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Listen again to the great Ralph McLean chatting to Hub founder Rob Ellen on BBC Radio Ulster about his quest to encourage concerts in peoples own homes, when the Medicine Show toured Ireland this year with Chuck Hawthorne and Libby Koch (featuring interview and session with them too) 35 minutes into the show.(click picture)


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Acoustic Strathpeffer is the home site and focus site for Medicine Music and Square Wheels Cycle events in the beautiful Highland Spa Village of Strathpeffer, Ross-shire Scotland. These event happen at three venues, The Square Wheels House Concerts, The Spa Pavilion and The Coffee Shop in Cromarty Buildings.

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Acoustic Strathpeffer the home and focus site for Medicine Music and Square Wheels Cycle events in the beautiful Highland Spa Village of Strathpeffer, Ross-shire Scotland. These event happen at three venues, The Square Wheels House Concerts, The Spa Pavilion, The Richmond Hotel Crystal Sessions and now over a weekend in all Strathpeffers beautifully appointed venues Aug 31st Sep 1st for amaSing strathpeffer

Square Wheels House Concerts at Steve and Clancy's place.
Square Wheels Cycles and Medicine Music have joined together (Medicinewheels) to present The Belladrum Festival Tartan Heart Fringe, and Belladrum Potting Shed Stage, Square Wheels House Concerts and Medicine Music Concerts are sponsored by Square Wheels Cycles of Strathpeffer. As a by product of this collaboration the Square Wheels House Concerts were born and so far have hosted shows for some of the best names on the World Folk Music circuit. Entry is by donation and open to all (drop us a note if you would like to go) with all money going to the Artists

So far we have staged house concerts (were the telly normally stands) for
The Coal Porters, The Southern Folk Union, Rachel Harrington and Zak Borden, AJ Roach, Michael Weston King, Peter Bruntnell, and Jeb Loy Nichols, Paul Barrere and Fred Tackett, & Kit Clark.

Crystal Cavern Sessions, run by Philip and Serina Armshaw at the Crystal Retreat, at The Richmond Hotel Strathpeffer. Philip is a sound healer working with Singing Bowls and Shamanic drums. Music in all forms is therapeutic and good for accessing the full and true self. They host House Concert Style Events. More info

From time to time we have Film Nights where the guest artist accompanies a silent movie instrumentally, before they do their own show. The Spa Pavilion is the oldest establish Live Music Venue in The Highlands and in its history was the focal point of The Victorian Spa's cultural life, through the decades becoming the focus of the Highland wide Ceilidh Dance world, through to the 60's when it became the focal point of youth culture with the regular dances attracting huge crowed from all over The Highlands and has hosted shows with The Who, and Status Quo, in their early years, the Beatles never did play The Pavilion but they did play Dingwall Town Hall against local advice not to go up against the Pavilion, they pulled 14 people played 30 minutes and every one including The Fab Four ended up going to The Pavilion for the rest of the night. The last show at The old Pavilion before it fell into disrepair was the Stiff Tour with Ian Jury, Nick Low and Reckless Eric etc. This beautiful building was refurbished for the new millennium and has since again hosted, big bands of the age like Casabian, Deacon Blue and The Kaiser Chiefs.

Recently Medicine Wheels have presented shows with The Proclaimers and Paul Barrere and Fred Tackett The Little Feat Guiatr Duo with more to follow watch this space..

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Introducing amaSing Strathpeffer, and inviting your help

Introducing, in one of those wouldn't in be great to conversations after a gig between Rob Ellen and Steve MacDonald, Steve took the idea to the community, who funded a feasibility study, which came back to say it was feasible (of coarse) but importantly with ideas…


Posted on March 28, 2013 at 20:30

Coffee Shop sessions available to listen again

Ive been very please with the response to the new session of Monday Night Coffee Shops Sessions, we've had full houses (nearly) both nights, and next week for Drew Nelson and Dave Sharp I have getting on for 20 reservations, so please if you fancy that and ain't booked you may need to to be sure of a seat.

Ive posted some of the first show with Coca and Kirsty McGee to listen again on the site and will be playing Kristy on The… Continue

Posted on September 15, 2010 at 18:34

Phil Rosenthal looking for extra instuments can you help

If your coming to Phil Rosenthal's Coffee Shop Session see below, his son Daniel will be with him, he will have his Trumpet. Daniel also plays acoustic bass, and second guitar on some songs, and I play mandolin as well. Phil's asked if I can borrow any of these instruments without a problem and can bring them to the show, that it will be nice, as it adds more variety to our sound. So if your coming please let me know if you can bring one of… Continue

Posted on September 3, 2010 at 21:20

Coffee Shop Sessions having a break

There was word of having a special Coffee Shop Sessions for Victoria Day on Saturday, Ive just talked to Mark from the Cafe were both of the same opinion, not to bother doing anything on Saturday and maybe keep it for doing something special ourselves later in the year.

Also regarding this next Thursday a lot of our regulars are talking about going to see Joan Armatrading in Inverness on Thursday so in the abcence of Emma (still on Holliday) we've taken an executive decision to take… Continue

Posted on June 10, 2010 at 17:30 — 1 Comment

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At 16:01 on October 30, 2015, This Frontier Needs Heroes said…

2015 has been busy for This Frontier Needs Heroes. TFNH toured all over Florida and the Southeast in the spring and completed a full US tour this summer! With three studio albums under their belt, and two brand new singles, they are loving the road! Festival performances include Magnolia Fest, Hickey Fest, Gamble Rogers Folk Festival, Gram Parsons Guitar Pull, Stetson Kennedy Literary Landmark and One Spark. They are currently performing as a duo: songwriter Brad Lauretti and violinist Sadie Frederick. Originally from Brooklyn, NY they are now based in Jacksonville, FL.

We have toured Europe a few times and have played shows in England, Scotland, Wales, France, Spain, Portugal, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Germany. Festival appearances include End of the Road (UK), Reeperbahn (Hamburg), No Mean City (Glasgow), Incubate (Netherlands), and Festas de Pilar (Spain).

We are returning in September 2016 and would love to book some house concerts! We have released 3 albums and are recording a new one in November to be released next year. Would love to hear from you!

Thank You,

Brad + Sadie

"We're warning you now: You might fall in love with someone in the room during this band's set. So genuine, so commanding, so deceptively simple is TFNH's music that, before you know it, something inside you has shifted - suddenly your staring into someone else's eyes from across the bar." -Folio Weekly

At 18:20 on March 10, 2014, Daniel Sage said…

Hello, I am a USA/NC-based singer songwriter who just recorded my third record with G-award winning producer/drummer John Hampton in Memphis TN. It would be wonderful to come and play for you solo acoustic style this summer! With that in mind may I invite you to check me out at - happy to make bookings way in advance, anytime after July 11th works.

Peace & love,

Daniel Sage

At 16:32 on October 22, 2013, Theo Hall said…


I was wondering if I could get a moment if your time to listen to something?
It's the title track from Terry Emm's new album. I am booking shows for Terry in 2014 and thought he might suit the music events you put on.
Terry's music has recently had airplay from legendary DJ Bob Harris on BBC Radio 2. Bob described Terry's music as 'excellent, excellent music' and has had him in for a live session. BBC 6 Music DJs Gideon Coe, Chris Hawkins and Tom Robinson have also spun his tracks regularly alongside many regional stations. Terry has recently shared the stage with the likes of; Amy Wadge, Richard Walters, Danny & The Champs, Jackie Leven, Judith Owen, Red Dirt Skinners and many others.
MOJO magazine have described his music as 'pastoral, romantic and lit musically by summer rays…no routine singer- songwriter offering but some-thing totally engaging in melody and lyric' in a 4 star review.
It'd be interesting to see what you think to his music and great if you could consider him for a show.
Thanks very much,
Theo Hall
At 9:23 on May 14, 2013, Lynn Hagan said…

Bonnie Bishop Looking for Gigs 2-15 August

Her soulful compositions and raspy voice outlive her personal reinvention as she finds driving rock rhythms in her guitar and piano, the latest addition to cadre of talent.  Bonnie wrote the new material with a simple notion in mind: You have to love yourself before you can fully love and be loved by anyone else.

Bonnie frequently writes with some of the most lauded songwriters in Nashville including Mike Reid, Al Anderson (NRBQ), Lee Roy Parnell, Pat McLaughlin and Seth Walker. “Not ‘Cause I Wanted To,” a song she co-wrote with Anderson, was recently recorded by her musical hero Bonnie Raitt for Raitt's "Slipstream" album released this past April -- a dream come true for Bishop.

At 18:31 on February 7, 2011, Davey Byrne said…

Hi folks,

My name's Davey Byrne and im a musician who performs under the title of 'Another Disco Party' (My birhname was already taken!) . Im currently trying to put together a project with a good friend of mine, Grant George, of indie rock band 'The Barents Sea'.

Our plan is to hit the road in April, just ourselves and our guitars and play acoustic sets in as many places as humanly possible over the course of a week or so, and document the entire trip with the intention of putting together a documentary. We currently have a facebook page setup dedicated to the project here!/pages/Another-Music-Documentary/194535060563714?v=info .

We're not looking for any financial gain from any of these events (although of course donations and help with expenses, even a hot meal, are welcome).

Id be really so so grateful if you can help out in any way, or point us in the direction of some people who would be interested in helping us out. Likewise if you could pass this information on to as many people as possible that would be fantastic.

Kind regards,

Davey Byrne

At 15:34 on February 2, 2011, Ben Jordan said…

My name is Ben Jordan, I am an independent musician from Denver, Colorado. I am currently booking tours, to support my recent full length release "Ghosts Breathing Through our Strings". I plan on being in Europe from the third week of may through the first week of July. I will be spending my first week in Ireland and beyond that I'm wide open, I'd love to come play for you.

Thank you for taking the time to read this, below you will find links to my myspace as well as for some "talent buyer only" tracks that have not yet made it onto official release.
Best regards,

Ben Jordan


At 19:21 on October 24, 2010, Dougie Burns said…
Are you guys having an open session on
Thurs 4th Nov?
 I'd like to play a few tunes again I had such
A good night last time.
I'd also like to introduce a friend of my
 daughters who is 17,  has written a few
 pretty good songs
 and is dead keen to play. 
At 14:08 on September 1, 2010, Jerry Harmon said…
Hey guys
Hi from North Carolina!
Looking forward to meeting you all at the gig on Monday 27th Sept. I can promise you we'll have a blast , along with my own original songs I'll include traditional Appalachian songs, authentic bluegrass and plenty of mountain humor.
See ya soon
At 6:56 on May 25, 2010, Emma Mitchell said…
Hi Rob
Gutted i missed last night, i had gardening work in Inverness so couldn't turn it down... i'm listening to Dawn's set whilst eating my breakfast and she did me proud :-)
At 6:31 on March 29, 2010, Johnny Verger (ps. Hans Koster) said…
Hi Rob,

Thanks I'm looking forward, you're invited too if you can find the time!

kind regards,

Johnny Verger



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