Hello again from our wonderful base here at Loch Lomond in Scotland !
We are about to leave for another European tour, the highlight of which will be playing two festivals in Italy.
Then back to Tuscany yet again to spend time playing more music, and enjoying the company of so many good friends in and around Barga.
Then we return to Scotland and head again for Ardgour in the highlands and the wonderful Watercolour Music run by our good friends Nick Turner and Mary Ann Kennedy to record our second CD over the winter. Over the last 18 months we have been writing, arranging, and playing in live a whole new body of songs and instrumentals.
A completely eclectic mix of new songs with stories about people, instrumentals dedicated to wonderful people we have met along the way on tour, and this time bringing in more Northumbrian pipes, ukulele, harmonium, and loads of harmony and chorus songs, including by request ‘The Bonny Ship Balclutha’ which we wrote for that wonderful square rigger steel hulled ship, built on the River Clyde here in Scotland, and now moored in San Francisco bay where we played a wonderful concert on board as part of our third USA tour.
At the moment we are also organising our fourth USA tour to the West Coast again in May 2018. Every venue we played at last tour has asked us back and new exciting venues are being added in. 11 concerts confirmed to date and a good number of other under discussion. We are truly blessed with all these wonderful people who keep coming to see us over there and asking us back. It is amazing.. some people even coming to more than one of our concerts. That is not an ego statement, we have none, and are truly honoured.
Lastly we looking at possibly setting up a series on mini concerts here at Loch Lomond in Scotland, an informal setting similar to some of the US house concerts we have played, where everyone gets close to the musicians. So many people here and overseas have asked if we would do this, so you can’t have a better place to do it then this wonderful hidden gem of a place at Loch Lomond Scotland.
That’s a brief update for now, please get in touch with us, and we hope to meet you all along the way over the next few months.
Linsey & Ken
We look forward to welcoming Harpist Sunita Staneslow, Fred Schlomka, and their party of international musicians and guests for an informal house concert with us here on the banks of Loch Lomond Scotland on 5th June.
We are delighted to be part of this annual 12 day tour of Scotland from Edinburgh to the Western Isles, Highlands and Shetland.
Linsey & Ken
Greetings again from Loch Lomond Scotland….. we have been asked for an update of what we have been doing since Celtic Connections festival in January… so here you go !
Our California tour in May this year was a great success. Our sincere thanks to everyone who came to see us and share our music, and also to all the fabulous venues and hosts who asked us to perform, and also of course the hospitality offered by so many old friends and new ones as well.
Ten wonderful concerts and six standing ovations, an invitation to return to every venue plus additional ones further south towards L.A., and also to extend our next tour into Arizona and further afield.
We also met some superb US musicians and it is hoped that we will be able to perform with them in the future both sides of the Atlantic.
We traveled as far south this time as Monterey, John Steinbeck country, visiting their world famous aquarium, and returned once again to Loch Lomond and Ben Lomond at Felton CA…. a home from home for sure !
Three weeks after our return we celebrated the wedding of Ken’s son Ronan and his wonderful bride Kim, at our HQ here on the banks of Loch Lomond Scotland… a fabulous day, a great party, and the sun shone!
Next off to Italy for four weeks playing and sharing the Italian culture with our many friends and wonderful musicians over there, including Hamish Moore Scottish piper and pal, plus a chance to start putting together a musical body of work for our next CD.
Now back home in Scotland we are looking forward to a visit from our musical amigo Howard Booster and his wife from the San Francisco Scottish Fiddlers.
In October we are delighted to be performing at the Braw Festival again here at Loch Lomond, and then at the Braemar Creative Arts festival on Royal Deeside just down the road from Balmoral Castle.
Yet again our sincere thanks to all of you everywhere who have supported us and our music. It has been a great year for us so far, from Celtic Connections sell out concert in January, right through to the next two Festivals in October. We thanks you all, and look forward to seeing you again soon along the way.
Linsey & Ken
Loch Lomond Scotland
Linsey Aitken & Ken Campbell
West Coast USA May 2016
May 7th 2016
Bill Wagman House Concert
1350 Monarch Ln, Davis, CA 95618
May 8th 2016
Willits Community Theatre
37 W Van Ln, Willits, CA 95448
May 10th 2016
211 North St, Healdsburg, CA 95448
May 11th 2016
1251 9th St. Suite A, Arcata, CA 95521
May 13th 2016
The Bohemian Art Loft
3304B Bechelli Lane, Redding, CA 96002
May 14th 2016
3500 Rolling Oaks Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95404
May 16th and 18th
Two more concerts, details being finally confirmed.
May 20th 2016
Elizabeth Todd Concerts
913 W Franklin St, Monterey, CA 93940
May 22nd 2016
Don Quixote’s International Music Hall
6275 Hwy 9 Felton, California
Presented by –
Celtic Society of Monterey Bay
We are delighted to report that our concert at Celtic Connections Festival in Scotland on 22nd January was sold out and oversubscribed !
What a wonderful evening, and our sincere thanks to all who attended and supported us, Donald Shaw and his team at CC, and for the great media reviews as well.
This year Celtic Connections had 2,000 musicians and 300 shows, so we are honoured that so many people came along to share the evening with us.
Thank you all.
Then we were invited to play a live set of three songs for Scottish Television which was broadcast nationally on 27th January, another great experience.
In May we are returning to California for our third tour..returning by invitation to many wonderful venues we have played before, and also to a number of new and exciting venues as well. We will list them all here on the ‘Gigs’ page shortly.
Later, in the summer we have been invited to play at the wonderful Boxfull of Treasures Festival in Italy near the Adriatic coast, which will be great thrill. A festival we have heard so much about and are looking forward to. There will be other concerts round that tour as well, and of course a return to the very wonderful Barga in Tuscany..’The most Scottish Town in Italy’.
We are also working on organizing another major event later in the year with a multi cultural line up in Scotland, along the lines of the St Mungo Festival we organised in 2010, and with an all star cast, all in aid of Scotland’s support for International Refugees, a cause which we totally support.
Meanwhile Linsey’s World Famous Loch Lomond Ukulele Orchestra goes from strength to strength and we are also looking forward to celebrating Kim and Ronan’s family wedding here at Loch Lomond in the Spring.
Our sincere thanks to everyone yet again who have supported us, all the new friends we have made in recent months, and we hope to see you all again soon along the way.
Linsey and Ken
We are delighted to announce …..
Linsey Aitken & Ken Campbell
in concert at
The largest annual winter music festival of its kind
and the UK’s premier celebration of Celtic music.
7.30 pm Friday 22nd January 2016
The Glasgow Art Club 185 Bath St Glasgow G2 4HU Scotland
Tickets now on sale :
By telephone 0141 353 8000
In person Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
2 Sauchiehall Street Glasgow, G2 3NY
We hope you can join us at Celtic Connections Festival in January 2016
Our sincere thanks to all of you everywhere who has been with us on this wonderful musical journey.
Please get in touch with us, we would love to hear from you.
Linsey & Ken
“Authentic and assured, warm and inspiring, Kith And Kin beautifully blends traditional and contemporary influences in a marvellous example of all that is best about Scots music and song, integrating myriad strands to produce memorable and well-crafted songs. Two highly accomplished and polished musicians, with many years of experience, combine flawlessly, each seamlessly complimenting the others skills with beautiful harmonies provided by the other. The melodic and sensual tones of the cello weave hypnotically throughout the album… an ideal fit for the songs” ~ Living Tradition
“What an unexpected wonderful concert! By the third song I couldn’t fathom how I might ever again listen to Guitar without Cello leading. Linsey Aitken is a treasure in her use of the Cello, and the ‘melding’ they accomplish with their new compositions as well as traditional tunes. Their show is filled with Scots culture, how it rubs off in their travels as a people, and the culture brought home from abroad. The information about the songs and tunes before each performance made this more like, old friends invited to a party in my living room. These performers show that Scots Celtic Music is still alive, not just a repeat of old tunes we’ve heard our life over. Live the new music, while living within the old traditions. Thank you for the preservation, as well as fresh new creations in your musical culture.” ~ Don Quixote’s California USA
“Warm hearted and sufficed with a sense of people and place. Seasoned vocals accompanied by brisk cello.. in contrast wistful, atmospheric, and straight from the heart.” ~ Scotsman
“A large number of original songs well worth getting to know, richly detailed instrumental backdrops, and some truly excellent musicianship to savour. Good honest craftsmanship characterises Ken’s writing. Linsey’s the star for me; not only is her singing exceptional and her cello playing superbly charismatic, but she’s also responsible for penning four contrasted instrumental compositions. Gorgeous, atmosphere-laden, and there’ll ne’er be a dry eye in the house after that, I’m sure.” ~ Fatea Magazine
“Together they deliver an album of passion and honesty. Descriptive and meaningful songs and music – sit back, listen and enjoy.” ~ Scottish Memories
The new CD has now been launched and a great success.
Radio play UK wide and three live Radio interviews with us so far.
On Celtic Music Radio ‘Kith and Kin’ has been made album of the week this week, with one track being played very hour.
We also were privileged to be invited into the studio for a one hour chat and interview about our music and the making of the album.
Here is a link if you would like to hear the interview and program.
Reviews to date on Amazon have been very positive indeed :-
‘This album manages to be as soulful as traditional folk and yet contemporary! Timeless! A truly enchanting album and one to treasure always
What a beautifully refreshing album, wonderful melodies and uplifting songs – could not recommend more.
We will definitely be hearing more from these two in the future. If you haven’t already listened to this – what are you waiting for?!
Stunning music…. heart warming and vibrant…’
New Web Site :
Welcome to our new web site, we hope you enjoy, have a look around and let us know what you think!
CD purchase and Downloads of individual tracks are now available.
We are also delighted to confirm the release of our new 14 track CD ‘Kith & Kin’ later this month.
Recorded at the wonderful ‘Watercolour Music‘ in the Scottish Highlands, with Nick Turner and Mary Ann Kennedy, with additional fiddle parts recorded at Mesa Studios in San Francisco USA, it has been an epic journey and we are absolutely delighted with the result.
We are also joined on the album by stunning musicians and great friends – Stevie Lawrence on bouzouki and percussion, Frank Lee on melodeon, Andy Shanks on guitar and backing vocals, Nick Turner on backing vocals, and by outstanding fiddler from California Howard Booster of the San Francisco Scottish Fiddlers.
USA West Coast Tour
We are also delighted to confirm that we will be doing a three week tour of concerts later this year on the US West Coast. A series of great concerts and venues !
As part of that tour we have been booked to play a concert on the Balclutha square rigger in San Francisco Bay. The Balclutha is a three mast square rigger originally built in Connels shipyard on the river Clyde in Scotland in 1886, so a great thrill for us.
The fabulous Freight and Salvage in San Francisco have also agreed a date with us for a concert there, and we have invited a contingent from the San Francisco Scottish Fiddlers to join us for that evening which will be great.
In addition we have a series of additional concert bookings, together with a number of house concerts, and other dates in different venues including a double header concert with singer/songwriter ex-pat Scot Peter Daldry originally from Clydebank in Scotland.
We have also discovered a little town south of San Francisco called Ben Lomond next to a recreational area named Loch Lomond, near to where we will be playing – a home from home for sure !
More information and news to be added shortly, and we hope to meet you somewhere along the way over the coming months. You will find all our contact details on the ‘Contact’ page here and we would really like to hear from you.
Linsey & Ken