A feast of music at the PHT

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The Pierhead Tavern in Lamlash has established a firm reputation as one of the best music venues on the island. It has a feast of music lined up in the coming weeks and some cracking Christmas treats. Here is what is scheduled.

Kevin Noon and the Sandford Soul Orchestra are no strangers to the festival scene, getting a reputation as an enthralling live act. They are described as playing ‘songs that will lift your spirits’ by The Celtic Music Review, and ‘Kevin Noon sings with a pleasing rough edged quality’, says Sue Wilson from Scotland on Sunday.

Kevin has been back in the studio releasing an album called By The Foot of the Mountain and their music is described as Scottish folk-driven Northern Soul which you can hear at The PHT on Saturday October 14 at 9pm then again Sunday October 15 at 4pm

Status Quo lovers

Great friends of The PHT, Backwater – Scotland’s ultimate Status Quo tribute – are definitely the finest Quo tribute in the UK. Straight back from a Quo conference in Minehead, they are stopping by at the PHT to take on the classic 70’s hard rocking ‘frantic four’ on Saturday October 21.

Research, attention to detail in the composition of Quo’s music and the onstage delivery from these four naturally talented musicians, has made Backwater an in-demand act all over the UK and beyond. It will be a very hot and sticky night – and don’t forget your air guitars!

Celebration of young musicians

‘Despite spending 20 years in secondary education in Hertfordshire and Essex, I have never come across so many talented young musicians as there are on Arran.’ said Jane Howe, owner of The PHT.

The Sunday sessions involving young people have been particularly successful, providing the artists a safe and supportive place to appear in public – the next will be Sunday October 29 then followed by a Christmas Eve family special on Sunday December 24 both starting at 3pm. All young people are welcome to the afternoons to sing or play an instrument and are also invited to join friends from Lamlash Church on Sunday December 10 to an afternoon of carols.

Christmas party specials

Meanwhile, the PHT has pulled out of the hat the best of the bands to play at its Christmas party specials nights. When Will and the Wild Horse came last to the PHT they had the crowd speechless while watching the phenomenal 12-minute drum duet (see the PHT Facebook videos). Then Scotch, the most awesome band from Holland, had everyone on the floor then leaping in the air! A night of rock might be your thang from Audiosin and rumour has it that Artran’s own The News Band will be visiting supported by Matt Johnson. The PHT has its finest Hogmanay Hoot ever lined up from the most talented George Lindsay who played in Chicago with BB King’s daughter.

See www.thepht.co.uk for full listings.

Some young Arran musicians at a previous concert. NO_B41pht01

Scotch who will be playing at the PHT during the Christmas party season. NO_B41pht02