Fionna Duncan & Brian Kellock

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With eleven songs (some new, some “roasters”)
Duncan/Kellock tears of joy not woe stirs

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In advance of his eleven gigs (and counting) at this year’s Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival, pianist Brian Kellock gave an interview with Rob Adams, the jazz and folk critic from The Herald, in which he said two things which were in abundance in his opening gig with the first lady of Scottish jazz and former vocalist with The Clyde Valley Stompers Fionna Duncan: “I love responding in the moment to a lyric, especially when the phrasing being sung isn’t exactly as it was written” and “Audiences react to spontaneity – if it’s working – because I think they feel part of what’s happening onstage”. Continue reading

Mads Mathias

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Pianist Kellock and his jazz comrades
Compliment singer/saxophonist Mads

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With his Paolo Nutini good looks, Harry Connick Jr smooth vocals and Cole Porter knack of writing deceptively simple yet tightly structured tunes which sound as though they’ve been lifted straight out of The Great American Songbook, it’s easy to see why singer-saxophonist Mads Mathias won the Danish Music Award for Best New Jazz Artist Of The Year in 2015. Continue reading