Triple BBC Scots Trad Music Awards nominees, Scottish four-piece Gnoss have built an invested following through their forward-thinking take on traditional music and unique warmth to their live shows – as shown through three consecutive sellout appearances at Glasgow’s world-famous Celtic Connections festival.
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Tonight’s show for Scotland Unwrapped has The Gathering return to its roots, with an all-Orcadian house band welcoming star turns from surprise special guests. From rising talent to veterans and tradition bearers from Orkney’s rich cultural vein.
Having formed to fill a programme gap at the Orkney Folk Festival back in 2004, Orcadian eight-piece The Chair have been bringing their unique "stomp" frenzy to festival tents and concert halls throughout the UK and Europe for the last 20 years - and are now a firm fixture and hot ticket at their home festival.
Kings Place welcomes Mossy Christian and Megan Wisdom to its Future Folk series. A refreshingly good-humoured take on traditional songs and tunes, the duo are part of a living tradition, carrying the music forward into the future, always eager to share the joy which has been passed on to them throughout their musical lives.
In a special concert for Kings Place’s Scotland Unwrapped series, acclaimed Scottish fiddle player Ryan Young will be playing a violin made in Edinburgh by John Grice. What makes this instrument so special? It was built in 1731 making it the oldest known Scottish violin in existence.
Encompassing a rare and virtuosic selection of the fiddle’s diverse Highland and island voices, with ensemble and solo-led sets both backed by powerhouse guitar and piano, the Blazin’ Fiddles pack all the power, passion and sensitivity of Scotland’s traditional music into a single show.
Few singers are as celebrated and revered as Irish singer-songwriter Cara Dillon. Known for her captivating live performances she seldom fails to leave audiences spellbound. She returns to Kings Place as part of her Coming Home album tour.
Having toured together since 1986 to packed concert halls all over the world, legendary Scottish folk duo Aly and Phil continue to charm audiences with their stunning music, and on-stage charisma that defies description.
Angeline Morrison is a folk singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist whose 2022 album ‘The Sorrow Songs: Folk Songs of Black British Experience’ (Topic Records) was voted No. 1 Folk Album of the year in The Guardian. She explores traditional song with a deep reverence, love and curiosity, a handmade sonic aesthetic and a feeling for the stories of ordinary human lives.
Shovel Dance Collective are simultaneously traditional and experimental; seeing folk music, not as an archaeological artifact to be unearthed, but as a living communal activity. They bring together nine musicians, linked by a communal passion
'Double You' is the incredible debut album from Welsh harpist Catrin Finch and Ireland’s fiddle virtuoso Aoife Ní Bhriain, featuring an exquisite collection of new compositions that draw inspiration from various genres and the cultures of their home countries.
Beloved folk trio Lau present their Unplugged show as part of Scotland Unwrapped, in which they return to their instruments' natural soundscapes for an evening's exploration of re-arranged and re-created material from across their catalogue.