Leading Bluegrass band at folk club

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MONTROSE Folk Club will present an evening of Bluegrass music next Tuesday in the Links Hotel, Montrose when the guests are New Redwing.

New Redwing are at the present time the leading band currently performing on the Scottish Bluegrass scene. They are now a family band since the members are Alan and Louise Mairs, together with their daughter, Hazel.

Alan was one of the founder members of Old Hickory, the most prominent Scottish Bluegrass band of the eighties. Louise joined Old Hickory in 1982 as bass player and lead singer. Over the next few years, Old Hickory performed at many folk and other festivals such as the Shetland Folk Festival and Mayfest in Glasgow, in addition to performances on STV. After the break-up of Old Hickory, Alan and Louise formed a new band under the name of Redwing with vocalist/bass player, Allan McMillan. Redwing made an immediate impact on the Scottish music scene, with their distinctive close three–part harmony singing and original Bluegrass material.

In 2008, New Redwing were born when Alan and Louise were joined by their daughter, Hazel. Since then, New Redwing have delighted audiences throughout Scotland with their close harmony singing and eclectic repertoire of Bluegrass, Gospel, Americana and acoustic music. Louise is a prolific songwriter in the genres of Bluegrass, Gospel and Americana. She has recorded many of her own songs on the Redwing and New Redwing Albums over the last 20 years. There are six Louise Mairs originals on the most recent release by New Redwing entitled Visions and Dreams. Although a multi-instrumentalist, Louise has recently focused her attention in New Redwing upon Dobro playing. In addition she has a powerful and plaintive vocal style, entirely suited to Bluegrass and Gospel music. Alan plays guitar, whilst daughter, Hazel, is on bass. All three contribute to the wonderful vocal harmonies of the band.

Everyone is welcome at Montrose Folk Club next Tuesday for what is certain to be a wonderful evening of Bluegrass music. Doors open at 7.30pm with New Redwing on stage at 8pm.