Saturday 12th January 2019

Virtuoso fiddler Ryan Young brings new and exciting ideas to traditional Scottish music.  He recorded his debut album with triple GRAMMY winner, Jesse Lewis, who has worked with the likes of Yo-Yo Ma and Bela Fleck.  Ryan holds both a first class honours and a Masters degree from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, as well as being a twice in finalist in both the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Awards and the BBC Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year, as well as Scots Trad Music Awards ‘Up And Coming Artist of the Year’. He was nominated for the Horizon Award at the 2018 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and was the winner of’s Best Musician for 2018.  Ryan Young, despite his comparatively young years, is already on his way to becoming a folk giant. Tonight he will be joined on stage by the excellent guitarist and singer Jenn Butterworth.  

Ryan launched his debut album at Feakle Traditional Music Festival in County Clare, Ireland where he was accompanied by renowned guitarist, Dennis Cahill (Martin Hayes - The Gloaming). Heavily influenced by the fiddle playing of County Clare and long fascinated by the playing of renowned fiddlers such as Bobby Casey, Paddy Canny, PJ and Martin Hayes and Tommy Potts from Dublin, Ryan actually focuses mainly on Scottish music, bringing new life to very old, often forgotten tunes by playing them in his own unique way, infused with Irish stylistics.

Ryan’s fiddle playing is brimming with fresh melodic ideas, an uplifting rhythmic drive and a great depth of dynamics and precision. His sound is very distinctive and he always manages to take the listener on an adventurous and emotional journey in any performance.  In his own words: “I want to play in a way that allows the music to flow through me, and it is the music that is heard, rather than any technical or lack of technical ability. In the end, I think that playing in a heart-felt way is all that should matter.”  That last sentence says everything you need to know about this extraordinary musician. His technical skill is beyond most people’s reach.  It is simply stunning.  But when you actually listen to the music that is channelling through him, what takes your breath away you is not the technicality, but its emotional intensity and lyricism, passion and sensitivity, and a profound musicality that will touch even the stoniest of hearts.

“A force of nature.” (***** The Scotsman”)
“Leading the ‘New Wave’ of traditional Scottish fiddlers, virtuoso Ryan Young”  (BBC World on 3 - August 2017)
“Young’s playing is so richly expressive, channelling such deep emotion, that it feels like a dramatic performance in a theatre…one feels that here we have a potential heir to Duncan Chisholm for sheer emotional intensity.  It’s a remarkably mature debut album from one so young.”  (Paul Matheson, Folk Roots 2017)
“Uniquely graceful and expressive playing. A future star of the Scottish fiddle world.” Aidan O’Rourke (Lau)
“His self-titled debut album simply brims over with originality and talent.” ( - August 2017)
“Ryan’s inventive and inspiring violin mastery just takes flight, soars and swoops.” (Folk Wales Magazine - July 2017)
“…the man makes the fiddle articulate the widest range of emotions and illustrations – and listening to him play you realise he is surely in possession of a magnificent gift.” (FolkWords - July 2017)
“Nuance, wit, risk-taking, contrast and above all a real sense of joy in making music were all there in abundance and Young’s solo feature, where he appeared to have been truly possessed by the melodies, was as exciting as it was uplifting.” (Rob Adams, The Herald)

Ryan Young Website
Jenn Butterworth Website
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Ryan at Celtic Connections
Live at Sidmouth

Tickets £13 available from the venue by phone 01750-705000, on the door (subject to availability.)  
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10% off County Hotel restaurant meals 6-7 pm for ticket-holders.  Advance table reservation recommended 01750-705000

DOORS 7.30 pm  ENDS 11.00 pm (approx).

Sunday 9th February 2018

String Jam Club at the County Hotel in Selkirk presents Edwina Hayes, a singer-songwriter with "the sweetest voice in England" according to the legendary Nanci Griffith, for her second visit to the club on Saturday 9th February 2019.  Edwina’s beautifully written songs, charming stage presence and voice of an angel have won her a reputation as a true natural talent of gentle folk-Americana.  Edwina is also a supreme interpreter of other people's songs.  She has opened numerous shows for Jools Holland and Van Morrison as well as her own gigs playing stages everywhere from Glastonbury Festival to The Royal Albert Hall. The title track of her album 'Pour Me A Drink' was covered by Nanci Griffith and her version of the Randy Newman song 'Feels Like Home' was featured in the Cameron Diaz film 'My Sister's Keeper' and has since had over eight million plays on You Tube.
As well as her own gigs, Edwina is often invited to guest on studio albums and support major artists on tour. In addition to touring extensively with Jools, Van and Nanci Griffith, Edwina has also toured with artists ranging from Loudon Wainwright and Roger McGuinn to KT Tunstall and Gretchen Peters. Dividing her time between the UK and America, Edwina's second home is Nashville where she is much loved as a songwriter and artist.
Signed to Warner Chappell Publishing, Edwina has an eclectic range of influences, a very busy touring schedule and three acclaimed albums under her belt.  Her debut album 'Out On My Own' on Warner Brothers was released to critical acclaim. Produced by Clive Gregson and Nick Drake producer John Wood, the record featured Dr Hook's Dennis Locorriere as a guest vocalist and became a favourite on Michael Parkinson's BBC Radio Show.

Edwina's second album 'Pour Me A Drink' was much more stripped down and acoustic, garnering recognition from Nanci Griffith who loved it so much that she covered the title track. You can't get much better than that! Edwina followed in the same style with her third release 'Good Things Happen Over Coffee' and a third release is due this year. Ever working hard out on the road, Edwina has toured constantly, including Australia & China & with Fairport Convention, continuing to attract wonderful reviews and fans worldwide.
String Jam Club is looking forward to welcoming Edwina back.  This promises to be a very special evening of beautifully sung music by one of the circuit's most captivating live performers.

"A haunting honeyed solo songwriter" (THE GUARDIAN)
"There are many un-mined treasures studding the UK's live circuit and surely Yorkshire-based vocalist, Edwina Hayes, shines brightly among them." (R2 MAGAZINE)
"Like a soft blanket" (PEREZ HILTON)
"A sweet-voiced songwriter who has a fine line in gentle, country-tinged material" (THE LIST)
"A wonderful young woman, so gifted and full of song, with a voice that is as sweet as the angels." (NANCI GRIFFITH)

Speed of the Sound of Loneliness
Pour Me A Drink
Nobody’s Coming Around
Edwina Hayes Official Website
String Jam Club on Facebook

Tickets £13 available from the venue by phone 01750-705000, on the door (subject to availability.)  
Online ticket sales via
10% discount off County Hotel restaurant meals for ticket-holders.  
Advance table reservation recommended 01750-705000.  
DOORS OPEN 7.30 ENDS 11.00pm (approx.)

Saturday 9th March 2019

String Jam Club at the County Hotel in Selkirk presents VAGABOND VOICES, an exciting double bill of two of Scotland’s finest voices, Dean Owens and Yvonne Lyon. With songs that will touch your soul and take you from Caledonia to the Southern states badlands and back, Dean & Yvonne  create their own unique and entertaining blend of Americana, roots, rock and pop grooves, with David Lyon on keyboards.
Vagabond Voices is an occasional, special collaboration that sees Dean and Yvonne singing their own songs, taking turns to back each other, and then coming together with some new material specially created for these shows and having some fun along the way.  
Yvonne Lyon combines poignant lyrics with strong, creative melodies demonstrating a voice that can be both fragile and intense. Her music recording career commenced in 1997, with the Scottish band Land, with whom she recorded three albums before moving on to a solo career. Her latest album ‘Metanoia’ (released 2018) has attracted 4 and 5 star reviews across the board, including Bob Harris on BBC Radio 2 who described it as “just stunning music.”

“I love her, absolutely love her… great songs beautifully performed…”
(Michael Ball, BBC Radio 2)
“Listening to Yvonne is a life affirming experience. She is the bees-knees!’
(Iain Anderson, BBC Radio Scotland)
“An awesome level of talent.”
(Maverick Magazine – 5 stars)

Dean Owens is a genre jumping artist, with roots in both his home town of Edinburgh and his spiritual home of Nashville. Echoes of both shine through his music – celtic spirit, country soul. 2018 saw him undertake his first US tour, including headlining at the legendary Levitt Shell stage in Memphis (where Elvis Presley played his first paid gig). His latest release ‘Southern Wind’ was included in numerous Best of 2018 lists, including Ralph McLean (BBC Radio Ulster), Another Country with Ricky Ross (BBC Radio Scotland), Country Music People (the only UK album on the list) and Americana-UK. The title track is shortlisted for UK Song of the Year Award at American Music Awards UK 2019.

“A little bit country, a little bit rock and soul… hits a sweet spot.” (Mojo)
“A voice like Roddy Frame inhabited by the soul of Ryan Adams.” (Daily Express)
“Scotland’s most engaging and haunting singer-songwriter.” (Irvine Welsh)
“One of Scotland’s best.” (Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2)

Yvonne Lyon’s Official Website
Dean Owens Official Website
String Jam Club on Facebook
Yvonne Lyon – The Coffee Song
Yvonne Lyon - Tell It Like It Is
Dean Owens – Southern Wind
Dean Owens - Up On The Hill

Tickets £14 available from the venue by phone 01750-705000, on the door (subject to availability.)  
Online ticket sales via Eventbrite.

10% discount off County Hotel restaurant meals for ticket-holders.  
Advance table reservation recommended 01750-705000.  

DOORS OPEN 7.30 ENDS 11.00pm (approx.)


Saturday 6th April 2019

Martin Carthy, Lifetime Achievement Award Winner at BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in 2014, makes a welcome third visit to String Jam Club.  For more than 50 years Martin Carthy has been one of folk music's greatest innovators, one of its best loved, most enthusiastic and, at times, most quietly controversial of figures. His skill, stage presence and natural charm have won him many admirers, not only from within the folk scene, but also far beyond it.

Throughout his long & eminent career, he has been active in some of folk music’s most influential and trailblazing musical partnerships, including Steeleye Span, Dave Swarbrick and WatersonCarthy (featuring his award-winning wife Norma and daughter Eliza, affectionately known as “the first family of folk.”) This has resulted in more than 40 albums. Martin has recorded 10 solo albums, of which the much anticipated ‘Waiting for Angels’ (Topic TSCD527) was the latest.

Whether performing in the folk clubs (which he continues to champion), on the concert stage or making TV appearances (he was the subject of the acclaimed `Originals' music documentary strand on BBC2),  there are few roles that Martin hasn't played.
He's a ballad singer, a ground-breaking acoustic and electric-guitarist and an authoritative interpreter of newly composed material. He always prefers to follow an insatiable musical curiosity rather than cash in on his unrivalled position. Perhaps, most significant of all, are his settings of traditional songs with guitar, which have influenced a generation of artists, including Bob Dylan and Paul Simon, on both sides of the Atlantic.  He has long been regarded as one of the most pivotal figures in the English folk revival of the 1960’s, his vocal and guitar styles being two of the most consistent, distinctive and influential sounds on the scene.

In 1998 Martin was awarded an MBE for his services to folk music.  This is a wonderful opportunity to see and hear this folk icon live and up close at String Jam Club.

“Arguably the greatest English folk song performer, writer, collector and editor of them all.” (Q Magazine)
“Carthy is a master of the ballad of substance, songs that tell stories, whether they are traditional, his own or from contemporary writers.” (The Telegraph)
“Martin Carthy’s work has immeasurably enriched the British folk heritage. He is regarded as one of the finest singers and interpreters of traditional music of the British Isles, as well as a highly influential and much-imitated guitarist….his drive and enthusiasm are undiminished and he continues to be one of folk music's great innovators." (BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards
"His guitar playing is stunning." (Q Magazine)
"Limitless passion and integrity…"
(The Telegraph)
"Martin Carthy’s music is becoming inseparable from his iconic status."
(Sunday Times)

Prince Heathen
Scarborough Fair
Martin Carthy teaches The Siege of Delhi (guitar)
Famous Flower of Serving Men
Martin Carthy Website
String Jam Club on Facebook

Tickets £15 available from the venue by phone 01750-705000, on the door (subject to availability.)  
Online ticket sales via Eventbrite
10% discount off County Hotel restaurant meals for ticket-holders.  
Advance table reservation recommended 01750-705000.  
DOORS OPEN 7.30 ENDS 11.00pm (approx.)

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