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Grant-Lee Phillips plays FRETS on Friday 20th Jan to promote his current album, All That You Can Dream.

In early 2021 Phillips realized any potential touring options were still on hold for the foreseeable future, he started to write and record a new solo album, All That You Can Dream, at his Nashville home. “I found respite in the process when I could do little else,” he says. “It became a sort of meditation on this time in my life and the events that we’ve collectively experience.

The album is introspective, anchored by Phillips’ empathetic voice and rich acoustic guitar. The album’s lyrics attempt to make sense of an uncertain, anxiety-riddled time over the past few years, while coming to terms with the idea that once-unshakeable things now seem fragile or fallible. “In terms of subject matter, I found that the circumstances of being off the road, and left to reflect on what this time feels like, produced a different kind of song,” Phillips says. “I wasn’t entirely certain—and to be honest, I’m still not altogether certain—when I get to take these songs on the road. In some ways, that freed me up to write and record the kind of song that was personal and executed as though it were for an audience of myself alone. That’s freeing.”

Grant-Lee came to prominence in the early 1990s as vocalist and writer of Grant Lee Buffalo. Their debut LP, Fuzzy, was released upon which Michael Stipe of R.E.M. declared it “the best album of the year hands down”. In 1995 Grant-Lee Phillips was named the critics’ choice for Best Male Vocalist of 1995.

Grant-Lee has released 11 solo albums since 2000, his concert at FRETS will be something else. Tickets are available at the link below.


MONICA QUEEN is special guest of GRANT-LEE PHILLIPS on Friday 20th Jan 2023. This concert will be the first FRETS of 2023 at the Strathaven Hotel. Monica and Grant-Lee go way back, hanging out in LA when Monica was there with Thrum and GLP was fronting Grant Lee Buffalo.

Monica will be performing acoustic versions of songs from her ‘Stop That Girl’ album released on Creeping Bent / Last Night From Glasgow. It promises to be another special FRETS night,

Tickets for a second concert at FRETS by Blake, Butler & Grant at FRETS on Thursday 16th Feb are on sale now at this link: https://www.wegottickets.com/event/563622

Tickets for the Norman, Bernard & James concert on Fri 17th Feb are SOLD OUT!


SOLD OUT : FRETS had the honour of bringing together the esteemed talents of Norman Blake, Bernard Butler and James Grant for acoustic concerts early in 2022. The concerts were fantastic, a major success with the public and critics alike. Norman, Bernard and James dipped into their collective catalogue (Teenage Fanclub, Suede, McAlmont & Butler, Solo, Friends Again, Love & Money) to present an acoustic show that delivered some joyous moments (patter included). FRETS is delighted to announce Blake, Butler and Grant will be returning to the Strathaven Hotel on Friday 17th Feb. SOLD OUT


Waiting list only at this link: https://www.wegottickets.com/event/560212

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 operate a no refunds policy.

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Climate Action Strathaven are now operating buses to and from Strathaven. The last bus to run from Glasgow to Strathaven is 6.15pm from North Hanover St (George Square). Please note there are no direct buses running from Strathaven to coincide with FRETS concerts finishing around 10.30pm. There are trains from Hamilton to Glasgow, however a taxi would be required to be booked from the hotel to Hamilton. There are two taxi firms in Strathaven, here are their details:

Stevie’s Taxis / 01357 – 528888

Strathaven Taxis / 01357 – 522522

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