Last night I went to see the Poozies at the Queen's Hall. Its the first time I have seen them. Four inspirational women and last night they were joined by special guests Su-a Lee (cello & saw) and Signy Jakobsdottir (percussion). Sally Barker writes great songs and the I loved a pibroch written by Mairerad Green. Mary MacMaster plays the electro harp brilliantly - there were lots of Harpists there! Being a fiddler though, I was amazed by Eilidh Shaw's playing. How does she do it? Plays fantastically, in tune and manages to dance energetically through it all too. I really enjoy the mix of songs and tunes and came home inspired.
Also went to Duncan Chisholm's film Kin on Sunday. A wonderful record of life in the Highlands and Islands through a number of musicians' kin. Lovely old photos, and tape recordings of life around the late 19th and early 20 century. The soundtrack was played live by Duncan Chisholm - lovely. My daughter is a keen film maker and she was very interested.
Last week I saw the Wrigley Sisters. Loved their chat about Orkney - which made me want to visit. Very funny.
They are twins - although there is a "very important five minute between them". Fiddle and guitar/piano. Great playing with a few countryish tunes too.
Then there was Ross Couper and Tom Oakes. I think Ross Couper is one of THE most dynamic fiddle players performing at the moment. Just amazing and Tom Oakes matches him on the guitar. He also plays the wooden flute amazingly. Absolutely stunning. They do like to go off piste. Check out this YouTube video and then go and see them.