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Singer and fiddle player Eilidh Shaw and guitar supremo Ross Martin are set to entertain concert goers with their dynamic, modern take on traditional Scottish music – but not before they have spent the afternoon with Fèis Spè’s senior band, ‘Monadh Ruadh’, running a special music workshop just for them.
The concert on Friday 8th April with Eilidh and Ross, will feature performances from ‘Monadh Ruadh’ and their dedicated band leader, Charlie McKerron of Capercaillie and Session A9 fame.
Eilidh Shaw, probably best known for her work with the all female folk group ‘The Poozies’ is now also a member of much loved Scottish band ‘Shooglenifty’, while Ross Martin is a member of Gaelic supergroup ‘Dàimh’ who have twice won Folk Band of the Year at the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards. Individually they have worked with all manner of top musicians from the Scottish scene and beyond, clocking up over 100 album appearances working with the likes of Scottish Gaelic star Julie Fowlis as well as 70’s pop crooner Tony Christie!
In 2017 they made their first album together, Birl-esque, which was released on their own Rhubana Records label to critical acclaim. Since the album release and the launch of their duo project they have been touring Scotland, the U.S., France and Germany, and performed at Celtic Connections in Glasgow.
Ahead of their visit to Carr-Bridge, Eilidh said: “We are really excited to be coming to Carr-Bridge and working with the fantastic Charlie McKerron and his amazing group of young students. We have a lot of live music to catch up on and hope to see lots of people there.”
As well as a chance to catch up on some live music, the event is a chance to raise some funds for Fèis Spè, to help the organisation to continue to deliver traditional Scottish music tuition and performing opportunities for young people in Badenoch and Strathspey.
Charlie McKerron is considered one of Scotland’s finest fiddler players and composers and has toured the world with various bands during a long and varied career. Now a resident of Badenoch, he works closely with Fèis Spè, tutoring both ‘Monadh Ruadh’ and the organisation’s ‘Junior Band’.
“I’m thoroughly looking forward to getting a few tunes with Eilidh and Ross, but more importantly – they will be offering our ‘Monadh Ruadh’ members a great afternoon’s workshop, preparing a piece of music which they will then perform at the concert. For our young musicians, to get to work with well established, talented artists like these, is very exciting indeed,” said Charlie.
The concert takes place on Friday 8th April at the Carr-Bridge Village Hall. Doors open at 7.pm with the concert getting underway at 7.30pm. Entry is by cash only with tickets to be purchased at the door. Tickets are priced £12 for adults and £8 for children. Tickets can be reserved by texting 07799 338730 but must be collected by 7.15pm or they will be resold. There will be a raffle and refreshments available by donation.