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Saturday 15th February 2020: Breabach

Update on 30th January: this concert is now sold out. Thank you for your support!

Breabach

Breabach have begun their 15th anniversary celebrations by winning Album of the Year at the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards 2019!

Traditional songs, contemporary tunes and original compositions from this multi-award winning band.

Acknowledging and respecting the origins of both the music they play and the roots of the band whilst embracing the future with new ideas and energy, Breabach unite the talents of Megan Henderson (Fiddle, Vocals), James Lindsay (Double Bass, Vocals), Calum MacCrimmon (Bagpipes, Whistle, Bouzouki, Vocals), James Duncan Mackenzie (Bagpipes, Flute, Whistle) and Ewan Robertson (Guitar, Vocals, Cajon).

Breabach

"As polished as it was passionate, matching fiery intensity with exquisite finesse, this was a magnificent set." The Scotsman 2017

"This award-winning band is forging ahead into fresh pastures new with their forward-thinking musical attitude, which flies the proud banner for Gaeldom." FolkWales Magazine




Friday 22nd November 2019: The Urban Folk Quartet

The Urban Folk Quartet

Update early on 22nd November: this concert is now sold out. Thank you for your support

The UFQ have ignited international audiences with their high-energy, genre-defying acoustic music since 2009.

This is fiddle-led music that draws heavily from celtic dance forms and traditional song but from there on it is unlike any folk band you have ever heard. The UFQ's approach to the folk ethos is to embrace any and every influence from funk grooves to middle-eastern melodies, Afrobeat to north Indian rhythms.

The Urban Folk Quartet

The UFQ features two phenomenal fiddlers. The first is Galician Paloma Trigas, who has shared stages and recorded with with The Chieftains, Sharon Shannon and Altan, during her tenure touring the stadiums of the world with Spain's biggest folk star, Carlos Nunez. The second is Joe Broughton (Albion Band, Bellowhead, Joss Stone) long established on the folk scene as the fieriest English fiddler and showman of his generation. Also an exceptional guitarist and mandolin player, in UFQ Joe deftly shares multi-instrumentalist duties (often mid-song) with Dan Walsh. Touted as one of the finest banjo players in the country as well as a gifted singer and guitarist, Dan (Seth Lakeman Band, The Levellers, Walsh & Pound) joined UFQ in 2014. The lineup is completed by Tom Chapman, widely considered to be the most accomplished and innovative cajonero the UK has to offer.



Saturday 19th October 2019: The Slocan Ramblers

Update on 18th October: this concert is now sold out. Thank you for your support

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The Slocan Ramblers

Dynamic bluegrass and roots from Toronto, The Slocan Ramblers blend impressive bluegrass virtuosity with a fresh and entertaining modern appeal. In the last few years they've become a leading light of Canada's roots music scene, built on their reputation for energetic live shows and impeccable musicianship. The Slocan Ramblers blend devilishly intricate instrumentals with evocative vocals on songs ranging from fine originals to rowdy old-time numbers.

Their third album Queen City Jubilee was released in June 2018. With their customary raucous energy, this latest recording presents The Slocan Ramblers at the top of their game, and earned a prestigious Juno Award nomination in January 2019 (in the Traditional Roots Album of the Year category), adding to the band's long list of Canadian awards and plaudits.

The Slocan Ramblers

As well as being featured as an official showcase artist at the International Bluegrass Music Awards (IBMA) conference and festival this September, they've also received a coveted nomination for the 2019 IBMA Band Momentum Award.

The Slocan Ramblers are: Frank Evans - banjo/vocals Adrian Gross - mandolin Darryl Poulsen - guitar/vocals Alastair Whitehead - upright bass/vocals



Sunday 22nd September 2019: Dervish

Dervish

Update on 7th September: this concert is now sold out. Thank you for your support

Dervish have been bringing Irish traditional music to the world for more than 25 years. Described by the BBC as "an icon of Irish music", the band have played at festivals from Rio to Glastonbury. Dervish includes some of Ireland's finest traditional musicians, fronted by one of the country's best-known singers, Cathy Jordan.

Dervish live

The Guardian says: "Dervish are simply brilliant... they carry Irish history with them." They are long-established as one of the biggest names in Irish music internationally. They're renowned for live performances, which match dazzling sets of tunes with stunning interpretations of traditional songs.

Dervish

They were the first Irish band to play the world's biggest music festival, Rock in Rio, performing to an estimated 250,000 people. Over the years they've been on the same bill as artists such as James Brown, Neil Young, Sting and even Iron Maiden!

All six members of Dervish are steeped in the musical traditions of north-west Ireland. Dervish was formed in 1989 when four of the founding members met while playing informal sessions in the pubs of Sligo. Shane Mitchell (accordion), Liam Kelly (flute/whistle), Brian McDonagh (mandola/mandolin) and Michael Holmes (bouzouki) were soon joined by Roscommon born singer and bodhran player Cathy Jordan, and later by all Ireland Fiddle Champion Tom Morrow in 1998. It's a remarkable and at times electric combination "capable of playing with note-perfect accuracy and perfect control at nearly supersonic levels" (Irish Voice, New York).



Saturday 11th May 2019: Fara

YES! We are delighted to welcome back Fara who gave us such an incredible opening night in February 2018

Fara

If you loved Blazin' Fiddles then you'll really love Fara. Add stunning rich vocal harmonies to their energetic fiddle playing and driving piano: Fara's show is an exciting one. Original and traditional Orkney tunes and songs.

Fara brings together four leading musicians at the forefront of today's Scottish folk scene - Jennifer Austin, Kristan Harvey, Jeana Leslie and Catriona Price's three fiddles and a piano - to produce a fiery sound rooted strongly in their upbringing among the music of Orkney.

Following a nomination for Up And Coming Act of the Year at the Scots Trad Music Awards in 2015, the success of their debut album Cross The Line in 2016 led to a nomination for the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards' Horizon Award.

Fara

Orcadian folk Quartet FARA are touring the UK with material from their second album, Times from Times Fall. Comprised entirely of self-penned songs and instrumental tracks, FARA celebrate the community which inspired them to become musicians. It's an album rooted in the spirit of the Orkney Isles and its people; it combines the unique Orkney fiddle tradition with contemporary and original songs and tunes.

With the mission of creating something entirely new and collaborative, the four members of FARA have co-written many of the melodies on the album, blending all four distinctively different musical voices together, whilst also celebrating the unity of their musical beginnings. The songs incorporate words by Orcadian poets: George McKay Brown, Edwin Muir and Christina Costie, as well as one original and one traditional text. The Orcadian imagery running through these songs, alongside new melodies brimming with the islands' tradition whilst also pointing in new directions, celebrates the ever-expanding Orcadian folk tradition. Fara's new album is set to excite and delight.

Fara

The four contrasting personalities and individual musical voices in Fara make for a colourful melting pot - each member brings a different musical pallet to the table. But the strong Orkney fiddle tradition that the four women grew up on together is the glue that binds them and is at the heart of each of their musical characters.

The four members of Fara hold degrees from The Royal Academy of Music, The Royal Northern College of Music, The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and Strathclyde University. Their diverse activity with their other projects such as Blazin' Fiddles, Jeana Leslie & Siobhan Miller, Rachel Sermanni and Twelfth Day as well as accolades including BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award, BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year, Deutsche Bank Award in Performance and Composition and the Danny Kyle Award hold them up as leading members of today's Scottish music scene.



Friday 29th March 2019: Iona Fyfe Trio

Iona Fyfe

Completely blown away by Iona's set supporting The Rail Splitters at Celtic Connections where a full house of about 500 were held spell-bound throughout. I've since seen her trio in the more intimate setting of The Slaughtered Lamb and was mesmerised from first note to last.

Aberdeenshire folksinger Iona Fyfe has become one of Scotland's finest young ballad singers, rooted deeply in the singing traditions of the North East of Scotland.

2018 Scots Singer of the Year at the MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards, Iona has been described as "one of the best Scotland has to offer." (Global-Music.de)

With a number of high profile appearances under her belt, Iona has spent 2018 performing in the UK, Germany, Austria, Italy, Switzerland and Canada.

A sell-out show at Edinburgh Fringe Festival for two consecutive years, Iona was a finalist in the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year and won the Molloy Award at Birmingham Irish Trad Fest.

In 2018, Iona performed at Interceltique Festival De Lorient where she was described as "magical and charismatic" (Rolling Stone, France).

She was nominated for "One to Watch" and "Best Live Performance" at the Sunday Herald Scottish Culture Awards 2018.

With Aidan Moodie (guitar) and Charlie Grey (fiddle).



And here's Aidan with Graham Rorie:



Wednesday 13th February 2019: Michael McGoldrick, John McCusker and John Doyle

Newsflash (25/01/19): this concert is sold out

Mike, John and John

Incredibly pleased to be able to bring you the folk super-group to top them all!

"We try and keep it as fresh and exciting as we can," McCusker says. "Live, we'll often go onstage with no set-list, just to try and keep that energy up, that freshness. It's about playing from the heart."



Saturday 3rd November 2018: Siobhan Miller

Siobhan Miller

Siobhan seems to collect awards for fun. Nominated in two catgories in this year's BBC radio 2 Folk Awards, she was pipped by Karine Polwart for Folk Singer of the Year but won the Best Traditional Track for her version of Banks of Newfoundland. She has also been awarded the Scots Trad Awards 'Scots Singer of the Year' for an unprecedented third time.

I've been a fan since my neice introduced me to her music in 2011 when she was in the wonderful duo with Jeana Leslie who many of you will know as being 25% of Fara. They came to prominence as winners of the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award in 2008, which was followed by both the Hancock Horizon Award and Up and Coming Artist of the Year at the Scots Trad Music Awards in 2009.

Siobhan will be accompanied by Euan Burton (double bass), John Lowrie (piano) and Aidan Moodie (guitar)





Friday 20th April 2018: James Hill and Anne Janelle

James Hill and Anne Janelle

James Hill - check out his jaw-dropping version of Billie Jean - has made a career as an award-winning ukulele player and songwriter, an artist who 'gives the ukulele its dignity back without ever taking himself too seriously' (Songlines). The Old Silo, produced by indie rock hero Joel Plaskett, sees him charting a course into deeper, rockier waters. The album has an edginess and swagger unlike anything Hill has ever recorded: the thundering baritone ukulele riff in She's Still Got It wouldn't be out of place on a Black Keys album and the grinding slide ukulele in Tie One On would make Jack White proud. Catchy, energetic cuts like New Moon, Promenade and Lovebirds would be at home at any outdoor summer music festival.



Friday 16th March 2018: Sam Kelly and Jamie Francis

Sam Kelly

"Sam has such a beautiful voice and sings with so much soul." - Cara Dillon

Sam Kelly (guitar and lead vocals) and Jamie Francis (banjo) have a reputation for an incredibly high class and dynamic live show, and the guys are rapidly becoming firm favourites at venues and festivals in all parts of the country.

Sam's musical journey has ranged from reaching the final of ITV's Britain's Got Talent as a teenager to being selected for the first ever EFDSS Artist Development Scheme. Whether playing to 13 million people on prime-time television, or to 10 people in a tiny pub, Sam's child-like fascination with music shines through.



Friday 23rd February 2018: Fara

Fara

Fara produce a fiery sound rooted strongly in their native music of Orkney. If you loved Blazin' Fiddles then you'll really love Fara. Add stunning rich vocal harmonies to their energetic fiddle playing and driving piano: Fara's show is an exciting one. Original and traditional Orkney tunes and songs.