In the latest of a series of highly successful digital events and broadcasts during Lockdown, from Tinto Summer School to Stonehaven Folk Festival, Simon Thoumire of Hands Up For Trad, organisers of the annual MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards & Scots Language Awards, is proud to announce an online concert with Gary Innes and Friends to help raise much needed funds for Folk In Crisis.
Set to entertain audiences online via a ticketed YouTube broadcast live from 7.30pm on Saturday 1st August, Gary will play his much loved music alongside friends Lochaber fiddler Ewen Henderson, who also plays in Mànran and Perthshire’s Ali Hutton on guitar. They will take questions from the audience at the end, and the evening will be a fun live experience, with tickets enabling people to watch for the week after too thanks to the joy and flexibility of digital events.
Organizing body, Hands Up for Trad was formed in 2002 and exists to increase the profile and visibility of Scottish traditional music through information, education and advocacy, and is currently supported by Creative Scotland.
Hands Up for Trad’s Founder & Director Simon Thoumire said: “It has been an exciting challenge to take an entire live music season online, and reach our audiences, industry and even deliver education programmes, fundraising to help offer support to the industry and ensure Artists are still being paid for gigs and performances in the digital space. I’m really excited to work with Gary on this fundraising YouTube Concert, which is set to be a fun, vibrant and lively evening for everyone.”
Highland born accordionist and MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards ‘Instrumentalist of the Year’ winner, Gary Innes has been performing and composing music for over 16 years. Born in the village of Spean Bridge in the North of Scotland, Gary is one of the founding members of award winning Scottish super-group Mànran.
He picked up an accordion for the first time at the age of 8 and has never looked back. Gary released his first solo album ‘How’s the Craic’ in 2005 and more recently his second solo album ‘ERA’ was launched at Celtic Connections 2017 to great critical acclaim, with Tim Carroll writing “ERA is more than one man’s reflection, it’s a view into the world of a master at work.”
Gary has also recorded three albums with his current band Mànran, as well as albums with Ewan Robertson and all-accordion group Box Club, and performed in over 30 countries worldwide. Adding another strong to his bow, Gary began presenting the longest running radio show on BBC Radio Scotland – the world renowned Take the Floor, taking over from the legendary Dr Robbie Shepherd MBE in 2016.
Ewen Henderson hails from Lochaber in the West Highlands of Scotland and has been naturally steeped in the traditional music and Gaelic culture of the area from an early age. Ewen started learning the fiddle at five years of age and has since then mastered an impressive array of instruments, having had the privilege of learning from many of the true masters of West Highland traditional music – Aonghas Grant Snr. on fiddle most notably – whilst also being influenced by his strong family musical heritage.
Though most commonly found performing with Mànran (the band he co-founded in 2010), Ewen has also been fortunate enough to play all over the world with a host of top Scottish and global cross-genre artists including the world-renowned Battlefield Band, with whom he toured for several years, and World Music pioneers the Afro-Celt Sound System.
Ali Hutton, from Methven in Perthshire, was inspired at the age of 7 to take up the bagpipes and rose through the ranks of the world famous Vale of Atholl Pipe Band. It was there that he was taught, alongside Ross Ainslie, by the late, great Gordon Duncan. He has since gone on to become a successful multi-instrumentalist on the Scottish folk music scene. His arsenal includes Bagpipes, Whistle and Guitars. Ali has performed and worked alongside some of the most respected musicians and bands on the scene such as Capercaillie, Dougie Maclean, Carlos Nunez, Deaf Shepherd, Clueless, Steve Forman, Salsa Celtica, and Shooglenifty to name but a few. During his apprentice years as a professional musician he was fortunate enough to become a member of the multi award winning bands Brolum and Back of the Moon, touring with them for several years across Europe and North America. Back of the Moon went on to win ‘Scottish Folk Band of the Year’ at the Scottish Traditional Music Awards in 2005, with their album nominated for ‘Album of the Year’.
The Folk in Crisis fund was established to offer much needed support to musicians and music workers from the folk music industry who lost income, gigs and bookings due to Coronovirus with partners Hands Up For Trad and Stonehaven Folk Club, and has so far raised over 60% of its target to support 68 people with grants of £250 each. For donations and details visit https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/folk-in-crisis
For £27.50 per household (incl. Booking Fee) you will be able to join the Live Concert Experience and watch anytime on YouTube for a week from 1st August, plus if you can – this ticket donates £5 towards the Folk In Crisis fund.
For £22 per household (incl. Booking Fee), you can join live, receive access to watch the Recorded Gig on YouTube for a week from 1st August.
Tickets priced £15.40 (incl. Booking Fee) are also available for households to join the Live Experience.
To book your Household Ticket please visit Box Office via: www.handsupfortradmusicclub.co.uk
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