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Gig-Guide 2017




- August-

29th August
Claude Bourbon
Ready for a unique and talented take on a wide range of musical traditions? Claude Bourbon is known throughout Europe and America for amazing guitar performances that take blues, Spanish, Middle Eastern, and Russian stylings into uncharted territories. Each year Bourbon plays more than 100 shows around the world.


- September-

5th September
 The Quiggs
The Quiggs” are the new husband and wife duo that has emerged on to the Scottish folk scene. Stephen Quigg is a long established folksinger and former member of the legendary band “The McCalmans” and Pernille Quigg, originally from Denmark, is a folksinger and songwriter. Together they comprise “The Quiggs”. Stephen and Pernille share a common feeling for the tradition of folksong and both know a good song when they hear it. A concert with The Quiggs is a chance to hear folksong in its simple, yet highly expressive form, including beautiful harmonies and songs that seek the audience's participation.

12th September
Tannahill Weavers
The Tannahill Weavers are one of Scotland's premier traditional bands. Their diverse repertoire spans the centuries with fire-driven instrumentals, topical songs, and original ballads and lullabies. Their music demonstrates to old and young alike the rich and varied musical heritage of the Celtic people. These versatile musicians have received worldwide accolades consistently over the years for their exuberant performances and outstanding recording efforts.

19th September
Emily Smith & Jamie McClennan
2017 sees Emily and Jamie celebrate 15 years of making music together. Their anniversary tour showcases newly written songs, paired with some of their favourites from the past 15 years. With Emily’s beautiful voice and the couple’s sumptuous harmonies layered over sizzling double guitars, fiddle and accordion. 

26th September
Eileen McGann
Known for her clear, beautiful voice, powerful and literate songwriting as well as her rich interpretations of the songs of the Celtic traditions, Eileen McGann has been called "a Canadian national treasure".


- October-

3rd October
Jesse Terry
Jesse Terry is a singer/songwriter with an uncanny ability to weave tales of travel and homecoming, of sorrow and of redemption, into songs that are simultaneously timeless and fresh. Home is now the coastal village of Stonington, Connecticut, but Terry’s music reflects an amalgam of influences, from Nashville to Laurel Canyon. His melodic and lyrically-driven Americana fits naturally on a playlist between cuts from Josh Ritter, Jackson Browne, Ryan Adams and Neil Young.

10th October
Robin Laing
Robin Laing is one of Scotland's leading musicians. His albums have established him as a major force in songwriting. He is also a fine singer of traditional song.

17th October
Maria Dunn with Shannon Johnson

A true preserver of the spirit of folk music, Maria Dunn is often compared to Woody Guthrie for her keen social awareness and her unvarnished songs about the lives of working men and women.Shannon Johnson began studying violin at the age of three and quickly demonstrated an exceptional ability. She has won classical violin and fiddling awards at national and international levels.

24th October
 Mark Dunlop
Mark is a member of Malinky and has also recorded with American bluegrass singer Tim O'Brien, Karine Polwart, Cantrip, and on Fred Freeman's Complete Songs of Robert Tannahill.
Hailing from Antrim, Mark’s roots are in Ulster song and has released a solo cd entitled “Islands on the Moon”.

31st October
Iona Fyfe Band
The Iona Fyfe Band encapsulate the essence of North East Folksong Tradition. Fronted by BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2017 Semi-Finalist, Iona Fyfe, the band showcases the rich wealth of Aberdeenshire folksong in a contemporary yet sympathetic way. From ballads to tune sets, the band bring to life songs of literary collections such as Greig-Duncan and put a unique mark on peculiar folksongs alike. Hailing from Aberdeenshire, Iona has become one of Scotland’s finest young ballad singers.


- November-

7th November
 Mike Silver
Witness Mike Silver singing live or on record, and you can immediately tell that here is an artist whose voice, musicianship and song-writing talents have been honed over a rich and well-lived lifetime. His easy rapport with his audiences, his endless fund of stories, plus his finely wrought songs of experience, observation and wisdom all bespeak a life-story worth many more songs and stories to come.

14th November
Angel Snow
There are two Angel Snows. On one hand, there’s the sweetly sensitive singer-songwriter – an obvious niche for a one-time Nashville open-mic hustler whose big break arrived penning lyrics for Alison Krauss. On the other hand, there’s the mystical, brooding siren – citing musical influences like Brian Eno and Peter Gabriel, exploring a darker, airier, more nuanced version of country-folk. On her self-titled sophomore album, those two Snows are at constant war with each other – with breathtaking results. (In association with the Fallen Angels Club)


21st November
Alan Reid
Alan (vocals, piano, accordion, guitar) performs modern and traditional folk. He has recorded almost 30 albums with world renowned Battlefield Band and his songs are noted for their story telling element, lyricism and strong melody. Alan combines fine singing with sensitive and imaginative accompaniments, the very highest quality in contemporary folk.


28th November
Barluath are a diverse and innovative Glasgow-based Scottish folk band, who embrace both the traditional and contemporary music of Scotland, Ireland and America. The band includes Scots and Gaelic song, highland and border bagpipes, whistle, fiddle, piano, guitar and step-dance.


- December-

5th December
Gnoss mix highly-stylistic original compositions, traditional tunes, and delicately arranged folk songs, to create a lively, engaging, and honest performance. Their sound is a warm blend of acoustic influences, steeped in Orcadian tradition.



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