Acoustic Nights @ the Meeting Place presents... Stanage and Barnes

Date - Friday 27th September
Time - 7.30 (doors open 7.00pm)
Entry - £5 (donation) Children go free
Tea/filter coffee and home baking included
Limited seating - come early to avoid disappointment


"You need great skill, wide knowledge and a deep love of your art to do this really well" –

Sheena Wellington

"Sylvia Barnes has a superb Scots singing style" – Norman Chalmers, Scotland on Sunday "an inspiration to me" – Dougie Pincock "The guitar guv'nor" – Archie Fisher

Sylvia and Sandy have been performing as a duo since 2006, the year that saw Sylvia crowned "Scots Singer of the Year" at the Scots Trad Music Awards; however their association goes back to the heady days of the '70s, when both were founder members of the influential Glasgow band Kentigern. Sylvia went on from there to become one of the elite group of female vocalists to sing with Battlefield Band, before moving to England with husband Jim in the 1980s, where they continued to work as a duo as well as fronting various bands, becoming firm favourites with folk club and festival audiences throughout the country and abroad and releasing a number of well-received recordings.

Sandy had previously been a member of another noted Glasgow band, Molendinar. After Kentigern he continued to work as a soloist and with numerous singers and musicians, as well as appearing on a number of recordings, before releasing two solo albums, Crossing the Line and The De'il...& Other Cronies, to much critical acclaim. He also spent four years on the teaching staff of the RSAMD (now Royal Conservatoire of Scotland). Sandy released his third solo album, Touch Wood, in 2017.

Their first project as a twosome was the recording and release in 2007 of Sylvia's first solo album, The Colour of Amber, for Greentrax Records, which Sandy produced and played a major musical role on. This has been followed in 2013 by a duo album, Tickets to the Void.

In recent years Sylvia and Sandy have appeared at clubs, festivals and workshops across the length and breadth of the UK, as well as in Italy, France and Germany, performing a wide range of material from traditional Scots ballads and the songs of Robert Burns, to the very best of contemporary songwriting. Their performances are a showcase of passion, humour and commitment to the songs and music, with their obvious vocal and instrumental virtuosity never getting in the way of the essence of the material. Pete Heywood (Living Tradition) described a recent performance as displaying "such conviction and emotion. A masterpiece performance."