Headlining this high energy concert at Usher Hall are Skerryvore, Peatbog Faeries and Bombskare, an amazing line up of traditional music from Scotland coming together to celebrate World Fair Trade Day and Scotland as a Fair Trade Nation.
'A great bunch of guys and superb live - really infectious and hard not to get swept up in what they do' Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2 on Skerryvore
'Nothing prepares you for the high octane music of the Peatbog Faeries. Powerful melodies are dextrously pumped out with a smart degree of techno attitude, while cross-rhythms ricochet over a heavy bass hits you forcefully like a massive heart beat' The Scotsman
'...live shows are so energetic and entertaining, it’s no wonder every festival in the land wants to book them' AAA Edinburgh on Bombskare
Concert organised by social action events company Hand Up Events, who platform fair & ethical trade through concerts and consumer events. Thanks to Usher Hall, the City of Edinburgh Council and Scottish Fair Trade Forum for supporting this exciting line up celebration concert on World Fair Trade Day.
Skerryvore - Artist Bio
Take two brothers, Daniel (Accordion) and Martin Gillespie (pipes, whistles and accordion), steeped in the Scottish west coast ceilidh tradition on the Isle of Tiree, and add in friends Fraser West (drums) and Alec Dalglish (guitar and vocals), with a background in brass bands, wind bands, jazz bands, and with blues, folk and country influences, and you have the 2005, embryonic Skerryvore.
Fast forward 12 years, add Craig Espie (fiddle) and Jodie Bremaneson (bass), bring in your album producer Alan Scobie on Keyboards and mix in the Glasgow music scene – from University Applied Music courses and Traditional Music courses at the Royal Conservatoire to sell out gigs at O2 ABC – and you have a band that has already won Scottish Traditional music’s ‘Live Act of the Year’ in 2011 – they were to win it again in 2016 – and who, rightly, celebrated their decade by launching their own 6000 capacity festival.
Their latest album and world tour took their high energy, musically expansive set not just throughout UK and Europe, but also to USA, Canada and Australia.
Skerryvore represent the best in contemporary Scottish traditional music, with a growing fanbase worldwide and with the promise of much more to come.
Twice winners of Scotlands Traditional Music Live Act of the Year Award in 2011 & 2016
Peatbog Faeries - Artist Bio
Hailing from the Isle of Skye, this year celebrating 31 years, from the moment they take to the stage, the mood is set for a no-nonsense feel-good atmosphere – each number sounding like an encore in itself. They tease unlikely combinations from the familiarity of instruments such as fiddle and highland pipes – blending with techno rhythms and soaring sounds and take this to another plain. The traditional styles that influence the musicians are still to be heard – and when an unexpected drop-down to those glorious core melodies sneaks in – the result is spine-chilling! In short, it rocks – and the audience becomes part of the experience.
Bombskare - Artist Bio
Introducing the bishops of bounce, the sorcerers of skank, the undisputed masters of Scottish death reggae, the one and only Bombskare - the closest thing you'll see to an actual northern powerhouse.
This nine headed ska demon has been tearing up stages the length and breadth of the British Isles since before The Crusades. Reaching zero to sixty skanking miles from a standing start, they combine top quality dance-along songs with incredible punctuality - leaving every stage like Tokyo following a visit from Godzilla.
Renowned for their technical prowess as much as their infectious ska anthems, they combine lush, three-part harmonies with choppy guitar attacks and an explosive horn section to truly blow the audience away.
One thing these guys know about getting a crowd to dance is everything..
Over 14's only. Under 16's with an adult 18+
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Please note this is a Standing Event. A limited number of unreserved seats will be available. Please come early to avoid disappointment. It is not possible to reserve seats.