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Hejira – Celebrating Joni Mitchell

Mackintosh Queen’s Cross | Thursday 20 June 2024 at 7.30pm (Doors open 6.30pm)

Tickets £19.50 +booking fee (available from Eventbrite or Universe)

‘Hejira’ is a 7-piece band set up to celebrate and honour the masterpiece works of Joni Mitchell, mostly from the late ‘70s. Having released the albums ‘The Hissing of Summer Lawns’, ‘Hejira’, ‘Don Juan’s Reckless Daughter’ and ‘Mingus’  (regarded as her ‘jazz period’), Joni then toured briefly with a band formed from the crème de la crème of contemporaneous jazz musicians (Metheny, Mays, Brecker, Pastorius and Alias). The tour was recorded, producing the outstanding live album, ‘Shadows And Light’; it is from this album that the band Hejira is drawing the body of its repertoire. Comprising highly experienced jazz musicians, this band is fronted by the brilliant Hattie Whitehead who not only has – in her own way – assimilated the poise, power and beauty of Joni’s vocals, but also plays guitar with Joni’s stylistic mannerisms. Expect an evening of the ‘great’ songs from Mitchell’s back catalogue, such as ‘Amelia’, ‘Woodstock’, ‘A Case Of You’, ’Song For Sharon’, ‘Edith And The Kingpin’ etc.!

Hattie Whitehead – vocals and guitar
Pete Oxley – guitar
Ollie Weston – tenor and soprano sax
Chris Eldred – piano & keyboards
Dave Jones – electric basses
Rick Finlay – drums
Marc Cecil – percussion

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Personnel

Hattie Whitehead: vocals and guitars

The band is fronted by the extraordinarily talented Hattie Whitehead, who not only sings masterfully with Joni’s pitch-accuracy, poise and dignity, but she also plays guitar much with the mannerisms of Mitchell (incorporating various open tunings – which lend an instant authenticity to the colour of the songs). Hattie grew up surrounded by music and musicians – her father is the outstanding saxophonist, Tim Whitehead – and has a career as a singer/songwriter outside of this band. In 2016, she won the ‘Emerging Talent’ competition at Glastonbury Festival. Her original songs have been listened to hundreds of thousands of times on various streaming platforms.

Pete Oxley: guitar

Pete grew up in a family of classical musicians, fell for jazz in his late teens, went on to study jazz at the Leeds College of Music, then moved to Paris in his mid twenties. It was there that he began gigging intensively and developing his career as a guitarist, composer and bandleader. He has produced 16 albums of critically acclaimed original music (including 7 with the Swiss guitar virtuoso, Nicolas Meier) and is one of only a handful of British composers to have their works included in the ‘European Real Book’ (Sher Publications). The Oxley-Meier Guitar Project continues to record and tour extensively throughout the UK and Europe.

Ollie Weston: saxophones

Since graduating from Leeds College of Music, Ollie has had a diverse career which has included education, session work and live performance. In the former of these, Ollie teaches at the Guildhall (London) and has major tutorial books published by Schott Music under the heading, ‘Exploring Jazz’. In the latter, Ollie has toured all over the world with such outfits as Amy Winehouse, Tim Minchin, Bonobo and the Nelson Riddle Orchestra. He has also worked extensively in the West End, performing in Chicago, Dream Girls and in two critically acclaimed seasons at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre.

Chris Eldred: piano and keyboards

Chris first came to prominence while playing in the National Youth Jazz Orchestra (NYJO), from 2008 to 2014. In the midst of that period, he was winner of the 2011 Yamaha Scholarship Award for Outstanding Jazz Musicians and graduated in the same year from Trinity College of Music with first class honours. With NYJO, he performed many high-profile gigs (such as at the Albert Hall Proms) and came to the attention of such established masters as Mark Lockheart, Jean Toussaint and Salena Jones, with whom he subsequently worked. He is now a regular performer at Ronnie Scott’s and is one of London’s most in-demand pianists.

Dave Jones: electric basses

Dave is one of the most brilliant bass players – on both electric and acoustic basses that the UK has produced! His deep musicianship has led him to work with, amongst others, John Etheridge, Bill Bruford, the BBC Big Band, Jacqui Dankworth, Willard White and Scott Hamilton. He is bandleader, arranger and composer of the ‘Dave Jones Nonet’, comprising the creme de la creme of UK jazz musicians. Dave is continually active in jazz education leading many courses at Richmond Jazz School where he also previously led the faculty and he is also regularly invited to teach on a number of international jazz summer schools.

Rick Finlay: drums

Rick’s career has seen him being perpetually occupied, dividing his time between London’s West End, education and performing as a jazz musician. In the former, Rick held the drum chair at Blood Brothers for twenty years and also played for The Little Shop of Horrors and Chess Time. As a freelancer, Rick has performed on many prestigious TV shows, including Parkinson, Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway and The Late Show.  Rick has, for several years, been hosting the ‘Just East Jazz Club’ in North London, where he has accompanied most of the UK’s jazz glitterati!

Marc Cecil: percussion

Marc Cecil is a musician whose career has seen him work in myriad styles, performing at all sorts of premier venues, such as The Royal Opera House, Wembley Arena, The 02, Glastonbury Festival, The Jazz Cafe – Camden and Ronnie Scott’s. He was a member of  “King Salsa”, the UK’s premier 12 piece salsa band for 17years. His extensive theatre work includes seasons with: Blood Brothers (west end), Billy Elliot (west end), Saturday Night Fever (west end), Footloose (tour), Streisand The Story (tour), The Chicago Blues Brothers (tour), Million Dollar Quartet (west end) and The Carpenter’s Story (tour). In the jazz arena, Marc has worked with a ‘who’s who’ top UK musicians, including: Jason Rebello, Neil Angilly, Nigel Price, Art Themen, Jim Mullen, Picante, Jacqui Hicks, Snowboy, Noel McCalla, Liane Carol, Lily Dior, Geoff Gascoyne, Laurence Cottle, Alan Barns, Henry Lowther, and the Derek Nash Quartet.

Marc’s extraordinary drive, groove and use of sonic colours is an essential element of the whole Hejira soundscape.

Celtic Connections 2024

World-renowned Glasgow festival Celtic Connections* will once again light up stages, venues and dark winter nights from Thursday 18 January to Sunday 4 February 2024, for what will be one of its biggest-ever capacity festivals.

Proudly known as Europe’s premier folk, roots and world music festival, and the home of spectacular musical showcases and one-off collaborations, Celtic Connections has continued to expand into a multitude of genres over its 30-year history. This year will see the festival stage another ambitious programme of incredible performances spanning acoustic, traditional, indie, Americana, Jazz, blues, orchestral, experimental, and more.

Glasgow’s status as a UNESCO City of Music will be well and truly on display as more than 300 events bring 25 venues across the city to life, welcoming a host of unmissable music across its 18 days.

We are delighted to host 13 concerts at Mackintosh Queen’s Cross. 

Tickets for Celtic Connections 2024 are available at www.celticconnections.com.

Talking Tosh with Lost Glasgow

Wednesday 11 October, 6.00pm | Mackintosh Queen’s Cross | Tickets from £6.13

Journalist and social historian Norry Wilson has had a lifelong fascination with his home city.

He first fell down the vintage photography rabbit hole while working on the Evening Times.

Think of him as the ‘Raider of the Lost Archives’.

Now, with over 300k online followers on his Lost Glasgow site, he continues to tickle the city’s collective memory muscle, teasing out old stories, forgotten facts, and the lost histories hidden in the photographic record of old Glasgow.

In ‘Talking Tosh’, he’ll use historic photos to explore Mackintosh’s Glasgow, the world that shaped him, and the design legacy that still leaves its mark on the city.

Mackintosh Masterpiece: The Glasgow School of Art and Small Faces (Double Bill)

Thursday 12 October at 7.00pm

Tickets selection £0 to £7.50 from Eventbrite (Note: Students are free)

A unique opportunity to see this film by multi award-winning documentary maker, Louise Lockwood. First shown on BBC Two in 2009 to celebrate the opening of the Glasgow School of Art, Artworks Scotland tells the story behind Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s internationally acclaimed building, with contributions from some of the school’s best-known graduates.

Fondly referred to as The Mack, the building sealed Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s reputation as one of the most innovative and creative Scots of the 20th century and established him as a pioneer of Modernism. In 2009 the School of Art was voted the best British building of the past 175 years in a poll organised by the Royal Institute of British Architects. Contributors including Peter Howson, David Shrigley and Muriel Gray testify to the extraordinary impact the building has had on their creative lives. This one-off documentary, narrated by Daniela Nardini, includes songs specially written by Glasgow bands Sexy Kids and Frightened Rabbit, that both emerged from the school.

As an aperitif for tonight’s films, we are showing Norman McLaren’s short film: Seven Till Five (1933) which provides a fascinating insight into the practices and rituals that comprised an average day in the iconic Mackintosh Building at the GSA.

To conclude our evening we are offering a free bonus for those attending with a special screening of Small Faces. This 1996 Scottish drama film directed by Gillies MacKinnon about gangs in Glasgow. It stars Iain Robertson, Joseph McFadden, Steven Duffy, Kevin McKidd, Laura Fraser, Mark McConnochie, Clare Higgins, Garry Sweeney, Colin McCredie and Alastair Galbraith.

Set in Glasgow at the tail-end of the 60s, MacKinnon’s superb third feature is a tough but humorous tale of brotherly rivalry and gangland warfare which can proudly rank alongside the likes of Trainspotting. The film was shot on location at various districts in Glasgow, including GSA, Darnley, Sighthill, Partick, Merrylee, Mount Florida and Bishopbriggs and in Edinburgh.

Please note there will be a bar on the evening.

The Forgotten Fairground

As part of our 50th anniversary celebrations, CRM Society is proud to announce the Scottish Premiere of The Forgotten Fairground, which combines music, dance, cinema, spoken word and is an exploration and celebration of the human condition.

Trailblazing multi-idiom ensemble, The Forgotten Fairground, rolls into town with a gala performance at Mackintosh Queen’s Cross. The brainchild of leading Glasgow composer, Matt Gough and Emmy-winning London producer, Andy Bush, The Forgotten Fairground have been busy. Having released 3 albums and 3 short films (premiered at London’s BFI Southbank) over a 5-year period, they’ve been garnering plaudits at the highest level, from across the international arts community. From Hollywood film and music producers Sid Ganis and Jay Graydon, to jazz luminaries Randy Brecker and Eddie Daniels, to esteemed members of the Chicago Symphony and iconic band-to-end-all-bands, Steely Dan – high praise has been in plentiful supply.

Saturday 14 October, 7.30pm | Mackintosh Queen’s Cross | 

Student / Under 18s from £10.00 + Booking Fee

Visit to 78 Derngate, Northampton

Mackintosh Society London and South East Members visit to 78 Derngate, Northampton.

Saturday 21 October 2023 at 11 am

78 Derngate was re-modelled by Charles Rennie Mackintosh in 1916 for his client, Northampton model maker, W. J. Bassett-Lowke.  It is many years since the Charles Rennie Mackintosh Society has visited Derngate and a guided tour in October is proposed which can be combined with a visit to the recently refurbished and extended Northampton Museum and Art Gallery which is only 5 minutes’ walk.

We will meet at 11 am at 82 Derngate for coffee and then we will be taken on a guided tour of the house in groups of 12.  If there are more than 12 people, then some of us may be asked to visit the museum and art gallery first.

Trains to Northampton take around an hour from London Euston and Derngate is approximately 15 minutes’ walk from the railway station.  A day trip is possible, but some people may also decide to make a weekend of it.

Tickets cost £11.00 plus booking fee (includes coffee on arrival) and are available from Eventbrite

Lunch

Members can choose to make their own arrangements or join in a group booking at the Museum and Art Gallery cafe.  If you wish to join the group booking for lunch, please contact ewan@crmsociety.com by Friday 6 October, to give us time to make arrangements.  Payment for lunch will be made on the day direct to the Museum Café.

Artisan with Hannah Rarity – album launch

Founded in 2009, Artisan as a piano trio, with Aisling O’Dea – violin, Clea Friend – cello, and Simon Smith – piano. The trio performed regularly in their home city of Edinburgh and around Scotland, delivering exciting performances of core piano trio repertoire alongside commissions of new works from Scottish and UK composers. The group has been actively engaged in musical education activities and in developing improved musical access to all areas of the community.

This year Artisan has reincarnated itself as a duo, violin and cello, allowing for more versatility in range of venues, collaborations and combinations of sound and media.

Artisan are launching ‘Almost Unseen’ an exciting new album of music by composer Suzanne Parry.

Mackintosh Queen’s Cross – Saturday 23 September at 19:00 – Tickets £8.00 + booking fee 

Blicher Hemmer Gadd

Mackintosh Queen’s Cross – Friday 1st September at 19:30 & Saturday 2nd September at 19.30

Blicher Hemmer Gadd 2023 Release tour: Award winning saxophonist Michael Blicher, Hammond wizard Dan Hemmer and legendary drummer Steve Gadd joined forces in 2014 to celebrate their shared love for Hammond-organ soul/jazz. The band has now played more than 50 shows throughout the world and released 2 live albums. This band is a unique opportunity to experience the worlds most innovative drummer unfold his talent, playing a kind of music that he is most passionate about. “This is honest Music. No one plays like this anymore.”

Tenille Townes

Mackintosh Queen’s Cross – Saturday 26 August 2023 at 19:00

Canadian-born Townes has the lyrical fortitude of Griffin or Lori McKenna, the soulful nature of Chris Stapleton or even Adele, but Townes is paving ground all her own. Working on her debut LP with Jay Joyce, Townes started her journey to becoming one of Country’s most promising new artists back in rural Canada, in the backseat of a car. Once settled in Nashville, Townes spent her days songwriting and her nights at guitar pulls or at the Bluebird Cafe, studying everything she could. Eventually, she scored a publishing deal with Big Yellow Dog and headed into the studio with Joyce. Together, they tapped into her organic nature and her sheer ability to tell a story and emote it through the visceral range of her vocals – tender, bluesy, wise and full of wonder but never naive.

Troppos – Classical Concert

Friday 30 June 2023 at Mackintosh Queen’s Cross at 7pm Tickets cost £12.00

Troppos is a unique ensemble that approaches traditional latin american and classical music in a different and exciting way. The ensemble is made up of Eddy Betancourt (Violin) Sergio Vega (Oboe) Kerry Lynch (Flute) and Francisco Martinez (Tuba)

In this concert we will bring a variety of pieces originally thought to be danced to, taking you from a Tchaikovsky waltz to a Piazolla tango, all of this especially arranged for this original formation, you can’t miss this!