Mearnsong Concert stars

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On Saturday, (August 4), as part of the Mearns Connection Festival, the Mearnsong Concert features an exciting mix of musicians with Patsy Reid and Angus Lyon on fiddle, accordion and piano alongside American singer/songwriters Laura Cortese and Jefferson Hamer.

Fiddle player Patsy Reid is the youngest ever winner of the prestigious Glenfiddich Fiddle Championship.

At 17, Patsy was a finalist in the BBC Young Traditional Musician of the Year Award. She is a founding member of Scottish folk band Breabach, seeing them three-times nominated for Best Folk Band at the Scots Traditional Music Awards and nominated for Best Band in the Radio 2 Folk Awards of 2011.

At the Mearnsong concert, Patsy will be performing with Angus Lyon. Angus is one of Scotland’s most innovative and original accordionists, recognised for mixing his classical background with the Scottish tradition.

He is perhaps best known for his work with fiddle player Ruaridh Campbell. The duo have recorded two albums together; the latest ‘18 Months Later’ was named as one of Celtic Connections Classic Albums of 2007 and was awarded the Herald’s folk album of the year for 2006.

Laura Cortese’s album Blow the Candle Out where she delivers original and traditional songs with the unusual combination of fiddle, drums and voice, has received many plaudits.

Having made a name for herself as a teenager for her traditional Scottish fiddle, Laura has since grown into a thoroughly modern performer and songwriter who draws on her diverse musical influences including Otis Redding as well as the traditional Scottish ballads she discovered as a young girl in California.

Jefferson Hamer began playing gigs around Colorado in the early 2000s and toured the USA for a decade as a lead guitarist, singer and songwriter. He relocated to New York in 2008 and became immersed in the Irish music scene. Now based in Brooklyn, he plays both traditional and original music.

With such a wide and diverse range of talent from both sides of the Atlantic, this year’s Mearnsong promises to provide a stirring contemporary & traditional flavour to the Saturday evening concert.

Tickets £15, available from Isabella Williamson at the Grassic Gibbon Centre on 01561 361668 or through the website www.mearnsconnections.com