Session A9 with Kris Drever
Friday 29th January 2010, 9.00pm
Although famed first and foremost as a fiddle band, the Scottish supergroup Session A9 are much more besides. Alongside their four-man frontline of Charlie McKerron, Adam Sutherland, Kevin Henderson and Gordon Gunn (drawn from such leading acts as Capercaillie, the Peatbog Faeries and Fiddlers’ Bid), their line-up also comprises piano, guitar, percussion and vocals, making music as exquisitely accomplished as it’s viscerally exciting.
Having added 2008’s Instrumentalist of the Year title at the Scots Trad Music Award to his collection of major accolades, the spellbinding singer, songwriter, guitarist and ex-Session A9 member Kris Drever tonight launches his hotly-anticipated second solo album, Mark the Hard Earth. As well as his own set, featuring sundry special guests on new original songs and freshly-worked material by Sandy Wright, Boo Hewerdine and Hamish Henderson, he’s sure to join his former bandmates for a number or two…
Le Vent du Nord with Breabach
Thursday 28th January 2010, 8.00pm
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall : Strathclyde Suite
Always a Celtic Connections favourite, Québécois quartet Le Vent du Nord recently released their fifth studio album La Part du Feu. Centred on the traditional sounds of fiddle, accordion, hurdy-gurdy, guitar and four-part vocals, the new songs and tunes redouble the band’s trademark joie de vivre with seasoned maturity and cohesion.
Breabach, here previewing material from their imminent second album, The Desperate Battle of the Birds are one of Scotland’s top young traditional acts, with a line-up of twin bagpipes, fiddle, flute, whistles, guitar and vocals. Tonight’s show launches the two bands’ joint Tune Up tour, and will feature specially devised collaborations as well as individual sets.
Apologies if you have received this information already via another list, but Mike and Patsy have asked me to let you know of an upcoming house concert at Hatton Castle…anyone welcome!
Another shindig at Hatton Castle, Newtyle (PH12 8UN).
Saturday 21st November, 7.30 pm
Abby Newton, probably the finest cellist in Scottish Music, and a lovely person, from New York. Accompanied by Kim Robertson on Harp and Mairi Campbell on Fiddle. All top quality!
Usual rules… 7.30 start, bring family and friends, bring £10 a head (at least) for the musicians’ hat (not for me!). and BYOB. There will undoubtedly be a session later for anyone with an instrument and stamina.
Come! RSVP if possible, to let us know numbers
Mike and Patsy
Gaelic Choir mp3.2009
Stramash-Jigs mp3 2009
Alistair White- breton tune
Anna Massie class.mp3 2009
Anna Massie.mp3 Class
Charlie Mackerrons class-mp3 2009
Corran ra-mp3 2009
Corran ra-mp3 2009
Tutors. mp3 2009 Celeidh.
Strathspè Away Homecoming 2009
KINGUSSIE 6-8 NOVEMBER 2009
Ceann a’ Ghuithsaich 6-8 An t-Samhain 2009
Hope you can make it along to our weekend festival, which looks to be our best yet. We welcome Beòlach, one of Cape Breton’s most exciting young bands, who will perform and teach over the weekend. We offer a warm return to Mats Melin, one of dannsa’s former members, who will be bringing Irish dancers and musicians to perform, from the University of Limerick. The ‘home-ground’ performers will excite you; The Bella MacNab Ceilidh Band, Alba Flamenca and, of course, ‘dannsa’. Our tutors are some of the best there are; Jim Barry teaching Irish Set Dance , Saliha Haouach teaching Flamenco, Angus Nicolson and John Sikorski from Skye as well as dannsa’s own regulars. The weekend is truly a festival of Highland culture, with dance at the heart….. whether you can only make it to a class or two, or the whole weekend we look forward to seeing you!