Tannahill Weavers Concert
Sunday, November 19, 2023
Doors open at 1:45 pm
Concert at 3:00 pm
Opportunity Presbyterian Church
202 N Pines Rd, Spokane Valley, WA
The Tannahill Weavers are one of Scotland’s premier traditional bands.Their diverse repertoire spans the centuries, with fire-driven instruments, topical songs, and original ballads. These versatile musicians have received worldwide accolades for their exuberant performances and outstanding recording efforts that seemingly cannot be bettered - yet continue to do just that!
Born of a session in Paisley, Scotland, and named for the town’s historic weaving industry and local poet laureate Robert Tannahill, the group has made an international name for its unique brand of Scottish music, blending the beauty of traditional melodies with the power of modern rhythms. The Tannahills are known for turning their acoustic excitement loose on an audience with an electrifying effect. Their unique combination of traditional melodies, rich vocals, and driving rhythmic accompaniment makes their performances unforgettable. They were the first Scottish traditional folk band to harness the power of the bagpipes into their repertoire and have never looked back. As the Winnipeg Free Press noted, “The Tannahill Weavers, if properly harnessed - could probably power an entire city for a year on the strength of last night’s concert alone. the music may be old-time, but the drive and enthusiasm are akin to straight-ahead rock and roll.” And as Garrison Keillor, the host of Prairie Home Companion, remarked, “These guys are a bunch of heroes every time they go on tour in the States.”
In 2011, the band was inducted into the Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame, and in 2021, Iain MacGillivray, also Scotland’s youngest Clan leader, joined the band with his exciting piper and fiddle playing. Iain, a fluent Gaelic speaker, has worked on exciting productions like Outlander and Men in Kilts and has performed for many stars and dignitaries in recent years. As the band celebrates the nomination of their 18th recording, Òrach (“Golden” in Gaelic), as album of the year and themselves as band of the year, they are firmly established as one of the premier groups on the concert stage. From reflective ballads to foot stomping reels and jigs, the variety and range of the material they perform are matched only by their enthusiasm and lively Celtic spirits.
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