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The next Out of the Bedroom open mic night is number 655 and in on this Thursday 19th October. Come all ye newcomers, regulars and all those who fit somewhere in between to the very fine Edinburgh venue Woodland Creatures on Leith Walk. We start at 8pm and finish at 11pm and 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, about 10 minutes or two songs per act depending on the number of performers.

We’ve had a run of exceptionally varied Out of the Bedroom nights recently and Malcolm McLean captured OOTB 654 evening with a set of evocative photos so you can imagine you were there (if you weren’t). Particularly memorable were The Champions, an ensemble all the way from South Africa with vocal harmonies to die for.

Majk StokesFeature act for OOTB 655 is “Magic” Majk Stokes an Edinburgh-based singer-songwriter and musician, who has been writing and performing silly songs for longer than he cares to admit. Majk has had a show in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival every year since 2013 and has performed on four continents. His left hand has appeared on television three times. His first band, Porridge Stoats, played in and around Edinburgh for several years and supported samba-punk band Bloco Vomit and the UK’s premier protest band Seize the Day. Majk writes poems and short stories, and plays and calls ceilidhs with the legendary Shingis McKingis ceilidh band. Majk has just released, this week, a new CD ‘Too Much Caffeine’.

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Back after almost two months, I think we at OOTB were a bit worried that people had forgotten about us. Thankfully that was not the case and we had one of OOTB’s most eclectic line ups ever. Peach was the excellent host for the evening and Jack Blimey was the sound desk guru.

Small Feet Little Toes OOTB 653Peach kicked off the evening as Small Feet Little Toes with some sparkling silver shoes to contain those feet. ‘Helium Heart’ showcased her unique style – beautifully crafted acoustica combined with a complex, barely-discernible lyric and a vocal which soars and dives like a mighty eagle. An impressive mouth trumpet during the instrumental break. ‘Tales of Blue’ was a song about addiction, featuring some very impressive guitar picking. This was intense – you could feel the addict’s acute pain. SFLT finished with a new song, currently without a title, which was a slower, hypnotic number. This will appear on her new album to be recorded in early 2018. Watch out for that! Read the remainder of this entry »

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Tina Louise Avery

After an exceedingly enjoyable night two weeks ago, Out of the Bedroom is back with more fun this Thursday 5th October. We loved the variety of the performers at our last show – please see Malcolm McLean’s excellent photos to get a flavour of the night. We welcome all newcomers, regulars and those-who-have-not-been-for-a-while. You don’t have to feel you have to fit in, there is no trend or fashion, just come along and be amongst friends!

The venue is the marvelous Woodland Creatures on Leith Walk. We start at 8pm and finish at 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, about 10 minutes or two songs per act depending on the number of performers. Your host will be James Igoe.

Feature act is Tina Louise Avery. Tina’s thought-provoking songs draw on real and fictional places and the people and emotions she encounters there. Her clear-voiced lyrics are accompanied by her distinctive finger-picking style and influences range from Paul Simon and Kate Bush to Natalie Merchant and Suzanne Vega. In January 2017, Tina was selected for the Danny Kyle Open Stage at Celtic Connections, and she has played support at the Edinburgh and Leith Folk Clubs and several venues for the Free Fringe during the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The title track from Tina’s River Man EP won the 2013 Loanhead Music Festival Songwriting Competition. Her second EP will be released in November this year- watch this space! Tina is regularly accompanied by guitarist Vincent Gauchot.

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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.

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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.

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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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