Supporting Elephant Sessions at The Catstrand, New Galloway
2017 has been a remarkable year for Elephant Sessions. The band who hail from the Highlands of Scotland and who met at the Newcastle University Folk degree have exploded onto the indie folk scene with unparalleled effect.
Elephant Sessions transcend boundaries and shake the very foundations of expectation. Closing the year with sell out shows across the UK, the band find themselves nominated for both Folk Album of the Year and Live Act of the Year at the BBC Scots Trad awards.
2018 promises to be no different and opening the year with a show at the world renowned Celtic Connections festival, the band head over to Australia in March for what will be a debut tour of some of the nations most respected festivals.
Support from Zoë Bestel
Zoë at The Old Bank Book Shop
Ethereal vocals, poignant melodies and stirring lyrics will be filling The Old Bank Bookshop on Bank Holiday weekend with Wigtownshire’s award-winning nu-folk singer/songwriter and musician Zoë Bestel. Signed last year by the ethical Glasgow-based label, Last Night From Glasgow, and with the release of her highly acclaimed second album Transience, we are rather chuffed to be welcoming Zoë back to The Old Bank Bookshop. Book early to avoid disappointment – £6 – Refreshments provided.
An Evening with Zoë Bestel & Tobias Elof
A double headliner evening of folk style ukulele music from Liverpool born songstress Zoë Bestel, and Danish virtuoso Tobias Elof. Join the two ethereal performers for an intimate evening of beautifully crafted songs, both together and solo.
Bestel launches, to her original home crowd, her newly released album, Transience, highly acclaimed by Scottish media. With support from Elof, with nominations for two Danish Folk Awards, and the worlds first with a BA on Ukulele.
Winchester Ukulele Festival
Introducing the 3rd Winchester Ukulele Festival, held at Winchester Rugby Club on Saturday 2nd June 2018. Nominated in the UKE Magazine awards, Best Ukulele Festival 2018.
Dumfries Transience Launch w/ Tobias Elof
A double headliner evening of folk style ukulele music from Galloway songstress Zoë Bestel, and Danish virtuoso Tobias Elof. Join the two ethereal performers for an intimate evening of beautifully crafted songs, both together and solo to celebrate the launch of Transience, Bestel’s newly released album.
Highly acclaimed by Scottish media, Transience is already a favourite of BBC Radio Scotland’s Roddy Hart, and album of the week on BBCs Rapal. Recently signed by Glasgow based ethical label, Last Night From Glasgow, Bestel released the new album in April digitally, on CD and 180gm gatefold vinyl. With support from Transience producer, Tobias Elof, with nominations for two Danish Folk Awards, and the worlds first with a BA on Ukulele.
CZECH Ukulele Festival
The 6th Czech Ukulele Festival will take place between Friday the 27th of July and Sunday the 29th of July 2018.
This year will be the first event of its kind in the world, the Ladies´ Edition will showcase mainly female performers and we are expecting great things.
The first day of the festival will be our traditional ukulele day trip, this year we go by train to the magnificent medieval town of Kutná Hora where we will play alongside the amazing cathedral of Saint Barbara. Expect the usual fireworks and summer fun at this wonderful location.
Saturday and Sunday will be in the Village of Únětice on the outskirts of Prague, where we will present a full two day program of workshops and concerts, many of the workshop are held in different parts of the village while the main event is in the brewery located in the centre of the village.
This year the program will include children from the local school, a women´s group from the village, and acrobatic ukulele duo, the Mersey Belles, Ukulele Troublemakers, Les Poupées Gonflées, the fantastic Bad Mouse Orchestra, Elke & the Cool Girls, newcomer Zoë Bestel, Nellie McKay, the outstanding Tricity Vogue, Gerald Ross and being topped by the return of the much loved Honoka & Azita from Hawaii.