Barluath to guest at Montrose Folk Club

The guests at Montrose Folk Club on Tuesday, August 27 are the exciting young folk band, Barluath.
The guests at Montrose Folk Club on Tuesday, August 27 are the exciting young folk band, Barluath.

The autumn season continues at Montrose Folk Club on Tuesday with a guest appearance of Barluath in the Links Hotel, Mid Links, Montrose.

Barluath are a very exciting young folk band who embrace both the traditional and contemporary music of Scotland, Ireland and America.

The band consists of five young musicians who met whilst studying at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and has a line-up featuring Scottish and Gaelic song, fiddle, whistles, guitar, bagpipes, bouzouki and keyboards.

One reviewer of a concert which Barluath played in Washington DC compared Barluath to The Chieftains and the Boys of the Lough, describing them as a new folk band of virtuosos who can mix the lyrical and boisterous with absolute mastery.

Another reviewer of the first CD released by Barluath compared the band to Clannad and also likened their fantastic singer, Ainsley Hamill, to American vocalists, such as Norah Jones and Crystal Gayle.

This reviewer described the speed of vocal delivery as almost rap-like and the use of percussion as adding a modern quality to the performance.

The vocalist in the band, Ainsley Hamill, is an outstanding singer of Scottish, American and Gaelic folk song, who is certainly destined for a glittering career.

The other members of the band are Alistair Patterson on piano, pipes and vocals, Colin Greeves on pipes, whistles and clarinet, Edward Seaman, who plays pipes, whistles, mandolin and bouzouki, and Eilidh Firth, from Dundee, on fiddle, piano and vocals.

Barluath, who formed in 2010, were invited to Washington DC., USA in November, 2011 as part of the Scottish Government’s St Andrew’s Day celebrations in the USA, culminating in performances at the National Museum of Women in the Arts and the British Embassy.

At Celtic Connections 2012, Barluath were winners of the prestigious Danny Kyle Open Stage Award.

They followed this up with their own slot at the 2013 Festival. The band released their debut album entitled “Source” on the Alliance Record label in September, 2012 to widespread critical acclaim.

Everyone, who enjoys exciting modern Scottish music should not miss the appearance of Barluath at Montrose Folk Club next Tuesday.

The band will be on stage at 8 p.m. with the doors at the Links Hotel open at 7.30 p.m.

Montrose Folk Club presents regular folk music concerts every second Tuesday evening throughout the year, with occasional extra concerts and short breaks in July and at the festive season.

The programme is aimed at bringing the audience a wide spectrum of popular and acoustic music. The foundation is mainstream folk music, both traditional and contemporary, and the club also stages blues performers, new country music and contemporary songwriters.

The club is a great place to enjoy listening to folk music and sometimes there are opportunities to take part as a guest.

It’s a relaxed, friendly environment and normally there is a chance to chat to the artists. You don’t have to be a member to attend, so go along and have a great evening.

Any Performers or agents for performers who wish to enquire about obtaining a booking to appear at Montrose Folk Club should either e-mail Kenneth@tduncan.com or telephone the club organiser, Ken Bruce, on either 01674 830658 or 01674 672533.

Full details of this year’s programme, as well as contact details and background on the club, are available from www.linkshotelmusic.com