Campbeltown (Doors 7.00pm) £20.00
Saturday Night Traditional Concert
Aly Bain & Phil Cunningham
Arthur Johnstone (MC)
Aly Bain and Phil Cunningham headline the Traditional Concert in their first ever performance in Campbeltown Heritage Centre. They will be joined Helca, a young 4 piece vocal and instrumental band who recently played a fantastic concert at Celtic Connections. They will open the concert with Arthur Johnstone as MC.
What more can you say about these two stellar musicians, now embarking on their 31st year of working together. Aly Bain and Phil Cunningham have established themselves as the epitome of excellence in the world of traditional music and have been described by Mike Russell as “probably the best traditional musicians you are ever likely to hear”. With their musical magic and quick-witted humour they will pull your emotional strings one moment and have you falling off the seat with laughter the next.
HECLA is a traditional music four piece band based in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland. Featuring Ailis Sutherland (pipes/whistle), Ilona Kennedy (fiddle), Chloe Steel (Gaelic Song) plus a guest guitar player . The band presents beautiful, crisp and energetic arrangements of traditional Gaelic songs and instrumentals and have performed in showcases at Celtic Connections, Piping Live, on Celtic Music Radio and are set to perform at the award winning HebCelt Festival in July 2017.
The band takes its name from Hecla – the beautiful and enigmatic hill in South Uist, which can be seen from Lews Castle College where some of the band members are completing the BA (Hons) in Applied Music with the University of the Highlands and Islands
ARTHUR JOHNSTONE appearance this year will be his 25th as he has been MC and sang at every traditional Saturday night concert since the Festival began. A hugely popular character Arthur, a founder member of “The Laggan”, returns to compere the Saturday evening Traditional Concert.