The function room of the Victoria Hotel was jam-packed with jazz-lovers on Sunday afternoon, all of whom were excited to welcome Rose Room back to the island.
Formed in summer 2010, Rose Room comprises virtuoso violinist and vocalist Seonaid Aitken, Jimmy Moon on double-bass with guitarists Tom Watson and Tam Gallagher completing the line-up on solo and rhythm guitars respectively.
The popularity of the ensemble was clear to see, with extra seating added to accommodate the large audience which also included a young jazzer at the tender age of five!
The band began with some slow, smooth swing in the form of ‘Deed I Do’ and ‘If I Had You’, which readied the audience for the band’s real forte - up-tempo, energetic gypsy jazz.
While Rose Room clearly work extremely well together as an ensemble, their instrumentalists weren’t afraid of taking each other on in a battle of technical ability, with Seonaid and Tom playing duelling pizzicato solos in ‘Lady Be Good’, each taking the challenge a little further to one-up the other, much to the delight of the audience.
Seonaid’s smooth, velvety vocals were well complemented by Rose Room’s Jimmy Moon, who kept the motor running on double-bass, and with dynamic and creative playing from Tom and Tam, no one was left in any doubt that Rose Room are deserving of their place in Scotland’s jazz scene.
* To view a few short clips from the gig, click on the video above.