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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 »

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 »

Running order: Scott Candlish, Tau Boo, Tina Louise Avery, Michael, Dow Joan, Suzanne Dyson, Rosie Smith, feature act Ewan Stein. Read the remainder of this entry »

A lighter night, a fuller crowd and the best show of 2018 so far…

Running order: Small Feet Little Toes, Ewan Stein, Tina Louise Avery, Khalid and Jamie, Jon Mclean, Callum McKinnon, Robert King, Michael, Jim Bryce, James McGinley, feature act: DB Hews. Read the remainder of this entry »

The Leith weather was mild outside for the fourth OOTB of the year but inside the music was hotter than a pepper sprout with love, lust and travel being some of the main themes of the evening. A good and appreciative audience built up as the night went on. Though we could have slotted in more musicians, there was certainly enough quality to make for a very enjoyable evening.

Running order: James Igoe, Scott Candlish, Ewan Stein, Michael, Natalie Docherty-Gibson feature act: Jeanice Lee. Read the remainder of this entry »

A mild February evening brought a few fresh faces and some welcome returners to Woodland Creatures this evening. Themes of the evening included historical characters, both real and apocryphal, Brexit, alcohol and chips. A good mix of topics!

Running order: Jim Bryce, Tina Louise Avery, Samantha Preis, Rosie Smith, Colin Whitelaw, Cloudland Blue Quartet, Note To Self:, Jacob O’Sullivan, DB Hews, feature act: Conor Michael Riordan.

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Tonight was Burns Night at Out of the Bedroom though, apart from the surplus Christmas shortbread supplied by host James Igoe, you might not have known. The one thing we had in common with this auspicious date in the calendar this evening was the quality of songwriting and sheer passion from everyone who graced the Woodland Creatures stage. Malcolm McLean was on sound desk and photography, with photos of the night on Facebook.

Running order: Suhail, Jeanice Lee, Metecandriu, Startled Bee, Julien Pearly, Izzie Walsh, Michael MacAneny, John Porro, Chris Fogerty, feature act: TG McEwan. Read the remainder of this entry »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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