Pre­pare to be daz­zled by Poozies

The Oban Times - - LEISURE -

THE ever-ad­ven­tur­ous Poozies have toured world­wide in their 26 years, at­tract­ing recog­ni­tion and ap­pre­ci­a­tion for their eclec­tic choice of ma­te­rial, un­usual and ex­cit­ing ar­range­ments, and heart-tug­ging vo­cal har­monies.

Found­ing mem­ber Mary Macmaster from Glas­gow is at the core of the group, play­ing a glo­ri­ously fat, bassy elec­tro-harp, while long-term mem­ber Eilidh Shaw from Taynuilt is a beau­ti­fully hyp­notic and emo­tive West Coast fid­dler. A re­cent line-up change has seen the ad­di­tion of Sarah McFadyen from Orkney, who has a laid­back fid­dle and five-string banjo style akin to the North Amer­i­can old-timers, and Tia Files from Oban, who is a phe­nom­e­nal gui­tar player and per­cus­sion­ist, and can be pow­er­ful and driv­ing or em­pa­thetic and soul­ful as needed.

They play a daz­zling, joy­fully eclec­tic mix of con­tem­po­rary and tra­di­tional tunes with beefy, pow­er­ful ac­com­pa­ni­ment, while their per­fectly ex­e­cuted songs vary dra­mat­i­cally from Gaelic waulk­ing songs to old-time Amer­i­can, coun­try and pop.

On Wed­nes­day May 17, The Poozies will play their first con­cert in Oban, in the Stu­dio Suite of the Cor­ran Halls. The evening will kick off with a small group of stu­dents from Oban High School Tra­di­tional Mu­sic School, led by Sileas Sin­clair.

Tia said: ‘From first hear­ing the Poozies at Colon­say Festival and be­ing blown away, to then be­ing asked to join such a well- es­tab­lished, re­spected band was ex­tremely ex­cit­ing. I used to play in Oban reg­u­larly as a child and to come back so many years later as part of the Poozies is a night I look for­ward to im­mensely.’

Eilidh added: ‘It’s a long time since my Oban High School days but I’m hop­ing to see a few fa­mil­iar faces. Hop­ing to get a wee pint in the Oban Inn too – the scene of many fine ses­sions back in the day.’

The Poozies are also play­ing in Tober­mory, Muck and In­verie in May, along with other fes­ti­vals and tour dates through­out the summer. For more info and to buy tick­ets visit www. poozies.co.uk.

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