In 2020, five musicians gathered in a deserted concert hall. The group involved Skye piper Brìghde Chaimbeul and ney player Bashir Saade, from jazz guitarist Graeme Stephen, soulful singer-songwriter Rachel Sermanni and Aidan O’Rourke on fiddle. This was lockdown, and Aidan’s idea was to celebrate the grit, calibre and charisma of Edinburgh’s grassroots music-making while the doors of the hall were shut to the public. It was a fleeting encounter – just a 15-minute film, made with social-distancing – but what occurred that day was magnetic: a rare synergy between players as they sat in a wide circle, eyes closed, passing the music between them with an urgent sense of how music can bring connection on the deepest levels. Three years later, Aidan is bringing the group back together – not to repeat or recreate the moment, but to harness the energy of the connection and see where it might lead given proper time and space.
This event will last approximately 2 hours, including an interval.