The “Tradition Bearers” Concert celebrates the variety and richness of traditional song across the UK and sometimes further afield. Generally the singing is unaccompanied and the range of songs and styles showcases the diversity of the singers influences and sources.
Francy Devine : Born in London, he now lives in Howth near Dublin and is an executive member of the Musicians' Union of Ireland. He is also a member of Comhairle Bhéaloideas Éireann – the Folklore Council of Ireland – and President of St Lawrence Howth Pipe Band. A leading member in the Howth Singing Circle, he recently released a CD, with Steve Byrne & Friends, My Father Told Me.
Emma Spiers : Emma was brought up with folk song and music, and learnt songs like the Back O Benachie at a very early age. After a break from traditional music she rekindled her interest about 10 years ago. She is an excellent unaccompanied singer and she won the cup for Traditional Ballad singing at Strichen. She usually sings with her parents (the Spiers Family) so it is a treat to have her here in her own right.
Adam McHaughtan ; Adam McNaughtan is a former teacher and bookseller who has been involved in the Folk Revival since the late fifties as singer, researcher and songwriter. His special interests have been children’s traditions, songs of Glasgow and the interaction between print and oral transmission. At one time an Honorary Research Fellow in Scottish Studies at the University of Glasgow, in 2009–10 he spent a year at the School of Scottish Studies in Edinburgh as Traditional Artist in Residence. He was associate editor of Volume 5 of the Greig-Duncan Folksong Collection. He is also well known for many of his songs which have passed into the traditional repertoire, such as The Yellow on the Broom
A.N.Other - tbc
Concert will be hosted by Annie Reid