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STOP PRESS – Get involved with OOTB

Posted 09/02/2011 By admin

Forgot to mention it on the email this week, but we’re having our first Out of the Bedroom committee meeting in several months tomorrow night (Thursday 10th February) at the Montague Bar at 6:30pm.

It’s open to anyone to attend, and we’d encourage you to come along if you want to get involved with OOTB. We will be discussing all sorts of minutae about the Out of the Bedroom night and how to proceed with running it, and we’ll also be looking for volunteers to do the sound desk and to compere the night. Hope to see you there!

Songwriters Unite!

Posted 21/06/2009 By admin

Just a quick post to make you aware of this new Facebook group i heard about, for performing songwriters. As far as i can see, it’s an attempt to create a loose union of performing songwriters worldwide on Facebook. Here’s the link:


OOTB Presents…………..

Hi everybody. This will be my last Out of the Bedroom mailout. I’m stepping down from the OOTB committee and all rota positions following a reevaluation of my own priorities and commitments.

But we’ll get to that in a minute. This week’s featured act is none other than Scott Renton. Scott was one of the best ever OOTB hosts in his day and he is an excellent and engaging performer, though it is VERY rare to see him out there performing these days. That’s why OOTB 479 (Tomorrow, Saturday 23 June) is a one-off event, not to be missed.

Speaking of one-off events, wait forever and two come along at once! This Thursday there’s a Hailey Beavis gig at the Voodoo Rooms at the SAME TIME as a Matt Norris gig at The Third Door! Hailey Beavis is £4 to get in, and it’s a 7:30pm start, and Matt Norris is £5 to get in and it’s an 8pm start. Both shows have some excellent support acts on as well, and BOTH look really worthwhile.

Before we go any further, I have two messages for you, from our chairman, Daniel Davis:

As you may be aware the Montague Bar came under new management just over a week ago. The changeover required us to remove all of our equipment from the premises. Having been told that the pub would be open as usual on Saturday we set a plan in place to get everything up and running and asked you to come along. Regrettably, things did not go to plan.

I came to the Montague at 5pm to help move the equipment back in and to meet the new manager, however I found it to be closed. The pub did open for business shortly after 7pm, by which point we could not fetch the gear and get back in time to start the night.

By the point the pub opened I had stood in the rain for far too long and apologised to rather too many people. My thanks to Calum who came along to help me, also getting soaked in the process, and to Nyk and Malcolm who were prepared to come, but whom I told to stay put until I had news.

Obviously the circumstances were beyond our control, and we were unable to put on the kind of high-quality night we would like to run under the OOTB banner. As a result the committee decided, with regret, to cancel Out of the Bedroom.

I feel especially sorry for those who travelled further to come along and were disappointed. Thanks to those who decided to stay around and make something of the night with an informal gathering playing acoustically to each other. Several people even commented to me that they enjoyed the intimate atmosphere.

Obviously we will try again this week to stage Out of the Bedroom and have been assured that the pub will be open and ready for us. So please come along and join in, and please bear with us if there are a few hitches in the rather large undertaking of getting all the gear back and set up in time. Better still, lend a hand.

My apologies once again

Daniel Davis
OOTB Chair

A Brief Request…

Once upon a time a little music group sprung up. It met weekly in a basement where Edinburgh musicians shared their songs with each other. Gradually the people came, it grew, and it flourished, because it was the best god-damned music night in the world. There are other music nights in town, some of them better than others, some only allowing the very best performers, but OOTB has always stayed true to its founding purpose of giving performers their first step on the ladder, being a great place for networking and getting feedback on your songwriting and performing, and giving a hand up to the little guy.

Most music nights are run by one person who gets paid for his effort. By contrast OOTB is run by committee and no committee member gets paid; we are all volunteers. We grant that this is not always the most efficient arrangement, but it does keep us in touch with our ethos, and ensures that the organisation is always run for you.

When I first came to OOTB there were always a few newcomers, then there were the regulars, most of whom help out at the night by being on rotas for doing sound, compering, or writing a review, and there were always people there to set up and put away the equipment. Beyond that there was the committee who helped organise the night. Each year the new committee members came from those who were already helping out.

A few years down the line and we now find that there are very few outside the committee actually on the rotas, and precious little help. We have stopped writing reviews due to a lack of volunteer reviewers, and are approaching a time when we will no longer be able to continue running the night on a weekly basis.

The AGM is overdue having been postponed to help smooth over the changeover of management at the Montague. Most of the committee have been serving far too long, have too many other commitments, and several only stayed on the committee this last time because there was no one else willing to step in to help.

So this is your final call. All you people who come to OOTB and who enjoy all the extended musical family of events and services that it provides; I’m talking to you. If you want OOTB to survive, and if you want it to go on to a successful future, get involved. If we have a healthy number of people on the rotas the commitment is small and fun. However if we remain as we are right now then the night will stop within the next couple of months.


Daniel Davis
OOTB Chair

The current committee is as follows:

Daniel Davis: Chair (retiring)
Calum Carlyle: Web (retired)
Nyk Stoddart: Secretary (probably retiring)
Steve Osborne: Treasurer (maybe aye maybe nae)
Malcolm McLean: Equipment (may retire)
Tom Watton: Events (retired)

Hi, it’s Calum here again. Edinburgh Unlimited!Well, it’s a shame this is my last OOTB email, wouldn’t it be nice if there were somewhere else you could read my musical updates and gig listings every week… well WAIT! THERE IS! Starting next week, i will be blogging on a weekly basis about the excellent music that comes my way, from Edinburgh and beyond. It’ll have updates on a few choice events each week, but more than that I plan to have free downloads available almost every week as well, USUALLY exclusive ones that you wouldn’t get elsewhere. And you can find this blog here:


AT THE MOMENT, it’s just got a hello message, but starting NEXT WEEK, i’ll be blogging about the interesting, exciting, and often quite obscure, music that comes my way. The Edinburgh Unlimited blog will run in partnership with the Edinburgh Unlimited monthly gigs, of course. The plan is that the next Edinburgh Unlimited will be the final one at The Third Door, and we’ll be relaunching ourselves after the Festival at a new venue, so stay tuned to the Edinburgh Unlimited blog for more news of that when it happens. You can also follow Edinburgh Unlimited‘s tweets to keep up with what’s happening.

I still plan to retain close ties with Out of the Bedroom, which is still the best open mic in Edinburgh, in my opinion, but yes, after four years on the committee, it’s time to move on, and this means OOTB still needs volunteers, so if you have got something out of OOTB over the years, please consider putting something back in. You can contact OOTB through the facebook page, or by emailing reviews@outofthebedroom.co.uk.

So that’s pretty much it from me. Obviously if you want OOTB to continue, you know what you need to do to continue to support it. I’m not going to give you a “three line whip” or anything, but if you value good music, i know you won’t consider it a chore to come out and support OOTB on a regular basis, and get involved with Edinburgh’s music scene a bit more. The more the merrier. Anyway, it’s been good, hope you’ll all subscribe to the Ed Unlimited blog, and i’ll see you all out there in Musicland!

Calum Carlyle
Out of the Bedroom

See you in February!

Posted 12/01/2020 By admin

painted guitarOut of the Bedroom is on a short post-New Year holiday. 

Enjoy the rest of chilly January, wrap up well and we’ll see you back at Woodland Creatures on Thursday 6th February 2020. 🙂

See you at OOTB in 2020!

Posted 18/12/2019 By admin

Merry ChristmasOut of the Bedroom is closed for Christmas and New Year. We hope you all have a peaceful and restful festive season and we’ll see you back at Woodland Creatures on Thursday 9th January 2020. 🙂

Secret CDs – 6 May 2009

Posted 04/05/2009 By admin

The eighteenth Secret CDs night will be on Wednesday 6th May 2009 from
7.30-10.30 p.m. I hope you can come along to the intimate, friendly
surroundings of Secret CDs home in The Phoenix cellar bar in Edinburgh’s
Broughton Street.

The big news is that top local songwriter and chanteuse *Hannah O’Reilly -*
www.hannahoreilly.com* -* will be using the evening to launch her
long-awaited new CD ‘Stiletto’. Secret CDs is very excited about this, and
we feel very honoured that the mighty Hannah has chosen our humble night for
the occasion.

In the unlikely event that this news is not enough to entice you, the three
other acts on the bill will almost certainly convince you that this is the
place to be:

– *The Beggar Girls* are a 4 piece all female band playing and singing
traditional tunes and songs form Eastern Europe, France, England and some
original material. They live in the Scottish Borders. Website:
– *Andi Neate* has released five albums, including her most recent studio
recording, Crows, Rooks and Ravens (2009). Recorded over a year in
Edinburgh and Bath, the production ranges from songs with the full band
treatment (Storm Crow, Too Busy Playing God), with strings, brass and
backing vocals, to pared back emotive solo voice and guitar. Website:
– *Little Pebble *is a member of the Fence Collective, and will showcase
his 5 track e.p. ‘Irish Winter’ which comes in a handmade case made from
sugar paper – so you can eat it if you want. Website:

All four featured acts will play highlights from their respective CDs, which
will be sold on the night. Door entry will be £2.


Out Of The Bedroom is taking a little bit of time off for a festive break.

We will return on Saturday 10th January 2015 at 8pm.

Have a great time and see you all soon.



Press Release from Rachel Dawick

Posted 03/08/2009 By admin


On the 19TH AUGUST at 7:15pm I will be launching my new EP at the
Edinburgh Festival Fringe with full band!!
Where? Acoustic Music Centre @ ST BRides (Oswell Street – see poster
How much? Only £10/8 will get you not just the ticket but the NEW EP
When can I get tickets to see this? Tickets are available NOW ONLINE




The EP has been a huge achievement and I am over the moon with the
final tracks. Mark Freegard (Boo Hewerdine/Eddi REader/Del Amitri) had
done an amazing job of producing and recording the ep. I have been
blessed to have shared the whole recording experience with some of the
most talented musicians including Roy Dodds (percussion – Eddi Reader/
Fairground Attraction); Kevin McGuire (double Bass – Eddi Reader/
Karine Polwart); Andy May (piano – Marianne Faithful) and my wonderful
musical partner Nick Lewis (Vocals and guitar/ slide).

The six tracks are what I would call a cross between blues/country and
Jazz with sounds familiar with Gillian Welch and Edif Piaf……its a
huge move forward from what I have been doing till this time and I am
loving the whole experience.

THE 5TH AUGUST!!! (You don’t need the capital letters!!)



It is the start of a brand new journey for me………in two months
time I leave my current job and all the security that lies with it to
take up music full time and finally follow my dream to make music a
reality for me……..I’m now busy finalising this launch with all the
last six months being working to get things ready and can start
sorting out the gigs so I can survive beyond september…….

Help me make my dream and my reason for coming to the UK a reality
finally and help me to spread the word about my music to your friends…



Young trio playing in a clubOut of the BedZoom 91 will take place on Thursday 10 February via Zoom ID 819 8115 9526 and passcode 476451. There will be a waiting room in operation.

This week’s theme is Cities. New York, London, Paris, Munich, Jakarta, Dundee… all cities of varying sizes. You may have others in mind… it’s a wide open theme this week. You can play an original song based on the theme or not – the choice is yours.
We will start at 8.00 p.m. and we’ll go on until the final act plays. Each act will perform one song with slots chosen randomly.
The Zoom room will be open from around 7.45. This will allow time for hellos, catch up and technical set up if required.
Out of the Bedroom 715 took place at The Safari Lounge on Thursday 3 February. The performers were: Neil Fox, Tina Avery, Kiki Annette (debut), Jon Coley, Jim Bryce, Indigo Rose, Mike Wheeler, Suzanne Dyson, Cathy Sheehy, Startled Bee, Angus Gibson, Colin Whitelaw, Elsie MacDonald, James Igoe, Scott Renton (host).
See you online this Thursday…
OOTB   🙂
a broken down, delipidated car covered in moss and lichenOut of the BedZoom 90 will take place on Thursday 27 January via Zoom ID 810 6933 2300 and passcode 774112. There will be a waiting room in operation.
This week’s theme is Cars. There are two basic rock ‘n roll themes: cars and girls. What’s your favourite? A chevy? A Ferrari? A mini? Or should all cars be phased out? You can play an original song based on the theme or not – the choice is yours.
We will start at 8.00 p.m. and we’ll go on until the final act plays. Each act will perform one song with slots chosen randomly.
The Zoom room will be open from around 7.45. This will allow time for hellos, catch up and technical set up if required.
Out of the Bedroom 714 took place at The Safari Lounge on Thursday 20 January. The performers were: Jim Bryce, Mike Wheeler, Elsie McDonald (debut), Carson Lilley (debut), Tau Boo, Started Bee and Majk Stokes.
See you online this Thursday…
OOTB   🙂
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