Monday Night Thing is a showcase for local musical talent

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Local talent and well-known names from the world of indie, folk, blues, Scottish traditional, Americana and jazz music are set to brighten up Monday nights in Perth Theatre throughout February, March and April.

The Monday Night Thing, formerly a regular feature in Perth Theatre Redrooms, starts on Monday 5 February in Perth Theatre’s Joan Knight Studio with up and coming local talent Beth Malcolm and one of Scotland’s finest songwriters Blue Rose Code, aka Ross Wilson.

Other acts lining up to perform in Perth’s newest intimate gig space are Out Lines, featuring James Graham of The Twilight Sad and Scottish Album of the Year winner Kathryn Joseph, on Monday 12 February with support from Star Wheel Press. Three of the world’s finest traditional musicians, Michael McGoldrick, John McCusker and John Doyle come together on Monday 19 February. Perth songwriter Laurie Cameron supports soulful roots artist Adam Holmes on Monday 26 February. Local guitar hero Pete Caban and Ian McLaren’s ‘blues and beyond’ 6-piece Wang Dang Delta replace The New Madrids on Monday 5 March, with support from the Wynntown Marshals. Guitar master Martin Simpson brings his mix of American old-time music, blues and his own songs in a stunning solo show on Monday 12 March. Internationally acclaimed jazz saxophonist Tommy Smith and his new band celebrate jazz legend John Coltrane on Monday 19 March. Jacqui Dankworth and Charlie Wood combine to celebrate great musical pairings in an evening of duets on Monday 26 March. Singer Lizabett Russo and award-winning guitarist and composer Graeme Stephen perform a live score to a classic silent film on Monday 2 April with support from Bankfoot’s Pumajaw. One of Ireland’s greatest singers Mary Coughlan performs on Monday 9 April. Harpist Catriona McKay and fiddler Christ Stout explore new music in the Scottish trad genre on Monday 16 April. The series concludes on Monday 23 April with a storming set from popular Perthshire musicians Ross Ainslie and Ali Hutton with support from Lisa Rigby.

Andy Shearer, creative director for contemporary music for Horsecross Arts, the creative organisation behind Perth Concert Hall and Perth Theatre said:

"It’s been a long time coming but we’re delighted to be able to bring the Monday Night Thing back to Perth Theatre. It was a very popular part of our programme in Redrooms in the old building and the new Joan Knight Studio, while still a very intimate space, has twice the capacity so has allowed us to book an even stronger lineup of award-winning headline artists, including many genuinely world-class musicians. At the same time, it’s the perfect platform to showcase some of the amazing talent we have in Perthshire to a wider audience, both as headline and supporting acts. As well as the sheer quality on offer, the diversity of styles from these local performers is really pleasing - people will hear some great pop-influenced songs from Beth Malcolm, superb indie folk from Laurie Cameron, left-field Americana from Aberfeldy’s Star Wheel Press, avant-garde torch songs from Bankfoot-based Pumajaw, a great singer-songwriter in Lisa Rigby, one of Scotland's best blues bands Wang Dang Delta and two of the UK’s most exciting traditional musicians and composers, Ross Ainslie and Ali Hutton. The long-term plan is for the Joan Knight Studio to be a key venue on the Scottish music circuit and the place for discerning music fans to see some incredible music on a regular basis and this launch series of gigs is a huge first step in that direction."

Click here for tickets and information for The Monday Night Thing in Perth Theatre’s Joan Knight Studio, or visit Horsecross Arts Box Office in Perth Concert Hall and Perth Theatre, call 01738 621031.