18th July 2017
We are extremely lucky at our wee club to have many very good friends, and when we discovered that John had had to cancel his show, we put heads together and decided to approach Rosie Nimmo. At the time I sent her a message she was about to board a train in France to return to Edinburgh, and she phoned me when she got on the train and immediately said she would do the gig... then she thought she should probably first ask her partner in crime (well, in music), guitarist Stuart Allardyce, if he could do it. One hasty call to him and it was all arranged. The day was saved!
Don't go thinking this was some last minute, second class substitution for John, though. Not a bit of it! This gig was a thoroughly enjoyable, first class evening of entertainment - as fine as we could possibly have hoped for!
Rosie's visited us many times before and we love her! Her songs are what she describes as "very dismal subjects with cheery tunes". Complete twaddle, of course. Yes, her tunes are very cheery and sure, *some of her songs are quite dark - "There Was A Man", written about her father, is a somewhat sombre example - but the overwhelming feeling you leave the venue with is how utterly cheerful and upbeat songs like "Joy" are, for instance.
Rosie has produced three fairly diverse albums in the last few years and tonight she gave us a varied selection from all three. All her songs were written by her and reflect her experiences from childhood onward, and all were delivered in her laid back, relaxed style (very much her trademark). She has a very soft voice which one person in the room on Tuesday likened to Karen Carpenter and I would not argue with that!
As ever, she was very capably accompanied by Stuart on guitar. He is very versatile and at one point was even able to reproduce the song (or is it call?) of the seagulls on Portobello Prom on his guitar!
Both Rosie and Stuart are members of a five piece band called Rosy Blue who perform mainly covers of well known blues and jazz numbers so they gave us one of those as their encore, which went down very well indeed!
Rosie's also appearing in the Festival Fringe at the Acoustic Music Centre, 14 Royal Terrace on Wednesday 9th of August at 8.30pm. Please do go along to support her and give your ears a treat.
By Dave Chrzanowski
Scottish singer @rosienimmo's third album proves to be hauntingly sparse and captivating affair...
Being compared to the likes of Billie Holiday, Patti Smith, and Dory Previn is a great compliment, but it could also heap a lot of pressure onto someone’s shoulders. Fortunately, where Rosie Nimmo is concerned, this is not the case.
The Scottish jazz singer is a stalwart of the Edinburgh International Jazz & Blues Festival, having played there annually since 2009. Scrapbook is Rosie’s third album and it is a stunning and delightful blend of modern jazz and folk with poetic lyrics. Her voice is attractive and enchanting, making it difficult to concentrate on the musical accompaniment. Stand out tracks are Hold Up, Stop, Take A Minute, and It’s So Good To Be Your Friend.
At times the album lacks in pace and the rare occasions that it does pick up speed do not last long, shiftily returning to the album’s sober state. However, this can be associated with the cool charisma of jazz, as the songs retain control and allow Nimmo’s voice and words to transport the listener to another time and place. Already released in Scotland at the end of January, it is now the turn of the rest of the UK to enjoy the relaxing pleasures of this album.
Verdict: An enchanting experience from start to finish
Ian Rankin left a lovely tweet on his twitter account...
Ian Rankin @Beathhigh
"Perfect Sunday evening listening - Rose Nimmo's latest CD, 'Scrapbook'."
Straddling the hinterland between jazz, blues and folk is the assured voice of singer/songwriter Rosie, whose previous albums Lazy & Mellow and Home both charmed and relaxed the listener most persuasively.
Her songs have the classic feel of standards, thoughtfully voicing timeless sentiments of love and romance, and move across the acknowledged styles from the late-night reflection of Stop Take A Minute to the upbeat observation of Other People, the laid-back depression-era shuffle of No Money to the insouciant lilt of Girl On A Bicycle, the Lindisfarne-like folk-pop beat of It's So Good To be Your Friend to the moving, pensive Clouds Colliding.
Rosie wrote all the songs herself, except for two (Hold Up and Dry Your Tears), which were co-written with Marc Pilley, the multi-instrumentalist who plays drums, guitar, keys and bass on most of the album. The fiery closing track, There Was A Man (Soldier Song), was recorded live on Rosie's home territory, at Leith Folk Club, Edinburgh.
Quality through and through, and the overriding impression is one of classy accomplishment and feelgood creativity. The album's final stages (the last three or four tracks) are especially impressive though. And Rosie's superlative but select backing crew (the aforementioned Marc Pilley, plus Tommy Nimmo, Stuart Allardyce and Emma Turley) really do her proud. Impossible not to like, and equally impossible to find fault. Easily recommendable, and no more need be said.
Original Review here
"Yes, I've stopped (writing) and am taking a minute... (referring to the first song). Lovely album, Rosie. A real treat"
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