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Ben Glover at the Voodoo Rooms this Thurs

Hi everyone
Just a quick reminder that the amazingly talented, award winning Irish/Nashville singer songwriter Ben Glover will be at the Voodoo Rooms (Edinburgh) this Thurs, 6 Apr at 8pm (Doors 7.30pm). Ben will be appearing with guitarist Colm McLean - here's a taster from their recent session on BBC Radio Scotland's Another Country With Ricky Ross:
Ben's most recent album The Emigrant (including co-writes with Gretchen Peters and Mary Gauthier, and produced with acclaimed Nashville producer Neilson Hubbard) received rave reviews:
talent as wide as the Nashville skyline... Maverick Magazine
one of the finest in the Americana genre... Folk Radio UK
Support on the night will be up and coming singer, and BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award nominee Roseanne Reid.
There are still tickets available from  Brown Paper Tickets and  Tickets Scotland (£13 + b/f in advance).
For those on this mailing list who would prefer to pay cash on the night, please email me - - to reserve (and avoid the booking fee).

Senegalese Independence Day Celebration

Sat 15 Apr, 7pm-midnight at Saughton Park Winter Garden, Balgreen Road, Edinburgh

Traditional dance and drumming from the sensational Eva Goudiaby and master drummer from Casamance, Mokolo Sawane
Traditional style Senegalese food
DJs spinning the latest Mbalax trax from Senegal and Gambia

TICKETS (price includes food):
Adults - £8 advance (£10 on the door)
12-16 year olds - £5
Under 12s - FREE

For more information and to reserve tickets in advance, please email:

Tradfest News

2 Scary Biscuits artists are appearing at Edinburgh's Tradfest:

Thur 27 Apr, Summerhall

Redwood Mountain aka acclaimed Scottish singer songwriter Dean Owens and traditional fiddle player Amy Geddes with a show called Transatlantic Crossings

Redwood Mountain perform transatlantic folk songs. Most of them are built around the lyrics of the classic folk songs featured in The Book Of American Folk Songs by archivist Alan Lomax, reimagined with new melodies, Redwood Mountain breathe new life into these wonderful old songs.
Add in a few Owens originals and some other transatlantic classics, stripped back to just vocals, guitar and fiddle and you’ll find a heady brew – a pure and organic blend of the old with the new.
Here's a taster:
(Expect a new CD to be available at the show)
Ticket info:  (or again just email me/reply to this newsletter.

Also appearing at Tradfest is new Scary Biscuits client, Jamaican reggae singer Brina, with her remarkable interpretations of the works of Scotland's national bard Robert Burns.
Thur 4 May, 8pm at the Voodoo Rooms
remarkable Scottish Jamaican mashup from the amazing voice of Brina... The Observer
Brina will be performing with her big band, The Tribal Global Collective.
Tickets and info -
Brown Paper Tickets

NOTE: Jamaica Sings Robert Burns is also at The Glad Cafe, Glasgow on Wed 3 May
Have a listen to a sample here, the rather astounding Warmongerers By Name -
Brina & The Tribal Global Collective - Warmongerers By Name

Other News

DEAN OWENS has been very busy in the last month, with his new single Julie's Moon released 10 Mar and climbing the itunes charts to #15. The song was written in memory of his beloved big sister Julie, who sadly passed away in 2014. All proceeds go to Marie Curie charity, who provide support for families and people with terminal illness. You can still download the song from itunes - or via the info box in the video below.

Dean has also been travelling, appearing at London's Green Note with award winning guitarist Will Kimbrough and acclaimed singer Brigitte De Meyer, as well as recording a new session for "Whispering" Bob Harris TV's Under the Apple Tree and performing at the Maverick Festival press launch. He even managed a kickabout in Bob's back garden, with his son Miles, putting away a spectacular header from Miles' cross - all captured on CCTV:
This week sees Dean and his Whisky Hearts band showcasing as part of a select group of musicians for Showcase Scotland's The Visit.
Watch out for summer tour dates to be announced shortly.

As well as organising the Senegalese Independence Day Celebrations on 15 Apr, Senegalese singer SAMBA SENE has some dates coming up with his band Diwan, including at Glasgow's La Bodega Tapas Bar (Sat 8 Apr) (which hosts regular Sunday nights of African music), and a fundraiser for Syrian refugees on Fri 19 May at the Underground Bar, Teviot House (Edinburgh).

As ever, please feel free to share this newsletter with anyone you know who is likely to be interested. As a member of the mailing list you can avoid booking fees and reserve tickets (to pay cash on the door) for any of the shows above by emailing me directly at
Best wishes
Dean Owens & The Whisky Hearts - Julie's Moon
Samba Sene & Diwan - Yonambi
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