Contemporary Folk Music festival - Mallaig, Morar, Arisaig, West Highlands, Scotland

Coming up in Astley Hall:

The Fretless with Madeleine Roger

Thursday 9th May, 7.30pm

Four ferocious players, masterful composition, a genre-bending sound, and one incredible vocalist.

The Fretless transform fiddle tunes and folk melodies into intricate, beautiful, high-energy arrangements. Within what appears to be a simple and classical construct — two fiddles, a viola, and a cello — The Fretless create a sound that is distinctly rich, multi-layered, and uniquely percussive. This tonal quality is pushing traditional music to new heights, producing a completely fresh approach to folk music. Their live shows are infectious, dynamic, and impressively relentless.

In 2021, The Fretless released their most ambitious recording to date — “Open House” – a 10-track guest singer collaboration, featuring an astounding list of powerhouse vocalists that absolutely solidified The Fretless as an ever-evolving, truly transcendent group.

Building on this singer collaboration theme, the Fretless have recently been working and touring with the incredible singer-songwriter Madeleine Roger from Winnipeg, Canada. Her artistry as a songwriter can silence a room, uniting her lyrical prowess with breath-taking melodies that linger long after they are sung. Her critically acclaimed debut album Cottonwood landed multiple award nominations and her sophomore album, Nerve, will be released in 2024.

“plethora of thrilling moments” Songlines magazine

“in the elite category” fRoots magazine

“high quality, inventive and absolutely full of life and energy” RNR Magazine

“The Fretless have become flawless musical acrobats” Progradar

“Madeleine’s voice stays with you, reminiscent at times of a young Joni Mitchell” Mojo

Tickets are £14 / £12 online here or £15 on the door. Under 16s Free if accompanied by paying adult.

Kris Drever

Thursday 20th June, 7.30pm

Kris Drever is a Scottish folk singer/songwriter who has won multiple awards, including an incredible 7 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, two shortlist nominations for Scottish Album of The Year (with his trio Lau) and much acclaim for his solo recordings and concerts including glowing reviews from The Herald, The Guardian, Mojo and Q Magazine. 

His recent single “Scapa Flow 1919” was nominated for Best Original Track by BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards whilst his (John Parish produced) album with Lau, “Midnight and Closedown” was released in 2019 by Reveal Records to wild acclaim including being chosen in The Best Albums of The Year feature by The Guardian. 

Drever’s voice and guitar form a part of the backbone of today’s contemporary roots and folk scene. Hugely admired as a solo artist, collaborator, a phenomenal and prolific artist. Kris has collaborated with Cream’s Jack Bruce, Bela Fleck, Tinariwen, Joan As Police Woman, Jerry Douglas, Danny Thompson, Tim O’Brien, Sarah Jarosz, Shawn Colvin, Phil Cunningham, Rosanne Cash, Roddy Woomble, Eddi Reader, Adem, Kate Rusby, Julie Fowlis, Karine Polwart, Seckou Keita and many more. One of Scotland’s finest and most in demand musicians. 

“The folk revival has a new standard bearer” Q

“Folk Singer of The Year & Best Original Track Award Winner’’ BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2017

“Completely infectious” BBC Music *****

“Utterly stunning” fROOTS

“Immense yet ultra-supple sophistication, musicianship of the first order …a breath of fresh air” SONGLINES

“Guitarist with that bravely experimental trio Lau, Kris Drever has all the makings of a solo celebrity” THE GUARDIAN **** 

“Kris Drever is a serious talent” MOJO

Tickets are £14 / £12 online here or £15 on the door. Under 16s Free if accompanied by paying adult.

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