Tight harmonies from Scottish trailblazers

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The Tannahill Weavers, 
The Civic Centre, Uckfield, Saturday, February 21, 8pm

On stage at the Civic Centre Uckfield the Tannahill Weavers played reflective ballads to footstomping reels and jigs.

The variety and range of the material they performed was matched only by their enthusiasm and lively Celtic spirits.

The band’s potent mixture of traditional ballads and fiery instrumentals left the Weald Hall audience spellbound.

They performed with energy or authority and blended guitar, mandolin, bouzouki, fiddle, whistles, bodhran and pipes into a lilting product that was fine and enduring. In a world where good taste has become a scarce commodity, the Tannahill Weavers are a wealthy bunch.

Over the years the Tannies have been trailblazers for Scottish music, and their tight harmonies and powerful, inventive arrangements have won them fans from beyond the folk and Celtic music scenes.

Last year they were joined by innovative piper Lorne MacDougall, who comes with a high pedigree, having arranged and performed pipes for the Disney-Pixar movie Brave, along with a long list of other accomplishments.

The Tannahill Weavers music demonstrates to old and young alike the rich and varied musical heritage of the Celtic people. These versatile musicians have received worldwide accolades consistently over the years for their exuberant performances and outstanding recording efforts that seemingly can’t get better...yet continue to do just that.

This concert was staged by Graham Pope of gpmusicpromotions.

Words and pictures by Ron Hill (HillPhotographic)