RM Hubbert set for debut Bute gig

RM Hubbert plays live at Craigmore Bowling Club in Rothesay on Saturday, March 12.
RM Hubbert plays live at Craigmore Bowling Club in Rothesay on Saturday, March 12.

Glasgow guitarist, singer and songwriter RM Hubbert will add his name to the increasingly impressive list of artists to have played live on Bute with Transclyde Music when he takes to the stage in Rothesay next weekend.

Hubbert has released music under a variety of guises since 1993, though his debut solo album, First & Last, wasn’t released until March 2010.

His second release, Thirteen Lost & Found, followed just under two years later; produced by long-time friend and Franz Ferdinand frontman Alex Kapranos, it won the 2013 Scottish Album of the Year award, beating off competition from artists such as Calvin Harris, Emeli Sande, The Twilight Sad and Lau.

That same year’s Breaks & Bone featured Hubbert’s own vocals for the first time, while Ampersand Extras, a collection of rarities, B-sides and unreleased pieces taken from the sessions for the previous three albums, acted as something of a bookend to his ‘Ampersand Trilogy’.

His new album, Telling The Trees, is out on April 29 - but before that comes a first opportunity to hear him play live on Bute, at Craigmore Bowling Club on Saturday, March 12.

Also appearing on this coming Saturday’s bill is ‘Pistol’ Pete Wearn, winner of Moonshine magazine’s prize for solo blues artist of the year in 2015 and an artist known for “tearing it up with his own raucous interpretation of traditional blues...a renowned vocalist, slide guitarist, harmonica player and songwriter”.

Tickets are available from Musicker cafe in Rothesay’s High Street (tel 01700 502067) and from Macqueen’s butchers in Bishop Street (tel 01700 502287), and, subject to availability, at the door.

You can also get a taster of what might be in store on at Craigmore on Saturday by going to the Videos section of RM Hubbert’s website, while ‘Pistol’ Pete Wearn’s YouTube channel is here.