Anna Massie and Mairearad Green are the next guests of Montrose Folk Club in the Links Hotel, Montrose on Thursday, April 9.
As two of Scotland’s most revered multi-instrumentalists, Anna on guitar, banjo, fiddle and vocals and Mairearad on accordion and bagpipes, they are a truly captivating duo.
They provide a highly energetic performance with an instantly warm and friendly stage presence.
Having played alongside each other for over 10 years, Anna and Mairearad revel in an intuitive approach to each other’s musical ideas and interpretations. They have an ‘almost telepathic communication’ on stage, creating what has been described by ‘The Scotsman’ as ‘music more than the sum of just two parts’.
Now based in Glasgow, Mairearad and Anna both grew up in the Scottish Highlands amidst very similar musical backgrounds.
Most notably, both of their Dads played the mandolin so they share an understanding of Scottish music and culture.
As a duo they have enjoyed many successes, including Five Stars in a review in ‘The Scotsman’ and high praise from K.T. Tunstall for their ‘amazing playing’.
The two albums released by the duo, both the eponymous debut in 2009 and ‘Doubling’ in 2013 have both met wide critical acclaim.
‘Mairearad and Anna’ was recorded live with just the two musicians, whilst ‘Doubling’ features a more complex sound though just from the two musicians.
At the heart of ‘Doubling’ remains the live duo sets, intricately arranged, enhancing their must-see reputation.
Mairearad and Anna have both been award winners at the Scottish Trad Music Awards, the BBC Radio Scotland Young Musician of the Year Awards and at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.
They can each individually be seen performing with a number of well-known bands and artists, for example Mairearad as part of The Poozies, who are currently touring, and with Box Club and Anna as part of the Bella Hardy Band and the dynamic Blazing Fiddles.
Together they also join The Unusual Suspects, Scotland’s one and only Celtic Big Band.
Anna and Mairearad are the latest in a great line-up of guests who have performed at Montrose Folk Club this year.
The club meets regularly in the Links Hotel; its varied programme is aimed at bringing a wide spectrum of popular and acoustic music to the north east of Scotland, whilst also showcasing local talent.
Everyone is welcome at Montrose Folk Club on Thursday, April 9 for an evening of great music and song from two of Scotland’s best young performers.