2019

March 13th - 24th

The Friendly Festival

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Rose Room

Sharing a love of Swing music and the style of the great Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli, Glasgow-based Scottish Jazz Awards finalists Rose Room have become one of Scotland’s leading ensembles influenced by the Gypsy Jazz genre.
Featuring award-winning virtuoso violinist and vocalist Seonaid Aitken (Scottish Opera, Roddy Woomble), guitar maker to the stars Jimmy Moon on double bass, and Swing Guitars’ Tam Gallagher and Tom Watson on rhythm and lead guitars respectively, this exciting acoustic band will charm and entertain you with their *“vigorous and vivacious” performances of ‘Hot Club’ and 1930s Jazz standards with a dash of Western Swing thrown in for good measure.
Following the launch of their “rather fine” debut album ‘Somewhere in Roseland’ in 2011, Rose Room have since performed at numerous festivals, jazz and folk clubs and corporate events across Scotland and the North of England. They have toured Ireland incorporating several performances at the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival and are due to appear this year at the Limavady Jazz & Blues Festival, Northern Ireland, and at the celebrated Shetland Folk Festival.
Rose Room were delighted to have been nominated for ‘ensemble of the year’ in the 2013 Scottish Jazz Awards and are frequently played on Jazz FM and BBC Radio Scotland’s ‘The Jazz House’. Their most recent album ‘Am I Blue’, released in Summer 2013, features some of Scotland’s top jazz musicians as guest artists. * THE HERALD


“…as close to the sound of the great Stephane Grappelli as I think you’re going to hear in Scotland”.
The Jazz House, BBC Radio Scotland

“…they manage the feat of making music that’s essentially rooted in the 1930s sound both fresh and true to its origins.”
Rob Adams, The Herald

“The whole thing carries the perfume of long summer days and warm summer nights, and cigarette smoke drifting in the air of a 1930s jazz club, somewhere in Paris. This is music to lift even the foulest of moods.”

“This is music to lift even the foulest of moods.”

“Singer Seonaid Aitken has a voice that ranges from crystal clear high notes to a low, silky purr.”
Acoustic Magazine

“…they manage the feat of making music that’s essentially rooted in the 1930s sound both fresh and true to its origins.”

“…rather fine debut CD…”
Rob Adams, The Herald

“They are both vigorous and vivacious”
“Fabulous track”
“Unique wee Scottish band”
“Wonderful little Scottish band”
“Terrific violin playing”
“Fabulous band”
“Fantastic jazz violin-led band”
“As close to the sound of the great Stephane Grappelli as I think you’re going to hear in Scotland”
Stephen Duffy, The Jazz House, BBC Radio Scotland

“Beautiful versions of Undecided, Chinatown, My Chinatown and Exactly Like You. Oh,
I’ve a feeling we’ll be coming back to that!”
Bob Sinfield, Jazz FM

Rose Room

 

ROSE ROOM with the CAPELLA STRING QUARTET

Classy vintage swing and gypsy jazz played by a band that combines brilliant musicianship and warm personality. At the helm, violinist, and 2017 Scottish Jazz Awards 'Best Vocalist' Seonaid Aitken’s “superb, cool singing complements her dynamic, on-fire but always highly musical violin solos” (The Herald), recreating the excitement of Rive Gauche Paris of the 30s and 40s with Stephane Grappelli and Django Reinhardt. The Rose Room gypsy jazz band, with Swing Guitars' Tom Watson and Tam Gallagher on solo and rhythm guitars, and Jimmy Moon of Moon Guitars on double bass, is expanded to 8 members with the string quartet that backs all the stars, from Madonna to Rod Stewart - The Capella String Quartet! Their "gorgeous romantic accompaniment" results in the classy interpretation of Rose Room's repertoire fit for a 1930s dance hall.

"As partnerships go, Rose Room plus the Capella Quartet is pure Astaire-Rogers."

THE HERALD