Music Routes Festival

Lori Watson

1: It’s folk music, but not as we know it Actually, despite being a compact and bijou seven-day music festival organised by the Leith Folk Club, Music Routes features an impressively eclectic range of sounds, all gigs hosted in the cosy confines of the back room in the Village pub in Leith.

2: So we get hot jazz, vintage rhythm and blues, old-time country and tin pan alley . . . and that’s just from one act, the excellently named Two Man Gentleman Band, all the way from New York City.

3: And an Inspiral Carpet Former lead vocalist Tom Hingley will be doing a solo show, not too far removed from the sound of his old band and, we hope, drawing material from his superbly titled album Abba are the Enemy.

4: And soundscapes Courtesy of Stringjammer aka Conrad Ivitski Molleson, an Edinburgh-based purveyor of quality electronica, glitch and all round weirdness.

5: Oh, and some folk music too Plenty of excellent folky fare from the likes of Scandinavian-British nu-folkers Fribo, Scotland’s finest traditional troubadours Malinky, fiddlers Laura Cortese and Jamie Smith and a performance from Lori Watson (pictured) and Rule of Three which doubles as the Leith Folk Club’s fifth birthday party.

The Village, Edinburgh, Tue 26 May-Tue 2 Jun.


Scots/Irish group with a vibrant, fresh approach to traditional Celtic music.

Tom Hingley, Rory McKee and The Brightsparks

Ex-frontman of baggy Mancunian space-rockers The Inspiral Carpets plies his solo wares, with ex-Fall guitarist Steve Hanley also in the mix.


Scottish-Norwegian trio with beautiful vocals, fiddle and guitar. 'Part of the Music Routes Festival'.

Jamie Smith

Fiddler and general tunesmith Smith performs live.

New Voices: Lori Watson

Fiddler and singer Lori Watson premieres a new composition, 'Sanctuary', with an ensemble including four fiddles, cello and accordion. 'Part of Celtic Connections'.

Laura Cortese & The Dance Cards

Singer-songwriter and fiddler from Uncle Earl with her band.

Two Man Gentlemen Band

Hot jazz, vintage rhythm & blues and country from this New York duo.

Stringjammer and Jeana Leslie & Siobhan Miller

Led by multi-instrumentalist Conrad Ivitski Molleson, Stringjammer offer a funky take on folk, while young duo Leslie and Miller specialise in new arrangements of traditional and contemporary tunes. 'Part of Celtic Connections'.

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