Soundhouse Christmas Benefit | Orkestra del Sol | Salt House | Moon Hop DJs | Old Dollar Bill
Finally, we can announce the acts for our Christmas party/benefit concert at The Pleasance on Friday 5 December 2014. So without further ado, we have ....
Orkestra del Sol
Appearing in the Pleasance Theatre in the 10pm slot will be Edinburgh's own Orkestra del Sol. This well loved band keep a low profile in their hometown, with just one gig in the Queens Hall in August 2014, and an epic gathering of Orkestra members past and present for a 10th anniversary gig in May, this will be your only chance to catch the Orkestra in Edinburgh until summer 2015. AND, if you need more of a reason to get you out and about on a December eve, this could be their only ever gig with two sousaphones no less!
"Magnificent" The Independent UK "Utterly captivating" Songlines "Brilliant musicians" Time Out LONDON
If you are not familiar with the band, Orkestra del Sol's explosive reinvention of global brass band music takes diverse influences ska, porro, calypso, funk and a range of UK dance styles. They create a living, breathing polka-ing, pogo-ing honkstep for the 21st century. Trumpet, trombone, saxes, accordion, fiddle, two drummers and the epic bass of the sousaphone(s) conspire perfectly to create soaring horn lines and beautifully layered harmonies, driven by an uncompromising rhythm section who deliver the meanest grooves with a twinkle in their eye!
On at 9pm in the main theatre are 2014 Trad Awards nominees Salt House. An acoustic four-piece made up of Ewan MacPherson (guitar, mandolin, banjo), Lauren MacColl (fiddle, viola), Euan Burton (bass) and Siobhan Miller (vocals), Salt House is the meeting of four distinct musical minds on the Scottish scene. Their highly current sound is earthy, deep-rooted, yet eagerly progressive, built from grassroots folk with contemporary influences. 2013 saw the release of their debut 'Lay Your Dark Low' described as "the multifaceted work of a significant new collective" (The Herald). Boasting previous winners of BBC Young Folk Awards, a Scottish Jazz Award and many titles at the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards, they now join together to make "a seamless team" (The Guardian). Their reworking of old ballads sits alongside their own writing and the instrumental section wraps Siobhan Miller's striking, distinctively Scottish voice in a myriad of musical colour and textures.
The Moon Hop DJs featuring Lomond Campbell and River of Slime
Wrapping up the evening's entertainment will be the Moon Hop DJs in the Pleasance Cabaret Bar from 11 til 1am. Featuring Lomond Campbell and River of Slime from Found, the Moon Hop guys are known to have the best record collection in Scotland and they're going to share their favourite tracks with us. I suggest you wear your dancing trousers, it's going to be hard to resist.
"Scotland's favourite avant-garde noisemakers " The Skinny
Old Dollar Bill
Opening the evening are Old Dollar Bill a bluegrass combo from Edinburgh, who may not hail from the Appalachian mountains but they are the real deal. They often turn up at our house when we're hosting US bluegrass-ers and hold their own against the best of them.
Location: The Pleasance Theatre, Pleasance, Edinburgh
Timings: Doors open 7.30pm | Old Dollar Bill in the Cabaret Bar 8pm | Salt House in Pleasance Theatre 9pm | Orkestra del Sol Pleasance Theatre 10pm | Moon Hop DJs Cabaret Bar 11pm |
Children are welcome until 11pm.
Tickets: £10 in advance | £12.50 on the door
All proceeds go towards founding the best music venue on the planet, right here in Edinburgh.
The Pleasance Theatre (View)
60 The Pleasance
Edinburgh EH8 9TJ
|Kid Friendly: Yes!|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|