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Monthly Chamber Music concerts and Monthly "Unplugged" Folk/Blues/Pop/International evenings.

Chamber Music in The Round

Upstairs at The Drake Bar, 1, Lynedoch Street, Glasgow G3 6EF

Featuring The Drake Ensemble with invited soloists and groups. These very popular concerts offer the opportunity for audience members to sit around the players in an intimate Drawing Room setting.

The Drake Ensemble is based around two "quartet" groups with visiting soloists.

Kirsty Orton - Violin
Frances Pryce - Violin
Shelagh McKail - Viola
Mary Ward - Viola
Gabi Maas - Viola
Marie Connell- Cello

Gemma O'Keeffe - Violin
Helena Zambrano Quispe -Violin
Francesca Hunt- Viola
Sarah Harrington - Cello
Sonia Cromerty - Cello
Martin Storey-Cello
Dan Bull - Cello

Soloists have included:
Nick Ross - Clarinet
Sarah Bennington- Flute
Stephen Orton - Cello
John Slack - Clarinet
Richard Blake - Flute
Laura Baxter - Piano
Kirstie Logan - Oboe

The Drake offers a good range of local and international beers, wines and spirits plus a 20% discount off their excellent Gastropub Menu for concertgoers.


2018-19 Season

Chamber Music:

All are Wednesdays at 7:30pm with tickets at £10 (£8 concessions). (a 10% service charge is added for web bookings via "We Got Tickets"))

Patrons receive a 20% discount from the excellent Drake gastropub menu in the bar downstairs.

27th February:


Following their successful concert last year The Drake Ensemble perform a concert that will include folk music arranged by the Danish String Quartet

Players will be:
Kirsty Orton and Helena Zambrano Quispe - violins
Shelagh McKail - Viola
Jessica Kerr - Cello

27th March:

Fourth Anniversary Concert

The Drake Ensemble are pleased to announce a very special concert featuring Schubert's magnificent String Quintet, featuring Stephen Orton (Principle - Academy of St Martin in the Fields; Chilingirian Quartet).

Players are:
Kirtsy Orton, Frances Pryce - Violins
Shelagh McKail- Viola
Marie Connell, Stephen Orton - Cellos.

24th April: Kentigern Quartet
programme to be confirmed

1st May: Drake Ensemble

programme to be confirmed

12th June: The music of Janette Montague.
Local composer presents a concert that will feature a range of her compositions on Scottish themes


January 16th 2019

Beethoven: String Quartet in G major, Op 18 No.2

“Dark Island” a traditional Scottish melody arranged by Stephen Adam

Mendelssohn: Quartet in E minor Op 44, No. 2
(Note change of programme)

The players:

Kirsty Orton, Frances Pryce - violins
Mary Ward - Viola
Marie Connell - Cello

November 28th 2018

John Goldie and the High Plains

Playing music from their acclaimed album "Here and Now" in the intimate surroundings of the upstairs drawing room at The Drake, in Glasgow's Charing Cross district.

Scottish acoustic guitarist John Goldie performs with a string quartet which combines the talents of players from major Scottish Orchestras, jazz and traditional ensembles, This contemporary string quartet is made up of some of the most accomplished players in folk, jazz and classical music.

The High Plains combines the very considerable talents of Seonaid Aitken (Rose Room, Tim Kliphuis Sextet, Scottish Opera) and David Laing (Belle & Sebastian, Andrea Bocelli, Capella String Quartet) on fiddles, Adam Robinson (Sting, Opera North, Annie - West End) on viola and Alice Allen (Scottish Chamber Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony, Brodick Quartet) on cello.

John Goldie is, without doubt, one of the best acoustic guitarists in Scotland right now. Drawing on a rich seam of musical influences, his ability to combine bass, chords, melody and groove together is quite remarkable. As in demand in the studio and workshop space as he is on the touring circuit, John has played with a who's who of talent around the globe. These include George Benson, Martin Taylor, Tommy Emmanuel, Ike Isaacs, Texas, The Faces, and Andrew Lloyd Webber.

December 12th 2018

“To your Rude Health"
- Iuchair

Iuchair present a concert of 17th- and 18th-century catches, rounds and other canonical music, featuring the drinking and societal songs of Purcell and his contemporaries. An evening of humorous songs not for the faint-hearted, a delight to warm one's spirits on a cold December night!
Iuchair are an early music vocal ensemble based in Glasgow, specialising in performing music from neglected, unusual and seldom-performed repertories and are taking a break from their usual programme of sacred music to perform this special programme, demonstrating that some of the greatest composers that ever lived had light-hearted senses of humour.


No Amplifiers, No Microphones

Charity Open Stage
Saturday 26th January 2019
in aid of suicide prevention, donations to "Breathing Space".

Wednesday February 6th 7:30

"Black Dog Blue"
Duo of John Scott - Guitar
Hugh Barclay - vocals
present highly skilled soul and blues

"Drawn That Way"
An enertaining trio of Iain Holden, Jessica Lynn and Maddi Cassell

"The Background Sounds"
Fun mix of jazz and swing.

Previous Unplugged:

International Night
December 5th 2018

The popular Unplugged Series continues with an intimate acoustic-only evening of music from France, Portugal, Cape Verde and Brazil.

From France, Tom Keren ("Fnuf") offers his own French and English language songs;
from Portugal, Mariana Arroja sings Portuguese Fado and Cape Verdean Morna (think Cesaria Evora, Mariza and Amalia Rodrigues); and
Pete Parisetti and Angela Higney ("Nossa Bossa) offer Brazilian Samba and Bossa Nova.

October 24th 2018 - Berkeley Ensemble

Prior to their 10th birthday concert in Glasgow Cathedral on Friday 26th October, two musicians from The Berkeley Ensemble are joined by Katie Bennington to perform music for Clarinet, Bassoon and Oboe in the intimate surroundings of the upstairs drawing room at The Drake.


Beethoven: Variations on Mozart’s ‘La ci darem la mano’
Mozart: Divertimento no.2
Francaix: Divertissement
Poulenc: Duo for Clarinet and Bassoon
Britten: Six Metamorphoses After Ovid for solo oboe


Katie Bennington - Oboe
John Slack - Clarinet
Andrew Watson - Bassoon

November 14th

EarthSouNZ presents an innovative programme of music for Violin and Cello, featuring Alastair Savage and Tom Rathbone.

Many will recall Alastair’s delightful and popular concerts at the Drake in 2016 and 2017 when he played and told stories around the history of Scottish Fiddle Music. Tom has been a regular cellist with the Drake Ensemble.

The programme well commence with the Bach solo cello suite in D MInor (no.2) followed by some traditional Scottish tunes roughly contemporary with Bach, the idea being to demonstrate Bach’s influence in Scotland.

For the second half the duo will play some Breton folk tunes and a suite of folk idiom tunes written by Alastair and collaborated on by both players to hone the final product, called Scenes of Liberation. The general themes of this are 2nd World War Northern France, remembrance and hope.

2017-18 Season:

Wednesday 13th September:

Haydn: String Quartet Op 20 No4 in D Major
Brahms: String Quartet Op 51 No1 in C minor

Kentigern Quartet:
Barbara Downie and Feargus Hetherington, Violins;
Nicola Boag, Viola; Jessica Kerr, Cello

Wednesday 11th October 2017

Haydn: String Quartet Op 64 No 3
Arvo Pärt: Summa
Schubert: Quartetstatz in C minor D703
Bacewicz: String Quartet No. 4

Drake Ensemble:
Gemma O'Keefe and Helena Zembrano Quispe - Violins
Mary Ward - Viola
Tom Rathbone - Cello

Wednesday 29 November

Beethoven: String Trio in G major
Villa Lobos: Andante
Dohnanyi: Serenade in c Major

Drake Ensemble:
Frances Pryce vioiin, Mary Ward - Viola
Marie Connell - Cello

Wednesday 24 January

Puccini: Crisantemi
Haydn: Opus 64 no 2 in B minor
Lennon/McCartney (arr Ian Anderson): Eleanor Rigby
Dvorak: String Quartet no 12 in F major 'American'

Drake Ensemble:
Gemma O'Keeffe and Helena Zambrano Quispe - violins
Mary Ward - Viola, Tom Rathbone- Cello

Wednesday  7 February 7th

Haydn: String Quartet Op 64 no 3
Ian Anderson: Theme from Pulp Fiction
Dvorak: String Quintet 0p 77 in G major

The Drake Ensemble
Gemma O'Keeffe and Helena Zambrano Quispe - violins
Mary Ward - Viola
Tom Rathbone- Cello

Wednesday 7 March

Smetana String Quartet: "From My Life"
Janacek Quartet No.1 ("Kreutzer Sonata")

Kentigern String Quartet:
Barbara Downie and Feargus Hetherington, Violin
Nicola Boag, Viola, Jessica Kerr, Cello

Wednesday 18 April
Mozart: Oboe Quartet in F major K370

Beethoven: String Trio Op3

Britten: Phantasy quartet for oboe and string trio
The Drake Ensemble:

Kirstie Logan – Oboe, Frances Pryce – violin, 
Shelagh McKail – viola,    Marie Connell – Cello

Wednesday 13 June

Greig: String Quartet No 2 in F major (unfinished)

“Wood Works”; Scandinavian Folk song arrangements by the Danish String Quartet.

Purcell: “Dido’s Lament”

Rhiannon Giddens: “At the purchaser’s option”

and more….
The Drake Ensemble:
Special guest Seonaid Aitken - vocals

Kirsty Orton, Helena Zambrano Quispe Violins;
Mary Ward- Viola; Jessica Kerr - Cello

No Amplifiers, No Microphones

International Night
December 5th - 7:30

The popular Unplugged Series continues with an intimate acoustic-only evening of music from France, Portugal, Cape Verde and Brazil.
From France, Tom Keren ("Fnuf") offers his own French and English language songs; from Portugal, Mariana Arroja sings Portuguese Fado and Cape Verdean Morna (think Cesaria Evora, Mariza and Amalia Rodrigues); and Pete Parisetti and Angela Higney ("Nossa Bossa) offer Brazilian Samba and Bossa Nova.

The Drake offers a good range of local and international beers, wines and spirits plus a 20% discount off their excellent Gastropub Menu for concertgoers.


October 31st 2018

The Drake Unplugged season continues with a mix of alternative folk/blues for cello, violin and voice.

Local cello star, Calum Ingram, plays in duet with violinist Roo Geddes in a totally "unplugged" concert in the upstairs drawing room at The Drake.

More often known for his raging electric cello performances this is a rare opportunity to hear Calum play live acoustic cello in a room that is an
ideal setting for the traditional wooden instrument.

During his formative years Calum’s classical cello training collided with the sound of his fathers Jimi Hendrix records triggering a new and unique fusion of sound which Calum used as an outlet to express his deep, heartfelt creativity. Armed with a carbon fiber cello and genre-blending style, he began a musical journey which took him to the New School for Jazz and Contemporary music in Manhattan and deep in to the contemporary New York music scene.

Calum recently appeared as a musical guest at Jack Bruce’s Tribute Concert at The 02 Shepherds Bush Empire sharing the stage with Legendary artists such as LULU,Mick Taylor Eddi Reader and Ginger Baker.

More recently Calum has received rapturous response from his performances on Tony Visconti’s Sky Arts show ‘Unsigned Heroes’, and tours Europe regularly with platinum record selling Sandi Thom and is Currently working on new material with Grammy Award winning New York producer, Kirk Yano, an artist and engineer who has has worked with the likes of Mariah Carey, and Public Enemy.

"He Made My Hand Bleed!”

Stewart Copeland Drummer (The Police)

"What He Does Is Very Technical - He’s A Unique Artist”

Tony Visconti Producer (David Bowie,Marc Bolan,Thin Lizzy,Morrisey…)

"Brilliant Brilliant Brilliant!… It Dosen’t Get More Inspiring And Creative Than That….

Janice Forsyth (BBC Scotland)

Donation to artists on Exit (suggested £5 or more)

Supporting Calum will be local singer/songwriter Graham Gordon

November 2017

"An Evening with Caves and Clouds"

Featuring EW Harris and Jo Kroger from New York City
with Special Guest: local singer/songwriter Miss Demeanour

Upstairs at The Drake

Supporting will be local singer songwriter Miss Demeanour in a rare acoustic appearance.

The Fiddle Music of Scotland

6th December 2017

A journey of Scots fiddle music featuring music by 18th century master Niel Gow and 19th century composer James Scott Skinner alongside music from present day Scotland including Alastair's own compositions. Accompanying Alastair will be Alice Allen from Aberdeenshire, a rising star in the cello world.

2016 "Drake Solo"
Alone with History"
Alastair Savage (Scots Fiddle)
With Ian Crawfod (Double Bass)

November 30th 2016
Mozart Quintet no 4 in G minor K516
Bridge: Lament for two violas
Vaughan Williams: Phantasy Quintet
Kirsty Orton and Frances Pryce - Violins
Shelagh McKail - Viola
Mary Ward - Viola
Marie Connell - Cello

Wednesday 7th December 2016

Sibelius: Andante Festivo
Beethoven: String Quartet Op 18 No 4 in C minor
Shostakovich: String Quartet No. 7 in F sharp minor Op 108
Corelli: Christmas Concerto
Violins: Gemma O'Keeffe, Helena Zambrano
Viola: Francesca Hunt
Cello: Sarah Harrington

Wednesday January 25th 2017

Beethoven: Op 18 No. 3
Bach: Cello Suite No 4
Britten: String Quartet No 1
Kirsty Orton and Frances Pryce - Violins
Mary Ward - Viola
Marie Connell - Cello

Wednesday 8th February 2017

Bartok Duos for violins
Beethoven String Quartet Op 18 No1
Prokoviev String Quartet No 2
Violins: Gemma O'Keeffe, Helena Zambrano Quispe
Viola: Francesca Hunt
Cello: Sonia Cromerty

Wednesday March 22nd 2017

Ravel: String Quartet
Beethoven: String Quartet Op 18 No 6 in Bb major
Britten: Three Divertimenti

Kirsty Orton and Frances Pryce - Violins
Gabi Maas - Viola
Marie Connell - Cello

Wednesday 19th April 2017

Stravinsky: Three pieces for string quartet
Mozart Quartet in C minor No. 19 'Dissonance'
Viotti: Duo in D major for two violins
Handel-Halvorsen: Passacaglia for Violin and Cello
Tchaikovsky: Andante Cantabile (from String Quartet No 1)
Bjork arr Ian Anderson: Joga

Gemma O'Keefe - violin
Helena Zambrano Quispe - violin
Mary Ward - viola
Sonia Cromerty - Cello

Wednesday Sept 7th 2016
Beethoven: String Quartet in G Op 18 no. 2
Frank Bridge: 3 Idylls
Herbert Howells: Clarinet Quartet
Gerald Finzi: 5 Bagatelles for Clarinet and String Quartet
Kirsty Orton - Violin
Frances Pryce - Violin
Shelagh McKail - Voila
Marie Connell- Cello
WITH John Slack - Clarinet

October 26th: 2016

Mozart String Quartet No 21 in D major (K575)
Piazzolla 'Four For Tango'
Prokofiev String Quartet No. 1
Violins: Gemma O'Keeffe, Helena Zambrano
Viola: Francesca Hunt
Cello: Martin Storey


13th September 2016
US-based singer songwiter; Folktronicist,
EW Harris
at Swing Bar, 183A Hope St, Glasgow on Tuesday 13th September. Fast emerging Soul/Funk/Rap Glasgow Band Dopesicklfy and local rocker Miss Demeanour in support. 7:30 start. £5 at the Door;

Touring his latest album "Memetic Desire".
Known for his powerful vocals, and high energy performances, Harris's songs attempt to peer in to our modern condition, through the eyes of robots, mutants, and accidental demigods.
New Yorker Eric Wilson Harris makes his second visit to Glasgow, after successful shows in 2015.
Born in the Rubber City (Akron, Oh
io) and raised in the South, E.W. Harris calls himself "a futurist with an acoustic guitar and an axe to grind." Touring Europe with new material from his “Mimetic Desire”,album he comes to Glasgow with strong vocals, odd demeanour and infectious laugh. He has temporarily left a vacuum in the Brooklyn/New York City scene where he plays with “Sky Captains of Industry”, an ironic sci-fi rock band and also plays solo in venues both in NYC and afield.
Check out his latest Album “Mimetic Desire” on

are fast making a name for themselves across the UK. Appearances on STV have resulted in invitations to play at the Edinburgh Fringe, Mugstock, Audio Soup and Bickerstock as well as gigs across Scotland and the North of England.
Check out their recent single: “Hydroplane”, and self titled album (
Born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Ant Thomaz began writing lyrics at the age of twelve. A self-taught musician, his rapid-fire vocal instrument depicts scenes from the Deep South as well as meditations on the cityscape of New York. With his unique formula of creating his single song titled Unspoken Words, which went viral on YouTube views within a month. Thomaz has been able to generate a buzz about his music without a major label or representation, having successfully toured across America, The United Kingdom, the famed Apollo Theater, Fuse News Network. South By Southwest Music Festival and America's Got Talent . Thomaz finds collaborating with DJ's, musicians, comedians and spoken- word artists to be the crucial fusion of elements that make him the artist he is today.
Anthony's band includes local songstress Wendy Rae, cult guitarist Chris Collins, drummer Calum McRae and, on bass, Joe Djaelani.

Miss Demeanour 
is a stalwart of the Glasgow pop/rock scene - with her band and as a solo artist. With an EP in the making she is building her career with artfully created, unashamedly romantic and instantly memorable songs, performed with a strong, voice that gives her songs dramatic impact.

Wednesday 21st September: 7:30, £5.

An evening with JESSE TERRY, with special guest NICKY MURRAY

Drake Bar, 1 Lynedoch Street, Glasgow
Wednesday 21st September: 7:30, £5.
A rare opportunity to hear a rising star of the US singer songwriter scene on his second UK tour of 2016.

Delighted that Glasgow's own rising star
will join Jesse. (
Jesse Terry (
) is a Connecticut-based singer/songwriter with an uncanny ability to weave tales of travel and homecoming, of sorrow and of redemption, into songs that are simultaneously timeless and fresh. Terry’s music reflects an amalgam of influences, from Nashville to Laurel Canyon. His melodic and lyrically-driven Americana fits naturally on a playlist between cuts from Josh Ritter, Jackson Browne, Ryan Adams and Neil Young.
"I think I always needed music," Terry explains. That simple truth encapsulates the style of an artist whose lyrical depth has garnered multiple songwriting accolades. The buzz over Jesse Terry continues to build, with tours bringing him from coast to coast and across oceans to the UK, Italy, the Netherlands, and New Zealand. His music has appeared in CW's Hart of Dixie and PBS's Roadtrip Nation. Earlier this year, ABC used "Stay Here With Me" for its series "Forever.”
Terry's star is on the rise, and it's no surprise. Through the course of four releases, The Runner (2009), Empty Seat On a Plane (2012), Stay Here With Me (2013), and The Calm & The Storm (2015), Terry draws from a wellspring of emotional depth and combines it with performance skills honed over hundreds of shows and hundreds of thousands of miles on the road. The result is a palette ranging from poetic ballads to uptempo, rootsy pieces, always beautifully crafted and displaying sweet wistfulness and heartache. This is music that explores the contrast of light and dark, with a core that is timeless and authentic. Jesse Terry's superlative new EP, The Calm & The Storm, captures both the intimacy of his live performances and his thoughtful compositional style, with choice layers of harmonies and instrumentation that evoke the landscapes and faces of the road, the trials and the joys of a traveling troubadour.
"Every once in a while an artist comes along and captivates our audience by inviting us into their unique lives through song and performance. Jesse Terry is one of those artists. His ability to craft memorable songs is complimented by his supreme ability to deliver them in a sometimes funny, sometimes gut wrenching, but always sincere and authentic manner. One leaves a Jesse Terry concert feeling like you've taken a road trip with him and tasted his flavor of the richness of life - both the joys and the struggles. His years in Nashville are apparent in the subtle, refined arrangements of his recorded tracks, which harken back to the days of Neil Young's "Harvest" and Jackson Browne's "Running On Empty". At the core of it all, his personality–sunny naivety meets gritty wisdom–is what sets Jesse Terry apart from the abundance of songwriting talent out there. We'd like to wish him all the best on his musical journey, but honestly, he's already arrived - it's only a matter of time before the masses catch up with him."
- Dave Dircks - Host of Acoustic Long Island (#1 Acoustic Podcast on iTunes)
"Jesse is one of those artists that can captivate you with just his voice and guitar. Attention, it is pretty darn good accompanied by excellent musicians, but his voice really fly, happiness sensuality. Listening to this album, we enter a world whose fate it is to the ultimate piece, a real treat. I can not remove a title from another, all are beautiful, the word emotion makes sense for their plays. This CD has a fault, it being too short so that's good. There is a word that defines this album, BEAUTIFUL."
- French Association of Country Music
"The Berklee-educated, award-winning singer/songwriter (John Lennon Songwriting Contest; NSAI/CMT Song Contest) walked the path of a Nashville pro writer before hitting the road on tour. His recently released third album “Stay Here With Me” – produced in Nashville by Neilson Hubbard and recorded live in the studio with a full band – features 11 solo and co-penned songs that bring to mind iconic artist/poets like Paul Simon and Jackson Browne... a performance that touches the heart like only a whisper can."
- Janet Goodman - Music News Nashville

It Takes 4 to Tango
25th August 2016

The Scottish Tango Ensemble played a very successful sellout concert of mainly South American Dance Music.

Canadian Singer
13th Note Official, King Street, Glasgow

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