Chris's Gigs is thrilled to welcome Adam Holmes and the Embers to Comrie in what will be another close up and intimate concert in our lovely wee WRI Hall. Adam will be appearing in four shows at Celtic Connections 2017 this coming January/February including the opening concert at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall where he will be a special guest of Laura Marling and will be performing with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. However, we have him first in Comrie. Don't miss it!
Adam Holmes crafts lyrics that resonate like old folk songs, set to melodies rooted in haunting slow airs. John Martyn’s strum and sting, laced with a slice of Celtic soul and a touch of traditional folk.
The 25-year-old Edinburgh-born singer/songwriter is one of the brightest rising stars on the Scottish music scene, with influences from either side of the Atlantic mixing traditional and contemporary folk with his own brand of Americana.
Starting out on fiddle, Holmes switched to guitar at 14, and began writing songs only a year or so later. A finalist in the 2009 Celtic Connections Young Traditional Musician of the Year competition, he was also nominated as Best Newcomer at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in 2011 and was further nominated for Best Up and Coming Artist at the 2013 Scots Trad Music Awards.
His debut album Heirs and Graces was nominated for Scottish Album of the Year and in December was also nominated for Best Album at the Scottish Traditional Music Awards. It reached a high of number 5 in the iTunes singer/songwriter chart and tracks receive national and international airplay from stations throughout the UK, mainland Europe, the US and Canada. His second album Brighter Still has also received much aclaim. Adam is a singer whose star is on the ascendant.