Auld Hat - New Heids to play intimate Comrie gig
Strath residents have the chance to hear Auld Hat - New Heids in the intimate setting of Comrie’s Rural Hall on January 20.
More used to playing in large venues, the four-piece folk group’s concert at the prestigious Celtic Connections Festival in Glasgow was a sell-out in 2017, and they also performed at the 2017 Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
In July 2017, the band released its first CD as a group ‘Auld Hat - New Heids Volume One’ but they have over 30 CD releases between them and have also supported acts on many more.
Auld Hat, New Heids comprises four very experienced musicians, including top fiddle player Pete Clark, who recently released a solo CD - ‘Niel Gow’s Fiddle’, to much acclaim, and accordionist Gregor Lowrey, who is very well-established and recognised as one of Scotland’s premier musicians. Gregor supports many recording artistes and features often on TV scores.
Songwriter Ian Bruce is on vocals and guitar and has one of the best traditional voices in the country. His album of the songs of Robert Burns called ‘Alloway Tales’ topped a poll as one of two of the best ever album releases of Burns’ songs.
And then there’s Auchterarder’s Fraser Bruce who has been involved in folk music since he was a teenager. The concept of ‘Auld Hat - New Heids’ is his. In the 1980s he sang with his brother, Ian , as Mrs Bruce’s Boys.
During that time they appeared on TV and radio, released three albums and toured extensively.
Auld Hat - New Heids is described as a show that remembers the days of folk clubs in the 1960s and 1970s. It is a show with plenty of humour and fun, sing-along songs backed by excellent musicianship.
The show has already toured theatres up and down the country and is heavily committed throughout 2018. It begins at 7.30pm in Comrie and tickets are available from Hansens Kitchen and via Eventbrite.
Folk Auld Hat - New Heids will be performing in Comrie on January 20
Santa special Roy MacDonald and Isabel Simpson of Friends of MacRosty Park with Graham Donaldson of sponsors Gordon & Durward