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Islay Sessions This Weekend

Islay Sessions 2014 will be taking place from Friday 14 through Sunday 16 November at various locations across the island. Mirroring the success of last year’s programme, the weekend will kick off with a relaxed and informal evening at Laphroaig Distillery, with a few drams of course. Fèis Òigridh Ìle tutors, Simon Moran and Ciara MacTaggart, together with the music department of Islay High School, have been offering pupils a groupwork class in traditional Scottish music since August, and the Islay Sessions team are delighted that some of the young people will be taking part in the first event of the weekend at Laphroaig Distillery.

This year’s line up is yet again full of talent and foot stomping promise, with local fiddler Rebecca Brown and her accomplished band members forming The Rebecca Brown Trio. Ali Levack, a whistle player/piper and semi-finalist of the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2015 will play, and Fiona Dunn, the Gaelic Language Officer at Glasgow University and will be pleasing audiences with her Gaelic song. Her counterpart, Shona Masson, is an accomplished pianist, fiddler and singer originally from Skye and currently a member of the Glasgow Gaelic Musical Association. Continue reading...

Tyde are this year’s third trio, yet are musically anything from ordinary. They are centered in Scottish folk tradition with a contemporary edge mixing modern tunes, carefully arranged songs and intricate slow airs. Gràinne Brady and Tine Jordan Rees (G&T for short) are a new dynamic duo, blending their Irish and Scottish roots tunes on piano and fiddle. Gráinne, from Co. Cavan in Ireland, moved to Glasgow to pursue her love of traditional music. Tina graduated in 2011 from the RSAMD with a BA (Hons) in Scottish Music. She was a finalist in the 2011 BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year.

The weekend will be alive with dancing, drams, singing, workshops and non-stop tunes. Sessions will be taking place at Port Charlotte Hotel and Bridgend Hotel, workshops will be in Islay High School and the Grand Concert will be held on the Saturday evening. For the latest updates and programme visit the Sessions Facebook page. We’ll see you there!

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