Aidan O’Rourke + Friends
For the first time we’ll be taking part in St Andrew’s Fair Saturday and we’re excited to be partnering with our friends at the Queen’s Hall to bring some of Scotland’s best musicians to the stage.
Award-winning fiddler, composer, producer and curator, Aidan O’Rourke (one third of Lau) is a pioneer of new sound in folk music who has redefined traditional forms. With roots in Scottish and Irish folk, Aidan was named Musician of the Year at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in 2014 and has released four solo albums. In his latest project, he wrote a tune every day for a year in response to a short story collection by James Robertson and recorded the resulting 365 tunes with Kit Downes, guitarist Sorren Maclean and harpist Esther Swift. ‘365: Vol 2’ was released in August 2019 and featured at the Edinburgh International Book Festival.
Aidan will be bringing friends to perform with him, including Skye piper Brìghde Chaimbeul (winner of the Horizon Award at this year’s BBC Folk Awards). A native Gaelic speaker, her style is rooted in her indigenous language and culture, but draws inspiration from a variety of piping traditions such as from Cape Breton, Eastern Europe and Ireland. Her debut album ‘The Reeling’ was produced by Aidan and was long-listed for the 2019 Scottish Album of the Year Award.
Also appearing is Transylvanian singer Lizabett Russo, who’ll be performing with guitarist Graeme Stephen.
More guests will be announced soon so keep checking back or follow us on social media for updates.
There will be an opening set by The Soundhouse Choir, who will perform ‘Songs from Scotland’.
£1 from each ticket and profit after costs will go to the Soundhouse Organisation.
ABOUT ST ANDREW’S FAIR SATURDAY
Fair Saturday started in Bilbao in 2015 as a global cultural movement with a social impact. Its aim is to highlight the essential role the arts play in shaping a better future for the world and to counteract the consumerism of Black Friday.
Scotland is now the first official partner country, joining Fair Saturday with our national day to create St Andrew’s Fair Saturday. The Queen’s Hall is proud to be an early supporter of the initiative.
The day after Black Friday, thousands of artists and cultural organisations around the world come together to showcase their talents, bring audiences together in a cultural experience and support social causes.
St Andrew’s Fair Saturday is a Scottish Government initiative which is being delivered by the Fair Saturday Foundation.
Presented in partnership with The Queen’s Hall.
Tickets: £16 each
Date: Saturday 30 November 2019
Location: The Queen’s Hall, 85-89 Clerk Street, Edinburgh