The Monday Night Thing at Perth Theatre

January 22, 2018 by Perthshire Creates

Whether you love or loathe Mondays, the return of The Monday Night Thing at the newly transformed Perth Theatre offers the chance to culturally kick-start the week.

As a showcase for local talent and well-known names from the world of indie, folk, blues, Scottish traditional, Americana and jazz music, Monday nights in Perth Theatre are set to brighten up during February, March and April.

The Monday Night Thing, formerly a regular feature in Perth Theatre Redrooms, starts on Monday 5 February in Perth Theatre’s Joan Knight Studiowith up and coming local talent Beth Malcolm and one of Scotland’s finest songwriters Blue Rose Code, aka Ross Wilson.

Andy Shearer, creative director for contemporary music for Horsecross Arts, the creative organisation behind Perth Concert Hall and Perth Theatre said:

“It’s been a long time coming but we’re delighted to be able to bring the Monday Night Thing back to Perth Theatre. It was a very popular part of our programme in Redrooms in the old building and the new Joan Knight Studio, while still a very intimate space, has twice the capacity so has allowed us to book an even stronger lineup of award-winning headline artists, including many genuinely world-class musicians.

At the same time, it’s the perfect platform to showcase some of the amazing talents we have in Perthshire to a wider audience, both as headline and supporting acts. As well as the sheer quality on offer, the diversity of styles from these local performers is really pleasing – people will hear some great pop-influenced songs from Beth Malcolm, superb indie folk from Laurie Cameron, left-field Americana from Aberfeldy’s Star Wheel Press, avant-garde torch songs from Bankfoot-based Pumajaw, a great singer-songwriter in Lisa Rigby, one of Scotland’s best blues bands Wang Dang Delta and two of the UK’s most exciting traditional musicians and composers, Ross Ainslie and Ali Hutton.

The long-term plan is for the Joan Knight Studio to be a key venue on the Scottish music circuit and the place for discerning music fans to see some incredible music on a regular basis and this launch series of gigs is a huge first step in that direction.”

Tickets and information for The Monday Night Thing in Perth Theatre’s Joan Knight Studio are available from Horsecross Arts Box Office in Perth Concert Hall and Perth Theatre, call 01738 621031, visit


Blue Rose Code • Beth Malcolm

Mon 5 Feb: 8pm | £15; concessions £12.50 (inc £1.50 booking fee per ticket)

Blending folk, soul and jazz into something uniquely his, Blue Rose Code is one of

Scotland’s finest songwriters.


Out Lines • Star Wheel Press

Mon 12 Feb: 8pm | £12.50; concessions £10 (inc £1.50 booking fee per ticket)

James Graham of The Twilight Sad, Scottish Album Of The Year winner Kathryn Joseph and producer Marcus Mackay come together as Out Lines.


Michael McGoldrick, John McCusker and John Doyle

Mon 19 Feb: 8pm | £17.50; concessions £15 (inc £1.50 booking fee per ticket)

Michael McGoldrick (flutes, whistles, uillean pipes), John McCusker (fiddle) and John

Doyle (guitar, vocals) are three of the world’s finest traditional musicians.


Adam Holmes and The Embers • Laurie Cameron

Mon 26 Feb: 8pm | £15; concessions £12.50 (inc £1.50 booking fee per ticket)

Adam Holmes is one of the country’s most promising young artists, creating a

bewitching blend of soulful roots music.


Wang Dang Delta • Wynntown Marshals

Mon 5 Mar: 8pm | £10 (inc £1.50 booking fee per ticket); concessions £7.50

Led by local guitar hero Pete Caban and fronted by Ian McLaren, Wang Dang Delta are a superb 6-piece band who purvey a highly polished brand of what they describe as “blues and beyond”.


Martin Simpson

Mon 12 Mar: 8pm | £15; concessions £12.50 (inc £1.50 booking fee per ticket)

Guitar master Martin mixes American old-time music, blues, epic traditional ballads

and his own beautifully crafted songs.


Tommy Smith Quartet Embodying the Light

Mon 19 Mar: 8pm | £17.50; concessions £15 (inc £1.50 booking fee per ticket)

Internationally acclaimed saxophonist Tommy Smith’s new band celebrates jazz

legend John Coltrane.


Jacqui Dankworth and Charlie Wood

Mon 26 Mar: 8pm | £17.50; concessions £15 (inc £1.50 booking fee per ticket)

A unique concert of duets celebrating some of the greatest musical pairings of all time.


Graeme Stephen and Lizabett Russo Enchanted Tales • Pumajaw

Mon 2 Apr: 8pm | £12.50; concessions £10 (inc £1.50 booking fee per ticket)

Singer Lizabett Russo and award-winning guitarist Graeme Stephen perform a live

score to a newly constructed film merging silent movies and fairytales.


Mary Coughlan

Mon 9 Apr: 8pm | £20; concessions £17.50 (inc £1.50 booking fee per ticket)

Mary Coughlan is quite simply one of the greatest singers ever to emerge from Ireland,

irrespective of gender or genre.


Chris Stout and Catriona McKay

Mon 16 Apr: 8pm | £15; concessions £12.50 (inc £1.50 booking fee per ticket)

Harpist Catriona McKay and fiddler Chris Stout have their roots deep in Scottish

traditional music but use this grounding to create thrilling new music.


Ross and Ali • Lisa Rigby

Mon 23 Apr: 8pm | £15; concessions £12.50 (inc £1.50 booking fee per ticket)

Ross Ainslie and Ali Hutton are two of the best musicians to emerge from Scotland in

recent years, never mind their native Perthshire.