Auld Hat - New Heids to play in­ti­mate Com­rie gig

Strathearn Herald - - THE WEEKEND TICKET -

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

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