Our headliners for the Spring Season 22 at The Traverse are, well, fabulous. We have some old favourites such as Old Blind Dogs, Chris Wood and Moishe’s Bagel, some young bands heading into the stratosphere, I’m thinking of Helena Kay Trio, Gnoss, Rheingans Sisters, Kinnaris Quintet and Fat-Suit, and acts that are new to us – Midnight Run and Calan. But what makes this series truly special is the calibre of our special guests.
We highly recommend that you take the time to check them out. They are:
Esther Swift, appearing with Chris Wood on Monday 28 March
Harpist, composer and singer Esther Swift is internationally recognised for her contribution to the pedal harp and her distinct compositions and songwriting style. She is a leader in creative collaboration in Scotland having worked with The Unthanks, Cherry Ghost, Jimmy Goodwin, Aidan O’Rourke, Matt Collings, Chris Wood, Siobhan Wilson, Kirsty Logan and Kirsty Law, among others.
A fierce and open minded work ethic, alongside a desire to create and celebrate new music keeps Esther in constant demand, both locally and internationally, as she embraces her diverse and unique career.
Eryn Rae, appearing with Calan on Monday 4 April
Borders musician Eryn Rae, who has been taught by Shetland fiddler Catriona Macdonald since the age of 7, is the kind of player who will blow you away with her musicianship and lightness of touch. At this year’s Celtic Connections she was crowned BBC Young Traditional Musician of the Year seeing off stiff competition from a peer group including Skye piper Malin Lewis and Inverness singer Saffron Hanvidge.
Now based in Glasgow, she is currently completing her last year at the Royal Conservatoire.
Roo & Neil, appearing with Rheingans Sisters on Monday 18 April
Roo Geddes and Neil Sutcliffe combine their shared experience across Classical, Folk and Jazz to create original music for violin and accordion. Based in Glasgow, their compositions are inspired by landscape and people and by the ways in which music can evoke a sense of place and community.
A duo of fiddle and accordion they are reminiscent of Greg Lawson and Pete Garnett of Moishe’s Bagel, equally exciting to watch, and still so young!
Hailey Beavis, appearing with Midnight Run on Monday 23 May
Hailey Beavis is a song writer and artist living in Edinburgh. Her debut EP ‘Whatever You Feel I Do Too’ was released January 17th 2020 on OK Pal Records.
The tradition of folk and storytelling is evident in Beavis’s stand-out lyrics, which are full of narrative, imagery and description. Her music maps the journey through the surrealism of childhood, stretching into insightful and vividly captured songs that deal with love loss and desire, with an overarching sense of self reliance and perseverance.