Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Hamish Dodds/Hard Rock Cafe/Hotel Industry

There was a very interesting interview with Hamish Dodds in Mondays edition of the Scotsman. He is the Chief Executive of The Hard Rock Brand for apprx the last three years. I don't know how much you know about recent developments at the Hard Rock. The Seminole Tribe of Native Americans bought the Company in 2007 from Rank and from that moment have concentrated on Hotels, Casinos whilst revamping the Restaurants and the overall brand.

Shall we see Hotel developments within the UK? "Definitley" was the reply. That comes as no surprise to me as Businesses and especially the Hospitality industry has undergone huge challenges with the economy where only the inventive will survive. It has always mystified me as to why the Hotel industry in the UK in the majority of cases focuses its attention on discounting instead of nurturing new and indeed creating niche markets. They then become entrapped on a downward spiral as business does not improve and this in turn rebounds with how they direct and treat their Staff. In so many cases the staff turnover multiplies and standards diminish as this sad situation manifests itself within the industry. More bureaucracy ensues as loyalty and planning rapidly disintegrate as the experienced staff depart and the inexperienced staff are promoted and here we go again as a further fall in standards becomes the norm. Also the Hotel industry has been remiss in ignoring the live music genre unlike their counterparts abroad! This is because of ignorance I'm afraid rather than embracing this untapped market.

Two points immediately come to mind as many many Hotels should look at what Mr.Dodds and his team have indeed achieved. Investment in both the brand and the staff have had huge increases in results and an improvement in the overall performance. Invest in the characters that you have within your staff. Remember that they will make it a memorable visit for all your visitors to your establishment, don't let some bland company executive make life hell for those who deal with the general public and create hundreds of forms that have to be filled in on a daily basis (i see this on every visit to Sainsburys Supermarkets where the staff fill in forms within the store infront of the public that leaves only a hand full of operators for the tills!). The Hard Rock make sure that their brand is perceived as special and ensures that each visitor feels that. They have made clever use of their revamped loyalty programme where you 'buy' to build points that you then can spend on future visits. How many small enterprises do you see where if they do incorporate a loyalty card they offer a discounting scheme where they only cheapen the product and all it stands for.

Music is a very special and a wonderful niche market. The Hard Rock have concentrated on this medium and have/are increasing  the volume and profile of their 'Live Music ' programme. They make sure that they are perceived as special and I cannot wait to see how they attack the UK Hotel market where live music will be incorporated within each unit.  It really is a surprise and a disappointment that the Industry as a whole has not woken up to above points and I for one salute Mr.Dodds and his team with how they have tackled and progressed through these economic challenges and succeeded in ensuring that their brand has indeed been perceived as 'Special'.
Don't you think that all UK Hotels should be studying just how and why the Hard Rock have achieved this? Are your Staff happy? Do you have an ever increasing staff turnover? Do you over rely on discounting withing your unit? Is your complaints file bursting at the seams? No niche marketing within your unit?

I can imagine that I will have touched a nerve with quite a few points listed above. This will give you 'food for thought' over the Festive Period and equally give you an opportunity to start the New Year with a different approach and resolve.

What am I going to do? If I was a few years younger then I would be phoning Hamish Dodds and his Team to become a part of it. You never know, they may phone me yet! I am sure that my Hotel experience and music knowledge would be of benefit.....and my memorabilia!!!!  In the meantime I will pop down to the Hard Rock Cafe in Edinburgh and sit at the Bar watching the World go by and drinking my 'Southern Rock' and wait for my phone to ring!

Compliments of the Season to one and all.

David Mundell

Mundell Music
David Mundell With The Legendary Andy Fraser from Free.

Thursday, 12 December 2013

Missing Email updates from Mundell Music

We had a clear out of some email clients who not opened emails from us for a while - there will have been casualities in this progress.
If you are aware that you are no longer getting emails giving you the latest gig lists and news from Mundell Music then please visit the home page of our website and resubscribe with either your new or what was your old email address and hopefully we will keep in touch.
As always there is a fantastic list of artists playing Backstage at the Green Hotel and of course at our other venues.
If you have any other friends who should be hearing about our gigs then please give them a shout too!!
Mundell Music

Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Paul Lamb Goes Backstage In Kinross!

Paul Lammb and the Kingsnakes are at Backstage at the Green Hotel Kinross on Saturday 7th December. Party time! Tickets 01577 863467.

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Monday, 4 November 2013

Police Dog Hogan Play Backstage Kinross

On a quiet night in a deserted Kinross with tumbleweeds blowing down the road, Police Dog Hogan rode into town. You may have wondered where exactly everyone was hiding! Probably infront of the TV where everybody appears to be glued these days.
So I wonder what exactly they were watching on their huge flat screen bolted to the wall...size 80"! Downtown, Strictly, Match of The Day 2.....The British Bake Off, Jamie Oliver perhaps?
So in that vein lets take the essence of Country Gazette with a pinch of latter days Burrito Brothers. Take a dollop of the Pogues along with some raw Poco and you come up with Police Dog Hogan. Some great harmonies with superb camarderie. They were stunning. Oh yes and their merchandise stall was well worth a visit! Come back soon!

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Sunday, 27 October 2013

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Wednesday, 28 August 2013

The Outside Track Goes Backstage!

Winner of Best Group in both the Live Ireland awards and the TIR awards, The Outside Track are one of the top Celtic acts in the world. A stunning synthesis of virtuosity and energy, their marriage of Celtic music, song, dance has been rapturously received around the world. Hailing from Scotland, Ireland, and Cape Breton, its five members are united by a love of traditional music and a commitment to creating new music on this as a foundation. They effortlessly fuse traditional and contemporary with winning joie de vivre. Recently joined by acclaimed singer Aoife Scott, the next generation of the legendary Black Family from Ireland, they blend fiddle, accordion, harp, guitar, whistle, step-dance and vocals with breathtaking vitality. ‘Among the top groups in the world. Traditional, creative, and brilliant’ (LiveIreland.com).

They play Backstage at the Green Hotel, Kinross on Tues 3rd Sept. tickets from 01577 863467.

Friday, 23 August 2013

Tony Joe White New LP 'Hoodoo'.

Culled from an initial stack of roughly 17 tunes, the nine songs on Hoodoo come alive in the haunting atmosphere and intensity of the stripped-down recording process. Cut mostly live to tape — vocals and all — much of Hoodoo consists of first takes.

“There’s some actual magic that came over all of us when we were doing this,” White says. “I would sit down with my drummer Cadillac [Bryan Owings] and my bass player the Troll [Steve Forrest], play 20 seconds of the tune and then say ‘We’re gonna hit record, and you just play what comes into your heart.’ It’s like everyone is getting the hoodoo sensation. Spontaneity is beautiful. And,” he adds, “since it’s our studio, there’s no hurry: No one is over our shoulder saying when we gotta get in and when we gotta get out … we were the record company.”

Hoodoo features autobiographical songs about his life growing up on farm and learning the blues ("9 Foot Sack"), cautionary tales of rural Mississippi ("Alligator Mississippi") and a tale of his trek homeward after the Nashville flood of 2010 ("The Flood").

White feels no pressure to top himself. “There’s not a push nowhere,” he concludes. “Maybe I’ll stop playing shows and making records when the songs quit coming to me. But they still come to me. You see, I don’t work for a song — but once I get a hold of it I don’t let go. I just keep writing, and when I do, I want to go out and play it for somebody. It’s the songwriting that keeps me going.”

It would be great to see Tony Joe back in Scotland playing for Mundell Music again! There were some amazing shows over the years.......we could also arrange some Golf again for him!
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Saturday, 22 June 2013

Three Acoustic Gigs at Backstage! And things we have been up to.

Plenty of activity at Mundell Music at the moment! Bet you all thought that because its the Summer there is very little to do! Well sadly thats NOT the case. I have quite a few gigs currently being arranged for later this year and into 2014. We also have a one day Seminar in November called 'Hit Click'. That is for those Musicians who want to know more about the Music Industry. If you are interested then pleas go and have a look at the Mundell Music Site for details. (www.mundellmusic.com)
Plans are afoot for adding some more Memorabilia at Backstage......Yes we have more to display!
So here we have Dennis Locorriere on Sun 17th Nov 2013, Glenn Tilbrook on Tuesday 3rd December 2013 and a Singer Songwriter night with Elliott Morris, Stu Goodall & Donna Maciocia on Monday 24th June 2013.

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Monday, 3 June 2013

Backstage Gigs with Connie Lush & Glenn Tilbrook

Glenn Tilbrook makes a welcome return to Kinross on Tuesday 3rd December 2013. A solo acoustic show this is already selling well and will no doubt be a sell out. Don't leave it too late pick the phone up and reserve those tickets NOW! Tel 01577 863467.

Connie Lush & Blues Shouter make their first appearence at Backstage here at the Green Hotel Kinross on Friday 26th July. They come highly recommended and will be playing to a packed house. Make a note in your diary!
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Friday, 17 May 2013

Andy Fraser Band Backstage

Andy Fraser Brings His Band Backstage to the Green Hotel in Kinross on Sun 4th August 2013. Featuring Chris Spedding and Tobi this will be a superb GIG. Booking Tel 01577 863467

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Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Pete Sears Gets His Bass Guitar Back!

Great News From Rolling Stone Magazine......

Music: Jefferson Starship's Pete Sears Reunited With Stolen Bass After 35 Years
Pete Sears.

Pete Sears is a lucky man. Almost 40 years after losing his bass during a concert riot in Germany, he has been reunited with his one-of-a kind instrument made by Doug Irwin, the famed luthier who built guitars for Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead**.

Sears, a veteran Bay Area bassist (Jefferson Starship, Rod Stewart, Hot Tuna) who now plays in Moonalice, had his custom-made guitar built in 1976. Named "Dragon," it was crafted from the rare hardwoods cocobolo and birdseye maple and had a distinct, silver dragon design inlay on the body. It was also built from the same piece of wood as Garcia's "Tiger," and it had that same earth and eagle design inlay on the headstock.

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Sears received the guitar in 1978 and played it for three months. Before he could ever play it live, however, it was gone.

"It was always in the back of my mind," Sears tells Rolling Stone. "I never thought I would see it again. I thought it was sitting in someone's basement."

The bass went missing in June 1978 during a riot at the Lorelei Festival, held at an outdoor venue overlooking the Rhine River. According to Sears, Jefferson Starship singer Grace Slick – then battling alcohol addition – had locked herself in the dressing room and refused to perform. Bad weather and the delay had the audience restless. The band had to cancel the show.

"Things were getting hairy," Sears said. "The feeling from the audience was not good." The band's road manager asked the promoter to tell the audience the show would be canceled and they would get a full refund. Unfortunately, that last part was lost in translation and the crowd turned.

"Bottles, bricks and rocks started raining on the stage and everybody was hiding behind the amps," Sears recalls. "Then people started rushing the stage. Someone chopped up the drum kit with an ax. They were throwing amps off the cliffs into the Rhine. They found gasoline and set fire to the stage; compressed air tanks exploded. It was total mob mentality."

The band made an escape, leaving their equipment behind.

The next morning, Sears said the site looked like a war zone. Stragglers roamed the venue, carting off equipment or pushing it off the cliffs. The band's sound engineer worked his way through the crowd, lingering around the gear, buying back whatever he could. The Irwin "Dragon" was gone.

Fast forward to three decades later. Tom Lieber, a luthier who worked at Doug Irwin's guitar shop and worked on the "Dragon," wrote a post on a Grateful Dead forum in 2009 asking readers if anyone had seen the bass. Nothing.

Then finally, last month, a German musician named Klaus Wilm responded to the post, writing that the bass had survived the riot and that he was the owner. He told Lieber he bought it between 1990 and 1991 from a studio musician in the Netherlands who claimed it once belonged to the bassist of the 1980s band Golden Earring. Wilm said he tried to research the guitar's previous owners, but the trail went cold. Lieber contacted Sears; a few exchanges later, Wilm agreed to sell back the bass to its original owner for $3,200 and shipped it to Lieber for restoration.

"It's an antique now, like I am," jokes Sears. "I just can't wait to get it back and hold it again."

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Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Songs for Sunny Days!

Crank them up Loud! Theres nothing better. The Young Rascals with Groovin and Thunderclap Newman with Something in The Air.

Monday, 29 April 2013

Backstage Packet of Three for May

Tokyo Rosenthal, Martin Turner's Wishbone Ash and Tom Paley play Backstage at the Green Hotel, Kinross, Scotland. Booking line tel: 01577 863467. For further details on all GIGS please go to www.mundellmusic.com

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Wednesday, 3 April 2013

Steve Poltz Backstage

Thursday 23rd May 2013 Steve Poltz visits Backstage at the Green Hotel, Kinross Scotland. Tickets £12 Booking 01577 863467. For all Shows please visit www.mundellmusic.com

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Monday, 18 March 2013

The Good Daze are Coming Backstage

The Good Daze are coming Backstage on Saturday May 4th 2013. Come and support this young Band! Tickets available from The Green Hotel Kinross. "The Good Daze are a young four piece Scottish rock band, gaining much popularity in and around the wee county, hoping to extend the buzz all over Scotland and Britain and eventually the universe. Banging basslines along with furiously funky beats topped with screaming guitar solo's and harmony's that will make your heart fall out of your mouth, (plus a nice wee acoustic set) this is the most addictive new sound, the tunes will be running round your mind for weeks or possibly till the end of time, guaranteed to leave you wanting more. THE GOOD DAZE ARE COMING!!"

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Thursday, 7 March 2013

Mundell Music 2013 Awards

Mundell Music Awards. March - February 2013.

We have decided to launch our own Music Awards that will become an Annual Event. The Awards Ceremony and Dinner was held at The Hard Rock Cafe in Edinburgh during February.
The Awards are based around Artists who has made an appearance for Mundell Music at Backstage at the Green Hotel during the period from March 2012 to February 2013. Each selection has ben made for a variety of aspects and we thank EVERYONE who has played for us during that time. OK so this is'nt The Oscars, The Brits or the MTV Awards but Its OUR 'tip of the hat' to the industry that we love and have become an integral part of.

Mundell Music Awards 2013 - Hall of Fame.
Henry McCullough
The Legendary and virtuoso Guitarist has played with Joe Cocker and the Grease Band , Paul McCartney's Wings an appearance at Woodstock and the original guitarist on 'Jesus Christ Superstar'.
Henry and his Band used to come and visit Mundell Music twice a year, for over ten years. Those of you who managed to catch one of these shows will recall just how memorable and special they were. Henry.....We salute you.

Mundell Music Awards 2013 - Best UK Performance
Gallagher & Lyle
Two magical nights from this legendary duo and their Band made an unforgettable experience for those who were lucky enough to be there. Not having toured together for a number of years made it extra special and their own stage presence and camarderie shone through for all to see.

Mundell Music Awards 2013 - Best International Performance
Jefferson Starship
From San Francisco came Jefferson Starship that included both Paul Kantner and David Freiberg. The sound and performance was incredible. Nuff said!

Mundell Music Awards 2013 - Sadly Missed-Never Forgotten
Jackie Leven and John Martyn
The late great Jackie Leven played for Mundell Music for over ten years. Always a highlite of the year. An incredible Artist that has left a huge body of work behind that we urge you to explore. It grows stronger every year. We miss you Jackie.
The Legend that was John Martyn visited us for a series of GIGs that have now gone down in history. Oh how lucky we were to be able to experience John with his Band in such intimate surroundings. I can 'feel' the experience still to this day. Thank You John.

Mundell Music Awards 2013 - Most Impressive Tribute Band
Tricky Fingers
Their performance was impressive both visually and in sound. The mannerisms of 'Mick J' were uncanny and if only ALL tribute Bands played and presented themselves to this standard........

Mundell Music Awards 2013 - Best up and coming Artist
Elliott Morris
Guitar skills and song writing far beyond his years! It was refreshing to 'discover' such a huge talent and witness a star in the making. We were also impressed with how he communicated with his audience....First Rate!

Mundell Music Awards 2013 - Best Company Award for Assistance.
Constant Contact
We love this E Marketing Company. For ALL the right reasons! Their presentation cannot be bettered. Reporting covers a broad range of points which assist us with driving our Company further forward. They do not rest on their laurels and are always introducing new and exciting concepts such as Survey options, Social Media campaigns coupled with instructional videos.

Mundell Music Awards 2013 - Best Folk Performance
The Coaltown Daisies.
Delicate harmonies and melodies make this duo a delight to see and experience their show. We expect them to become a 'known' act on the circuit that becomes a force to be reckoned with.

Mundell Music Awards 2013 - Best Singer Songwriter
Steve Daggett
A superb communicator both with his own breathtaking songs and his interpretation of others. He 'holds you in his hand' as his show progresses and with his wit and charm you arrive at the end of the evening with a warm glow and a smile upon your face. Is'nt this what ALL shows should do?

Mundell Music Awards 2013 - Best Vocalist
Colin Blunstone
Wispy vocals that are as distinctive as well as mysterious. A style all of his own he turns back the years with stunning performances and hits you with arresting new material.

Mundell Music Awards 2013 - Best Keyboards
Frank O'Hagan
We love the 'Hammond Sound'. From the Songwriting, Vocals and style of playing, it just does'nt come any better.

Mundell Music Awards 2013 - Best Rock Performance
Skinny Molly
From the USA came this Southern Rock trio. What a gig! From the playing, Performance and the way they 'played' the crowd it was an impressive show. Something that others can learn from perhaps....

Mundell Music Awards 2013 - Best Bass in the Place
Dave Bronze
A Master at his craft. Impressive to watch and listen, it was an honour to experience his playing in such intimate surroundings.

Mundell Music Awards 2013 - Best Guitar Award
Mick Taylor
A Rolling Stone comes to Kinross. The phrase ...'a legend in his own time' comes to mind. From the less is more school of guitar playing it really was a privilege to be in his presence. Truly magical to watch and listen.

Mundell Music Awards 2013 - Best Drummer Backstage
Richard Newman
There are not many Drummers that can step into the breach so to speak with only days to go before a world tour gets underway for a legendary group because their regular Drummer was suddenly unavailable. Well thats what happened to Richard Newman with Jefferson Starship. Incredibly proffessional, you would have thought that he had occupied the Drum seat for years. Aggressive style of playing, we urge you to catch him live!

Mundell Music Awards 2013 - Best Designed Tour Poster
The Former members (Mike Dolgushkin-Artist)
It is not often that we are sent Posters from touring Bands but on this occasion we did! And what a Poster! Designed by MD who has designed Frank Zappa Album covers and is a legend within the San Francisco fraternity. One for framing!

Mundell Music Awards 2013 - Best Brewer
It is not often that we are praised for our efforts in both Music Promotion and Innovation. We say a HUGE thank you to Carlsberg who did just that. With the hospitality industry becoming more event driven than ever you can expect them to be at the front of advisory bodies in this very important field.

Mundell Music Awards 2013 - Best Young Scottish Band
Skrumpy Jack
Ones to watch! They impressed us with their efforts both on stage and with their performance. At such a young age it was refreshing to see and we hope and trust that they develop to their full potential.

Mundell Music Awards 2013 - Best Blues
Marcus Bonfanti
A major upward shift in his stage show, both musically and visually has given another award to this remarkable and sensational Artist.

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The Glasgow Herald

Mundell Music Awards 2013.


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Thursday, 14 February 2013

Paul Kantner, Mick Taylor & Big Brother & The Holding Co Backstage

Big Brother and the Holding Co played at the Famous Bein Inn for two nights in Scotland in 2006. It was a great gig and the Band even had Jerry Donahue with them. It was the ONLY time they EVER played Scotland. The second night was incredible! Poster available from www.mundellmusic.com

Paul Kantner with Jefferson Starship played Backstage at the Green Hotel in Kinross in October 2012. I am sure that when you know that the venue only holds 130 people this WAS a historic night! The picture says it all! After having seen them at Knebworth a few years ago and in London nothing could compere! Poster available from www.mundellmusic.com

The Legendary Mick Taylor played Two nights with his Band at the Inn at Lathones in 2010. With a capacity of only 60 people there was no wonder that we had folks coming from Japan, Germany and London to catch this never to be repeated event! With a five piece Band that included Max Middleton it wasawesome. Twisted Sister and Blind Willie McTell were the standout tracks. Poster available from www.mundellmusic.com

Next time that Mick Taylor played for us was at Backstage at the Green Hotel Kinross. On this occasion Mick again had a five piece Band that included Zoot Money on Keyboards. Great night. Poster available from www.mundellmusic.com

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Sunday, 27 January 2013

Nine Below Zero Backstage in Scotland.

Nine Below Zero play Backstage at the Green Hotel in Kinross Scotland on Tuesday 21st May. Booking Line is 01577 863467 or online tickets www.wegottickets.com

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Thursday, 17 January 2013

Happy Birthday Mick Taylor!

Born on this day, Mick Taylor, guitarist, who was a member of John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, then in 1969 joined The Rolling Stones, playing on the 1971 US #1 & UK #2 single Brown Sugar and the classic Exile On Main Street album, amongst other recordings. Taylor has also worked with Bob Dylan, Mike Oldfield, Jack Bruce and Ron Wood.
Mick Taylor and his Band will be Playing Backstage at the Green Hotel on Sat 23rd Feb. only a few Tickets left. Tel 01577 863467!

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Backstage Review from the Scotsman re GIG Paul Jones & Dave Kelly

By David Pollock
Published on Monday 14 January 2013 00:00

PROMOTER David Mundell, formerly of the Bein Inn in Glenfarg, has a good thing going with his semi-regular gigs out in the country at the Green Hotel in Kinross, where he has a dedicated concert space through the back decked out in decades of rock memorabilia.

Paul Jones & Dave Kelly

Green Hotel, Kinross


The display reflects his own personal taste in music bookings, with classic rock and blues being high on the agenda, and very little from the mid-80s onwards. Yet he chooses and puts on his shows with an enthusiast’s attention to detail.

Here he had turned to duo and sometime Blues Band members Paul Jones and Dave Kelly to draw a healthy crowd, and they delivered a set of more thantwo hours which shone with authenticity. It was also a lot more textured than might be expected from just two guys on stage, with the combination of Kelly’s dextrous guitar playing and former Manfred Mann member and current Radio 2 presenter Jones’ wailing harmonica combining in richly pleasing style.

Their credentials were lightly worn, although they couldn’t help drop in the odd sly reference, for example how Ry Cooder taught Kelly How Can a Poor Man Stand Such Times and Live? and Jones Jesus On the Mainline – both highlights – or how Jones played with Percy Sledge.

They belong in such company. Jones’s accent and inflection was breathtaking on Big Bill Broonzy’s Key to the Highway, Kelly’s slide guitar shone on Muddy Waters’ I Can’t Be Satisfied, and songs by Robert Johnson (Dust My Broom), Nat Adderley (Work Song) and Jimmy Reed (Bright Lights, Big City) were played with a winning combination of reverential affection and real excitement for the material.

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Wednesday, 9 January 2013

David Latto Band

David Latto Band play The Inn at Lathones, St.Andrews in February! It's on its way to being a sell out. Don't miss out book those tickets now on 01334 840494. It will be a great gig. Accommodation bookings can be made on the same number.
All gigs. www.mundellmusic.com

Saturday, 5 January 2013

Colin Blunstone Backstage

Colin Blunstone returns to play Backstage at the Green Hotel, Kinross on Sun 10th February 2013. He always plays a great show and we are looking forward to it! Book your tickets on 01577 863467 or online at http://www.wegottickets.com/evenue/4873

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