Gaelic mu­sic stars rally to the cause

The Oban Times - - Leisure -

The guest artiste at this year’s fid­dlers’ rally is the in­ter­na­tion­ally ac­claimed Scot­tish Celtic har­mon­ica player, Don­ald Black.

Be­ing a na­tive of Ben­der­loch, Don­ald has been firmly steeped in the West High­land bag­pipe and Gaelic tra­di­tions but his reper­toire ex­tends well be­yond this to em­brace the idioms of Ire­land, the Shet­land Isles, Cape Bre­ton/ Nova Sco­tia and main­stream Scot­land.

His in­ter­na­tional ac­claim ex­tends to tours of many coun­tries. Hav­ing delighted au­di­ences through­out the UK and Europe he has played in many venues from Kansas to Moscow. Don­ald is firmly es­tab­lished as ‘the in­stru­ment’s fore­most ex­po­nent in Scot­tish tra­di­tional mu­sic’.

His fifth al­bum, Bho m’ Chridhe (From My Heart), show­cases his skills with a well- cho­sen se­lec­tion of ma­te­rial from his wide Celtic mu­sic reper­toire. On this oc­ca­sion he will be ac­com­pa­nied by his long-time friend Don­nie MacKen­zie, from Lewis, on gui­tar and Win­nie McNi­col on key­board.

The rally is also delighted to wel­come Rachel and Emma Deans who are well known to Mòd au­di­ences both at the Na­tional Mòd and TV record­ings. The duet­tists are ex­po­nents of pop­u­lar Gaelic songs and will bring a new di­men­sion to Gaelic sing­ing at the rally.

Round­ing off what will be a great night is Mau­rice Dun­can, who will en­ter­tain the au­di­ence with his vir­tu­oso per­for­mance on fid­dle.

As usual the rally will be at­tract­ing vis­it­ing play­ers from all parts of Scot­land to join the lo­cal Strath­spey and Reel So­ci­ety, re­sult­ing in an or­ches­tra of around 70 play­ers.

As ever, the rally will be held in the Cor­ran Halls in Oban on April 22 and tick­ets can be ob­tained from the venue.

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