Sunday: Traditional music programme
Explore the artists performing Sunday 5 September.
- Session 6 to 9pm: Sorren Maclean & Hannah Fisher / Kirsten Adamson / Kinnaris Quintet (tickets £20 plus £1 booking fee)
- Session 1 to 4pm: Johnston & Gordon / Tony Cox / Wayward Jane / Ashton Lane (tickets £10 plus £0.50 booking fee)
Uplifting, fresh, honest and powerful music...created by three fiddles, mandolin and guitar. Expect influences of traditional Scottish and Irish music, Bluegrass, Old-Time, Classical and new compositions, harmonies, energy and drive.
Winners of the 2019 Belhaven Bursary for Innovation in Music - the most significant prize in Scotland, matched only by the Mercury Prize, Kinnaris Quintet burst onto the scene in 2017 with a unique, highly emotive, energetic, powerful sound. Their music has been described as ‘euphoric’ and combines Scottish and Irish Folk with Bluegrass, Classical , Scandinavian and Appalachian influences. Unable to hide their joy at making music together, the quintet performs with an enthusiasm that is infectious as anyone who has seen them live will attest.
Kinnaris Quintet have become the folk band to see, with sell-out shows at Celtic Connections and appearances at most other major Folk Festivals including Shetland Folk Festival, Celtic Colours (Cape Breton) and Cambridge Folk Festival.In 2018 the band released their debut album ‘Free One’ to great acclaim.
Singer/songwriter Kirsten Adamson summons the same heart-stopping purity as Sandy Denny, by way of Emmylou Harris and Kate Bush. Transcendence runs in the family. Her father was Stuart Adamson (Skids,Big Country) and her mother Alexandra, a champion Highland dancer. With summers spent soaking up the atmosphere in Nashville with her dad and a string of leading roles in musical theatre back in the UK, the teenage Adamson’s course was set. She sang backing vocals on Big Country’s last album Driving to Damascus at age 13. By 2010, she was forging her own career as a vocalist and keyboard player for indie-folkers Aberfeldy. She fronted country rockers The Gillyflowers and more recently shone as half of alt-country duo The Marriage, and then on a self-titled solo debut. The austere beauty of her voice has been a constant motif. In a reflective mood, she’s now in the completion stages of writing her new solo LP
Sorren Maclean & Hannah Fisher
For more than a decade, Hannah Fisher and Sorren Maclean have been prominent members of the Scottish indie/folk scene, both as individual artists and band members. Their best known collaborative work has seen them as permanent features touring, writing and recording with some of Scotland’s most influential bands and artists including Idlewild, King Creosote, Roddy Woomble, Dougie Maclean, Karen Matheson and Mull Historical Society.Alongside collaborative work, they have both gained recognition for their own solo projects, including the release of Sorren’s debut album “Winter Stay Autumn” in 2015 to critical acclaim. As a duo, they’ve played as far as Japan and USA, playing a mix of traditional Scottish, Irish and American tunes and songs with more contemporary influences, creating their unique sound.
Named after a cobbled backstreet in the city of Glasgow, Scotland, Ashton Lane are a modern country pop band known for their warm, resonant, and uplifting compositions.
Helmed by the husband-and-wife songwriting duo Esther (vocals) and Tim O'Connor (guitar), the couple started the band in the early 2000s. With several albums and tours across Europe under their belts, in 2016 they were nominated for both the Best Duo and Best Song at the annual British Country Music Awards.
Wayward Jane’s music is an innovative ‘transatlantic’ interpretation of American folk and Old Time traditions, blending roots material with fresh arrangements and original compositions. Their rich sound features fiddle, clawhammer banjo, double bass, guitar and close vocal harmonies. Their live shows have a joyful energy, expressing the fine musicianship of the band members as well as the friendship and playful chemistry that exists between them. Ranging in mood from high-octane, toe-tapping tunes to tender and soulful songs, Wayward Jane tend to leave audiences with a glow in their hearts.
Born in Zimbabwe, multiple award-winning South African acoustic guitarist, singer/songwriter, Tony Cox has become a veritable icon of the instrument in his own country and has been described as one of South Africa’s finest musical exports. For a number of years now he has undertaken regular forays into Europe and North America and has seen a loyal fan-base begin to develop in the UK, Germany and Canada. He has just released his twenty-third album, The World Went Quiet. The album has received much critical acclaim, from South Africa to the UK.
Johnston & Gordon
Euan Johnston and Andrew Gordon have been friends from the Scottish music scene for 15 years. Finally getting together as a duo in early 2016, Euan and Andrew have worked on a set that shows their passion for Scottish and Irish Music. Never taking themselves to seriously, they switch from the serious to the surreal, from syphilis to seals. Their accompanying guitar and bodhran rhythms could be considered “robust” and when both bodhrans are out… Mighty!