The Black Diamond Express + Jasmine Rodgers

21 Mar



The Black Diamond Express are an eight-piece band from Leith, Edinburgh. Who fittingly take their name from a train that was the subject of Rev A. W. Nix 1927 sermons. Their sound is essentially an amalgamation of Celtic and American roots styles. But rather than be an imitation of some bygone era, they offer an inventive take on the old music and collectively produce a sound that is truly theirs alone, the personification of the aforementioned fast flying vestibule. The band excel in live performance working the dynamics of the ensemble, showcasing slide guitar, fiddle, layered vocals, harmonica, and a pounding rhythm section. Listening to the songs you will hear echoes of the chain gang, plaintive melodies, gospel hymns and gut-buckets, noir narratives and tall tales, truth and fiction in equal measure. Board the train and be transported..



Vocalist and co-songwriter for British Band Boa from the age of 16, Jasmine has recorded two albums with Boa, released in Japan and the US. Their song Duvet was used as the opening tune for Japanese anime Lain.

Jasmine has a strong passion for conservation and took time out to complete a degree in zoology. Since then Jasmine has been working on her solo work, Since 2010 Jasmine has been gigging frequently as a solo performer, supporting her father at the Royal Albert Hall in 2011, and at Guilfest in 2010 and 2011. She performed at the Venice Biennale in 2011.  She has played the London circuit frequently  (The Bedford, The Vibe Bar, The Underbelly, The Social, The Proud, Camden and The Barfly etc).  This year she has supported Scott Matthews at The Bull Theatre in North London, and at the Glee Club in Oxford. She has also been working with Dan Carey (producer and co writer for Lianne Le Havas, Emiliana Torrini, Franz Ferdinand and the Mystery Jets among others) on her newest material, and she is currently writing a new album of songs – about life and the way she sees it.


DOORS 7:30

over 18's only