Chris Blair from The Deadly Winters’ AAA Edinburgh

Chris Blair is frontman of Edinburgh alt-folk outfit The Deadly Winters. BBC Radio One, Radio Scotland (Roddy Hart, Tom Morton and Iain Anderson’s shows), Mike Harding’s Folk Show and Scottish DJ Jim Gellatly are all champions of the five-piece, having playlisted and reviewed various releases from the band. And here at AAA Towers we think they’re pretty awesome, too.

deadlyThe Ters’ have shared stages with lauded Scottish singer/songwriter Dougie Maclean and The Staves and have appeared at Celtic Connections, Perthshire Amber (Dougie MacLean Festival), Bannockburn Live 2014, Edinburgh’s St Andrew’s Day 2013 and numerous times at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Since 2011 the band have released two albums, a single and an EP. The band’s latest four-song EP, Table In The Corner, was released worldwide on 6 November 2015.

deadly2The Deadly Winters can be seen in live action at The Village in Leith on Saturday, 5 March. Tickets are just £5. A snip.

For further details, and more about the Ters, visit

Meanwhile, we asked Chris from the band for some of his favourite Edinburgh things.

Most memorable Capital event?

We played in the Tron Kirk during the 2014 Edinburgh Festival. It’s an amazing building and it was packed full with a fantastic crowd of revellers that night.  It only just pips the night we played at The Pleasance Theatre supporting The Staves. They’re an incredible band.

Who would you choose to headline Edinburgh’s Hogmanay? 

Our line-up for the night would be Bellowhead, Seth Lakeman, The Waterboys and to bring in the bells, Erasure!

Favourite old-fashioned boozer?

We have many a favourite boozer in town and it generally depends what venue we are playing that night. We like to frequent them after sound checks.

Blue Blazer, Sandy Bells, Malt & Hops, Malt Shovel, Royal Mile Tavern, Guilford Arms, Bow Bar (personal fav of mine).

Favourite style bar?

I can’t say that we tend to go to style bars anymore. Does The Cask n Barrel count?

Favourite restaurant?

The only time The Deadly Winters eat out together is when we have our, now infamous, Christmas “day out”. We usually start the day in the Caley Sample Rooms for food, and beverages. It’s excellent!

Do you love or loathe the Festival? 

Love. We play several gigs, acoustic or otherwise during the Festival and it’s always warmly received from both local and visitors.

Favourite art gallery?

The Riccio Gallery in Dalkeith is great. Our musical pal Caroline Gilmour put on a brilliant photography exhibition there last year.

Favourite cinema?

Dominion in Morningside, simply for the comfy seats with beer receptacles alone.

Favourite live music venue.

The Village in Leith. You can make it your own. As fans of organising our own gigs it’s perfect for that.

Favourite walk in or around the city?

Newhailes estate. The vista across to Fife and down to North Berwick on a clear day is marvellous.

Favourite shopping area?

The newly revamped Fort Kinnaird is a world away from even a year ago. It is also very handy for restaurants to eat out with our families.

Favourite piece of architecture?

George IV Bridge. Unique sloping structure that connects the old town to the new town. It can be seen from miles around and the view you get as you walk up or down are unique to say the least.

What’s the biggest change you’ve seen in the city?

Music change? The closing down of established, well run and popular music venues to be turned into other more ‘useful’ ventures. That said, there’s been a vast improvement in the quality of rehearsal facilities and we love going to The Wel in Leith to practice.

Other than that, the regeneration of certain parts of Edinburgh has been astounding.

Favourite festival?

Strathyre Music Festival. We have played this festival for the last 3 years and it is growing and growing every year. The organisers have taken to us like family members and it is a delight to be welcomed back to Strathyre every year to play. We also really enjoyed going playing Celtic Connections in January as it’s such a great audience.

Favourite Edinburgh band ever?

For me it has to be Idlewild. Individually their work is great but together they are a truly exceptional band, highly underrated on a global scale.

Favourite local hero?

Sean Connery. Schimple!

Sell Edinburgh to a tourist in no more than ten words…

We don’t have to – it sells itself.