‘The Front Room’ – Live acoustic music – Gigs announced

Live Acoustic Music at the John Gray Centre in association with Lamp House Music

The John Gray Centre is working in partnership with Lamp House Music to put on a series of three live acoustic music concerts in the recently opened Library, Museum and Archive facility in Haddington.

Under the name of ‘The Front Room’ – the evenings of music, which will take place on the last Friday of the months of September, October and November feature accomplished musicians and bands carefully selected by Lamp House Music with the aim of providing an evening of high calibre entertainment.

Also involved in the partnership are Jewel & Esk College, whose students will oversee the sound production at the event. ELJAM and the Haddington Music Initiative are supporting the gigs and selecting an East Lothian youth support act to perform a short set each evening. The first gig, Friday 28th September 2012, features the established but mesmerising Blueflint and hotly tipped Caroline Gilmour.

Spokesperson Callum Maguire of Lamp House Music said of the gigs, “’The Front Room’ promises to be a truly exciting addition to East Lothian’s music scene. The series of three gigs aim to offer something for a variety of tastes, we hope people will join us for a relaxed evening of quality, original, acoustic-based music. There is now no need for music lovers to venture into the city for live music – we have it all here in Haddington.”

The first concert – Blueflint with support from Caroline Gilmour plus an East Lothian youth act (name to be confirmed) – will be held on Friday 28th September 2012 at the John Gray Centre.

Tickets cost £8 and are available in advance from the John Gray Centre (01620 820695), Lamp House Music (01620 825630) and on the door.

On the night – doors open, with a bar, at the John Gray Centre at 7.00pm with the first band on stage at 7.30pm.


Blending banjo traditions, the sound of Blueflint is defined by the sublime close harmony singing of Deborah Arnott and Clare Neilson, whose voices, both ethereal and warm, interweave in ballads and songs of eerie melancholy and heartfelt charm Blueflint’s live performances have captivated audiences throughout the UK and Ireland, and have established the band as an original and refreshing act.

Blueflint have played a host of renowned events, including most recently Celtic Connections, Edinburgh’s Hogmanay, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and the Annual Appalachian and Bluegrass Festival, Omagh.

“Blueflint play haunting bluegrass shot through with a yearning sadness and soothing harmonies. Influenced by old-time Americana they have added a full backing band that play with them from time to time giving their music even more depth.” The List

Caroline Gilmour

Caroline Gilmour a singer and songwriter who has just signed her first music license deal with MCM Songs USA – headed up by Sherry Orson, formerly of Virgin and Universal music. Having released an EP in July, Caroline Gilmour is set to catapult to a wider audience alongside fellow Scottish singers Amy McDonald and KT Tunstall.