Song­writer Adam now backed by singer Heidi

Stirling Observer - - THETICKET - Tol­booth, Stir­ling

Ir­ish folk singer Heidi Tal­bot will now be sup­port­ing Adam Holmes at his Tol­booth gig on Fri­day, Novem­ber 16.

Swedish all-girl group Baskery have had to step down from the tour be­cause of parental re­spon­si­bil­i­ties. Hav­ing a baby on tour was prov­ing dif­fi­cult. Heidi, a for­mer singer with Ir­ishAmer­i­can group Cher­ish the Ladies, has pro­duced seven solo al­bums. She is mar­ried to ac­com­plished Scot­tish fid­dle player John McCusker. Her al­bum In Love and Light won an Indie Acous­tic award for best al­bum in 2008 and she had been nom­i­nated for an Ir­ish Mu­sic Award 2009 in the best fe­male vo­cal­ist cat­e­gory along with mul­ti­ple BBC Ra­dio 2 Folk award nom­i­na­tions.

Heidi has fea­tured as a guest on al­bums by Ra­dio­head drum­mer Philip Sel­way, and the col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween John McCusker, Kris Dr­ever and Roddy Woomble.

She has also sung on records by Eddi Reader, Boo Hew­er­dine, and Idlewild.

Adam Holmes is one of the bright­est ris­ing stars of the UK roots mu­sic scene, with in­flu­ences from ei­ther side of the At­lantic mix­ing tra­di­tional and con­tem­po­rary folk with his own brand of soul and Amer­i­cana.

Adam has been twice nom­i­nated for BBC Ra­dio2 Folk Awards and his first three al­bums have also been nom­i­nated for Scot­tish Al­bum of the Year: 2014, 2017 and now 2018.

Pick­ing up a bor­rowed gui­tar for the first time at the age of 15 he straight away wrote his first song, I Can’t Be Right, for a lost first love, and only a few years later it has been played at con­cert halls and on ra­dios all over the world.

The lat­est al­bum Mid­night Milk was recorded in one room in his Ed­in­burgh flat, but came com­plete with full brass sec­tion, an eigh­teen voice choir and a widescreen folk/ soul/elec­tron­ica pro­duc­tion, which was in­flu­enced by a 2016 col­lab­o­ra­tion he was in­volved in with Adrian Ut­ley of Por­tishead, Do­minic Aitchi­son of Mog­wai and Martin Green of Lau.

With his band The Em­bers he com­bines the song­writ­ing in­flu­ences of artists such as John Mar­tyn, Bon Iver, James Tay­lor and Townes Van Zandt with the rhythm and blues, coun­try and folk mu­sic tex­tures of The Band, Neil Young and Ryan Adams to play his own unique brand of Amer­i­cana, with a hint of Scot­land. Tick­ets are priced £15/£13. Call the Tol­booth on 01786 274000.

Song­writerA­dam Holmes ‘ sup­port is now Heidi Tal­bot

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