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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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Scott CandlishOut of the Bedroom #666 is coming this Thursday, 5th April! According to some translations of the Bible, 666 is the number of the beast… who, apparently, was the dastardly Emperor Nero. I don’t know if there will be any fiddling while Rome, or anywhere else for that matter, burns but there will be music 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, potters, cheesemakers, meek people and fallen Roman emperors are welcome to come along and enjoy the evening.

Feature act for #666 is Scott Candlish. Singer songwriter Scott Candlish is fresh from the release of his second EP in 2017 ‘Home Away from Home’. Originally from Melbourne Scott moved to Edinburgh in the last 12 months and has been hitting the city’s music scene by storm. His influences include Ryan Adams, Ben Howard, Bon Iver and The Tallest Man on Earth.

The review for #665 on 22nd March can be found on the OOTB website. Line up was: Scott Candlish, Tau Boo, Tina Louise Avery, Michael, Dow Joan, Suzanne Dyson, Rosie Smith, feature act Ewan Stein.

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Ewan SteinOut of the Bedroom #665 is this Thursday 22nd March, Springing on from a cracking night two weeks ago with many very high quality performances. Venue is Woodland Creatures from 8.00 p.m. to 11.00 p.m. and entry is free. Sign up for an open mic slot 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, artists, clowns, jugglers, poets and ne’er-do-wells are welcome to come along and enjoy the evening.

Feature act for #665 is Ewan Stein. Ewan Stein has being playing songs in his head and for select audiences, sworn to secrecy, for over two decades. Some of them he aired while playing guitar and singing for legendary Edinburgh indie band ‘Recliner’. Ewan’s music, influenced by folk and indie rock, is inspired by living and growing in Scotland, Tasmania, the United States and the Middle East.

The review for #664 on 8th March can be found on the OOTB website and Malcolm’s photos from the evening can be found on our Facebook page. Line up for OOTB 664: Small Feet Little Toes, Ewan Stein, Tina Louise AveryKhalid Al KhajahJon McleanCallum McKinnonRobert KingMichaelJim BryceJames McGinley, and feature act DB Hews.

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Great news! We’ve survived the snow apocalyse, so let’s celebrate at Out of the Bedroom #664 on Thursday 8th March! Come join in the party at Woodland Creatures from 8.00 p.m. to 11.00 p.m. Entry is free – yes, FREE – and if you want to play, sign up starts at 7.30 p.m. for an open mic slot, with 10 to 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.

DB HewsFeature act for #664 is DB Hews. DB Hews is a singer-songwriter born and bred in Dublin, Ireland, currently based between there and the northern UK, exploiting every venue, support slot, and open mic that come up to showcase those songs.As well as choirs, musicals and songwriting/ music production for theatre and film, DB Hews has been a frontman over the last decade in band after band; recently, on keyboard and backing vocals behind Jamie Duff, Roisin El Cherif, and Sam Messayeh in Dublin, as well as fronting the big band EUJO in Edinburgh.

The review for #663 on 22nd February can be found on the OOTB website and Malcolm’s photos from the evening can be found on our Facebook page. Line up for OOTB 663: James Igoe, Scott Candlish, Ewan Stein, Michael, Natalie Docherty-Gibson and feature act: Jeanice Lee.

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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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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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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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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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