Peebles to host jazz stars as part of blues festival tour

Brian Kellock
Brian Kellock

The Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival is going on tour - and the Eastgate Theatre in Peebles is among its stop offs across Scotland.

Sue McKenzie’s Dark Grooves and Brian Kellock’s Copenhagen Trio play in Tweeddale on Saturday, July 20 as part of a series of Scottish-international collaboration gigs.

McKenzie is regarded as one of Scotland’s leading contemporary saxophonists and has given UK and Scottish premieres of many works.

Sue has performed and recorded with US-based Unknown Prophets, James Ross, Rumba Caliente and Salsa Celtica. Performances have included Celtic Connections, Cambridge Folk Festival, Glastonbury, for the BBC and across Europe.

Piano maestro Kellock has been back and forth to Copenhagen regularly in recent years, building a reputation for himself in one of Europe’s great jazz cities.

He has since formed a band which features two local residents – Daniel Franck (bass) and Jeppe Gram (drums).

A spokeswoman for the festival said: “This is a fantastic double bill of two high profile Festival performances - atmosphere and groove from saxophonist, Sue McKenzie, and swinging modern jazz from dazzling pianist Brian Kellock and his Danish Trio.”

The festival runs from July 19 to 28 at venues across the capital, and includes concerts at Festival Theatre, the well known Spiegeltent and performances at the Queen’s Hall. The Festival will also be setting up a modern jazz club at 3 Bristo Place.

Other initiatives include Cross the Tracks, a fresh strand that throws the spotlight on contemporary, underground music influenced by jazz. Participating artists include Hidden Orchestra, Submotion Orchestra and Ghostpoet.

And the Tron Kirk will transform into a new Festival Hub - a club that will open at 10am and run through to late evening with an array of performers from contemporary to vintage jazz.

The festival also hosts the Mardi Gras on July 20 and the second ever Edinburgh Festival Carnival the following day.

Brian Fallon, chair of the event, said: “We’re bringing back the energy and feeling of a real festival, concentrated and fun.”

The Peebles gig begins at 7.30pm and tickets (£12) can be bought by phoning 0131 473 2000 or visit