An evening of delicious food and glorious music in Arisaig House
Come along to the beautiful Arisaig House for this very special intimate concert with Mairearad Green and Anna Massie - two of Scotland's most revered multi-instrumentalists - followed by a delicious three course dinner. Monday April the 6th at 7pm.
Mairearad (accordion and bagpipes) and Anna (guitar, banjo, fiddle) are a truly captivating duo, providing a highly energetic performance with an instantly warm and friendly stage presence.
Having played alongside each other for over ten years, they revel in an intuitive approach to each other’s musical ideas and interpretations, and an "almost telepathic communication" on stage (Hi-Arts), where they create “music more than the sum of just two parts” (The Scotsman), effortlessly showcasing the fruits of duo partnership to the highest level.
Now based in Glasgow, Mairearad and Anna both grew up in the Scottish Highlands amidst very similar musical backgrounds (most notably, mandolin playing Dads!), and so share an innate understanding of Scottish culture and music. As a duo they have enjoyed many successes, including five stars in The Scotsman and high praise from KT Tunstall, becoming a much-loved live act.
Their two albums – 2009’s eponymous debut, and Doubling in 2013 – have both met wide critical acclaim. Mairearad and Anna was recorded live, just the two musicians – the live double act – whilst Doubling features many layered tracks, building a more complex sound, though still just from the two musicians. At the heart of Doubling remains the live duo sets, intricately arranged and executed with symbiotic sympathy, enhancing their “must-see” reputation.
Both award-winners, Mairearad and Anna can also, individually, be seen performing with a number of well-known bands and artists; The Poozies, Blazin’ Fiddles, Bella Hardy, and Box Club, and together they join Scotland’s one and only Celtic Big Band, The Unusual Suspects.
“a superb instrumental duo” Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2
“You guys were killing it…amazing playing!” KT Tunstall
“...the camaraderie and sheer fun of musical collaboration is plainly evident and infectious.” Songlines
“full of energy and verve….first class” R2 Magazine
“An exuberant, beautifully recorded album…crisp, clean and crystalline.” fRoots
“The young Scottish duo of accordionist Mairearad Green and Anna Massie, on guitar and banjo…in sparkling style, performed largely original material with frequent playfulness of delivery… belying their formidable technical prowess, in music that seemed much more than the sum of just two parts” ***** (FIVE STARS) The Scotsman
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Composer of the Year, Scots Trad Music Awards 2009
BBC Radio Scotland Young Musician of the Year 2003
Nominee - Horizon Award, BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2005;
Nominee - Best Instrumentalist, Scots Trad Music Awards 2005, 2008, 2010
Feis na Mara 2013
Feis na Mara 2012
You can see the festival bus timetable here: http://www.feis-na-mara.com/pdf/feis-na-mara-bus-2014.pdf
Buses going round Mallaig, Morar and Arisaig! get picked up at the start of the night, and dropped off home. ... read all news and events
So here at Fèis na Mara HQ we have been busy putting together a fantastic CD featuring some of the brilliant bands who have been to play over the last couple of years. They were all super generous and donated a track for us to use, some of which have never been released before, so it's very special. You can buy it from the website for only £10 plus p+p (http://www.feis-na-mara.com/index.php/festival/buy-tickets-festival-shop).…... read all news and events
Looking for some more fun and music of an afternoon?
3 - 5pm, Saturday the 4th in the West Highland Hotel, Free entry:
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This year we will be expanding on our education programme with a Friday afternoon concert in the High School featuring Mànran amongst others, free for all schoolkids (and teachers!). There will also be gigs in The Steam Inn and on The Western Isles... more details coming soon. ... read all news and events
Tickets for this years festival will be going on sale on Monday 7th July 2014!
Buy your tickets here: http://www.feis-na-mara.com/index.php/festival/buy-tickets-festival-shop ... read all news and events
Get your tickets now for the mighty MANRAN.....
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