Aug 182014

Darcy & RoyDarcy DaSilva is  a singer-songwriter, composer and musician. She has taken much inspiration from her family and friends, as she grew up surrounded by talented and devoted musicians. The beautiful countryside of South West Scotland is also an important inspiration for Darcy. She likes to put into words and sounds what people feel when at one with nature and with others.

Over the years, she has had the privilege of working with some fine musicians such as Karine Polwart, Phil Cunningham, Malcolm Bushby and, most recently, Roy Marchbank. She believes that sharing the music and beauty within us is the essence of existence and to be around such dedicated musicians has been and is a gift.

Alongside composing and performing her own material, Darcy is a skilled pianist and plays guitar, a little accordion and sings traditional Scots and Irish songs. “She looks like an angel and she sings like an angel” – Aaron Jones (Old Blind Dogs).

Roy Marchbank decribes himself as a session musician and, “Virtuoso Celtic Fusion guitarist”. He studied in Scotland’s Perth Music College and upon finishing, taught guitar privately in Edinburgh. He left soon after for Dublin to play with Bohinta. Roy played for theatre shows while in Ireland such as Jesus Christ Superstar, Godspell, The Rocky Horror Picture Show & numerous other stage performances and also juggled rehearsals and session work for artists such as Marion Bradfield “The Emperors Field” & Lesley Dowdall, solo artist & ex “In Tua Nua” artist as well as teaching in the music school of Nass Ireland.

Roy subsequently left Ireland to play with Scottish band “The Iron Horse” touring & recording internationally for almost four years. During this time he recorded guitar for Aine Furey’s debut album “Sweetest Summer Rain”, The Iron Horse for BBC Radio Scotland & a cultural exchange program with the Uzbekistan twenty piece chamber orchestra Sogdiana – thanks to the British Council.

When The Iron Horse split in search of there own solo careers, Roy returned to Dublin to record an EP with Invisible Boss. Roy now currently resides in Barcelona &  completed his first solo album “Widowmakers Highway” in 2005. He now teaches from his home in Moniaive, as well as performing with “Two Left Feet”, Darcy and others.

Aug 142014

Kate and ZoeSaturday 16th August sees a couple of young budding singer/songwriters perform in Kings Coffee and Books, as part of our Summer Acoustic series

Kate Kyle lives on a farm near Collin and is just 12 years old. She’s been writing some great songs of her own and has just returned from Nashville and Memphis, Tennessee, where she experienced first-hand life in the heart of the American music industry. Her style is developing along the lines of folk/country theme. She’s also confident with a guitar and loves entertaining people. Kate will be performing her own songs, as well as her own interpretation of well known hits by Coldplay, Ed Sheeran etc. As well as appearing in Kings, she’s booked to perform in Jurassic Hard Copy on 23rd August and is loving every minute of her exciting musical journey. Kate starts in Dumfries High School later this month and is looking forward to developing her musical skills there too.

Zoe Little, from Langholm is 14 years old and already familiar with the stage, having been keenly involved with Langholm Academy Centre-Stage & Carlisle Drama School. She’s now adding her love of music to her performance repertoir, singing to guitar, with a mix of rock and contemporary acoustic music. She’s inspired by her favourite bands – Kerrang, Fallout Boy and My Chemical Romance.

Both girls are tutored by well known music teacher and mentor, David Bass, who himself plays in acclaimed local bands, including Sparo & the Yahs.

Aug 012014

DazThe next summer acoustic music night in Kings Coffee and Books, is Saturday, 2nd August, with 20 year old budding singer/songwriter Daz McCormick.

Daz, from Dumfries, describes his style as ‘acoustic rock’, and will be performing a variety of energising songs, with some relaxing ones added in the mix, so it’s a night for everyone to enjoy.

He recently performed locally in Jurassic Hard Copy Music & Film, and at the Tam O’ Shanter Inn. He’ll be recording a new album; ‘To This Girl’ at the Lovers Lane Studios in August.

Mark Smith, from Kings said, “It’s thrilling to see so many up and coming young artists in Dumfries and around this area – here’s yet another one, and you can hear him in our chilled out venue at Kings – everyone is welcome”

Doors open at 7.30pm, for an 8pm start.

May 172014

Come along to Kings on Sunday 18th May, to enjoy a cup of coffee and some Jazz. Tune in to standards like Autumn leaves, All the things you are and Blue bossa. A perfect way to spend your Sunday afternoon.

Line up this week:

Andrew Phillips – Sax
Will Rickards – Double bass
Euan Leslie – drums

May 102014

JazzCome along to Kings on Sunday 11th May, to enjoy a cup of coffee and some Jazz. Tune in to standards like Autumn leaves, All the things you are and Blue bossa. A perfect way to spend your Sunday afternoon.

Line up this week is:

Owen Fielding – Piano
Will Rickards – Double bass
Paul Brown – Jazz Guitar
Euan Leslie – Drums

Mar 262014

Our  Daily Cup 1We have recently begun to stock a new publication called “Our Daily Cup”, an independent publication all about coffee!

You can pick up your own copy in Kings for £2.50… You’ll find it full of fascinating articles on coffee, coffee culture, what to look for in a good coffee, health facts and much more!

Feb 242014

Did you know that our regular espresso based coffees are blended especially for us by our  supplier and roaster, Has Bean?heart of beans

They blend our coffee to our request and it’s delivered to us the day it is roasted every week! That’s freshness for you!

We also have single origin filter on offer every day… and we bring you different beans a couple of times a week so that your palate is always inquisitive… Our single origins come from various parts of the world, courtesy of Has bean and Square Mile. Ask our trained baristas for more information on our coffees!

Feb 202014

coffee and book

We have a fresh range of novels and second hand books in stock at the moment… why not check them out. Nothing better than a cuppa coffee and a good read!.

We receive donations of used books- especially christian faith books. just drop them into Kings whenever your passing!. Thank you!

Feb 182014

latteWelcome to our coffee chat!

A new blog for Kings Coffee and Books!

We will be posting event details, coffee information and offers as well as some fun ideas and suggestions!

Watch this space for more news!


Sep 242013

Quiz Night















Pitch your wits against the quiz master as we launch a new event in Kings – Quiz Night.

There’s no charge and no need to register, just come along … and bring your brains!