Feb 24 2012 by Alison Anderson, Perthshire Advertiser Friday
FOUR of Scotland’s most celebrated traditional musicians – Perthshire’s Patsy Reid on fiddle, pianist Mhairi Hall, guitarist Michael Bryan and percussionist Fraser Stone – gather in the Norie-Miller Suite of Perth Concert Hall at 8pm tomorrow to reprise their ‘Contours of Cairngorm’.
The music for the show, originally performed at Celtic Connections 2011, was specially orchestrated by Patsy and Mhairi for the renowned Edinburgh Quartet. It successfully showcases traditional Scottish music, whilst combining classical approaches to performing and learning.
Thanks to financial assistance from Enterprise Music Scotland, the Contours of Cairngorm project has given up-coming local string musicians the opportunity to join Patsy, Mhairi, Michael and Fraser for the concert as part of the ensemble.
“The successful applicants assume the role of the string quartet, learning the art of ensemble playing at the forefront of the Scottish music scene,” explained Patsy.
“The experience will be extremely beneficial to bowed string players interested in experiencing traditional music from a classical approach or vice-versa. As a result, instrumentalists from both backgrounds find the process highly challenging, rewarding and enjoyable.”
The format of tomorrow evening will be a performance by the Mhairi Hall Trio for the first half and the second half will be the performance of Contours of Cairngorm which will feature local string players of all ages, taking on the role of the Edinburgh Quartet who performed the piece with Patsy and co at Celtic Connections.
The local musicians will be work-shopping with the professionals during the day in preparation for tomorrow’s evening performance.
Tickets are £12.50 (concessions £10.50).
PATSY (28) has organised a series of Friday night hootenanny gigs in The Tavern in Perth’s South Street, starting next week – March 2.
She’s used her considerable influence on the Scottish traditional music scene to bring some of the best Celtic/folk musicians to Perth to resurrect what she hopes will be a ‘folk club’ culture in the city.
The programme is: March 2 – Mairearad Green and Anna Massie; March 9 – VAMM (Catriona MacDonald, Marit Falt and Patsy Reid); March 16 – Lomond Ceilidh Band; March 23 – Freereelin’; March 30 – Gary Innes; April 6 – Declan Hegarty; April 13 – Lomond Ceilidh Band; April 20 – Gary Innes; April 27 – RURA.
Everyone is welcome at these intimate, informal gigs.