Welcome to The Spott Sessions

Upcoming Events:

Jenn Butterworth &
Laura-Beth Salter

Friday 28th February 2020

Jenn Butterworth, winner Musician of the Year – Scots Trad Music Awards, is one of Scotland’s foremost female guitarists, and has toured extensively with the award winning Anna Massie Band. As an accompanist she is in high demand, her most recent collaborations have involved Songs of Separation, Phil Cunningham and Fiddler’s Bid.

Laura-Beth Salter takes influence from the Oldtime and Bluegrass music that her parents played whilst she was growing up in Lincolnshire. After spending time studying a Traditional Music Degree in Newcastle she became heavily involved in the folk scene. She is a founding member of The Shee and her most recent collaborations involve Shooglenifty and The MacLean Project led by the world renowned Perthshire singer Dougie MacLean.

As well as touring with their duo, Jenn and Laura-Beth are also members of Kinnaris Quintet, brand new, five-strong band of vigorous, driving, high-spirited musicians, and winners of this year’s prestigious Belhaven music bursary.



Friday 12th June 2020

Bold, creative, and original; Tannara have established themselves as one of the UK’s most interesting and unique contemporary folk groups.

Since the band’s formation in 2014 they’ve covered considerable musical ground. With a background in Scotland’s native traditions, their ceaseless musical development is a melting pot of ideas, genres and sounds: From indie rock to electronica, as well as Scotland’s vibrant and diverse folk scene.

★★★★- RnR Magazine
★★★★ “Dynamic, hypnotic, and always fresh”- Songlines Magazine

“Simply Outstanding”, Living Tradition Magazine
“Tannara blend fiddle, guitar, harp and accordion with sensitivity, dynamic variation and tonal awareness”. The Times
“Fiery and Graceful”, The Herald
“They’ve developed their own group identity, playing smart, imaginative arrangements with verve”, The Herald



Saturday 22nd August 2020

‘Assynt’ are former BBC Radio Scotland Young Musician of the Year finalists, Graham Mackenzie (fiddle) and David Shedden (pipes/whistles) alongside BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award winner Innes White (guitar/mandolin).

Having performed together for many years, 2018 saw the official launch of the band and their debut album ‘Road to the North’.

Described by Folk Radio as “refreshingly contemporary”, their new release “marks them as one of our most impressive young bands.”

The band have recently won ‘Up and Coming Artist of the Year’ at the Scots Trad Music Awards 2018.


Westward the Light

Friday 20th November 2020

After playing an amazing Session at Spott in 2019, Westward the Light are returning in 2020.

“Westward The Light bring a refreshing approach to their music, eschewing as they do the harum-scarum “speed-is-all” attitude of many of their contemporaries for a much more thoughtful and reflective way of looking at and presenting the music. Our audience was drawn in right away, and more than once we had that elusive and delightful moment of silence between the end of the music and the start of the applause that tells you that the audience is totally engaged with the performance.” – Dougie Pincock- Director of the National Centre for Excellence in Traditional Music


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