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Rootsbase: OBT

June 4, 2019 7:30 pm
June 4, 2019 9:30 pm

A new live music club – dedicated to presenting the very best in folk, trad and roots-based!

OBT – or, ‘Oakes, Bews, Thorpe’, is a Scottish power trio consisting of Tom Oakes (Ross Couper & Tom Oakes, Auvo Quartet) on Guitars and Wooden Flute; Jon Bews (Malinky, James Yorkston, Cantrip) on 5-string Fiddle; and Daniel Thorpe (Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2010, Malinky, Tyde) on Fiddle.

Though traditional in essence, the music is full of contemporary arrangements and surprises – drawing on the music of Scotland but combining it with world music influences and new composition: bass-heavy riffs, chamber-like strings and award-winning traditional playing that make OBT a journey from Strathspey to Space and back.
OBT’s evolving and dynamic performances work as well in an intimate acoustic setting or on a packed festival dancefloor. Here, you can expect lush strings, driving rhythm and intricate melody playing on fiddle, 5-string fiddle, Nylon String ‘Alto’ Guitar and Wooden Flute from this new folk supergroup.

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Venue Information

About the venue:

  • The entrance to the Gilded Balloon Basement is on Rose Street Lane South.
  • Accessibility: the GB Basement is accessed by 12 stairs down. For more information about accessibility head over to our Accessibility page
  • Doors open one hour prior to show start time (including the bar and box office). So come on down early and grab a drink and seat! (For Sixties on a Sunday, The 565 Specials and podcast recordings doors open 30 mins before).
  • We have a lovely wee bar with a wide selection of drinks and snacks.