Event type: All Ages / Licensed
Ailie Robertson is a musician in the broadest sense: composer, arranger, teacher, improviser and harp virtuoso. Reknowned Irish flautist Niall Keegan wrote: “Her synthesis of Irish, Scottish and contemporary harping technique into an individual style represents the realization of otherwise unimagined possibilities for the Celtic harp." Ailie grew up in Edinburgh, Scotland, and was immersed in the harp world from an early age. She began playing the clarsach (Scottish harp) when she was eleven years old and through her piano and clarsach lessons she developed a love for both classical and traditional music. Ailie has some of the most impressive credentials in the Scottish harp world. A 5-time National Mod Gold Medalist, she was also 1st prizewinner at the inaugural London Harp Competition, and best overall musician at the Edinburgh Competition Festival. She has represented Commun na Clarsach for Scotland at the Pan Celtic Festival in Ireland, and in 2005 she was awarded a scholarship from the ESU in recognition of her ‘virtuosic clarsach playing’, and was a winner of the St Albans New Roots award. She was the winner of the Live Ireland award for ‘Instrumental Cut of the Year’ for her debut album ‘First Things First’. In 2009 she was nominated for ‘Up and Coming Artist of the Year’ in the BBC Alba Scots Trad Music Awards. Ailie is in great demand as a teacher around the world, and has published six books of harp music. She has performed all around globe, and is recognised for her unique fusion of Scottish, Irish and contemporary styles. She performs regularly as a member of the pan-Celtic group The Outside Track. Mairi Rankin is one of the hugely influential Rankin Family – legends on the Canadian music scene – she plays fiddle, sings and also step-dances up a storm. Born in Mabou, Nova Scotia, Mairi has been influenced by some of the best Cape Breton traditional musicians and instructors on the island. She has developed her own unique style by being immersed in such a rich musical culture. She has toured nationally and internationally as a solo artist, a sideman and is a member of the Cape Breton Celtic super group Beolach. She has performed with the Rankin Sisters, Unusual Suspects and Bruce Guthro to name but a few. Mairi has recorded one solo album, two CDs with Beolach and has been featured on numerous compilations and recordings. She also performs regularly as a member of the pan-Celtic group The Outside Track.
Cutoff is Sunday, December 11, 2016 4:29 pm EST unless it sells out earlier.