Preview: Bute to welcome back Rodney Branigan

Rodney Branigan plays live with Transclyde Music at Craigmore Bowling Club in Rothesay on Saturday, April 2, 2016.
Rodney Branigan plays live with Transclyde Music at Craigmore Bowling Club in Rothesay on Saturday, April 2, 2016.

Born and raised in Texas, but now based in London, singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Rodney Branigan is set for a welcome return to the Bute stage when he plays at Craigmore Bowling Club this Saturday, April 2.

Branigan’s party piece may be his masterful playing of two instruments at once - two guitars simultaneously, or guitar and piano - but it’s really his ability to mix this extraordinary skill with his own heartfelt lyrics and rich, soulful voice that have led to his becoming one of the most followed global performers of the moment - and have led to packed houses for all his previous visits to Bute.

Branigan’s passion for musical diversity has taken him all over the world - having toured his native America coast-to-coast, his desire to share his fusion of organic progressive folk with undertones of rock, flamenco, classical, bluegrass and jazz have also seen him play China as well as France, Germany and Switzerland; earning him love from new fans and respect from established musicians alike.

He’s shared a billing with the likes of Jethro Tull and Billy Bragg, and has electrified the crowds at Glastonbury; he now also includes an annual tour of India in his hectic schedule, playing not only in the Himalayas but also supporting the country’s biggest rock band, Pentagram.

He also works alongside the young musicians of the future, holding regular workshops around the UK teaching finger-style technical courses, and has even lectured at universities and conservatories in China.

A multi-talented musician; a voice that delivers honest, self-penned lyrics with soul and feeling; a globally recognised performer; an inspiration to a new generation of musicians; an equal amongst his peers; it is fair to say that Rodney Branigan’s future is as bright as the musical landscape he is now so pivotal in shaping in 2016.

Branigan plays live with Transclyde Music at Craigmore Bowling Club in Rothesay on Saturday, April 2. Tickets are available in advance from Macqueen’s Butchers (tel 01700 502067) and from Musicker cafe in the High Street (tel 01700 502287).