Thursday 9th July 2015
Innovation and contemporary blending of traditional and contemporary forms of music have for long been one of the hallmarks of the Blas festival and the 2015 festival is no exception with a number of new stars on the horizon.
There is perhaps not much more traditional in terms of Gaelic music than “canntaireachd”, which is a term used as a movement in playing music before the development of written music.
Hò-rò have taken one of the forms of canntaireachd as their own name. This young and energetic Trad/Folk group bring traditional Scottish music and Gaelic/Folk songs together, putting their own modern stamp on it, incorporating new, innovative ideas from their own unique experiences and influences. They bring many styles and genres of music into their band: traditional Gaelic songs, their own material, Scottish tunes and they may even surprise audiences with a few tracks which are instantly recognisable!
They will be playing in Inverness on Saturday, September 5, along with Niteworks and Shoogentlifty. Hò-rò will also be appearing in Inverness on Sunday, September 6, in an afternoon session, which begins at 2pm.
Niteworks are an electronica act originally from Skye. Their music is influenced by the four member’s upbringing within Gaelic Culture and the Skye trad music scene, as well as by Glasgow’s vibrant clubbing grounds. With their first full length album in the bag and scheduled for release in 2015, Scottish Trad Award Winners Niteworks are ready to cement their place as one of the most innovative and refreshing acts.
CherryGrove blend traditional and contemporary folk music, showcasing an exceptional level of musicianship. With the release of their debut album in 2014 and a nomination for Up and Coming Artist at the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards, their lively, thoughtful and energetic performances are not to be missed!
CherryGrove have two dates on the Blas 2015 programme, at Portmahomack on Friday September 11 and Invergarry the following evening along with Eilidh MacKenzie with Anna Massie & Mairearad Greeb and Fèis Lochabair Ceilidh Trail.
Established 11 years ago as a result of The Highland Council’s desire to create a festival that would match the vitality of Cape Breton’s Celtic Colours, the Blas festival is now an international event showcasing Highland culture and its continuing success has been welcomed by the Scottish Government and Highland Council.
Blas 2015 will take place at venues across the Highlands and Argyll between 4 and 12 September. Tickets for all Blas events can be bought online, or by phone, with details on the festival’s website blas-festival.com where further information is available on the full programme of events.