Tim Kliphuis Trio to close Bute Arts Society’s season on Friday

The Tim Kliphuis Trio plays live in Rothesay on March 18 in the last concert of Bute Arts Society's winter programme.
The Tim Kliphuis Trio plays live in Rothesay on March 18 in the last concert of Bute Arts Society's winter programme.

Lovers of Bute’s live music scene will undoubtedly be disappointed that this year’s Bute Arts Society programme is coming to an end, but will delight that such a top quality ensemble will be bringing down the curtain on Friday, March 18.

The Tim Kliphuis Jazz Trio’s electrifying performances and remarkable audience rapport have made them firm favourites on the festival scene since they formed back in 2005.

Comprising violinist Tim Kliphuis, guitarist Nigel Clark, and bassist Roy Percy, the trio won the Scottish Jazz International award in 2013 - a sure sign that an excellent evening’s entertainment awaits those at the Bute concert.

Classically trained and widely regarded as Stéphane Grappelli’s heir, regularly on tour with the fiery European gypsy guitarists, Kliphuis is a highly personal and inspiring performer, composer and educator who has shared the stage with legends Frankie Gavin, Richard Galliano and Les Paul and has been lauded for his musical genius by Nigel Kennedy.

Nigel Clark is an awe-inspiring guitar virtuoso with a unique sound, and has worked with the biggest names in jazz, folk and rock including Gloria Gaynor, Moya Brennan, Jan Akkerman, Philip Catherine, Carla Bley, Steve Swallow and Scottish hit band Hue and Cry, while Roy Percy, whose bass sound is rooted in New Orleans and Jump-Jive, has worked with top Americans Duke Heitger, Marty Grosz, Bob Barnard and Evan Christopher.

Regulars at this year’s Bute Arts Society concerts can attest that island audiences have been well and truly spoilt with the quality of visiting artists, and this concert looks set to be no different.

Entry is charged at £8 on the door (free to students) and the concert will begin promptly at 7.30pm in Trinity Church. Refreshments will also be available during the interval.

A warm welcome awaits - we’ll see you there!