Hailing from the Isle of Skye, the Peatbog Faeries are the figurehead trailblazers of the Celtic Dance Music renaissance. Drawing upon a dazzling myriad of influences from traditional jigs and reels through jazz, hip hop, reggae and more, they take traditional Scottish music and bring it fresh-faced and breathless into the 21st century.
They have toured the world taking their inventive and unique brand of music and light show to audiences far and wide, never failing to fill the floor and delight the crowd. This is high octane Celtic dance music as you've never heard it before. Be prepared to dance. The Peatbogs have twice been voted "Best Live Act" at the Scottish Traditional Folk Awards, in 2005 and 2008. In 2012 the band were nominated for "Best Live Act" at the BBC2 Folk
"Nothing prepares you for the high octane music of the Peatbog Faeries. Powerful melodies are dextrously pumped out with a smart degree of techno attitude, while cross-rhythms ricochet over a heavy bass that hits you forcefully like a massive heart beat." THE SCOTSMAN
Famous the world over for inventing Techno Ceilidh, Acid Croft and Hypnofolkadelia, Shooglenifty's original and exciting sound has launched the band on an international career. A wild uptempo mix of trad talent and super funky phonics melding heritage and hedonism into one unbreakable whole.
Shooglenifty is one of Scotland's most unique musical exports, credited with being the originators of "acid-croft," a fiery and infectious blend of Celtic traditional music and dance grooves that band members describe as "hypno-folkadelic ambient trad."
Their fiery instrumental lyricism, pulsating with infectious rhythm and drive, creates a sound that is at once epic and inclusive, soulful and stirring; and commands a musical presence that takes the crowd by the hands and dances them on an exhilarating romp through unchartered and fiercely exciting new territory.
"This is tradition standing on its head... doing cart wheels and pole vaulting over every barrier in sight..." THE IRISH TIMES
Vin's career has spanned over 40 years of constant world wide touring which must make him some kind of elder statesman of folk. His songs were inspired by the folk tradition at the beginning of his career, they still are but have transformed into gritty social comment and life observations. He is renowned for his hilarious intros but for him his song lyrics are the crux of his performance.
Vin is the winner of BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards "Best Live Act" Award 2001 and 2007.
"Vin cuts through the bull, grasping those he meets firmly by the hand and shaking them up with a dose of laughter and tears. It's a true gift to be able to make us laugh and squirm at the same time, but Vin does both. He should be prescribed on the National Health." ENGLISH FOLK DANCE AND SONG SOCIETY
Take a group of the hottest contemporary fiddle players from Scotland, mix with some wonderfully sympathetic keyboard and guitar arrangements and you've got the award winning Blazin' Fiddles.
Like rare single malts, each member of Blazin' Fiddles draws the distinct flavour of music from their part of the Highlands and Islands. Blending solo and ensemble sets with the occasional insightful tale, they all come together in a fiery blend to excite your senses.
From remote village halls to the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall, fiddlers Jenna Reid, Bruce MacGregor, Rua Macmillan and Kristan Harvey are joined by Anna Massie on guitar/fiddle and Angus Lyon on keyboard to deliver a musically intoxicating evening for all.
"They made me laugh until I cried, and played some great music. If the Queen could knight them or something, it would be a good idea." TIM O'BRIEN
Karen Matheson is the unmistakable voice of Capercaillie and one of Scotland's foremost female singers. Her vocal talents have mesmerised audiences worldwide.Sean Connery described Karen as having "a throat surely touched by the hand of God" and Billboard magazine described her as "the finest Gaelic singer alive today", but this tells only part of the remarkable story of a singer at the forefront of the Celtic music scene.
Karen's career began as a child performing at ceilidhs in village halls on the west coast of Scotland.In 1984, she recorded with Capercaillie on their first album while still in school and went on to record nine albums with the band selling more than a million albums across the world and performing in over 30 countries.
As a solo performer, Karen has been involved in various projects of collaboration including the award winning BBC series Transatlantic Sessions, where she recorded tracks with Emmylou Harris, The MacGarrigle Sisters, Nanci Griffith, Paul Brady and a host of other respected musicians.
Combining superb musicianship with side-splitting comic genius, the New Rope String Band are truly unique entertainers. Elements of circus, clowning, vaudeville, slapstick and sheer inspired silliness are spliced with beautiful acoustic music from various world traditions, in precision-honed yet uproarious performances that have delighted audiences all over the world.
Equally at home in tiny village halls or on major festival stages, these maniac minstrels are now touring again as a three-piece, mixing up long time favourite routines with ever-evolving new material.
From musical tennis to deconstructed nursery rhymes, Python-esque absurdism to pyrotechnics and live interactive film, expect the hilariously unexpected.
Eliza Carthy is one of the most impressive and engaging performers of her generation. Twice nominated for the Mercury Prize and winner of innumerable other accolades over a 15 year career, Eliza has revitalised folk music and captured the most hardened of dissenters with intelligent, charismatic and boundary-crossing performance.
Bella Hardy's soaring and captivating voice inhabits her characters and spins her stories with an equal balance of strength and sensitivity. She presents folk songs in the best tradition, not as antiquated museum pieces, but as relevant and very human artworks.
Kate Young is Scotland's rising folk pioneer, leading an exploration of traditional and world music with an intoxicating passion and drive. Lucy Farrell began lulling the folk scene with her rich and honeyed voice when she left her Kent home to study the Folk and Traditional Music course in Newcastle in 2004.
Peter Knight's Gigspanner has been hailed by Songlines magazine as "another milestone in folk's rebirth of cool", but those in the know will tell you that there is more to Gigspanner than meets the eye.
Without doubt, a bedrock of British traditional music is to be expected from Steeleye Span's erstwhile legendary fiddle player. But, Gigspanner's musical reach flirts audaciously with Eastern European, French, Cajun, African and even Aboriginal influences, transporting audiences on a "blistering pace of a musical world tour" (Phil Widdows, Folkcast). It is appropriate then that author Terry Pratchett wrote that "Peter Knight can spin the world on his Bow"
Ultimately, the music Gigspanner produces confounds any attempt to label it, and it is that intriguing, indefinable ingredient that continues to inspire audiences of all leanings, bringing them back for more. As a trio they have successfully amalgamated the diverse sum of their parts, and have honed and polished a brand that is uniquely theirs.
Finding the perfect vehicle to showcase the breadth of his virtuosity, Peter's musicianship within the context of Gigspanner is a revelation to those whose only experience of his playing has been limited to Steeleye Span.