Yesterday Mark Unsworth from Islay Studios visited the Port Charlotte Hotel to witness the CD launch of a debut album by "The Maverick Angels" who include in their lineup Fraser Shaw (picture right) from Port Charlotte. Fraser Shaw is one of Scotlandâ€™s leading young traditional musicians. A finalist in the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2006 competition, Fraser specialises in Highland pipes, border pipes and whistles and has been playing music since the age of seven. On Fraser's Myspace profile you can read more about this promising artist and hear some of his music.
The Maverick Angels played a short set featuring all of the new album to a packed Port Charlotte hotel audience, the hotel was sponsoring the event. The event was a real bonus for visitors to the Islay festival of Malt and Music. Earlier the Maverick Angels performed at the Bruichladdich Open day.
Their new album is titled "Live at Avenrish", was recorded and engineered in Glasgow and was produced by Spad and the band themselves, and will be available throughout Islay. The other band members are Kevin O'Neil, Innes Watson and John Somerville, who all signed copies of the CD for members of the audience.
The Maverick Angels performing at the Port Charlotte Hotel
The band after the set taking a well earned rest
Pictures and report courtesy of Mark Unsworth Islay Studios