Adam Sutherland Band
‘… devilish, on-the-edge excitement and atmospheric, tender turn of phrase’ – Rob Adams, Sunday Herald
In a very crowded field, Errogie native Adam Sutherland (Treacherous Orchestra/Nae Plans/Session A9/Croft No 5) is one of Scotland’s most singularly gifted fiddlers. Entering a new phase of creativity, Adam is launching his much awaited second album at Celtic Connections 2018. As with his first album Squall, acclaimed for novelty and experimentation, all tunes are self-penned and in this case mostly gleaned from dreams. Waking in the middle of the night with a new tune is a recent phenomenon for the musician, and has happened so regularly that it has become the unintentional but undeniable theme of this new release, with the title Some Other Land referencing how Adam likes to describe the place from where his tunes originate.
Widely recognised for his high energy, captivating performances with such bands as high powered festival favourites the Treacherous Orchestra, Session A9, Peatbog Faeries and Croft No. 5, Adam has drawn together a genre-spanning quintet to showcase his all-new original compositions. Solidly under-pinned by John Paul Spiers and Iain Copeland on bass and drums, Adam’ s melodies are aided in texture and shape by John Somerville‘s accordion, Marc Clement on guitar and Hamish Napier on keys. Never afraid to wear his influences on his sleeve, Sutherland’s unique arrangements range from frenetic Scottish reels, through early 20th century jazz shapes to subtly Balkan diversions. This six-piece combine to deliver an evening of musicality that ranges from heart-warming to heart-rending, spine-tingling to spellbinding. Energy, inventiveness and craft combine to offer sonic joy.
Winner of Composer of the Year at the Scots Trad Awards 2017, Adam is a prolific and talented composer and has recently published his first tunebook The Errogie Collection – Volume One, a collection of his own Scottish folk tunes, written over the last twenty years. His tunes have been recorded by highly acclaimed artists and played in traditional sessions across the world, most famously Road to Errogie inspired by his lochside home.
Tickets: £11 each
Date: Sunday 15 April 2018
Doors open: 7.30pm | Music starts: 8pm
Location: The Traverse Bar, Cambridge Street, Edinburgh