Saturday 13th January 2018

OPEN HOUSE AT STRING JAM CLUB is set to take the County Hotel in Selkirk by storm with a non-stop tidal wave of acoustic music, brought to you courtesy of the best of our local musicians.  Twenty years after we launched the club in 1997, we are about to usher in our 21st year, so we have truly come of age! So we’ve decided to have a party.  Those 20 years are a very long time and so much great music & special moments have been experienced. We've had so much fun, made so many new friends & welcomed people from all over the world. As we have always maintained, the club's long life is thanks to the many people, be they performers or punters, who have kept coming through the doors & into "the Borders haven of music."
Our guest headliners have been second to none, world-class, & have lit up & sometimes changed our lives with their music. But equally important are the excellent local musicians who have generously given us some superb opening performances before the main act, & who have impressed & entertained you with their skill, passion & flair.  So - to usher in the beginning of our 21st birthday year, and as a tribute to the important contribution these local musicians have made to the club and the community - we thought that our first event of 2018 should be their night.  
Instead of booking a headline artist, we are throwing open the String Jam Club stage to the many outstanding quality local musicians who have shone in their support slots at the club over recent years. It's going to be a veritable String Jamathon, a supremely entertaining night of non-stop music from some of the best of our Borders musicians, whose songs and tunes have made our evenings sparkle. The line-up is already chocca and is still being finalised, but I promise it's going to be grand and full details will be announced shortly on our Facebook Page.
More info to follow in the local press as well as our Facebook page & Twitter, so keep your eyes peeled!  In the meantime, keep that date in your diary. It's going to be one almighty party night at 'Open House at String Jam Club' as we come of age!

String Jam Club on Facebook

Tickets £8 (includes a FREE glass of Prosecco) are available from the venue by phone 01750-721233 (card bookings incur 50p card transaction fee). Tickets will be reserved for collection on the night, or you can pay on the door.

Online ticket sales via Eventbrite (booking fees apply).

15% discount off County Hotel restaurant meals for ticket-holders 6-7 pm on gig nights.  Advance table reservation advised by phoning 01750-721233.  


Sunday 11th February 2018

String Jam Club is totally over the moon to be welcoming Blue Rose Code to Selkirk.  Edinburgh born Ross Wilson spent his creative formative years in East London, then moved to South England “to be by the sea’s energy” but it is in his homecoming that he has found where his heart is. Life wasn’t always simple for Wilson. “I have swapped one type of chaos for another” says Wilson. As the main man at the helm of Blue Rose Code, he is, part director, part chameleon. He has spent most of his musical life curating; he sculpts his band to every mood and temperament in order to create the perfect happening. Tonight he performs in a three-piece line-up.

A nomad both geographically and musically, Ross writes from the heart eschewing any specific genre and the twelve songs on new album ‘The Water Of Leith’, addressing themes of love, loss, travel, home, accepting the past and embracing the future, are painted with colours of folk, jazz, soul and pop; an eclecticism that has become a hallmark of Blue Rose Code and has seen him compared to John Martyn, Van Morrison and Tom Waits.  This album was the winner of the Scottish Album of the Year Award 2017.

Underlining the sense of movement and place in Ross’s work and ‘The Water Of Leith’ is rooted in his return to his Scottish homeland. There, he reconnected with the stellar folk and jazz musicians who were to become an integral part of the new album’s sound. Grammy-winning American singer-songwriter Beth Nielsen Chapman features on the opening track. Ross co-produced the album with Angus Lyon.

Ross cites taking his last drink as the start of living rather than the end of the drinking. Now a committed enthusiast and creative whirling dervish, the past few years have yielded some of his most exciting work to date including the album ‘The Ballads of Peckham Rye’, which was nominated for the prestigious Scottish Album Of The Year Awards (2014).

A hallmark of Blue Rose Code is that they connect so strongly with their audiences in live performances  as they tour the length and breadth of the UK, selling out major venues and festivals wherever they go and leaving a trail of fans in their wake, people who have clamoured to see them.  To experience the deeply soulful and beautifully honest lyrical music of Blue Rose Code in the intimate atmosphere of String Jam Club is going to be a very special gig to savour.

With support from Jenny Biddle.

"Seriously, can't recommend Blue Rose Code enough, cannot stop listening."  (EWAN McGREGOR)
"The boy's a genius." (IAN RANKIN)
"Every gig is different with Ross. A great gift of a man."  (RICKY ROSS)
"The day that 'Solid Air' and 'Astral Weeks' combined."  (RODDY HART)
“Wilson's songwriting is fantastically varied, and as witty and knowing on the one hand as it can be heartbreaking and sentimental on the other.” (THE HERALD)
"An affirmation of love that links human relationships with the natural world. As sublimely paced as Astral Weeks-era Van Morrison." (FOLK RADIO UK)
“The Water of Leith is an ode to forgiveness, to letting go of the past and holding on to hope – it's an astonishingly accomplished, pure and sincere record.”  (***** THE SKINNY)
“A work laden with beauty, possessed of depth, heart and soul.” (AMERICANA UK 9/10)
“This album deserves your undivided attention” (MAVERICK)
“Truly special and beautiful.”  (EDITH BOWMAN, BBC RADIO 1)

Blue Rose Code Official website
String Jam Club on Facebook
Over The Fields (For John)
Grateful (live on RTE)
Love Is (feat. Julie Fowlis)
Live at the Queens Hall documentary

Tickets £15 available from the venue by phone 01750-721233.  Tickets will be reserved for collection on the night, or you can pay on the door, subject to availability.

Online ticket sales via Eventbrite.

15% discount off County Hotel restaurant meals for ticket-holders 6-7 pm on gig nights.  Advance table reservation advised by phoning 01750-721233.  


Sat 10th March 2018

Songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Cera Impala is a banjo, ukulele and guitar-wielding mama who oozes wild style.  Her voice is distinctive, unique yet timeless, and many of you will remember it from her previous appearances at String Jam Club – firstly with Dark Green Tree who supported Boo Hewerdine a couple of years back, and also as a member of the Bevvy Sisters, the queens of harmony and sass.  Her writing style is just as magical as her voice, creating songs that feel instantly familiar.  

This time Cera performs with her own hand-picked band, The New Prohibition, featuring the talents of Joel "Jello" Sanderson on double bass and "Dr." Dirk Ronneburg on fiddle.  With a slice of slice of hillbilly noir and a measure of gritty 20's and 30's jazz, they have one foot in the past and the other in the future of folk, jazz and Americana.

Born in Flagstaff in Arizona, Cera has made many places her home since 1994 when she left Portland, Oregon for New York City, travelling far and wide to California, Olympia, Washington.  This perhaps explains the eclectic mix of musical styles in her songwriting, which is always so refreshing to hear in any artist. A mean banjo-player to boot, I can’t think of any artist one would compare her too, which in my book, means you’re in for something really special.   

Dr. Dirk, her husband and long-time musical partner, is a fiddle-blazer of the highest degree, also known for his performances with gypsy jazzers ‘Viper Swing’ and in the folk-bluegrass supergroup,  Southern Tenant Folk Union. The blues are deep in his heart and shine through in every note he plays. The synergy between them is palpable and Cera insists she insists she met Dirk in a dream before meeting him in real life.  It's more than plausible - their music is indeed singular, atmospheric and otherworldly.  

Don’t be fooled; as whimsical as they may seem, there is a beautiful truth and intensity to Cera Impala and the New Prohibition, like a bar of deliciously dark chocolate - bittersweet, and very more-ish.  It would be an incredible feat not to fall in love with them.

"A quirky mix of gritty swing and edgy folk, delivered in her soulful honeyed voice, examining the dark mysteries of the human condition." (MAVERICK ****)
“I get hundreds of CDs sent to me every year from bands wanting to come and play on Arran - most of them pretty average. Just occasionally I get a gem - Cera Impala's set tonight was simply stunning - apologies to Euan Henderson for the lousy bar takings as everyone in Brodick Hall tonight was so transfixed by this banjo-wielding mama that they just couldn't tear themselves away to go to the bar - and quite rightly so because it was a phenonemal set by three very talented people. Thank you Cera - it was a privilege to spend some time in your world.”  (ARRAN FOLK FESTIVAL)
"Weaves an eclectic route between folk, swing, and the downright unexpected." (ACOUSTIC MAGAZINE)
"…Feisty banjo and fiddle and assured female vocal… You can’t not argue that Cera and The New Prohibition create a distinctive sound." (FROOTS MAGAZINE)
“There's an eclectic mix of jazz, folk, swing and Americana styles scattered throughout, so it's no surprise to hear turntable scratching accompaniment from Brieuc Bestel on the delightful closer, 'Home', but it all works, and falls together beautifully, to create a charming, synergic album packed full of innovation, otherworldliness, and musical light and shade, allowing the listener to drift away on waves of sonic ambience. (R2 MAGAZINE*****)
“US-born and based in Scotland, Cera Impala plays some understandably credible American music with her band, the New Prohibition.  Blessed with a great voice…she's also a prodigious writing talent, and a mean player of the banjo and ukulele.  It's her fourth album, and there's plenty to recommend it, from the vintage sound of the opener, Fingernail Moon to the fragile beauty of You're Not Yours (a title to make any grammar pendant smile). Accompanied by bass and fiddle, she creates a surprisingly full and inventive sound that draws on her roots, and when guests join in, as with the harp on Heaven, it's not to add a name or two, but to create a mood. Even the joker in the pack, Home, with its turntable scratching, actually fits perfectly.  There's plenty going on here, and it's an object lesson in how to create a complete sound with very little.  Start there, and stay for the songs and the voice; you won't regret it.”
"The best gig we've ever put on!" (COMRIE VILLAGE HALL)

Cera’s Website
String Jam Club on Facebook
Little Bird
Flicker & Shine

Tickets £12 available from the venue by phone 01750-721233.  Tickets will be reserved for collection on the night, or you can pay on the door, subject to availability.

Online ticket sales via Eventbrite.

15% discount off County Hotel restaurant meals for ticket-holders 6-7 pm on gig nights.  Advance table reservation advised by phoning 01750-721233.  



Sat 7th April 2018

Rob Heron & The Tea Pad Orchestra don’t care what genre you choose to put them in – western swing, country blues, ragtime hokum or whatever else– as long as you understand that they’re 100% sincere and 100% immersed in this stuff. This is no lazy pastiche, no dressing up box. They live and breathe this music and want you to get immersed with them.

The Tea Pad are five years into a remarkable story that began with four friends studying folk and traditional music at Newcastle University and now sees them playing clubs and dancehalls and festivals the breadth of the British Isles and into mainland Europe (there was even a brief trip to India last year). Based on Tyneside but with members hailing from Orkney to Warwickshire, the Tea Pad sound draws on myriad influences – from Bob Wills to Django Reinhardt, George Jones to Cab Calloway – yet ultimately sounds like nobody else, that North Eastern Swing style that’s utterly their own and changing all the time.

Across the three wonderful albums – 2012’s “Money Isn’t Everything”, 2014’s “Talk About The Weather” and now the new “Something Blue” – the band have constantly added new flavours to their sound: Heron in particular is a vinyl obsessive, always fired up about some new passion – calypso or boogaloo or whatever this week brings – and that eclecticism feeds into their songs, with the new album adding gospel and rockabilly to the Tea Pad palette.

The band tour the way bands should – widely and endlessly – winning friends and fans at each new show. They played 150+ shows in 2015, including well-received performances at festivals like Glastonbury, Bestival, Wilderness and Towersey Folk Festival. They’ve appeared twice on Radio 4’s Loose Ends, and had their music played by everyone from Marc Riley to Huey Morgan.

“Something Blue” was released on Tea Pad Recordings on June 3rd 2016.
The Tea Pad are Rob Heron (vocals and guitar), Ben Fitzgerald (guitar), Tom Cronin (mandolin and harmonica), Colin Nicholson (accordion) and Ted Harbot (double bass).

"That's one hot band right there!" (HUEY MORGAN, BBC RADIO 2)
"Rob Heron evokes the spirit of Bob Wills and Django Reinhardt with a quintet that shuffles andboogies with panache. Infectiously good-humoured." (UNCUT MAGAZINE)
 “Amazing musicians who play with both passion and a sympathetic regard for the history of thegenre.” (MAVERICK MAGAZINE)
"On this, their second album of skewed Texas swing, gypsy jazz and hot, humorous country blues they’ve added reeds and horns for a big, thick sound, but their spontaneous combustion is always unstoppable.” (SCOTSMAN ON SUNDAY)

Rob Heron & The Tea Pad Orchestra Website
String Jam Club on Facebook
High Speed Train
Live at the Quay Sessions
Cats and Chickens

Tickets £14 available from the venue by phone 01750-721233.  Tickets will be reserved for collection on the night, or you can pay on the door, subject to availability.

Online ticket sales via Eventbrite.

15% discount off County Hotel restaurant meals for ticket-holders 6-7 pm on gig nights.  Advance table reservation advised by phoning 01750-721233.  


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