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'This Is How The Ladies Dance' features a range of self-penned and traditional material.

The album draws inspiration from many different cultures and delivers a spirited, inventive blend of Gaelic song and melodic sets, on pipes, flute, fiddle, accordion, guitar and vocals.

Eabhal was formed while based on the Isle of South Uist in the Scottish Outer Hebrides.

The band were recently named Hands up for Trad, Battle of the Folk Bands 2018 winners at Edinburgh Tradfest and nominated for Up and Coming Artist of the Year at the 2018 Scots Trad Music Awards.

Megan MacDonald (accordion), Jamie MacDonald (fiddle), Nicky Kirk (guitar), Hamish Hepburn (bagpipes, flute, whistle), Kaitlin Ross (lead vocals).

Guest artists: Charlie Stewart - (double bass), Chloe Bryce (backing vocals).

'Full of energy and bold ideas but firmly grounded in the Scottish and Gaelic tradition, Eabhal are one of Scotland's brightest up and coming bands that continue to evolve our music.' - Angus Lyon (Blazin' Fiddles).
Upcoming dates:
  • Thursday 14th February - The Cumberland Arms, James Pl St, Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom
  • Saturday 23rd February 23rd - University of St Andrews Folk Festival 2019 - University of St Andrews
  • Friday 1st March 1st - Eabhal Debut Album Launch - Knoydart Village Hall, Inverie, United Kingdom
  • Sunday 3rd March 2019 - The Hug and Pint - 171 Great Western Rd, Glasgow, United Kingdom
Claire's second solo album ‘Those Who Roam’ is a blend of original and traditional songs under the theme of journeys.

The album showcases the versatility of Claire's style and repertoire, with some interesting stories along the way.

The album includes a booklet with all song lyrics.

Recorded, mixed and mastered at Castlesound Studios by engineer Stuart Hamilton alongside producer Inge Thomson.

BBC Young Traditional Musician of the Year title in 2015 this latest album follows on from her debut album 'Betweeen River And Railway'.

"Full of cocoa-warm traditional and original journeying songs." The Guardian

"A sublime album" Liverpool Sound and Vision
Upcoming Dates:
  • Sunday 10th February  - The Leonard Brown Show with Claire Hastings, Theatre Royal, Dumfries, United Kingdom.
  • Thursday 28th March - Those Who Roam Album Tour - The Corn Exchange, 126 High Street, Biggar, United Kingdom
  • Wednesday 3rd April -  Those Who Roam Album Tour - The Pleasance Cabaret Bar, 60 The Pleasance, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • Saturday 13th April - Those Who Roam Album Tour - Universal hall, The Park, Findhorn, United Kingdom
  • Sunday 14th April - Those Who Roam Album Tour - Lyth Arts Centre, Lyth, United Kingdom
  • Thursday 18th April - Those Who Roam Album Tour - Eyemouth Hippodrome, Harbour Road, Eyemouth, United Kingdom
  • Friday 19th April - Those Who Roam Album Tour - The Met, Market Street, Bury, United Kingdom
Upcoming Gigs
  • Thursday 9th May - Alexander's Live , Chester United Kingdom
  • Friday 10th May - The Bodega, Nottingham, United Kingdom
  • Saturday 11th May - Grayshott Folk Club, United Kingdom
  • Wednesday 15th May - The Cluny, 36 Lime St, Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom
  • Thursday 16th May - Gulbenkian Theatre, Canterbury, United Kingdom
  • Friday 17th May - The Night And Day Cafe - Manchester, United Kingdom
  • Saturday 18th May - The Garage, London, United Kingdom
  • Sunday 26th May - Biggar Rugby Football Club, United Kingdom
  • Thursday 30th May - The Liquid Room, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • Friday 31st May - Assembly Rooms, Wick,United Kingdom
  • Saturday 1st June - The Gathering, Inverness, United Kingdom
  • Friday 7th June - The Albert Halls, Stirling, United Kingdom
  • Saturday 8th June - Tait Hall, Kelso, United Kingdom
  • Friday June 14th - Montrose Town Hall, United Kingdom
  • Saturday June 15th - The Victoria Hall, Campbeltown, United Kingdom.
Christine Kydd is one of Scotland's leading, award-winning singers and recording artistes.

With wide-ranging tastes, Christine is well-known for her treatment of traditional and contemporary songs.

An accomplished singer, with a wealth of experience of traditional songs and ballads, she is an international traditionalist, her choice of songs rich and varied, but with a focus on the song culture of Scotland.

Christine was inducted into MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Hall Of Fame in 2018 for Services to pereformance.

Christine's singing has been at the heart of some of my all-time favourite folk albums. She's a commanding soloist, a brilliant harmony arranger, and an inspirational teacher." Karine Polwart.
An excellent fourth album from Mairearad and Anna one of the most talented musical collaborations in the traditional folk music world.

The duo have selected a splendid songs, tunes old and new showcasing their sophisticated musicianship and artistic rapport.

Almost ten years on from their debut album their artistic rapport is palpable which culminates in a thrilling

"Farran is rooted in an elegant sense of ship-shape simplicity, with not a single note out of place and each tune as uncluttered, clean, fresh and invigorating as a salt wind out to sea or the cold spray from a boat's prow. Add the obvious tight-knit musical telepathy, and relaxed ease of expression that exists between both musicians as they set sail with their eyes firmly fixed on new musical horizons and what you have is a simply wonderful album from two fine and versatile musicians setting their own course with the clearest sense of direction." Sharon Armstrong, folk radio.
Tour dates April 2019: 
  • Wednesday 10th April - Edinburgh Folk Club, Edinburgh
  • Thursday 11th April - The Black Swan, York
  • Friday 12th April  - The Ram Club, Thames Ditton
  • Monday 15th April - The Green Note, London
  • Tuesday 16th April - Dartford Folk Club, Dartford
  • Wednesday 17th April - Llantrisant Folk Club, Wales
  • Thursday 18th April - Kirkcaldy Acoustic Music Club, Kirkcaldy
  • Saturday 20th April - The Ceilidh Place, Ullapool
  • Sunday 21st April - Lyth Arts Centre, Lyth
 The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo 2019

The Greatest Show on earth commences 2nd to 24th August and takes place against the breathtaking backdrop of Edinburgh Castle, showcasing music, dance and display from around the world.

The theme for the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo 2019 is Kaleidoscope.

The 2019 Tattoo will capture the imaginations of the audience through a series of performances bold with colour and light, similar to the optical invention which was created by Scottish physicist Sir David Brewster in 1816.

As always the British Army are at the forefront of proceedings, complemented by the Massed Pipes and Drums, Pipers Trail, the Tattoo Dance Company and Hjaltibonhoga (Shetland Fiddlers), which are all confirmed to participate.

"Each Tattoo is planned up to two years in advance in order for us to build the creative concept and secure the most exciting international performers that draw in our audiences year on year.
2019's Show is all about light and colour. In 1816, the Scottish inventor Sir David Brewster was looking at objects through mirrors and he noticed how colours appeared in beautiful patterns. This was the inspiration for his kaleidoscope, a wonderful device that delivered symmetrical yet ever-changing images. In turn, our Show will celebrate the geometry, colour and movement of our military and folkloric performers in their constantly changing patterns; all accentuated by world-class lighting, projections, sound and special effects. It is a fabulous project."Brigadier David Allfrey, Chief Executive and Producer, The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

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