By Tracy Mukherjee
The pandemic had a brutal impact on so many industries, in particular decimating the Arts. The Scotland on Tour programme was created to support the return of live music to over 100 venues across Scotland. The initiative, managed by Active Events with a £750,000 backing from the Scottish Government, will see around 120 artists take part. The year long event will create opportunities for live music to be enjoyed throughout Scotland again – from small rural communities to towns and cities nationwide.
There should be something for everyone on the programme list. The Tour bill is eclectic to say the least; from bright new talent to experienced artists; from rock and pop to country, jazz and folk. There really doesn’t seem to be a musical genre not included.
Indeed, when Scotland on Tour lands at Cottiers Theatre this September, the star of the show couldn’t be a better representative to showcase the event. An Evening of Songs and Stories with James Grant, sees Love and Money’s former frontman playing in his hometown of Glasgow. The band recorded 4 classic albums in the 80s, written by James, with an ensuing string of hit singles. James has gone on to have a hugely successful solo career too, recording critically acclaimed albums and is regarded as one of the country’s finest singer-songwriters. His music blends many genres: pop, soul, country, folk to name but a few. A gifted composer and lyricist, he is also an exceptionally talented guitarist. On playing in Glasgow, James said ‘Cottiers is a beautiful venue just round the corner from where I live, I’m very much looking forward to this show in September.’
An Evening of Songs and Stories with James Grant Cottiers Theatre Sunday 25th September
Dallahan will also play Cottiers as part of the Scotland on Tour programme on Sunday 23rd October
Another venue to look out for on the event tour is the National Piping Centre. With a whole host of concerts there this autumn look out for –
Fiona Kennedy & Friends on Thursday 22nd September
Ross Ainslie and Ali Hutton Trio on Friday23rd September
Seonaid Aitken on Saturday 29th October
Mairi Campbell In Concert on Thursday 10th November
For more information on the event, concerts and tickets visit:
Scotland on tour runs from April 2022 – April 2023.