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Featured Artist: Pons Aelius
A long awaited debut album from one of the folk scene's fastest rising bands, Pons Aelius.

The band are based in Newcastle so appropriately named after an ancient Roman fort that stood on the banks of the Tyne

Their album showcases the sextet's expansive sound and unique approach to the traditional music of Britain and beyond.

With fiery bagpipe jigs to tender mandolin fronted soundscapes, and everything in between...

The band assembled a crack team to help them capture their enormous sound: acclaimed Piper/multi-instrumentalist Calum MacCrimmon (Breabach/ Man’s Ruin/ Tryst) was pivotal in the pre-production phase, whilst veteran audio-wizards Mattie Foulds and Stuart Hamilton were tasked with the mixing and mastering respectively.
Since winning a prestigious Celtic Connections Danny Kyle Award in their early days, Pons Aelius have spent the last two years tirelessly honing their sound on stages both at home and abroad, quickly earning themselves a reputation as one of the most exciting new names on the circuit.

"Our number one priority when we were making the album was to try and record as much of the energy of our live performances as we could". Sam Partridge (flautist).
"Bold arrangements and a rich and vibrant blend of traditional and contemporary folk music make them a must see band." Folk Radio UK.

"Intricate, expansive and wholly engaging." Tim Carroll, Folkwords.
Tour Dates:
  • 9th September - Schots Weekend 2017, Alden Biesen, Belguim.
  • 11th September - Colchester Arts Centre, Colchester UK.
  • 12th September -  The Kitchen Garden Cafe, Birmingham, UK.
  • 14th September - The Heart Of Northumberland, Hexham.
  • 15th September - Hootenanny, Inverness
  • 16th September - Adventure Travel Film Festival, Inverewe Gardens, Poolewe.
  • 19th September - Lyth Arts Centre, Lyth.
  • 20th september - Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh (w/Sally Simpson & Catriona Hawksworth)
  • 22nd September - The Globe, Newcastle.
  • 30th September 2017 - Allen Valleys Folk  Festival, Allendale, UK.
  • 12th December 2017 - St Boswell's Live, Melrose, UK.

A collaboration between talented composers and musicians Mike Vass and Mairearad Green.

A few years ago they decided to meet one day a month to write and play music together. However work commitments made this sometimes impossible however, the concept for their album 'A Day A Month' was born.

Mairearad and Mike are well kent in The Scottish Traditional Music scene have been friends for a long time and have played music together in various combinations over the years.

This album includes only Traditional melodies sourced from books such as The Gesto Collection of Highland Music, The Atholle and Highland Collections and The Moidart Collection.

The pair recorded the album in a small croft house in Mairearad's home village of Achnahaird, and have enjoyed discovering such a wealth of great meloidies to record and perform.
This album features the finalists and winners of the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year Competition 2016 and also 2015 winner Claire Hastings.

A mix of original material written by the finalists as well as traditional tunes arranged by the musicians under the musical direction of Anna Massie of Blazing Fiddles fame.

Mohsen Amini (concertina and 2016 Winner) Claire Hastings (voice and 2015 Winner), Hannah MacRae (fiddle), Jessica Burton (clarsach), Ryan Young (fiddle), Murray Willis (accordion), Robbie Greig (fiddle) and accompanist Jean Damei (guitar)

"We are delighted to once again showcase some of the brightest stars in Scotland's traditional music scene and I continue to be impressed with how such diverse artists work so well together. The album has an amazing range of material which brings out the talents of each of the finalists as well as capturing the spirit of the group so ably coached by Corrina Hewat and Anna Massie. I have no doubt the live performances will wow audiences across Scotland." TMSA Convener Fiona Campbell.

The 10th Colonsay Music Festival commences 13th to 20th September 2017.

A five day extravaganza of the finest traditional music from the British Isles and beyond

Line up 2017:
Karine Polwart Trio
Elephant sessions
Kathleen MacInnes with Mike Vass and Mhairi Hall
Iain MacFarlane, Ewan Robertson and Dermot Byrne
Anthony John Clarke
Mairearad Green and Mike Vass
Lorne MacDougall and Friends
Ryan Young with Jenn Butterworth
Keir Johnston Band
Machrins McNeills
Donald and Jen MacNeill

Also appearing on the 12th September:
Sophie Ramsay and Sarah Smout

A stunning debut album from Mark Tighe, who is currently an active member of the UK folk scene.

Matt was born in South London, with a London and South Trinidadian background.

He first discovered his love of traditional music and the fiddle listening to his parents' album collection: The Chieftains, Tom McConville and Pauline Cato in particular made a lasting impression.

After attending Cambridge Folk Festival and listening to traditional music live, he decided to learn the fiddle in earnest.

Matt has been a finalist in the Danny Kyle Open Stage at Celtic Connections and a semi-finalist in the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Awards.

His style of playing is influenced by Irish and Scottish traditional music.

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