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Sometimes venues claim to have an amazing double bill of music, but rarely do the gigs live up to the hype. In this instance, The Waiting Room in Eaglescliffe are bang on the money, because on Sunday 16th December they are putting on a night of mind-blowing music in the form of Withered Hand and Yama Warashi.

Described by King Creosote as the “UK’s best lyricist”, Edinburgh’s Withered Hand (AKA Dan Wilson) is a cult figure in the Scottish music scene. An active member of indie label Fence Collective, he has released two critically acclaimed albums and is one of Marc Riley’s all-time favourite artists. His banjo-tinged brand of Caledonian gospel is not to be missed.

Yama Warashi (whose name means ‘small child-like spirit which lives in the mountains’) are an art rock ensemble fronted by artist Yoshino Shigihara that seem to be inspired by everything including Japanese folk dance, free jazz, tribal African music and psychedelia, in which melodic lyrics abound. They also describe their music as “a dreamy evocative sound with a shadow of moon cake”, which pretty much sells it to this writer.

Incidentally, there are two opportunities to catch both artists in the region, as Yama Warashi play The Cluny on Saturday 15th December for promoters Wandering Oak and Withered Hand headline PranceyFest at The Cumberland Arms on Saturday 26th January.

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