Elspeth has woven twenty years experience of poetry performance, publication and commissions with work in health policy, arts education and international puppetry backstage button pushing.
Her spoken word collaborations have included Yellow Café, Big Word Cabaret, Shore Poets, Stone Soup, Scottish Poetry Library (SPL), Arts&Business, None of the Above with McFalls Chamber and Michael Marra, many libraries, nightclubs, churches, bookshops, with Burns Night and Hogmanay events for the SECC and the Scotch Malt Whisky Society as well as poetry events at several Edinburgh International Book Festivals and the Book Fringe.
Her work is published in: The Scotsman; Island magazine; by Alec Finlay in the Pocketbooks series; by SPL in The Thing That Mattered Most with prose pieces about being a writer in Third Way Magazine and for the National Association of Writers in Education.
Tina Louise Avery
Based in Edinburgh, Tina’s songs draw on real and fictional places and the people and emotions she encounters there. Her clear-voiced lyrics are accompanied by a distinctive finger-picking style. Her influences range from Paul Simon and Suzanne Vega to Natalie Merchant and Kate Bush.
With 2 EPs - 'Riverman' (2013) and 'Tea Amongst the Birds' (2017) - under her belt, she has performed at the Edinburgh and Leith Folk Clubs and appeared during the Edinburgh Fringe at the Tron Kirk. In January 2017 she was selected for the Danny Kyle Open Stage at Celtic Connections. She is a regular at several Open Mics in Edinburgh as both player and compere, supporting original songwriting, and has staged two fundraising gigs for the charity WaterAid to showcase local singer-songwriters and locally baked cakes for a great cause!
About to re-enter the studio to record a new EP (yes - these still exist), davesnewbike is still cruising at unsuitable speeds along vertiginous highways. They humbly proffer original, rootsy pop for grown-ups - a cosmic critique for your head and an invigorating shudder for your buttocks.
They are aiming to better Mark Radcliffe's (BBC Radio 6 Music) recent review of their last album - 'Everything about this enterprise is terrific, apart from the fact they're called davesnewbike!'
Kick-started by singer-songwriter Tom Houston and the electric guitar of Kris Jozajtis, the bike is propelled by Sam Wilson on bass and the percussion of Simon Jaquet. Watch out for unexpected guests.