Where: Queen's Theatre, Barnstaple
When: Fri 11th Mar
Voted Best Live Act 2013 and Best Folk Band 2012 at the Scots Trad Music Awards and twice nominated Best Band at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards; Scottish five-piece Breabach deliver a thrilling and unique brand of contemporary folk music that has earned them international recognition on the world and roots music scene as one of the UK’s most dynamic and exciting bands.
Breabach unite the talent of Calum MacCrimmon (pipes/whistles/bouzouki/vocals), Ewan Robertson (guitar/ vocals), James Mackenzie (pipes/flute/whistles), Megan Henderson (fiddle/vocals/step dance) and James Lindsay (double bass).
Since launching their career as winners of the Open Stage Award at Celtic Connections in 2005, the band have steadily moved from strength to strength, picking up accolades and performing at esteemed events along the way. The 2016 release of their fifth studio album, Astar (translating from Scottish Gaelic as distance or journey) sees them reaching new levels of their musical ambition and maturity.
They use melodic, rhythmic and harmonic ideas from the different countries they’ve visited to weave into their musical arrangements, but through it all, their Scottish roots remain at the core of what they do.
‘Breabach once again displayed all the artfulness, ambition and imagination that set them so decisively apart from the pack.’ Scotsman
‘Tempos are often exhilarating, and the ensemble interplay is fiery. The colours and textures are beautifully layered but spaciously uncluttered lending the Breabach sound a depth and definition that only strengthens its impact.’ Songlines
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