Winter Trad 2017 – Ross Couper and Tom Oakes – Innes Watson – Kieran Munnelly

Winter Trad 2017 – Ross Couper and Tom Oakes – Innes Watson – Kieran Munnelly

Winter Trad
Fri 01 Dec 2017
20:00 - 22:30 (Doors 19:30) (2.5 hours)
"It takes a certain, frisky confidence to name your debut album so simply, but after more than 1,000 gigs and folk festivals together, Ross Couper and Tom Oakes aren’t exactly rookies. The Shetland-raised Couper has long been skittering his bow across strings with Celtic band the Peatbog Faeries, while the Devon-born Oakes teaches traditional flute at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland; his intricate guitar-playing is a mere impressive sideline. These 10 tracks gleam with musicianship, featuring no guests and no overdubs, just the bright sound of two friends who know each other’s style inside out. The pace is often robust: Shetland Swing races and rages, while Sambuca explodes into feverish strumming in its middle, Couper tempering Oakes’ energy with his violin’s warm, direct rasp. The melancholy moments linger longer, though: Road to Loch is full of exquisite, sun-dazzled sadness, while the double-stopped drones of The Last Gasp, rather fittingly, breathe very beautifully."
The Guardian
"Fiddle & Guitar is a debut album that’s been a long time coming but fits perfectly what Ross Couper and Tom Oakes have been achieving with heir live sets for almost a decade. It’s an album that draws the listener towards the dance, but with gentle craft, rather than compelling pace. Their straight-forward, open approach to performance translates perfectly to the studio, probably because they’ve stayed true to the live sets that have delighted their audiences for so long. The very best of live, contemporary trad music, perfectly adapted for the studio"
Folk Radio UK
Book Tickets
_ Price: £12 / £10
_ Age Group: 12+
_ Venue: Main Hall

The main concert of this year’s Winter Trad Festival features a multi-award winning line-up with hosts of the weekend, fiddle and guitar/flute duo Ross Couper and Tom Oakes (4 Stars, The Guardian and a nomination for Best Album at this year’s Scots Trad Awards) Guitarist, Fiddler and Singer Innes Watson (Treacherous Orchestra and former Instrumentalist of the Year at the Scots Trad Awards) and flying in from Co Mayo in Ireland, Flautist, Vocalist and Bodhran virtuoso Kieran Munnelly (Live Ireland Musician of the Year).

Tonight’s concert will feature all the acts individually as well as exclusive collaborations for the show. Some more special guests are very possible too!

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