Published: 03/01/2017 10:14 - Updated: 02/01/2017 09:52

Event of the Week: For Royal guests

Canada's Royal Wood. Photo: Jen Squires.
Canada's Royal Wood. Photo: Jen Squires.

HOOTANANNY’S first international guest of the year comes all the way from Canada – so perhaps might not be too shocked by the chill of the Highlands in December.

A multiple Juno Award nominee – Canada’s equivalent of the BRITS and Grammys – Wood is well used to seeing his albums notch up places in the Canadian Top 30 and his other accolades include the 2010 iTunes Pick for Top Pop Single, Top Pop Album and Songwriter of the Year.

A multi-instrumentalist as well as a singer, Toronto resident Wood plays on almost 90 percent of his latest album, Ghost Light, including guitar, piano, bass and percussion to create an album that avoids modern studio trickery such as auto-tuning and digital perfection to recall the classic songwriters of the 1960s and ’70s who have influenced Wood’s own music.

Hear him at Hootananny’s Mad Hatters Bar on Friday January 6.

Sticking with the royal theme, music from the Kingdom of Fife kicks off 2017’s musical programme at Bogbain Farm on Thursday, with a set from the region’s musical monarch, Mercury Award nominee King Creosote.

Probably the key figure in the Fife based Fence collective, over his 20 year career Kenny Anderson, to give him his real name, has become one of the biggest names on the indie/folk scene, a position cemented by the success of his 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games artistic commission From Scotland With Love, which saw him breakthrough into the UK Top 30, and the acclaim given to last year’s follow up Astronaut Meets Appleman.

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