The Saturday night concert was fantastic with stunning performances from all of the musicians and a great ceilidh afterwards. More photos to follow but a quick one of Rura to kick things off.
This is a great chance to play, sing, dance and learn from some of the fantastic musicians that are on Islay this weekend. Options include fiddle, whistle, accordion, guitar, Gaelic song and step-dance.
If you are interested please register by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Soup and sandwiches will be available for lunch.
The workshops cost £10 for adults and £3 for children.
Just announced for The Islay Sessions 2012
THE DUO – BRACE OF WHISTLES
Hamish and Marc first met 8 years ago in Glasgow, when Hamish visited Marc’s flat for a whistle lesson! Two self-confessed nerds of Scottish whistle playing, Hamish and Marc put on a show of mighty Scottish traditional tunes as well as original compositions hot off the press! Each whistler take turns to accompany one another on either piano or bouzouki, and there is always scope for the unique chance of hearing a rare thing indeed: a brace of Scottish whistles! hearing a rare thing indeed: a brace of Scottish whistles!
Originally from Strathspey in the Scottish Highlands, Hamish Napier plays piano, flute, whistle and sings. He was a finalist in the ‘Young Scottish Traditional Musician of the Year Award’ and was nominated for ‘Best Up and Coming Artist’ at the Scots Trad Awards. For seven years he played with award-winning folk quartet Back of the Moon, touring extensively throughout Europe, Canada, and the USA. Hamish has recorded on over a dozen Scottish traditional albums, with leading Scottish musicians such as Donald Shaw, Martyn Bennett and Eddi Reader. He has collaborated with many of Scotland’s finest folk musicians, performing at major UK folk festivals, and appearing on national TV and radio. As a graduate in Applied Music from the University of Strathclyde, Hamish earned a scholarship to the Berklee College of Music to study jazz piano. He currently lectures in piano, composition, ensemble playing and music theory on the BA Scottish Music course at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. The Hamish Napier Quartet – Hamish’s folk/jazz cross-over group – have performed at Celtic Connections, and Hamish also plays flutes and sings in Scottish folk/funk fusion group Man’s Ruin.
Born in Ontario, Canada and raised in Argyll, Scotland, Marc was a founder member of the Scottish band Capercaillie with whom he recorded 7 albums which have sold over a million copies and included the first Gaelic, Top 40 single. His four year performance degree at the Guildhall School of Music in London added to Marc’s eclectic taste in music. Since leaving Capercaillie in 1995 to pursue his own career, he has worked with many prominent artists. Recently he has toured in Scotland with Dr Fred Freeman, presenting a series of workshops in connection with Linn Records ”The Complete Songs Of Robert Burns” series. In addition to live performances, Marc is currently researching and teaching. Marc was a nominee for BBC Alba’s Trad Music Awards, ‘Traditional Musician Of The Year’, in 2008.
After last year’s memorable success with the inaugural Islay Sessions traditional music event, it’s back for 2012 with a line up and a programme to sing for and dance to.
Running over three days, from Friday 16th to Sunday 18th November, the event will feature traditional music sessions in hotels across Islay, a workshop on the Saturday morning and a grand concert ceilidh in Bruichladdich Hall on the Saturday night.
The musicians playing in the sessions include:
Rura - This is a band [above] that manages to include no less than three Young Traditional Musician of the Year finalists as well as an All Ireland Bodhran Champion. Their collective talent was recognised in the MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards where they won Best Up and Coming Artist in 2011. Since then, their debut album ‘Break it up’ has created a buzz throughout the traditional music scene with its tight instrumentals and stunning vocals.
Maeve MacKinnon – After the success of her first album and award of Best Up and Coming Artist in 2007, Maeve [below right] has gone from strength to strength. Her repertoire spans Gaelic and English-language material; both traditional and contemporary. She’s won acclaim for the eloquent emotional connection she forges with every song and for her music’s dynamic interplay of boldness and sensitivity. Her eagerly-awaited follow-up, Once Upon an Olive Branch, marks her first public foray into songwriting.
Findlay Napier and Gillian Frame – These two [above left] are a very exciting addition to the line-up. Findlay Napier is heavily influenced by the music of Elvis Costello and Loudon Wainwright III. He delivers upbeat musical vignettes on a host of subjects that range from love sick librarians and dumb struck magicians to peeping toms and guilty johns all dispatched in his native accent. Nominated as Songwriter of the year in the 2010 MG Alba Music Awards, he is a writer and performer of increasingly impressive stature.
Gillian Frame is a fiddle player and singer from the Isle of Arran with a passion for performing and teaching. She was the inaugural winner of the Young Scottish Traditional Musician Award and a founding member of the band Back of the Moon with whom she toured for seven years, seeing them win various accolades including Best Up and Coming Act followed by Best Folk Band at the Scots Trad Music Awards. As a performer Gillian has worked with acts such as The Unusual Suspects, Deaf Shepherd and Breabach.
The Maverick Angels – The band [above] is returning again this year having enjoyed last year’s Islay Sessions so much. This year it will be performing at the grand concert ceilidh and promises a distinctive style of modern ceilidh music which is sure to get everyone up on the dance floor. They will be have well known faces from around Islay with them on the programme.
- Friday 16th November – PM Sessions in Bars/Hotels across Islay
- Saturday 17th November – AM Workshops (fiddle, whistle, accordion, guitar)
- Saturday 17th November – PM Grand Concert followed by Ceilidh at Bruichladdich Hall
- Sunday 18th November – Lunchtime Sessions in Bars/Hotels across Islay
Due to popular demand, Islay Sessions T-Shirts can now be ordered online from www.streetshirts.co.uk/islaysessions
A small donation (15% of the price) is made to the Islay Sessions on each item purchased.
On Saturday 16th June, Skye band Niteworks take to the stage at the Ramsay Hall in Port Ellen as a fundrasier for the Islay Sessions. They are certain to liven up the weekend with their fusion of pipes, whistles, gaelic vocals and electronic influences.
“With a great mix of trad and dance, this young Skye band are sure to be festival favourites!” says Innes Hutton of trad music legends the “Peatbog Faeries”.
Niteworks comprise of Innes Strachan (Vocals), Allan Macdonald (Pipes), Ruairidh Graham (Drums) and Christopher Nicolson (Bass guitar).
The evening will include both live performances and their own DJ sets combining folk and electronica. Not to be missed!