14 November 2015
This event was originally planned for 11 September and was postponed.
Evening concert of Angus songs with Steve Byrne and Scott Gardiner.
From The Wild Geese to The Ballad of Flechy Eck, The Bonnie Lass o Cairnie to Yellow on the Broom, Steve and Scott perform the folksongs of the county, taking in the works of the great Angus songwriters and lyric poets, past and present. Including: Violet Jacob, Marion Angus, Helen Cruickshank, Jim Reid, Steve Inglis, Norman Buick and George Webster Donald.
Doors at 7.30pm
Image: Steve Byrne
From Arbroath in Scotland’s eastern lowlands, Steve Byrne has been immersed in traditional music since early childhood, and continues to write and arrange songs in his native Scots tongue. He is one of Scotland’s most sought after accompanists, especially for traditional song. Best known as a founder member of innovative Scots folksong group Malinky, and a trained ethnologist, Steve applies his deep knowledge and love of Scottish traditions to all aspects of his musical career, whether as a performer, teacher or workshop leader. He has appeared in Dr Fred Freeman’s live shows of the Burns series and the Hamish Henderson tribute ‘A the Bairns o Adam’. An experienced folk music tutor, he has taught in the UK and Canada.
Scott Gardiner is one of Scotland’s top traditional singers, and has been performing at concerts and festivals across the country since his schooldays. Brought up on a farm near Forfar, he is best known for singing the bothy ballads and songs of the north-east. Scott has a particular love of local Angus folk songs, and performs at many gatherings and festivals throughout the year. Career highlights include representing Scotland at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in the USA and winning the Bothy Ballad World Championship in Elgin. He was also nominated for Scots Singer of the Year award at the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards in 2014.
Lisa Simmons’ passion for the writing and lives of Violet Jacob and other Angus writers has been the driving force behind Hospitalfield’s writers event strand. Her inquiring mind, in-depth archival research and local knowledge make her the perfect host for this evening.
Simmons graduated from the University of Dundee with a MA in English and Education and has taught in wide range of learning environments, for the past fourteen years employed by the University of Dundee’s Continuing Education Department. She has recently completed a Post Graduate Masters Module in Sound and Vision Archiving, led an oral history project on experiences of WW2 in Angus and is a tenacious investigator in Scotland’s archives and collections.