Gaelic music stars rally to the cause
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.