Sunday 3 November 2019, 7.30pm
Winner of the 2016 BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award, and 2017 Scots Trad Music Awards ‘Up and Coming’ nominee, Skye musician and piper Brìghde Chaimbeul is one of Scotland’s fastest rising stars. A native Gaelic speaker, her style is rooted in her indigenous language and culture, but draws inspiration from a variety of piping traditions such as from Cape Breton, Eastern Europe and Ireland.
“Simultaneously ancient and modern, profound and direct.” – Folk Album of the Month – The Guardian
“A unique, exciting and forward-looking album that sets the bar for 2019 very high indeed.” – The Quietus
“Pure, vital energy... exceptional playing.” – Folk Radio
BRIGHDE CHAIMBEUL was the winner of the 2016 BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award, and 2017 Scots Trad Music Awards 'Up and Coming' nominee. The Skye musician and piper is one of Scotland's fastest rising stars. She has collaborated with many established artists, most recently including Ross Ainslie, Aidan O Rourke, Carlos Nunez and Martin Green. Growing up in a musical family in Sleat on the Isle of Skye, Brighde was no stranger to the sound of the pipes, and indeed the sound of music at home. Inspired by hearing the playing of Rona Lightfoot she began learning at the age of 7 with local tutor and award winning piper Niall Stewart.Brighde met pipe makers, players and revivalists Fin and Hamish Moore in 2014 where she was introduced to the smallpipes, and since has developed a unique style which has captured audiences across the globe. Mark Radcliffe of BBC Radio 2 described her playing as "mesmerising", and Tim Chipping of renowned music magazine, fRoots as "exceptional". She has recently released her debut album The Reeling, featuring Radie Peat, Rona Lightfoot and Aidan O' Rourke. It has been received with great critical acclaim including The Guardian's folk album of the month.
Jacken Elswyth is a London-based banjo player exploring traditional tunes, extrapolations thereon, and improvisational pieces for clawhammer banjo. Drawing on old-time Appalachian playing alongside American Primitive guitarists and English folk revivalists, Jacken adds drone accompaniments, extended playing techniques, and elements of free playing to push at the edges of these styles and traditions. She also runs Betwixt & Between Tapes, issuing limited-release tapes featuring her own playing alongside other folk, ambient, and improvising artists.