As Paris-based band This Is The Kit take to the Woodlands Centre stage in early April, the end of an era is marked as island music promoters Jori Kim and Innes 'Fabster' Morrison hang up their hats and pass on the reins.
Eighteen years ago Jori and Innes got together under the moniker of Honcho Promotions to first boost gigs for the up and coming band of Lewis musicians astrid, before teaming up with Ullapool based Beyond Promotions.
And the promotions partnership has brought a plethora of acts, bands and individual music makers to the Western Isles; as well as supported local talent both on-island and beyond.
With astrid recently reformed and set to perform at HebCelt 2016, the Honcho boys Jori and Innes get ready to slow down, passing the promotions baton to Keith Morrison of Wee Studio.
“With working full time, finding the time to run the gigs has been difficult,” said Innes on his Facebook page.
“So, after a few chats about what to do, myself and Jori have come up with a plan of action – we'll be handing over the reins.
“We're pleased to announce that Wee Studio will now be running gigs at the Woodlands on behalf of Beyond Presents – so expect (and please support) more great gigs.”
And looking back over the past two decades behind the music spotlight scenes, Innes continued: “For every artist we took to Stornoway that went onto greater things – Paulo Nutini, Amy MacDonald, Mumford & Sons, Ben Howard, Biffy Clyro, Rae Morris – there were plenty we never heard of again.
“But they were all appreciative of the chance to come to Stornoway and, in general, all really nice people.”
He added: “We would like to thank so many people who have helped along the way...I won't go listing everyone; but whether it was helping out, playing, working or attending a gig, we hope you know who you are. Thank you.”
So, on Saturday, April 2nd, the last Beyond Presents Woodlands gig to be promoted by Honcho's Jori and Fabster takes place with the music project of mulch-instrumentalist Kate Stables, This Is The Kit.
Cutting her musical teeth in Bristol, Stables moved to Paris to continue her music-making education and created debut album 'Krulle Bol', produced by PJ Harvey's long-standing musical collaborator John Parish.
Second album 'Wriggle Out The Restless' followed in 2010; and earlier this year third album – 'Bashed Out' – was released, cited in the industry as Stables' breakthrough record.
A singer, guitarist, banjo and trumpet player and percussionist, Stables first brought This Is The Kit together in the early 00s; and the collective's musical family has been growing ever since.
“The main reason for doing what I do is the exchange with other people – musical exchange yes, and other exchanges too,” said Stables. “A hello and a handshake and the constant opportunity to learn from the knowledge and experience of others.
“As far as I can work out, the only thing worth doing in life is meeting, helping and swapping stories and experiences and resources with other people. Doing, making, learning.”
'Doing, making and learning' is exactly what This Is The Kit have been up too over the past decade as the band previously performed on Glastonbury Festival's acoustic stage (2004), and played sessions with BCC Radio One, BBC 6Music and Resonance FM.
Stables and co were hand-picked by US Indie rock band The National as support on tour; and collaboration with The National's Brooklyn-based songwriter Aaron Dessner continued – Dessner not only performs on 'Bashed Out', as does brother Bryce Dessner; but also produced the third album.
The last summer saw the band touring Europe and playing at several festivals, including Latitude and Tramlines; as well as supporting Lisa Hannigan and Aaron Dessner in a special show at the Cork Opera House in Ireland.
Now This Is The Kit are heading for the Scottish Highlands on a headline tour, with an island-hop stop-off on Saturday, April 2nd, to perform at the Woodlands Centre.
And not only does the gig mark the end of Jori and Innes' promotions work, it will also celebrate the return of local band The Drugs (Malky Burns, Neil Finlayson and Aidan Rivett) for their first show in over three years.
Tickets for the Woodlands show are available online from www.beyondpresents.co.uk or www.ticketmaster.co.uk