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Tannahill Weavers at Royal Concert Hall (Strathclyde Suite) – Saturday 20/1/18

Tannahill Weavers at Royal Concert Hall (Strathclyde Suite) – Saturday 20/1/18

 Formed in Paisley in 1968 and named after Scotlands “other” poet Robert Tannahill, the Tannahill Weavers, or “The Tannies” as they are affectionately known, celebrated their Golden Anniversary with an outstanding concert as part of Celtic Connections. Whilst only two original band members are left, Roy Gullane (guitars and lead vocals) and Phil Smillie (flute, whistles, bodhran and backing vocals), the band have still kept the traditions and style of their early days.

The band is completed with John Martyn (fiddle and bass backing vocals) and one of Scotlands finest pipers Lorne Macdougall (Highland pipes, lowland pipes and whistles). For this gig only they were joined with some former band members including Dougie Maclean resplendent in full dinner suit, guest pipers and special guest Mary Ann Kennedy. The Tannies have always played traditional Scottish music with their own slant on it and tonight was no different. They showed their versatility in switching between soft melodic ballads to fast hard driven jigs and reels. The tight harmonies in the songs were exquisite.

Having been in the business for five decades the band have a huge repertoire of material which they were only too happy to share with the audience alongside new material from their forthcoming album. Songs such Are You Sleeping Maggie, The Braes Of Glenniffer, Johnny Cope and Farewell To Fiunary were all warmly received by the sell out audience on what was quite a humbling night for the Tannahill Weavers.

The Tannies have a new album, Orach, coming out this spring and are touring extensively promoting the album and celebrating their Golden Anniversary. I would recommend going to one of their concerts for a night of wonderful entertainment by some very talented musicians.


Danny Matheson


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