ADAM HOLMES & THE EMBERS
Friday 9th February 2018 - 8:00 pm| £15
The new cabaret style evenings in the Ramsey Room at Clonter give an opportunity to get up close and intimate, with a glass in your hand. Adam Holmes couldn’t come more highly recommended to be heard in such an environment.These evenings are accompanied by an optional pre-performance supper.
As the Special Guest of Eddi Reader on her 2017 tour, Adam Holmes has the endorsement of one of the greatest performers of our age.
One of the brightest stars on the UK music scene today, award winning singer/songwriter Adam Holmes and his band The Embers combine the textures of classic artists such as Paul Simon, Neil Young and Ryan Adams with a hint of Scotland to provide their own brand of soulful roots music. With their first two albums nominated for Scottish Album of the Year, their third album has just been released to great critical acclaim.
Holmes crafts lyrics that resonate like old folk songs, set to melodies rooted in haunting slow airs. John Martyn’s strum and sting, laced with slices of Celtic soul and folk.
Starting out on fiddle, Holmes switched to guitar at 14, and began writing songs only a year or so later. A finalist in the 2009 Celtic Connections Young Traditional Musician of the Year competition, he was also nominated as Best Newcomer at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in 2011 and was further nominated for Best Up and Coming Artist at the 2013 Scots Trad Music Awards.
In 2013 he recorded his debut album Heirs and Graces with legendary producer John Wood (responsible for seminal albums by John Martyn, Nick Drake, Richard Thompson and Sandy Denny amongst many others). It was mastered by Simon Heyworth, co-producer with Mike Oldfield of Tubular Bells, and was launched to great critical acclaim in January 2014.
In April 2014 the album was nominated for Scottish Album of the Year and in December was also nominated for Best Album at the Scottish Traditional Music Awards. It reached a high of number 5 in the iTunes singer/songwriter chart and tracks received national and international airplay from stations throughout the UK, mainland Europe, the US and Canada.
Second album, Brighter Still, with guest vocalist Eddi Reader was released in June 2016 and this brought another Scottish Album of the Year nomination. Mojo magazine hailed Adam and his band’s knack for “Paul Simon’esque rhythms as melodic hooks” and with a more soulful tinge to the songwriting, comparisons were made with Astral Weeks-era Van Morrison.
In 2016 Adam also took part in an album/live collaboration with Martin Green of Lau, Adrian Utley of Portishead, Becky Unthank of The Unthanks and Dominic Aitchison of Mogwai with songwriting contributions from Anais Mitchell, Aidan Moffat and Karine Polwart. This resulted in the astonishing album “Flit” which toured the UK and Australia with visuals created by the BAFTA award-winning film animators White Robot.
Adam’s highly anticipated third album Midnight Milk was released on Gogar Records on the 29th of September and the album launch tour, featuring fellow singer-songwriter Rachel Sermanni.
Doors Open 7pm
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