Spring 2016

‘Tae Sup wi’ a Fifer’ returns to the Adam Smith Theatre in Kirkcaldy for Spring 2016

Tae Sup wi’ a Fifer is a club that began life in 2015, when James Yorkston was invited to curate some nights for the Adam Smith Theatre in Kirkcaldy. Pretty soon the evening developed a reputation for its quality, diverse line-ups and laid-back, welcoming nature. There was Steve Mason, Dick Gaughan, Karine Polwart, Richard Dawson, Lisa O’Neill, Aidan O’Rourke, Bill Wells – some well-known, some less so, but all worth watching, all worth the admission price.

And we’re delighted now to announce that this Spring there’ll be further three shows:

March 5th: Martin Carthy, Alexis Taylor (Hot Chip) (solo), Geoff Hattersley

April 9th: Linton Kwesi Johnson (solo), Kathryn Joseph, Randolph’s Leap (solo)

May 7th: Malcolm Middleton, Viking Moses, Yorkston Thorne Khan

Now, don’t those line-ups just look barry? Let’s have a closer look:

March 5th 2016

Martin Carthy: Legendary and extremely influential English folk-song singer and guitar player. `Arguably the greatest English folk song performer, writer, collector and editor of them all’ Q Magazine

Alexis Taylor: Best known as front man of electro-pop outfit Hot Chip, performing here in his solo guise. “It’s a fine collection of intimate, slow-burning, understated songs meshed together by Taylor’s unmistakable voice. In short: beautiful.” Clash Magazine. Alexis comes up to Scotland to sit down at the piano and play some new songs of his own as well as the occasional gospel, torch and local ballad song he has learned on his travels.

Geoff Hattersley: Geoff edited the independent literary magazine the Wide Skirt between 1986 and 1998, publishing more than 300 writers. ‘A powerful and uncompromising poet’ — Ian McMillan. ‘A poet whose work I scour the bookshops for… He’s like a flat-cap wearing, ale drinking Yorkshire Bukowski’ – James Yorkston

April 9th 2016

Linton Kwesi Johnson: A Legend of both British poetry and British reggae music, Linton has received an uncountable number of prizes and honours for his work and his political activism. In 2002 he became the second living poet, and the only black poet, to be published in the Penguin Classics series. ‘…the newest and most original poetic form to have emerged in the English language in the last quarter century’ Fred D’Aguiar

Kathryn Joseph: Winner of the prestigious Scottish Album of the Year (SAY) Award in 2015. “Kathryn Joseph has crafted one of the year’s most raw, unflinching and remarkable records” The Skinny There’s something haunting and utterly compelling about this debut.” The Herald

Randolph’s Leap: “They will be huge” – Ian Rankin. “A band deserving of every shred of love and success which came Belle & Sebastian’s way” – The Scotsman. “Adam Ross is a witty writer who sings fulsome melodies whilst strumming away looking mischievous. He’s like a mouse who’s escaped onto a Rolling Stones record and pee’d onto the snare drum” Bob Agnews. “They’re ace!” Marc Riley, BBC 6Music. “The next generation of witty Scottish indie pop” – The Quietus


May 7th 2016

Malcolm Middleton: “Right up there with Nick Cave, Leonard Cohen and Johnny Cash” (SUNDAY TELEGRAPH), Malcolm Middleton returns to the limelight after a 7 year hiatus with his masterfully crafted new album ‘Summer Of ’13’. Siphoning his influences from the worlds of pop, metal and folk, Malcolm will be appearing in this intimate setting to perform a rare acoustic concert. “Middleton shows off impressive acoustic guitar skills oddly reminiscent of a young Paul Simon” (THE TIMES). While on the one hand he “achieves ABBA-like moments of pop greatness” (MOJO), Malcolm also “has a warm, immediately engaging voice that makes even his saddest songs sound strangely joyful” (THE GUARDIAN).

Viking Moses: “If the DIY house show circuit has a pied piper, his name is Brendon Massei. Massei, who plays music under the name Viking Moses, has been recording and touring independently as a full-time job since he was 14, and he’s spent more than half of his life paving trails for other musicians to follow. Artists that Massei took on their first tours include: Deer Tick, Scout Niblett and Nat Baldwyn of the Dirty Projectors.” MTV. / “Viking Moses is ‘The Most Uniquely talented musician since Kurt Cobain… an absolute genius, and one of the best musicians I have ever released.” Alan McGee

Yorkston Thorne Khan: A new project from James Yorkston, featuring Jon Thorne of Lamb on double bass and Suhail Yusuf Khan of Delhi on Sarangi and vocals. Their album ‘Everything Sacred’ was released to great acclaim in January 2016. Album of the Month ***** – Record Collector / Folk album of the Month – MOJO / “One of the albums if the year” UNCUT. / ***** fRoots / “This is an uncategorisable, hugely original concoction of folk forms”Rolling Stone

Tickets for all the shows are available here: https://goo.gl/FL0GRH