• World class folk music from Scotland and abroad with First Aid Kit, The Staves and The Scottish Fiddle Orchestra
• Scottish National Jazz Orchestra celebrates jazz legends Count Basie and Duke Ellington
• Tickets available at www.usherhall.co.uk
Edinburgh’s Five Star Concert venue is set to host music from across the genre’s this Autumn, including a strong jazz and folk line-up.
The first of these is the Swedish folk duo First Aid Kit on their Rebel Heart tour. The band have enjoyed a meteoric rise through the ranks in recent years. Speaking about the tour Klara and Johanna said, “we’re thrilled to announce our Rebel Heart Tour in the fall. We’ll be returning to our beloved UK for our biggest tour there to date”. The Swedish sisters will be joined by UK sister trio The Staves.” With us on the road we’ll have the incredible sister trio The Staves. We’ve been friends and mutual fans for years and finally we get to tour together. We can’t wait to get your rebel hearts beating with us!”
The Staves were equally as thrilled, saying, “we met Johanna and Klara backstage at Glastonbury just before singing together with Mumford & Sons for their finale back in 2013, and since then we’ve met in many different dressing rooms in cities and countries across the world. Now we’ve finally managed to fulfil our dream of touring with another band of SISTERS! Gigging is always great, but when it’s with a band you admire and people you love and folks you can harmonise with, it’s the best. We can’t wait to see you out there on the road.”
As we move into November, spend a sensational evening of music, song and dance celebrating Ol’ Blue Eyes himself in Simply Sinatra. Matt Ford & Victoria Hamilton-Barritt are joined by a fabulous 27-piece show band and ballroom champions Chris & Emma Burrell to perform all of your favourite Sinatra hits.
Rounding off the folk programme for 2018 is something a bit closer to home. The Scottish Fiddle Orchestra will help bring some traditional music to your winter festivities in their Hogmanay Celebration on 30 December. The Orchestra’s Hogmanay Concert is now a firm fixture in the New Year season and brings together massed fiddlers, pipes, singers and dancers. This action-packed evening will be brimming with lively jigs, reels, strathspeys, beautiful slow airs and well-known songs. An event not to be missed!
It’s time to swing again, as the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra celebrates jazz legends Count Basie and Duke Ellington.
Pivotal to the evolution of orchestral jazz, Basie and Ellington created music that defined an era and the SNJO have chosen to feature two of their landmark albums, The Atomic Mr Basie and Ellington’s Black, Brown & Being.
Playing these suites in full for the first time in their 23 year history, this fabulous SNJO programme will set feet tapping with infectious swing, or soothe with mellow melody. Tracks will include Basie’s wonderful Li’l Darlin’, Kid from Red Bank and Splanky as well as Ellington’s famous Work Song and Come Sunday. Once more, Scotland’s National Jazz Orchestra offers audiences a wonderful evening of music not to be missed!
Great swing means everything in orchestral jazz and these repertoires of Count Basie and Duke Ellington have it in enormous bundles of unbridled joy.
Finishing off 2018 in full big band style is the fabulous Glen Miller Orchestra. The UK’s most renowned big band swings you back in time playing Glenn Miller’s own arrangements of favourite wartime chart toppers and hits from the forties directed by legendary band leader Ray McVay.