The Soundhouse Organisation is a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation. Our trustees are all passionate about music. Meet them below …
Douglas Robertson’s day job is freelance photographer working with corporate, academic, media, trade union and arts clients, but for over ten years has been hosting concerts in his house. Thanks to possibly the longest period of market research in history he is convinced that a venue that provides a warm welcome to musicians and music lovers alike will be an accolade to any city, but particularly Edinburgh where the dearth of small to medium sized venues is seriously affecting musicians’ ability to play here and audiences’ chances of enjoying live music.
Links | Douglas Robertson Photography
Martin Kershaw is a highly acclaimed jazz saxophonist, composer and bandleader based in Edinburgh. As sideman, he has performed alongside all the top names in Scotland, including Brian Kellock, Mario Caribe, Tommy Smith, Colin Steele, Tom Bancroft, Graeme Stephen, Ryan Quigley, Nigel Clark, Carol Kidd, Paul Harrison, Chris Stout, Kevin McKenzie and Tom MacNiven.
Since 2004, he has held the 1st Alto chair in the celebrated Scottish National Jazz Orchestra.
Heather Macleod has worked professionally in most aspects of music production since setting up as a sole trader and creating Leod Music in 1998. This is also the name of her own record label which released her own solo album in 2005. As well as working mainly as a performer and arranger for various projects, both live and in the studio, she has experience in programming, agency, tour management, and promotion. Currently Heather’s main occupation is performing with and producing The Bevvy Sisters and The Loveboat Big Band.
Korean-born cellist Su-a Lee has been a member of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra since 1993 where she is also part of the experimental SCO LAB group and regularly participates in both the Orchestra’s education and community outreach programmes. Su-a was also a founder member of the group Mr McFall’s Chamber which was formed to present classical music in new and inventive ways. She is very much in demand as a musician outside the classical sphere, playing across the art forms and musical spectrum. She has played for theatre, dance and film and performs regularly with Scotland’s jazz and folk luminaries.
Andy Levy is perhaps better known by his DJ moniker Dolphin Boy. He’s a well loved figure in festival circles, and a well known face behind the decks at parties in odd and far-flung places. At one time a cult down-tempo producer, he now focuses on remixes and mash-ups that marry funky breakbeats with all kinds of traditional and not-so-traditional samples. Besides festival and gig appearances, he is in charge of the Tradfest Club in Edinburgh each May.
Links | DJ Dolphin Boy
Known as vocalist and fiddle player in cult band Mystery Juice, and as drummer for top rock ‘n’ roll combo Lord Rochester, Tim Matthew is also a sound engineer, tour manager, and music producer of note. He is Lau’s sound engineer of choice and when he’s not on the road he lives in Shetland and works at Mareel, the new state-of-the-art music venue in Lerwick.
Tim also runs a recording studio and rehearsal space in Edinburgh. He is as well-connected to the Scottish music scene as it is possible to be.
Lynn is passionate about the nuts and bolts of leading and operating public venues to bring communities and audiences in contact with exciting creative exhibition and performance. She brings over 20 years experience of managing and developing multi use arts venues mainly in the independent film sector. These include some of the countries most cutting edge creative hubs, from the boutique Gate in Notting Hill and Edinburgh’s much loved Cameo to the majestic Ritzy in Brixton and Newcastle’s mighty Tyneside Cinema. More recently as Director of Operations with Cultural Enterprise Office, Lynn’s role supported the development of businesses and practitioners across Scotland’s Creative Industries.
Best known for the groundbreaking folk trio Lau that he formed with accordionist Martin Green and singer/guitarist Kris Drever, the Oban-born fiddle player also tours and records with Kan, a trad-inspired combo he put together with flautist/whistle player Brian Finnegan.
Highly respected as a solo artist, composer and producer, Aidan O’Rourke is one of Scotland’s leading artists, defining a modern attitude to traditional music.
Fiona enjoys helping arts and creative industry businesses survive and thrive. She currently works for Interface helping creative businesses with innovative ideas find academic expertise to support their innovations. Through her work developing and delivering events, resources and programmes at Cultural Enterprise Office, she supported many small businesses across Scotland create, grow and sustain their ventures. As a freelancer she has worked on small and large scale projects in the music, visual arts and crafts sectors. She originally trained as a tapestry weaver and maintains a working interest in craft and textiles through projects with Applied Arts Scotland, Craft Biennale Scotland and British Council. She is a founder member of the Scottish Artists Union and sings in the Soundhouse choir.
Judith is an arts manager collaborating with creative artists to produce concerts, tours, festivals and projects that are good for the soul. She works closely with Artistic Directors to strategically plan adventurous programmes, developing partnerships with colleagues across the UK. Her current portfolio includes Producer for Lammermuir Festival, General Manager for Mr McFall’s Chamber, Project Manager for Aidan O’Rourke’s 365: Stories & Music sound-art installation, and Co-Founder of Nevis Ensemble, Scotland’s Street Orchestra. She is Chair of Remembered/Imagined, a creative commissioning organisation, and supports pro bono The Cheyne Gang, a singing-for-breathing choir run by practice nurses.
Sue Wilson is an award-winning arts writer of over 20 years’ experience. Her reviews and features have appeared in the Scotsman, the Sunday Herald, the Guardian, and the Independent, among other publications. She is co-author of The Rough Guide to Irish Music (2001), and of the online Scotland Cultural Profile, launched by the British Council/Visiting Arts in 2004. Alongside journalism, she works as a freelance copywriter, and since 2007 has been contracted annually to write all the main website/brochure programme text for the Celtic Connections festival. She is a member of the Showcase Scotland steering group.
Links | Celtic Connections