The Old Town Rambler

We’re back, back, back!! Yes, this Thursday 21st September, Out of the Bedroom open mic night returns after our summer break. Thanks to everyone who played and attended the Legends night on 7th September. There may be more of those nights, with hundreds of performers over the years to choose from and some excellent talent emerging this year alone.

The venue is the wonderful Woodland Creatures on Leith Walk the night will run from 8pm to 11pm and entry is free for all. Come along and perform your original material or simply enjoy the great music. Sign up at 7:30pm for an open mic slot somewhere between 10 and 15 minutes per act, depending on the number of performers. Your host will be the fabulous Peach, also known as Small Feet Little Toes.

Feature act is The Old Town Rambler who is one of the exciting new acts to have emerged at OOTB this year. The ‘Rambler hails from North Berwick and describes his music as “roots, country, folk & blues fingerpicking and harmonica”. We think he’s one of the best traditional music players we’ve had in the open mic nights of late and we’re sure you will be delighted when you hear his music.

See you at Woodland Creatures this Thursday…

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We at Out of the Bedroom hope you have been enjoying the summer – what we have had of it – and we are just about ready to return to Woodland Creatures. Before we return with our fortnightly open mic night on Thursday 21st September, we have a special one-off event OOTB Legends on Wednesday 6th September from 7.30 – 11.00pm. All acts have been chosen for their legendary contribution to OOTB over the years.

We warmly welcome, all the way from Glasgow, The Mighty Sparrahawk “Swirling through Sequences of Time and space Classic Urban Folk-Rock-Funk-Jazz-Americana-Spoken word-Prog Singing Sensations The Mighty Sparrahawk here in the place to be…Your Headspace….” All the way from South Queensferry, Norman Lamont and The Heaven Sent “a timeless, classic singer-songwriter, as much at home in echoey electronics as in intimate acoustic settings. His songs are always melodic and memorable, but his subject matter ranges from the surreal and spiritual to quirky humour. ” All the way from Fife, via Ireland, Roisin Russell “songs about personal experiences… when [Roisin] first started the vocals I thought I heard Sinéad O’Connor.” All the way from… a Mutant Lodge, Nyk Stoddart “Been writing songs since i was 9(ish) – i tend to write a lot, and have very many strange ideas! I have a short attention span so many of my songs have lots and lots of chord and melodic changes in them, and i try not to repeat…repeat…repeat myself!”

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Baron SalmonThis Thursday, 27th July, it’s the last Out of the Bedroom… before our August break. Don’t worry we’ll be back in September!

We’re at Woodland Creatures on Leith Walk from 8pm to 11pm and entry is free for all. Come along and perform or simply enjoy the great music. Sign up at 7:30pm for an open mic slot somewhere between 10 and 15 minutes per act, depending on the number of performers. Original songs, of course.

Feature act is Baron Salmon, a young, exciting, East Lothian based, alt-folk singer songwriter. He has released two well-received EPs in the last year and is working on a third EP with a full band and Idlewild’s Rod Jones. Baron Salmon’s music is categorised by his rollicking fingerpicked guitar and his songwriting incorporates storytelling, protest, and introspection ranging from the uncomfortably honest to the impossibly vague. On stage he is a ball of energy that is outlandish for the music that he is performing, and makes him almost impossible to draw your eyes away from during a performance.

See you at Woodland Creatures this Thursday…

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Out of the Bedroom is taking a well-earned break during August and most of September. We’ll be back with OOTB 653 on Thursday 21 September.

See you soon!

[Note: this post was updated Sunday 27 August – return date has been changed]

Ms. FiThanks to everyone who came along to Out of the Bedroom 650. It was another busy night and encouraging to have a mix of new acts, acts who have not been along in a while and those acts who are more regular.

This Thursday, 13th July, we are at Woodland Creatures on Leith Walk from 8pm to 11pm and entry is free for all. You are welcome to perform or simply enjoy the great music. Sign up at 7:30pm for an open mic slot for up to 15 minutes, bearing in mind that recently slots have been limited to 10 minutes per act. As usual, songs should be original.

Feature act for OOTB 651 is Ms. Fi & the Lost Head Band who produced a damn fine album Cafe del mundo in 2013. Edinburgh singer-songwriter Fiona J Thom is influenced by the songwriting traditions of the American Songbook, 60s psychedelia, Richard Thompson and rock and roll. Assembled from musicians from the acoustic music scene in Edinburgh and surrounding area, expect toe-tapping songs with wit, melody and edge.

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OOTB reached its latest milestone this evening – 650 not out. Somewhere between 13,000 and 15,000 original songs have been played on the way by hundreds of musicians, many only playing once. Tonight was another busy evening and, encouragingly, there was a heady mix of acts old and new, and those somewhere in between! Host for the evening was James Igoe with Malcolm McLean on sound.

First up was a debut for Becky Cole, with Berni Fitzsimmons on guitar. The first song was a jazzy number which reminded me of mid-‘80s pop-jazz acts such as Style Council and Everything but the Girl. Becky’s voice was warm and delightful, with Berni providing a sensitive accompaniment. ‘Can’t Be Wasting Time On You’ was a dynamic arrangement with a hint of rock and judicious use of silence. ‘Dragging You Out’ displayed Becky’s powerful, note-perfect vocals once more. A very promising debut from this young duo. Read the remainder of this entry »

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Small Feet Little ToesAnother milestone – Out of the Bedroom 650! At 20 songs per show (a conservative estimate), that means roughly 13,000 songs have been played since we started in 2001! The last show on 15th June was jam-packed so we must be doing something right. 😀

This Thursday, 29th June, we are at Woodland Creatures on Leith Walk from 8pm to 11pm and entry is free for all. You are welcome to perform or simply enjoy the great music. Sign up at 7:30pm for an open mic slot for up to 15 minutes, bearing in mind that recently slots have been limited to 10 minutes per act. As usual, songs should be original.

Feature act for OOTB 650 is Small Feet, Little Toes (aka Peach) who was our wonderful host at the last show. A hugely endearing and mesmeric performer, the “feisty wee Edinburgh based songstress” belts out bi-polar folk lamenting the human condition, mammalian relationships and dirty sex talk. This is a rare full-set performance from Small Feet, Little Toes and not to be missed.

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Maybe it was being part of Leith Late? Maybe it was the classy venue? Maybe it was Peach as host or Lisa Rigby as feature act? Or maybe the word about Out of the Bedroom is getting out in the ether once more? Whatever the reason, this evening was our busiest OOTB night for many a month.

Our host Small Feet Little Toes kicked off proceedings with ‘Sweeter’ written when she was in a bad relationship and dreaming of a better one. You could feel the pain and powerful emotions in every sinew of Peach’s being, bending the words leaving them often barely-discernible. Reminiscent of prime Amy Winehouse.

Continuing the theme, Roisin Russell sang two songs about of ex-boyfriends. ‘Far Apart’ was about a positive experience, and Roisin’s voice soared beautifully on this one. Her guitar picking was also excellent. ‘So Tired’ was more acerbic – nobody sings “you mother-f**king swine” with quite as much venom as Roisin. Yin-yang lyrics from Roisin and truly powerful.

Darran Edmond was the first debutant of the evening with a love poem to an ex (first four songs with the same theme – am I sensing a pattern?). ‘The Ballad of Me and You’ was a very pleasing folk-tinged song which could sit easily on a playlist for Iain Anderson’s Radio Scotland show. The more upbeat, Fence Collective-like, song ‘Get Your Drinks In At The Bar’ managed to rhyme “eucharist” and “pissed” which may be a first.

Second-timer Baron Salmon was even better than last time, opening with ‘Breakfast With Him’ another “ex” love song! This song has got him into bother with lines such as “Have you slept in his bed? Have you given him head?” I don’t think he means the horse’s head of the ‘Godfather’ film which would also be controversial. ‘Gloria’ cemented his growing reputation as one of the best young songwriters on the Edinburgh circuit. This was a very confident, physical performance with Baron moving his body like a dervish to express the songs in an intense experience.

Mike Egan was our second debutant and somewhat more experienced, having written played guitar for million-selling legends such as Engelbert Humperdinck and Charles Aznavour which Mike was too modest to mention. Mike’s opener was about changing times and the world becoming more expensive, e.g. “taking out a mortgage to buy a pint”. Mike’s finale was a beautiful song about being a daddy and was played immaculately.

One of our favourite regulars Michael brought along his old friend Geoff who loved the evening but sadly was not well enough to take the stage. Michael’s country-tinged ballads were played with the honesty and grace that we love him for. ‘Never Going To Love Again’ was an upbeat tune with a melancholy lyric enough to bring the proverbial tear to a glass eye. Michael’s second song was reminiscent of the golden era of The Inkspots with the line “could we ever get back the magic we had?” A perfect way to take us to the break.

The Old Town Rambler was our next debutant of the evening and seemed to be influenced strongly by early Bob Dylan. First song, with harmonica in harness and acoustic guitar in hand, was ‘Born To Wander’ and was beautiful in its simplicity and directness. ‘If I Had My Time Again’ was about a past that may not have existed. “If I had a second chance, I would spend my life with you” – very romantic. Check out the Rambler’s recordings on Soundcloud.

Sonic wizard Jack Blimey took us into the untamed wilderness of the theatre of the mind with ‘Tuesday’s Dancer’. The story of an exotic dancer he met in Copenhagen in 1928, this was moody and brooding and contrasted with previous acts due to the stark arrangement and dense lyrics. The epic ‘Demolition Street’ was about a place you never really leave with a dreamlike set of characters. I have a similar recurring dream of mine and I find this song both uncomfortable and strangely alluring. Perhaps the most lyrically thought-provoking song of the evening.

Seraphim, our fourth debutant, was a tall, bearded Northern Irishman with a deeply bluesy, earthy sound. Americana played with guts and gusto and, along with his copious tattoos, the message was this man is not to be messed with (though in truth he’s a gentle giant). His second song ‘Don’t Cry’ was beautifully picked with the hands of a true craftsman. Watch out for a future album recorded in the wilds of Pathhead.

Our fifth and final debutant of the evening was Amy Reader, a self-proclaimed Weegie possessed of a very powerful singing voice. ‘Unstable’, written about being trapped inside your head, was a beautifully constructed number with incredible dynamics taking us soaring and diving befitting the mood of the song. ‘Transient’ was a very touching, moving song written for her grandad. The theme was appreciating where she comes from and being grateful for it. A very strong debut.

An OOTB favourite Nyk Stoddart made a welcome return after a couple of months away this evening. Often associated with comic songs, Nyk focussed on the more poignant pieces from his repertoire, being influenced by our troubled times. Nyk’s first song was about being skint with “no money for the meter / it’s running down again” and we empathised. Nyk’s second song ‘Alternative’ was surreal, impassioned and poignant but did include the line “I’m a spaceman” showing a nod to one of Nyk’s recurring themes of outer space.

Feature act was the mighty Lisa Rigby and her opener was sung a capella which was both brave and utterly spellbinding. ‘Here Come The Vampires’ was played acoustically, due to temporary sound issues, and was simple awesome with both guitar and vocal close to perfection. ‘Rain and State’ was about “shit coming around again” in politics and was both deeply personal and poignant and also mellow with a few jazzy “da-das” thrown in. ‘Oak Bones’ featured mandolin and Lisa sang about an octave above her usual range, giving the song a sparse, slightly eerie sound. ‘Mary Magdalene’ was dramatic, almost Jacques Brel-like, in style featuring heavy symbolism and Lisa’s voice was absolutely flawless. ‘Ten Pieces’, from Lisa’s days in her band Townhouse, had a pleasing steady, pulsing rhythm as Lisa glided up and down the fret complementing her floaty vocal. ‘Greenbough’ from her most recent album ‘Transition’ sounded immense and had the positive message “love will come again”. Lisa gave her finale, the upbeat ‘Happy Hour’, plenty of gusto and the audience gave some harmonies back, making this a rip-roaring community-singing end to a brilliant set from Lisa. It was a privilege to have Lisa on stage at OOTB, as ever.

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Lisa RigbyOut of the Bedroom 649, at Woodland Creatures on Leith Walk, is proud to be part of this year’s Leith Late Festival for the first time. The music runs from 8pm to 11pm and all are welcome to perform or simply enjoy the great music. Sign up at 7:30pm for an open mic slot for up to 15 minutes. Original material and free entry for all.

Feature act for OOTB 649 is Lisa Rigby. Lisa started composing & performing in 2004, recording her debut CD “Hello” the following year. In 2008 she formed Townhouse with Stuart Clark & John Farrell, their debut LP “Ten Pieces” appearing in 2009. Lisa’s 2nd solo CD “Transition” was launched in 2011 and was well received with airplay on Iain Anderson’s Evening Show on BBC Radio Scotland.

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Out of the Bedroom rolls on to show number 648 on Thursday 1st June in our new home in Woodland Creatures on Leith Walk with music from some of the best and brightest songwriters based in Edinburgh – Scotland’s capital city. The evening runs from 8pm to 11pm and all acts, young and old, rich and poor, Oasis and Blur, are welcome!

Screamin' WhisperFeature act for OOTB 648 is Screamin’ Whisper. Screamin’ was born in Dublin in 1996, and moved to Edinburgh in 2013. Screamin’ converted a room in his parents flat into a studio for his music which you can hear on his Soundcloud page. You can find Screamin’ on Twitter where you can follow his stellar progress in music and life.

Sign up at 7:30pm for an open mic slot for up to 15 minutes. Original material only and free entry as always.

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