Wednesday, 24th July 2019
The Woodside hotel
TENEMENT & TEMPLE is a new route for Scottish songwriters Monica Queen and Johnny
Smillie, alighting gracefully on the hymnal stylings of pre-war Americana and the lush, widescreen
Countrypolitan sounds of the 60s.
Singer Monica and guitarist Johnny were central to seminal Glasgow country-rockers Thrum.
Signing to Fire Records and recording their debut album in San Francisco with American Music
Club producer Norman Kerner, they shrugged off the prevailing trappings of Britpop, introduced
mid-90s indie kids to the joys of Gram Parsons and pioneered the UK wave of the nascent
alt.country scene in the process.
Monica is now known, though, and highly regarded, for her numerous guest appearances, most
notably duets with Shane MaCGowan, Snow Patrol and Belle and Sebastian, particularly on the
latter’s early classic ‘Lazy Line Painter Jane’, and for her elegant, Smillie-produced solo records.
Johnny is better known these days for his studio work but is never happier than when playing his
guitar and singing harmony to Monica. Their new route is a free, melodic and expansive harmonic
domain in which dissonance exists with simple beauty and a sense of mischief wrapped in a
cassock of spirituality. The pair’s love of such musical great as Elvis, Neil Young, Emmylou, Gillian
Welch , Carter Family, Doris Day and Willie Nelson is laid bare on this, their debut collection of
Starts: Wednesday, July 24th 2019 at 7:30pm
Bookings close: July 23rd 2019
Aberdour train station is a 5 minute walk away.
There is car parking to the front and rear of the hotel.