Richard Young is now resident in Fife via New York and Ireland and has many filmscores and TV soundtracks as a writer to add to his acoustic live shows. Meeting Ivan Drever at Crail Folk Club he became interested in a project Ivan was setting up with Glasgow percussionist Frankie McGuire. Together as Drever McGuire Young they have produced Gifts (Orcadian), ready for release next month. With Celtic whistles adding atmosphere to So Strong the listener can appreciate the feel of the producer. The ambience changes to accordion for My Father’s Son and to rock parody with honky-tonk piano on Roll Over Stonehaven. The hidden gem on here though is the blend of all musicians on the instrumental scene setting Forget Me Not. To launch this fine album DMY play Crail Town Hall at 8pm next Thursday, February 7th.
After the news this week that the Byre Theatre in St Andrews have gone into liquidation the organisers of Fife Jazz Festival have relocated to St Andrews Town Hall where all tickets will be honoured. Five shows in all are now relocated including the Norrbotten Big Band from Sweden, Champian Fulton (as featured in last week’s Fife Free Press) and Carla Cook direct from New York. The ultra cool Carla oozes soul with a diva blend and brings her quartet to St Andrews Town Hall tomorrow (Friday). Looking ahead Fife Jazz Club bring High Society Jazz Band to The Kingswood Hotel Burntisland for a Valentine’s special on Friday February 15th. Seven musicians in the band and all with a love of Trad with a style that is timeless.
Vocalist Norma Winstone fronts a most unusual jazz project on a new release titled Mirrors (Edition). She has long been associated with horn player and writer Kenny Wheeler but this recording also features the London Vocal Project, a 24 piece choir directed by Pete Churchill. Using the lyrics from poems by Stevie Smith, Lewis Carroll and W.B. Yeats this now becomes a major suite but still allowing some delicate jazz interaction from Wheeler’s flugelhorn, Mark Lockheart’s sax but particularly Nikki Iles mesmerising piano.