Tour diary: 2023 All-Stars Scotland tour

Published: 01 Mar 2023

The All-Stars tour Scotland!

At the end of January and beginning of February, our 10-piece All-Stars band took a trip north of the border to perform our A Century of Swing show in four different Scottish cities. 

We journeyed up to Scotland on 30th January, arriving at our cosy Airbnb cottage in Alloa which was to be our base for the week. We call it our Scottish home, as we stayed there on our first Scotland tour in 2020, and had a very warm welcome as always from our host Jonny.

Down for the Count All-Stars on tour in Scotland - live jazz music

Our first show of the tour was in Dundee at The Gardyne Theatre. It was so great to see so many faces there - especially as our previous visit to the venue, in 2022, was when we were just emerging from the pandemic and audiences were hesitant about returning to see live music. In fact, the audience at the show this January was almost triple the audience from the year before - so it was a fabulous way to open up our tour of Scotland. 

Next up was a show in beautiful Edinburgh, but on the way we had a quick site visit to the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall. Our 30-piece Orchestra will be performing Swing Into Christmas at this amazing space on Tuesday 14th November 2023 - with a capacity of 2475, it will be our largest Orchestra show to date and tickets are already available if you fancy getting some early Christmas plans in place. 

Tickets to Swing Into Christmas at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

Down for the Count with conductor Mike Paul-Smith at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

Our show in Edinburgh was at Church Hill Theatre, where we were joined by a crowd fuelled with enthusiasm. Whilst it poured with rain outside, the atmosphere inside Church Hill Theatre was warm and joyful. 

We loved our time in Edinburgh - and luckily for us, it is not long until we are back in the beautiful city, this time at The Queen’s Hall on Sunday 23rd April. When we return to Edinburgh in the spring, we will be appearing as the 30-piece Orchestra for our Voices of Swing show - tickets are available here.

The next stop for us was Tivoli Theatre in Aberdeen, a beautiful venue with community spirit at its heart - and a special venue for us, as it’s the first venue we ever performed at in Scotland.

We had a wonderful time performing at this stunning and friendly venue, and we are thrilled to be returning there in the spring with our Voices of Swing show, featuring the 30-piece Orchestra, on Sat 22 April - tickets available here.

Down for the Count All-Stars on tour in Scotland - live jazz music at the Tivoli Theatre in Aberdeen

The final stop on our tour was Theatre Royal in Dumfries - Scotland’s oldest working theatre! Before the show we headed out for a band walk through the beautiful Scottish countryside, taking in the beautiful hills, rivers and waterfalls. The walk also meant we worked up quite an appetite, and therefore we went out for our traditional end-of-tour curry before heading on stage for one final night.

Down for the Count on tour in Scotland

Our sold-out show at Theatre Royal Dumfries had a lovely intimate feel, and was the perfect way to finish off our whistle-stop tour of Scotland.  

Jazz band Down for the Count All-Stars performing at Theatre Royal, Dumfries

We can’t wait to come back to Scotland this spring with the Down for the Count Orchestra and are delighted that it's only a few short months before we return for our Voices of Swing tour. The full list of dates can be found here, and we're in Scotland on:

  • Fri 20 Apr ~ Eastwood Park Theatre, Giffnock (nr. Glasgow) | Tickets
  • Sat 21 Apr ~ Tivoli Theatre, Aberdeen | Tickets
  • Sun 22 Apr ~ The Queen's Hall, Edinburgh | Tickets

Down for the Count All-Stars on tour in Scotland


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Ruby is Down for the Count's marketing and communications assistant. When she is not writing Facebook posts and making Instagram reels, she is often performing in short films or physical theatre shows.

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