Friday 17th November – Queen’s Hall – Doors 7.00 pm
Graham Mackenzie and Snuffbox
Graham Mackenzie + Band
Highland fiddler Graham Mackenzie is originally from Inverness. He was twice a finalist in the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award, as well as being a finalist in the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year. In 2015, Graham was commissioned by Celtic Connections to write for the ‘New Voices’ series. His commission, titled ‘Crossing Borders’, was released as his debut album in September 2016 and has featured across BBC radio. Last year, Graham was nominated as ‘Composer of the Year’ at the Scots Trad Awards 2016.
Graham has performed with the ‘Grit’ orchestra, Greg Lawson’s orchestration of Martyn Bennett’s album Grit and also with ‘The Undivided’, a folk/jazz fusion project fronted by Mike McGoldrick and Neil Yates. He is also a founder member of new folk band, ‘Aizle’ who released their debut EP in January 2017 and remains the youngest ever winner of a Danny Kyle Open Stage award.
Snuffbox are an acoustic trio, based in Glasgow, featuring Charlie Stewart on fiddle, Rufus Huggan on cello and Luc McNally on guitar and vocals. Mixing traditional tunes with contemporary flair, as well as quirky, original material, Snuffbox melds old and new to create entirely their own sound.
Charlie Stewart is currently a member of Dosca as well as Techno Trad Collective Sketch and has won the final of the young Traditional Musician of The Year which took place during Celtic Connections 2017. Luc McNally – also a member of Sketch and Dosca is very much in demand as a player on the burgeoning trad scene in Scotland and Rufus – currently studying at RCS in Glasgow, is also very much in demand as a player.
Saturday 18th November – Queen’s Hall – Doors 7.00pm
Jeremy Kittel Trio and Patsy Reid
Jeremy Kittel Trio
Award-winning fiddler, violinist, and composer Jeremy Kittel has worked with everyone from My Morning Jacket to Yo-Yo Ma to Bela Fleck. The Compass Records recording artist is a master of Scottish, Irish, classical, jazz, and bluegrass traditions, and is gifted in fusing and revitalizing styles. A member of the Turtle Island Quartet for five years, he also performs as a guest artist with symphony orchestras and was twice featured on A Prairie Home Companion. Kittel performs with leading virtuosos Joshua Pinkham on mandolin and Quinn Bachand on guitar.
Patsy Reid + Band
Sixteen years ago, Patsy Reid made her Scots Fiddle Festival debut as a soloist. Since then, the Perthshire fiddle player has been in much demand as a session musician, collaborating and recording with the likes of Kathryn Tickell, Zakir Hussain, Julie Fowlis, Donald Shaw and Duncan Chisholm.
Fellow fiddle player Aidan O’Rourke of Lau said: “She has an accuracy and tone that many fiddlers only dream of. She has truly mastered her instrument and has developed a unique style, which seems to grow in depth and maturity each time I hear her.”
2017 will see her fourth release, The Other Side – her debut as a songwriter, which promises an exciting, new direction to her music.
Patsy is delighted and excited to be returning to the festival under her own steam once again, and will be appearing with her 4-piece band, featuring Ewan MacPherson, Signy Jakobsdóttir and Alistair Iain Paterson.
Scots Fiddle Festival Outreach Project – Opening this Concert
This group of young musicians from across Scotland will be working together towards performing at the festival. This project has been running for four years with great success, giving groups of young fiddlers an insight in being professional musicians in the form of arranging repertoire, recording and performing.
Sunday 19th November – Summerhall Dissection Room – Doors 7.30pm
Dallahan and Jenna Moynihan & Màiri Chaimbeul
Standing, more Informal Concert
Dallahan is one of the most thrilling forces in the international folk music scene; heavily rooted in traditional Irish music, but with hugely diverse backgrounds and influences. They call on their mixed Irish, Scottish and Hungarian heritage to create a unique and seamless musical montage, drawing in influences from jazz, funk, pop and classical music. Dallahan will push and pull you along on a musical journey, artistically transcending from tender and delicate songs from Transylvania, to relentlessly punchy Irish dance tunes littered with funk grooves and everything in between.
Jenna Moynihan & Màiri Chaimbeul
Jenna from New York & Màiri from the Isle of Skye combine to make contemporary music rooted in the melodies of Scotland and Appalachia. The pair met in 2012 whilst studying at Berklee College of Music and are a product of the thriving and rich Boston music community. Jenna and Màiri have both been heavily steeped in tradition, but their music breathes new life into old tunes and merges their wide-ranging influences into a sound that is at once grounded and adventurous. Their debut album, “One Two” was released in April 2017.