music only for the open slots and all music lovers, bohemians, free spirits, broken spirits and everyone in between are welcome to come along and enjoy the evening.

Feature act for #668 is Dog On A Swing. Dog On A Swing is the pseudonym under which Ed Ritchie writes and plays music, based in Edinburgh. Sometimes solo, he likes to bring in other musicians on a fluid and flexible basis. DOAS released Autonomy – a debut album about fighting to secure and maintain personal autonomy – last year, and also have two EPs out. The first open mic Ed ever attended was Out Of The Bedroom, so he’s looking forward to DOAS featuring there again!

The review for #667 on 19th April can be found on the OOTB website and Malcolm’s photos from the evening can be found on our Facebook page. Line up was: Tina Louise Avery; Jim Bryce; Majk Stokes; Dog On A Swing; Sarah.T; Sonny Casey; Skip, The Android; feature act: Ali Tod.

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Running order: Tina Louise Avery; Jim Bryce; Majk Stokes; Dog On A Swing; Sarah.T; Sonny Casey; Skip, The Android; feature act: Ali Tod.

Host for the evening was Tina Louise Avery who started off with a new song ‘Weave The Sea’. As those who follow Tina know, her songs reflect her love of water. This elegant, uptempo number featured some beautiful singing and was a welcome addition to her strong watery repertoire. I could vividly picture the old man weaving by the sea. ‘Travel Writing’, about a couple growing old perhaps not happily, was performed very pleasantly indeed. ‘Francis’ was about Francis Cadell, a Scottish Colourist who painted seascapes. This was in waltz time and was evocative of Cadell’s paintings (sample lyric: “there I’ll be seated on the chair painted red”). Read the remainder of this entry »

Ali TodOut of the Bedroom #667 is this Thursday, 19th April. We had an excellent 666 – keeping the forces of darkness at bay (most of the time, we shone the lights in the audience more brightly) – and are again at Woodland Creatures from 8.00 p.m. to 11.00 p.m. ? Entry is free and sign up for an open mic slot is from 7.30 p.m., with 10 to 15 minutes per act depending on the number of performers. Original music only for the open slots and all music lovers, dreamers, writers, knitters, creatives, anti-folkies, folkies and layabouts are welcome to come along and enjoy the evening.

Feature act for #667 is the mighty Ali Tod. Ali is classically trained, but has a genre-defying style that is far flung from the classical guitar. With heavy influence from artists such as Rodrigo y Gabriela and KT Tunstall, Ali has developed a unique blend of percussive guitar and loop mastery, to create an original sound that gets hands clapping, hips shaking and feet stomping.

The review for #666 on 5th April can be found on the OOTB website and Malcolm’s photos from the evening can be found on our Facebook page. Line up was: Jim Bryce, Euan Glasgow, Pink Kudu, Impossible Songs, Bill Phillip, The Old Town Rambler, Suzanne Dyson, Michael, Skip the Android, Savona, Ali Tod, feature act: Scott Candlish.

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Running order: Jim Bryce, Euan Glasgow, Pink Kudu, Impossible Songs, Bill Phillip, The Old Town Rambler, Suzanne Dyson, Michael, Skip the Android, Savona, Ali Tod, feature act: Scott Candlish.

Was 666 a spooky or otherwise cursed night for OOTB? Not at all, simply a terrific evening of old and new performers and a wide range of musical styles making for a very fine April evening. Read the remainder of this entry »

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