05 May 2018

The Celtic Sessions: Duncan Chisholm - The Gathering

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with Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill

This fantastic double bill brings together the two most lyrical and soulful fiddlers in the celtic music firmament and two of the world's very finest.

Duncan Chisholm has spent most of his life developing his unique musical voice, often heard with Wolfstone and accompanying Julie Fowlis, and most clearly on a series of sublime solo albums. His feather-light handling of dynamics and ornamentation, allied with his pure-distilled tone, produce a hugely distinctive magic in his music.

At the heart of this show will be compositions from his new album, Sandwood - inspired by the bay of the same name, situated within the far reaches of the north-west coast of Sutherland, which lays claim to hold the finest yet least accessible beach in Scotland.

Duncan’s assembly of musical masterminds, now well known as The Gathering, bring cinematic sound and colour to this new music and include Jarlath Henderson (uilleann pipes/whistles), Patsy Reid (fiddle/viola), Su-a Lee (cello) and Innes Watson (guitars). These musicians individually represent some of the finest talents on the traditional and classical music scene and collectively, with Duncan, present the new sound of traditional Scotland.

'Chisholm's beautiful playing - singing almost - of slow airs and that wonderful sense of joy he imparts in dance tunes...heart-stoppingly moving' ***** The Herald

'a typically choice selection of spine-tingling airs and fiendishly catchy dance tunes The Scotsman


Martin Hayes is rightly regarded as one of the most extraordinary talents to emerge from Irish traditional music in recent decades. His unique sound, his mastery of his chosen instrument, his acknowledgement of the past and his shaping of the future of the music, combine to create an astonishing and formidable artistic intelligence. His duo performances with Irish-American guitarist Dennis Cahill are utterly spellbinding, combining intensity and virtuosity with an almost telepathic understanding.

'in years to come, we’ll surely talk of having seen this man in the way others talk of Miles Davis or Jimi Hendrix' The Irish Times

'speaks with the soul of a poet. A remarkable artiste, the only one of his type' Sunday Independent

'heartbreaking musical washes of the deepest melancholy and moments of sheer, sparkling exuberance' Sydney Morning Herald


£19.50; concessions £17 (inc £1.50 booking fee per ticket)
Kids go FREE to this show - two 16 and unders go free with a paying adult, contact the box office on 01738 621031 to book.

Book all 3 Celtic Sessions shows at the same time and save!
Buy Eddi Reader/John Spillane (Wed 28 Feb), Hamish Napier/The Gordon Duncan Experience (Sat 24 Mar) and Duncan Chisholm/Martin Hayes/Dennis Cahill (Sat 5 May) for £45; concessions £40 (inc £1.50 booking fee)
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Venue: Gannochy Auditorium - Perth Concert Hall