Monday 1 July 2019, 7.30pm
We are pleased to welcome a collaboration between cult Scottish folk singer Alasdair Roberts, French singing trio Tartine de Clous and Scottish fiddle maestro Neil McDermott.
One long weekend in December 2017, at the invitation of Bristol’s great independent cinema and social hub The Cube, the five musicians came together for a residency which resulted in the recording of the live release Au Cube (Okraina Records). The record, like the group’s live show, consists of interpretations of traditional French songs in resounding and joyous polyphony, plus Gallicised recastings of original songs and traditional Scots ballads from Roberts’ back catalogue, as well as the occasional slow air from the deft bowing hand of McDermott.
Harking back to both the French and Scottish folk revivals of the late 20th century, and from there even further and deeper into Europe’s musical past, The Auld Alliance is given new life through the careful and attentive craftsmanship of Geoffroy Dudouit, Thomas Georget, Guillaume Maupin, Neil McDermott and Alasdair Roberts.
“A masterpiece of the art of collaboration... you can hear centuries of musical heritage meeting, joyously informing each other, parting on the happiest of terms. The whole record functions as a buoyant rebuke of musical conservatism, a reminder of how traditional music can be a signifier not of cultural insularity but of mutability and variety” – Thomas Blake, Folk Radio UK.