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Scottish Ensemble is thrilled to join creative collaborators Chris Stout and Catriona McKay for a varied and eclectic evening of music as part of this year’s celebrated Celtic Connections festival (18 Jan – 4 Feb 2018).
Following November’s release of their new duo album Bare Knuckle, Shetland fiddler Chris Stout and harp trailblazer Catriona McKay are presenting an unprecedented meeting of disparate musical worlds, highlighting their myriad musical adventures since 2010’s previous release, White Nights.
Our ongoing relationship with the duo dates from our collaboration on Sally Beamish’s Seavaigers, premièred at Celtic Connections 2012. Beamish’s double concerto for fiddle, Scottish harp and string orchestra comprises three movements – Storm, Lament and Haven – which take the listener on a powerful journey across the treacherous, stormy waters of the east coast of Scotland.
We’re very excited to share the stage with a host of other special guests include Fife indie-folk troubadour King Creosote, and the astounding São Paulo vocalist and body-percussionist Marcelo Preto, reflecting Stout’s continuing exploration of Brazilian music since his Brazilian Theory project in 2010-11.
Centred on their new Bare Knuckle material, the evening’s programme will feature a variety of groupings within this line-up of guests, together with full-ensemble arrangements.