NEW ROOTS presents… JAMES OR, ELLY O’KEEFFE and MIKE NISBET
Described as a ‘unique and exciting indie voice’ (Shane Dunne – Sigrid), Irish singer-songwriter JAMES OR has shared the stage with Frank Turner, Grant Lee Philips, The Pogues, and more across his career to date. James’ beautifully melodic, introspective indie-rock songwriting, drawing from the same wells as compatriot Glen Hansard and Elbow’s Guy Garvey, has been praised for its authenticity, earning him numerous plaudits, including include a place on Irish music bible Hotpress’s ‘Ones to Watch’ listings.
‘Ireland has a fine heritage of producing great popstars, and here we have another’. Phil Taggart (BBC RADIO 2, SLACKER PODCAST)
‘Powerful’ Ed Smith (Today FM)
Irish artist ELLY O’KEEFFE was a semi-finalist in the hit show ‘The Voice’, mentored by the legendary Tom Jones. While on the show she received high praise from Shania Twain, living up to Sir Tom’s description of her as ‘something special’. With a magical voice that is as haunting as it is uplifting, her earthy tones and soulful melodies have earned her comparisons to legendary stars Eva Cassidy and Janis Joplin. Her most recent recordings come off the back of a musical journey through Nashville, showcasing her insightful folk-pop based style.
MIKE NISBET, a seasoned Scottish artist, has navigated a remarkable 16-year musical journey. Hailing from Scotland’s West coast, his evolution spans a pop-punk past to a much-respected singer-songwriter present. Influenced by Tom Waits, Randy Newman, and Nick Cave, Nisbet crafts dark, modern narratives on guitar and piano. Nisbet’s fourth album ‘Get Dead’ showcases his mastery as a multi-instrumentalist and storyteller. Themes of mortality run through the album, with each track offering introspective journeys guided by emotive storytelling. Scotland On Sunday hails him as ‘Scotland’s most exciting new talent’, while Music News praises his folk, blues, and Americana-infused stories.
Doors open 7pm. Music starts 8.30pm. The venue is mixed seated and standing. Tables are limited and available on a first come first served basis so, if you’d like a seat, we recommend arriving early!