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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!”

See you at Woodland Creatures,


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…


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.

See you at Woodland Creatures this Thursday…


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 »

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.

See you at Woodland Creatures this Thursday…


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. Read the remainder of this entry »

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.

Freedom Come All Ye!

See you there…


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.

See you there…

It was nice to see Woodland Creatures heaving this evening with a fair few people new and old in the back room. Our host tonight was the very talented Tina Avery with Jack Blimey on sound. Top snapper Malcolm McLean took photographs.

Lisa Rigby started the evening with the upbeat ‘Happy Hour’. Somewhat deceptively happy, as it is a subtle dig at corrupt politicians on this day of local election voting.

CJ was first debutante of the evening starting with ‘On My Own’. I’m guessing CJ is too young to remember the late ‘90s Blur classic with the same title! CJ’s impressive vocal range shone throughout this sad breakup song (“picking my pieces off the ground”). ‘Chandelier’ was a song of liberation dedicated to being free swinging from a chandelier. The softer, melancholy ‘Please Don’t Say You Love Me’ was my favourite of CJ’s this evening – well-constructed and an emotional performance.

Going up the decades, our delightful regular Michael started with a country number ‘Who’s Going To Care For My Baby?’ Written from the perspective of an inmate in jail, I could hear the spirit of Johnny Cash being channelled. ‘Waterfalls’ continued the questioning lyrics with a very personal and direct style as if he were reciting a letter to a dear friend. ‘Honey Honey Bay’ was influenced by Al Jolson, a very popular early 20th century act but not a common source of inspiration for many OOTB musicians. Ending with the refrain of “California, here I come”, Michael brought sunshine into our lives once more.

Skip the Android, aka Jonas, was another musician making an OOTB debut this evening. His deep, booming voice, reminiscent of James Grant mixed with David Cassidy’s breathy vibrato, gave extra gravitas to his performance. Listening was like floating in a scented bath, pleasant and sweetly intoxicating. A very different, less typically-Westernised style from the other musicians this evening.

Freeloadin’ Frank celebrated Spring and nature’s cycle of life with ‘Butterfly’. Frank managed to cram in many words rhyming with “fly” in this conversation between “Smithers” and his master. ‘Bloodshed on the Way’ was Frank’s nod to this evening’s political events (hopefully no bloodshed in Edinburgh City Chambers, though) and the song of Frank’s I had in my head today. Ultimately a reflection on the psychopathic nature seemingly typical of those in power. Frank’s first ever song, written when unemployed in the 1980s, ‘Yippy Dippy Doo-Dah’ had us all tapping our feet and singing along.

After the break, Jack Blimey hit the stage with his epic ‘Demolition Street’. Poetic, somewhat bleak and eerie and dreamlike all at once. A unique guitar style and tremulous vocal, the music gets under your skin and stays there as your subconscious slowly digests what you have just heard. The vivid scene of the street may just pop into your dreams, but don’t be scared!

Final debutante of the evening was the wonderful Jean Thomson. Having been to hundreds of OOTB shows, I thought I had seen almost every instrument played here – but no! Jean brought her mbira which is the national instrument of Zimbabwe and a very portable instrument; good for bringing to open mics. Jean told us that songs played on the mbira can go on for an hour or more as they are usually played in a round with other musicians. Thankfully, with our time constraints, Jean condensed the songs and played them beautifully. ‘The Snake’ was an instrumental which reminded me of a rattlesnake due to the mbira’s hissing sound – perhaps the origin of the song title? A unique performance, hopefully we’ll see Jean again soon.

Matthew Elton is surely one of the most improved songwriters and performers of the last year or so as evidenced by his musical craft this evening. The pastoral ‘Looking for the Shore’ was about appreciating nature in an optimistic way, embracing change. I can hear a hint of Talking Heads in Matthew’s style. ‘The Bridge’ was a pleasant song about happy memories of first love in Cambridge amongst the city’s concrete structures. The upbeat ‘Only So Long’ focussed on someone who is getting their life together while recognising that they only have so long to do that. This was my favourite of Matthew’s this evening and ended my favourite performance of his yet.

Guitar virtuoso Rui Alma started with a song he wrote yesterday while listening to his favourite violinist. I get nervous when I hear that someone is about to play a song they have just written, sensing that quality control might not be the best. However, Rui’s instrumental sounded very sweet with Jack’s reverb unit giving him the bigger sound that the song demanded. Rui’s final song was about keeping hope alive after a heartbreak and his pleasing jazzy vocals complemented the melancholy theme very nicely.

The excellent Tina Avery had the final open slot. ‘Memo to Youth’ was written as a piece of sage advice for her nephew who is planning to become a professional musician. A beautiful tune, with some nifty guitar picking from Tina. ‘Open Sea’ was dedicated to the refugees who continue to cross the Mediterranean hoping for a better life within Europe. This moving song included a pleasing musical resolution (consonance) to a discordant chord (dissonance). We can but hope this metaphor can extend to the refugees.

Lisa Rigby came back from family duties for her second song of the evening ‘Rain and State’. Lisa’s “da-da-dum song”, the lyric was about searching for how life could be – a recurring theme of the evening. Immaculately sung and played by Lisa.

Feature act this evening was local legend Cameron Phair. It is rare to see Cameron do a full set of his own material, so it was particularly pleasing he could be our feature act this evening. ‘Diamond Horizon’ is about his experience of growing up in Portobello and it was delivered in his awesomely powerful voice. ‘Sometimes Green’ is a romantic song and was played with great energy. Cameron has been recording an EP “for about four years” and ‘Older’, about getting older, will be on it. This is very much a pop song, think Ed Sheeran if he didn’t sound over-produced and if his songs were warm and endearing. ‘Groovy, Dreamy, Awkward’ were the catchphrases of Cameron’s course coordinator Richie Harrison and Cameron used this as a title for his next song which was an amusing reflection on his recent sound production studies. ‘Transient Town’ was a brilliant, melancholy tale of falling in love with people who aren’t allowed to stay in Edinburgh. ‘Anyway Down, How Many Ways Down’ was about being diagnosed with ADHD and embracing and accepting it. This reminded me of Elvis Costello, mixed in with Cameron’s many musical influences. The final song, ‘Love is in X-Files’, was about being fearful of entering a relationship due to fear of love and intimacy. This was another brilliant song from Cameron and an excellent way to close the evening.

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