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9th December 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm

Saturday 9th December 2017

The Borders haven of acoustic music.” (The List)
The County Hotel, 1-5 High Street, Selkirk, Scottish Borders TD7 4BZ

One man-soulband, poet, songwriter, storyteller and multi-instrumentalist

Rory McLeod is an ex-circus clown and fire eater, a one-man soulband, poet and storyteller, singing his own unique upbeat dance stories. A modern travelling troubadour using tap shoes, acappella, harmonica, guitar, trombone, spoons, finger cymbals, bandorea, djembe and various percussion instruments.  Rory has travelled the planet for different reasons at different times, from Asia to the Middle East from Gambia to Cuba, Central America, Australia, North America, Canada, Europe and other nooks and crannies of the earth.

Rory fuses a global range of musical influences (Latin, Klezmer, folk, blues, roots) into his unique sound with songs that are “catchy, poignant, celebrative, observant, incisive, witty, and passionate. They are songs about all kinds of people, richly-coloured characters, his grandma, mum (subjects taboo for the hip generation) and about school friends, family, parting, travelling, love, despair and politics.” (Cooking Vinyl).  His wonderfully rhythmical and lyrical songs are hugely impressive and his live performances are a totally unique experience.  Rory is no stranger to the club, having lived in the Borders for some years now.  He has been a String Jam Club guest three times, the last time officially opening our new residency at our new home at the County Hotel in Selkirk and bringing the house down in the process.

Initially attracting attention in 1980, while working for a small Aztec family-owned circus in Mexico, Rory turned his focus toward music the following year. The Texas harmonica champion in 1981, he was named ‘street busker of the year’ at the Edinburgh Festival four years later.  His songs were heard in the Scottish Dance and Circus Theatre Company musical production ‘Shiftwork.’  In 1996, Rory’s song, ‘Invoking the Spirits,’ a musical recounting of his journey to Zimbabwe, was a BBC ‘pick of the week.’  In addition to his solo projects, he has collaborated with Moroccan oud player Hassan Erraji, Northumbrian piper Katherine Tickell, West African guitarist Ali Farke Toure, Tex-Mex accordionist Flaco Jimenez, Irish banjoist Paul Rodden and British-American singer/songwriter Michelle Shocked, also appearing on three Ani DiFranco’s tracks.  But he is best loved for being his own man, someone who sounds like no-one else, a complete one-off, unorthodox and brilliant –  an inspirational live performer, who continues to write and tour relentlessly.

Non-stop aural caressment. This is world music, real, vital and intensely listenable.” (R2 MAGAZINE)
Uncompromisingly earthy and edgy.” (GUITAR MAGAZINE)
Right from the start the rhythm of the tap shoes, percussion and guitar claims your attention, and the voices and syncopated rhythms of breath tells you straight away that here is someone who can tell a story, sing, play and mix it all up into a magic potion.” (LIVING TRADITION)
You don’t listen to McLeod you travel with him.” (CITY HUB, SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA)
Like a human organ-grinder…” (CITY PAGES MINNEAPOLIS, USA)
Unorthodox and brilliant.” (GREEN LEFT WEEKLY, AUSTRALIA)
No-one, not one soul in this whole crazy world, can help but fall in love with Rory McLeod’s Double CD ‘Kicking The Sawdust’ …an album infused with happiness, with not one dud track. Jam-packed with 21 wildly original tracks. Each song is a delight with playful tunes and lyrics worth listening to, time and time again.” (EVENING NEWS, UK)

Rory McLeod Official Website
String Jam Club on Facebook
String Jam Club Official Website
Rory McLeod sings Farewell Welfare
Rory McLeod sings Huge Sky
Rory McLeod sings Joy of Living
Rory McLeod sings Baksheesh Dance

Tickets £12, available from the venue by phone 01750-721233 (card bookings incur 50p card transaction fee). Tickets will be reserved for collection on the night.

15% discount off County Hotel restaurant meals for ticket-holders 6-7 pm on gig nights.  Advance booking 01750-721233.



9th December 2017
7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
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The County Hotel
1-5 High Street
Selkirk, Scottish Borders TD7 4BZ United Kingdom
01750 721 233


String Jam Club @ County Hotel
01750 721 233