Perth audiences will have a second chance to see Made in Perthshire, the show specially created for the 10th anniversary of Perth Concert Hall, later this month.
Commissioned by Horsecross Arts in 2015 under the musical direction of two of Perthshire’s - and Scotland’s – finest young composers and traditional musicians Ross Ainslie and Patsy Reid, Made in Perthshire showcases their own music alongside other traditional and contemporary pieces with strong Perthshire connections. Made in Perthshire also features two more outstanding artists making waves well beyond their native county, songwriters Fraser Anderson and Lisa Rigby. A top-class band featuring Ali Hutton, Hamish Napier, Graeme Stephen, Signy Jakobsdottir and Ben Nicholls, a string section and a 30-strong choir complete the line-up.
Audiences will get the opportunity to relive the magic that Made in Perthshire created on its debut, with a special restaging of the show in Perth Concert Hall on Friday 27 January as part of Perth’s Celtic Sessions series. The show will then head west for a performance at Celtic Connections in Glasgow Royal Concert Hall on Sunday 29 January.
Andy Shearer, creative director for contemporary music for Horsecross Arts, the creative organisation behind Perth Concert Hall and Perth Theatre said:
“We’re delighted that Celtic Connections have chosen to include Made in Perthshire in their line-up this year. Not only is it massively well-deserved recognition for a truly exceptional show to be included in such a prestigious festival but it also gives us the opportunity to restage it in Perth and to offer local audiences another chance to enjoy a genuinely world-class live experience.
With Ross and Patsy’s pedigree and the quality of the band we put together I was never in any doubt that Made in Perthshire would be a great show but it completely exceeded my high expectations and was a wonderful uplifting night of music that was a fitting celebration of their talents and Perthshire’s vast musical heritage. While the core of the show is Ross and Patsy’s own contemporary compositions inspired by traditional music, there are also elements of rock, jazz and classical and some great song writing from Fraser and Lisa. One of the real revelations of the show was Ross’s emergence as a talented songwriter too with a couple of his new songs being highlights of the night.
“Appropriately for a concert commissioned to celebrate Perth Concert Hall’s 10th birthday, Made in Perthshire is genuinely one of the best things we’ve ever had in the venue.”
Patsy Reid said:
“I am so happy we are getting the chance to revisit what was a very special gig for Ross and I! We had our dream team of a band, who gave so much to the project and we can’t wait to get stuck into the music again. It’s such an honour to have been given the opportunity to curate this show with Ross, and to stage it at genuinely, one of my favourite venues in the country! Taking it to Celtic Connections is just the icing on the cake!”
Made in Perthshire is in Perth Concert Hall on Friday 27 January and at Celtic Connections in Glasgow Royal Concert Hall on Sunday 29 January. For tickets and information for the Perth date and the Celtic Sessions series click here or contact Horsecross Arts Box Office on 01738 621031 visit www.horsecross.co.uk. For Celtic Connections show info visit www.celticconnections.com.
The Celtic Sessions series continues in Perth Concert Hall on Friday 3 March with famous bagrockers Red Hot Chilli Pipers with support from local folk rockers and live favourites True Gents. Mànran and Elephant Sessions, both nominated as Best Live Act at the 2016 Scots Trad Music Awards, feature in a fantastic double bill of two young bands at the top of their game on Friday 5 May. And, there’s a chance for everyone to join in an informal session in Perth Concert Hall’s Glassrooms Café Bar after each show.