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    Ailie Robertson : Iain MacFarlane & Ingrid Henderson : Maggie MacInnes : Sìleas

    Fri, 9 April @ 7:00 pm 9:30 pm BST

    Ailie Robertson                  

    Ailie will present a programme drawn from her repertoire of favourite tunes from the Scottish and Irish traditions.  She is also a prolific composer of highly original material, displaying “otherwise unimagined possibilities for the Celtic Harp“.

    Iain MacFarlane & Ingrid Henderson

    Together these musical stalwarts create a stunning sound, reflective of the beautiful, culture-rich West Highlands that continue to shape them.  Based mainly on fiddle and harp they combine years of performing experience and a genuine love and understanding of the tradition to produce a sound which leaves you enriched and enlightened. They bring an absolute joy to their live performances, complementing each other’s musical attributes with intuitive musicality. Stories and anecdotes about the melodies and humorous recollections enhance MacFarlane & Henderson superbly fluent, always expressive and engaging music.

    “Always a treat for the ears and the soul”

    Maggie MacInnes

    Maggie will be performing much loved favourite songs from her vast repertoire in the many albums she has recorded over the years to celebrate this special 40th anniversary of the Harp Festival.

    Sìleas (Mary Macmaster and Patsy Seddon)

    Mary and Patsy first met during a Clarsach Society summer school in 1977 and then again in 1981 in Edinburgh University’s Celtic Studies Department.  They shared a love of Scottish and Gaelic music and song and began playing together, sparking off each other’s ideas and composing their own pieces to add to the rich seam of Scottish music.

    After graduating in 1985, they toured extensively, releasing several recordings as Sìleas and with the groups Clan Alba and The Poozies. In Sìleas, the intricacy of their interwoven harps is heard in its most pure and beautiful form alongside the magical harmonies of their Gaelic and Scots song.

    Over the last decades they have inspired many, taking the clarsach to places “it may never recover from”!

    Supported by the Edinburgh Branch of The Clarsach Society.