Rising Scottish star to play intimate show

Adam Holmes
Adam Holmes

A rising Scottish star will play a house-concert in a north Northumberland village this weekend.

Adam Holmes and The Embers will play the intimate gig at St Cuthbert’s House in Seahouses tomorrow at 7.30pm.

The 23-year-old from Edinburgh is one of the brightest rising stars on the Scottish music scene.

Mixing trad, folk and Americana, he has built up an impressive reputation in just a few years, which has brought him a string of awards and nominations, including Young Traditional Musician of the Year, and Radio 2 Folk Awards.

His debut album, Heirs and Graces, was recently long-listed for Scottish Album of the Year and has been extremely well received by music critics, with several Pick of the Month selections.

Many have drawn comparisons with John Martyn and Joni Mitchell and the album has been described in reviews as ‘classy’, ‘assured’, ‘captivating’ and ‘never off my turntable’.

Adam recently performed a live session for the Mark Radcliffe Folk Show (BBC Radio 2), which has been selected for digital release later this year.

The concert is the latest of the monthly house-concert gigs at St Cuthbert’s House, a converted former church in Seahouses.

Owner Jill Sutheran said: “This beautiful venue is perfect for these gigs, where our small audience gets a great opportunity to get very close to these wonderful musicians.

“Adam Holmes is causing a real stir, and has been offered a showcase gig at the prestigious Cambridge Folk Festival this summer – to be able to bring him to play here in Seahouses is just great.”

Tickets for the gig cost £10 and are available by calling 01665 720456.

All of the ticket money is donated directly to the artist, in the house-concert tradition.

Artists to have played so far are Reg Meuross, Yvonne Lyon, Blair Dunlop, Kieran Goss, Ewina Hayes, Jesse Terry, Rob Lutes and Rob McDonald, Gareth Davies-Jones, Krista Detor.

For more information about St Cuthbert’s House or the house-concerts, visit the website.