A Celebration of Jackie Leven Night
THURSDAY 6TH FEBRUARY 2014
8.00pm - 11.00pm
. As many of you know Jackie was a regular at Woodend and played some great gigs there, a truely unique character and one of the best story tellers ever. At present I have Andy White, Graham Skinner, Scott MacDonald and Paul Tasker all down to perform and Ken McClusky and Malcolm Lindsay have also agreed to join us for the evening, I'm still actively chasing some additional acts to make this a really great night. I am also delighted that Ian Rankin has donated a signed book which we will raffle, all monies will go the the Core Trust who Jackie did a lot of work with, so please do come along and support these two nights of music. Doors at 8.00 and Tickets £10.
This is a special week at Woodend, with the Andy White and Jimmy Livingstone gig on Wednesday and then the following evening what will be an emotional and joyous Jackie Leven celebration night. There is a serendipitous relationship between the two events, in that it was at a Tom Robinson gig at King Tuts many, many, moons ago that I first encountered both Jackie and Andy who were playing on the same bill with Tom, under the guise of an Englishman and Irishman and a Scotsman! Anyway that was way before I ever fell into this putting on gigs malarkey, but it was a special gig that night at Tuts and both Andy and Jackie’s performances left a lasting impression.
Fast forward a few years and I had started to use Woodend as the premier musical hub of the west end and I finally got the chance to put on both acts, Jackie first performance was one of the memorable gigs at the old Woodend hall where he appeared in a triple bill with Michael Weston King and Robert Fisher of the Willard Grant Conspiracy, it was some gig and unbelievably even featured Robert and Jackie taking part in an encore, which is unheard of! That year I also got to do my first gig with Andy and both became regular visitors to Woodend playing great shows. Jackie’s last performance at Woodend was a tour de force and recognised by many seasoned Jackie followers as possibly the finest they had ever seen him perform with great song and tall tale coming one after the other. He was lined up to come back but sadly his illness meant he couldn’t return.
So both these gigs will be special, Andy has a great new CD to hear, Jimmy Livingstone has been getting great reviews and we have a great line up to pay tribute to Jackie’s work on Thursday, I do hope you can come out and support these folks and I look forward to seeing you at a gig soon.
12th March My Darling Clementine
2nd May Black at the CCA
7th May Kim Richey and Andrew Howie
24th May Boo Hewerdine
4th June Graeme Clark (Wet Wet Wet)
5th June The Kennedys
25th Sept Brooks Williams
28th Sept The Coal Porters
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