Scotland's Paul McKenna has long been ranked among our finest younger singers and songwriters. He's armed with a powerful yet intensely emotive voice and passionate social conscience, often expressed through his songs: a combination that's brought frequent comparisons to the great Dick Gaughan.
Paul and his band – comprising Robbie Greig (fiddle), Conal McDonagh (pipes/whistles), Conor Markey (banjo/bouzouki/guitars) and Ewan Baird (percussion) – draw on both Scottish and Irish roots in a dynamic, full-bodied array of original and traditional material along with songs by like-minded authors including Peggy Seeger, Alistair Hulett and Jim Reid.
"The best folk band to have come out of Scotland in the last twenty years" - New York Times
"The best band of their generation" - The Living Tradition
"A band with the potential to dominate the Scottish/Irish traditional scene for the next twenty years" - Fatea Magazine
Wow! Just wow! I've been after this lot for... oh... ages. And here they are!!
The Outside Track’s marriage of Celtic music, song and dance goes down a storm with audiences around the world. From Scotland, Ireland and Cape Breton, its five members are united by a love of traditional music and a commitment to creating new music on this foundation. They blend fiddle, accordion, harp, guitar, flute, whistle, step-dance and vocals with breathtaking vitality. Their blend of boundless energy and unmistakable joie de vivre is guaranteed to have the whole house spellbound.
Winner of 'Best Group' in both the Live Ireland awards and the Tradition In Review awards, The Outside Track are one of the top Celtic acts in the world. They were also 'Best Live Act' nominees in the MG Alba Scots Traditional Music Awards.
We are delighted to welcome back our favourites, Fara, who were our first ever band at BCFRM and got us off to such a strong start.
Fara brings together four leading musicians at the forefront of today's young Scottish folk scene. Kristan Harvey, Jeana Leslie and Catriona Price's three fiddles combine with Rory Matheson's piano to produce a fiery sound rooted strongly in their upbringing among the music of Orkney. With a mixture of original and traditional Orkney tunes as well as stunning vocals, Fara's musical experiences and friendships produce an exciting and individual sound. With vibrant arrangements full of rich harmonies, energetic fiddle playing and driving piano.
We're incredibly pleased to have something of a scoop with Midnight Run, a blistering bluegrass band from Tennessee, on one of their very few UK dates in their 2022 European tour
From the gateway of the Great Smoky Mountains, Seth Mulder & Midnight Run began its journey in February of 2015, at the Ole Smoky Moonshine Distillery in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Made up of four like-minded musicians and graduates of college music programmes, this group of friends and musicians created a band tied to the rich traditions of bluegrass music, yet one that offers a fresh approach to that "High Lonesome" sound. With each member drawing from a variety of influences, including bluegrass, country, and rock
The band stays true to their musical roots with tight harmonies and reverence for "old-style" bluegrass music, all the while stretching the boundaries of the genre with their song selection, stage antics, and exciting performance
They keep the energy high. The band knows that it is not only about the music, it is about connecting with the audience and leaving a memory that will last a lifetime. Seth Mulder & Midnight Run are one of the most entertaining new acts on the bluegrass scene today