True North 2015 featured the following acts:
Friday 25 September 2015
Doors 7pm | The Lemon Tree Lounge
The opening concert of True North – Aberdeen’s festival of music and song, featuring young Scottish act Fatherson and The 101.
Late Night Festival Club
Hubby and Friends Part I
Doors 10.45pm | The Lemon Tree Lounge
Join Glasgow singer and guitarist RM Hubbert and fingerstyle guitarist and pianist James Blackshaw, who primarily plays an acoustic 12 string guitar, to sing the night away in the relaxed atmosphere of the True North Festival Club at The Lemon Tree.
Saturday 26 September 2015
Singing Ceilidh Family Workshop
with Christine Kydd
10.30am & noon | The Lemon Tree Lounge
Join Christine Kydd to sing songs from the great North east songbook and to write a new one! Open to families of all ages.
Generations of Change
with Wounded Knee and special guests
Doors 12pm | The Lemon Tree Lounge
An exploration of North East song with Wounded Knee who will be joined by Scott Gardner and others, performing and discussing song traditions from the North-east and beyond, using the Matt Armour song Generations of Change as a starting point. They will be joined by local young people who will have reinterpreted the song for life in Aberdeen today.
Headline Concert: Tom Odell
Supported by Siobhan Wilson
Doors 7.30pm | Music Hall
Tom Odell, named ‘songwriter of the year’ at the 2014 Ivor Novello Awards ceremony, will play the headline concert on the second day of the three-day festival, with support from upcoming singer-songwriter Siobhan Wilson.
Late Night Festival Club
Hubby and Friends Part II
Doors 10.30pm | The Lemon Tree Lounge
Join Glasgow singer and guitarist RM Hubbert with Malcolm Middleton, renowned for his work with Aiden Moffat and Bill Wells in the cult Scots band Arab Strap, to sing the night away in the relaxed atmosphere of the True North Festival Club at The Lemon Tree.
Sunday 27 September 2015
Doors noon | The Lemon Tree Lounge
Featuring songwriters from three bands with a strong connection to the North-east and who have also played across the country – Rick Redbeard (The Phantom Band), Jo Anthony (Last Ones Left) and Steven Milne (The Little Kicks). All three enjoy employing different methods of writing and approaches to songwriting which they will be discussing in brief, in between playing their own material and collaborating on each other’s songs.
Relaxing Sunday with
The Unthanks and Rachel Sermanni
Long May You Run:
A 70th Birthday Celebration of Neil Young
Doors 7pm | Music Hall
To celebrate Neil Young’s 70th birthday this year, a host of songwriting talent will gather at the Music Hall in Aberdeen to pay tribute to the music of one of the most seminal and influential songwriters of our time. From his band work with Buffalo Springfield and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, through to his own stellar solo career, “Shakey” has been responsible for authoring some of the greatest songs known to popular music. Led by house band Roddy Hart & The Lonesome Fire, the stage will be filled with an exciting array of both established and emerging artists – all notable songwriters in their own right – who will tackle the work of that most mercurial and seeking of troubadours.
Artists Eddi Reader, Del Amitri’s Justin Currie, Admiral Fallow, Emma Pollock, Withered Hand, Blue Rose Code, Tommy Reilly, Rab Noakes and Zervas & Pepper will all perform their own personal Neil favourites to honour his genius, in a concert that promises to highlight all sides of a songwriter so inspirational, exceptional and evergreen.