“DJ Dolphin Boy is a unique entity. He has been an integral part of the positively evolving music scene in Scotland over the last 20 years and has also become one of
“DJ Dolphin Boy is a unique entity. He has been an integral part of the positively evolving music scene in Scotland over the last 20 years and has also become one of Scotland’s favourite DJs and remixers. His open-minded musicality and ability to make even the folkiest of dirges sexy means he’s loved by the folkies and jazzers as well as by the hardcore clubbers on the dance floor. Hail Dolphin Boy. We love you, you genre-busting beat freak! “– Aidan O’Rourke
“Stephen’s music speaks loudly of ambition, imagination, nous, and harmonic adventure yet teemed with the sort of tuneful realisation that swells the heart” – Rob Adams, The Herald
Dolphin Boy‘s first foray into live improvisation was during the Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival and we’re delighted that he will be joining us again. This time he will be appearing alongside Graeme Stephen, one of Scotland’s most innovative and engaging jazz musicians.
About Dolphin Boy
Andy Levy aka Dolphin Boy has been a producer and DJ for more than 20 years, and in that time he has pulled off the neat trick of evolving and innovating whilst his early work remains as fresh as ever.
His public debut was as part of Artistic Upstarts, an alternative performance showcase staged in a contemporary art gallery in 1994. “It was all quite primitive,” he remembers. “I had a turntable, a CD player, a tape deck and some kind of basic mixer, but I instantly got a taste for it. Just being able to play some of the music I’d been making at home on cassette, and having people dance to it – that seemed quite remarkable to me.”
Dolphin Boy was soon providing a well-known laid-back sound around the Edinburgh club scene: he was a regular at The Venue, La Belle Angele and the Bongo Club amongst others. Almost inevitably, he caught the attention of Tummy Touch Records in the early 2000s, releasing the highly collectable, limited edition 10″ singles for Shake It Loose, On The Ceiling and Handsome As Ever. Then in 2003 he released his first album Gateaux Youth. Its spaciously layered blend of slinky grooves, potent melodies, quirkily sourced samples and custom-recorded vocals won glowing reviews in the clubland press. Tracks and remixes from this release found their way onto numerous chilled out compilations and ten years later it is still considered a classic.
About Graeme Stephen
Stephen’s peerless improvisational skills and talent for composition make him one of Scotland’s most exciting and prodigious musical talents.
He is a very unusual jazz guitarist in that he is as skilled and comfortable playing in a virtuoso way over standards and chord changes, as he is heading into completely free improvised soundscapes. His playing shows the influence of all the great contemporary guitarists Metheny, Schofield, through the sonic inventiveness of Bill Frisell as well as into the more conceptual and fragmented worlds of James Blood Ulmer, Marc Ribot and David Torn.
Stephen’s instrument is in a sense more than a guitar, as he seamlessly uses loop pedals and effects as a fully integrated part of his musical language.
Tickets: £11 each
Date: Monday 27 November 2017
Doors open: 7.30pm | Music starts: 8pm
Location: The Traverse Bar, Cambridge Street, Edinburgh