Paul Anderson & Scott Gardiner; A Celebration of Robert Burns and other Scottish traditional folk music
Music - Fri 1st Feb | Droichead Arts Centre Cafe/Bar | Tickets €12/€10
Robert Burns night has been part of the Scottish Culture for over 200 years as a means of commemorating their best loved bard on the 25th January. Although we’ve missed the birth date by a week we are very keen to celebrate this year, especially considering the strong connection with Co. Louth. To celebrate traditional Scottish music in style we’re delighted to welcome two very talented and highly acclaimed musicians both from the North East of Scotland. Their playing will capture the beauty of Scot Gaelic ballads and tunes.
Due to illness, Shona Donaldson will no longer perform with Paul Anderson on Friday night and instead will be replace by one of Scotland's top top traditional singers
Scott Gardiner is one of Scotland’s top traditional singers, and has been performing at concerts and festivals across the country since his schooldays. Brought up on a farm near Forfar, he is best known for singing the bothy ballads and songs of the north-east, many of which he learned from Tam and Anne Reid of Cullerlie, Aberdeenshire. He performs at many gatherings and festivals throughout the year. Scott has a particular love of local Angus folk songs. Career highlights include representing Scotland at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in the USA and winning the Bothy Ballad World Championship in Elgin in 2003.
Already something of a legend in the time honoured fiddle tradition of Scotland; Paul Anderson is the finest Scots fiddler of his generation. He is already something of an icon in Scotland, a fact duly recognised by two specially commissioned portraits of him, a life size one in Aberdeen Art Gallery and a study which is in the care of the National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh.During his competitive career Paul won most of the traditional fiddle championships in Scotland and in 1995 won Scotland’s premier fiddling event, the Glenfiddich Scottish fiddle championship which is held each year at Blair Castle.
In the tradition of many of Scotland’s great fiddler’s, Paul is a composer of some repute, having composed over 300 pieces in the Scots style. A regular on Scottish T.V and radio, Paul has toured extensively and recorded eight solo albums and over forty albums with artists like Pallas, Rock Salt and Nails, The Cutting Edge and the Banchory Strathspey and Reel Society