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Blue Rose Code again

Ross Wilson at Coda Music Edinburgh

Ross Wilson (Blue Rose Code) performing an instore set at Coda Music in Edinburgh on 4th November last year, the day after his sold out show at The Queen’s Hall.
The gig and the instore were in support of the magnificent “The Water of Leith” album. One of the albums of the year and one of the gigs of the year for me.

Blue Rose Code Water of Leith

Fatea Records’ Male Artist of 2017, recent new father, all round good guy.

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Blue Rose Code – Live at St Pancras Old Church, London 2014

 

Blue Rose Code - Live at St Pancras Old Church

This is a 9-track live CD by the excellent Blue Rose Code available from their website and Coda Music in Edinburgh.

Blue Rose Code is Ross Wilson, sometimes with others, sometimes not. He seems to have come out of nowhere for me; I first saw his picture on Coda’s website, posing with a copy of Songs in the Key of Life in his hand, so I realised there was something good going on.

He may have a back story, but it’s close to his chest. He is not a young man, but I’m not aware of him having been around the Edinburgh music scene forever. What I can piece together from the songs and from comments made at shows is that he is from Edinburgh, had “issues,” went to London, got better, then came back to Edinburgh. Edinburgh certainly means a lot to him and crops up either explicitly or by allusion in the work. His beautiful Edina (Robert Fergusson’s poetic name for Edinburgh,) opens with this stunning couplet, before asking “Would you forgive me? What do you say Edina?”

I often think about the nights,

the times before I learnt that all my days’ve got a number…

I first saw him opening for Ethan Johns last year, just him and a female co-vocalist, it piqued my interest and I got his second album “The Ballads of Peckham Rye,” (noting the Muriel Spark, so obliquely Edinburgh, reference) and loved it. Saw him with a band at one of three sold out shows at The Edinburgh Fringe last year, then again with a better band toward the end of the year when I got his first album North Ten, which I also enjoyed.

And now we have this live recording, which in many ways consolidates where he has got to with his work – songs from each of the albums are given unique new readings, harnessing the talents of the (unaccredited) musicians with whom he was playing that night…it’s all grand stuff, although I would have lived without the thing that sounds like an Omnichord…

Blue Rose Code are appearing at The Voodoo Rooms on Sunday 26 April and I look forward to the next chapter.

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The successful launch of The Vinyl Room

Stuart Ferguson IS Brad Pitt at Coda Music
Brad Pitt’s never out this place…

 

Here are some pictures from Record Store Day in Coda Music Edinburgh yesterday; below is the wonderful Karine Polwart giving it some…

Karine Polwart at Coda Music

 

What can be in here?

Vinyl Room Coda Music Edinburgh

 

The Vinyl Room.

Record Store Day at Coda Music Edinburgh

 

Not a bad view…

Edinburgh on Record Store Day - Coda Music
From where I was standing, this seems to have been a roaring success – over twenty minutes, I must have seen a dozen LPs being sold, at an average of £20 a pop.
And I got a free beer and got to see an intimate performance by one of the best…good for RSD.
I also thought I saw Lindsay Lohan walking along Bank Street at one point during Karine’s set, probably on her way for a quiet pint…I guess if she was going to violate her parole, she would do so in such a way that it would know it had been violated.

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Record Store Day at Coda…

 

Coda Music Vinyl Room Edinburgh

My good friends Dougie and Rose at Coda Music on The Mound, Edinburgh, have a special reason for celebrating Record Store Day.
They’ll be opening The Vinyl Room to sell a range of LPs – not just folk and roots stuff like the main shop.
They’ll also be welcoming some guests into the shop to play live music and will have a full range of the Record Store Day special releases – see details at their website here.
Below is one of these special releases – outtakes from Self Portrait! No, really!

 

Wigwam Thirsty Boots Dylan

 

Kim Edgar at Coda Music
The great Kim Edgar with Brad Pitt at the launch of her first album in Coda.