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We are very excited about our next FRETS concert in the Strathaven Hotel on Friday 17thJune. The Bathers, Cowboy Mouth and Sugartown will all be performing songs from the albums they released on mercurial Hamburg-based independent label, Marina Records. All 3 groups have not performed together since From Marina With Love, a series of concerts that took place in the mid 1990s in the Tramway theatre, Glasgow. This is going to be a unique event, there are only a few tickets left – here is the WeGotTickets link https://www.wegottickets.com/event/541514

THE BATHERS emerged from the demise of Friends Again, and is very much a vehicle for songwriter and vocalist Chris Thomson. After releases with Go Discs and Island, Chris really found his feet when he signed to Marina Records, releasing the much lauded ‘Marina Trilogy’ of albums.

Chris Thomson / The Bathers

COWBOY MOUTH was a vehicle for former Jazzateers and Hipsway vocalist Grahame Skinner, releasing two albums on Marina (Life As A Dog & Love Is Dead) before winding down. The downbeat nature of Skin’s material was sypathetically played and produced, with the album packaging by Stefan Kassel hitting the right notes.

Grahame Skinner / Cowboy Mouth

SUGARTOWN featured the infusion of Gwen Stewart’s country-soul influenced vocals over the two albums she released fronting the group (Swimming In The Horsepool & Slow Flows The River). The melancholy nature of these albums echoes themes contained in Sinatra’s Watertown album, with covers by Willie Nelson and The Velvet Underground signposting the atmosphere. Last Night From Glasgow are releasing Sugartown tracks on a compilation LP, Mount Florida.

PHOTOGRAPH – Stefan Kassel

ARAB STRAP ‘stripped back’ at FRETS on Friday 1st July. Tickets go on sale at 7pm on Friday 4th Feb, here’s the Eventbrite ticket link https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/arab-strap-stripped-back-tickets-259342990867

FRETS CONCERTS was established by Strathaven musician Douglas MacIntyre. The first concert took place in the Strathaven Hotel on 4th October, 2019, with Lloyd Cole performing an acoustic set accompanied by Commotions guitarist Neil Clark. The ethos at FRETS is very much geared towards a seated and listening audience, with the onus on live performance and songwriting. The artists really appreciate performing to an attentive audience, magic is invariably in the air. Our dream concert would be Neil Young with an acoustic guitar and harmonica performing his On The Beach album, or Bill Callahan performing any of his albums. We look forward to welcoming you to the Strathaven Hotel for an evening at FRETS.

FRETS is a seated venue within the Strathaven Hotel, doors usually open at 7pm with seats taken on a ‘first-come-first-seated’ basis. We usually have two support artists, with live performances commencing shortly after doors open. All tickets are paperless and sold via the Concert Tickets section of this website, you do not need to print your tickets, simply show us your tickets on your phone.

The concerts usually finish by 10.30pm, though the bar in the hotel is open late if you want to have a drink and a chat. Lots of FRETS attendees stay over at the hotel and have a meal in the resturant prior to the concert, more details about the Strathaven Hotel here. https://www.strathavenhotel.com/

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In line with other live music promoters and entertainment events we opperate a no refunds policy.

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