Shawfest

The Oban Times - - Letters -

SHAWFEST is a new fes­ti­val based in Partick.

Named in hon­our of Fraser Shaw, the piper from Is­lay who died of MS ear­lier this year, the fes­ti­val boasts a range of ac­tiv­i­ties for peo­ple of all ages.

Pro­ceeds will go to­wards The Fraser Shaw Trust - wwwfraser­shawtrust.com - which was set up to raise funds for a book and CD of Fraser’s work and to help de­velop new tal­ent and ar­range tra­di­tional mu­sic ses­sions.

All the trust’s prof­its will go to MS char­i­ties.

Shawfest opens on Satur­day Septem­ber 12 in St Peter’s Hall, Chan­cel­lor Street, Partick, with what looks to be a fan­tas­tic night of mu­sic.

Tak­ing to the stage that night will be Talisk, Mohsen Amini, con­certina, Hay­ley Keenan, fid­dle, and Craig Irv­ing, guitar, who are inspired by a blend of Scot­tish and Ir­ish folk mu­sic.

Since its for­ma­tion in Au­gust last year, Talisk has won the BBC Ra­dio 2 Young Folk Award, per­formed live in ses­sion on BBC Ra­dio 2 and won a cov­eted Danny Kyle Award at Celtic Con­nec­tions 2015.

The band has also per­formed live at some of Bri­tain’s big­gest fes­ti­vals in­clud­ing Cam­bridge Folk Fes­ti­val, Celtic Con­nec­tions and Fair­port Con­ven­tion’s Cro­predy Fes­ti­val.

Also on the bill that night is Han­nah Beaton, pro­vid­ing Gaelic songs, ac­com­pa­nied by Innes Wat­son on guitar.

Gràinne Brady and Tina Jor­dan

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