Celebrate Celtic culture today with daily live music performances at the National Museum of Scotland this summer.

#FreeFringeMusic

  • Sat 6 & Sun 7 August: Tir Eolas - Irish/English folk band

    Sat 6 & Sun 7 August: Tir Eolas - Irish/English folk band
  • Mon 8 August: Calan-ish - Welsh folk band

    Mon 8 August: Calan-ish - Welsh folk band
  • Tue 9 August: Kristan Harvey & Tina Rees – fiddle, piano and dance duo

    Tue 9 August: Kristan Harvey & Tina Rees – fiddle, piano and dance duo
  • Wed 10 August: Champagne Flutes - classical flute trio

    Wed 10 August: Champagne Flutes - classical flute trio
  • Thu 11 August: Noé Clerc - solo accordionist

    Thu 11 August: Noé Clerc - solo accordionist
  • Fri 12 August : Routes Quartet – traditional string quartet

    Fri 12 August	: Routes Quartet – traditional string quartet
  • Sat 13 August: Gwenllian Llyr – Welsh concert harpist

    Sat 13 August: Gwenllian Llyr – Welsh concert harpist
  • Sun 14 & Wed 24 August: Kilda – Traditional Scottish fiddle, pipe and vocal trio

    Sun 14 & Wed 24 August: Kilda – Traditional Scottish fiddle, pipe and vocal trio
  • Mon 15 & Fri 26 August: Robyn Stapleton and Claire Hastings - traditional vocal duo

    Mon 15 & Fri 26 August: Robyn Stapleton and Claire Hastings - traditional vocal duo
  • Tue 16 August: Gráinne Brady and Ryan Murphy - fiddle and uileann (Irish) pipes duo

    Tue 16 August: Gráinne Brady and Ryan Murphy - fiddle and uileann (Irish) pipes duo
  • Wed 17 August: Sirocco Winds - classical wind trio

    Wed 17 August: Sirocco Winds - classical wind trio
  • Thu 18 August: Aonach Mor - traditional instrumental/vocal trio

    Thu 18 August: Aonach Mor - traditional instrumental/vocal trio
  • Fri 19 August: Ainsley Hamill & Alistair Paterson – traditional/Gaelic voice and piano duo

    Fri 19 August: Ainsley Hamill & Alistair Paterson – traditional/Gaelic voice and piano duo
  • Sat 20 August: Granny Green - trumpet, accordion and tuba trio

    Sat 20 August: Granny Green - trumpet, accordion and tuba trio
  • Sun 21 August: Jennifer Port - solo clarsach

    Sun 21 August: Jennifer Port - solo clarsach
  • Mon 22 August: Bells Up - brass quintet

    Mon 22 August: Bells Up - brass quintet
  • Tue 23 August: Gráinne Brady & Tina Jordan Rees - fiddle and step dance duo

    Tue 23 August: Gráinne Brady & Tina Jordan Rees - fiddle and step dance duo
  • Sat 27 August: Morag Brown and Lewis Powell - traditional instrumental duo

    Sat 27 August: Morag Brown and Lewis Powell - traditional instrumental duo
  • Sun 28 August: Barluath – traditional Scottish folk band

    Sun 28 August: Barluath – traditional Scottish folk band

 

Experience the joy of live music at the museum. From bold brass to fabulous fiddlers, our daily performances showcase the best contemporary talents from Scotland, England, France, Ireland and Wales.

This year’s programme is inspired by the museum’s spectacular exhibition Celts, organised with the British Museum.

Date

Performance

Sat 6 & Sun 7 

Tir Eolas – Irish/English folk band

This eclectic alternative-folk group formed at London’s Royal College of Music. Philippa Mercer, Ruairi Glasheen, Laura Snowden, Georgie Harris and Hedi Pinkerfeld draw on their Celtic and English folk roots to create a unique sound, which fuses traditional folk songs and original material. They sing and play a mix of bodhran, flute, penny whistle, acoustic guitar, viola, cajon, congas, and have performed in Ronnie Scott’s and the Royal Albert Hall in the past.

Mon 8

Calan-ish – Traditional folk with clog-dancing

Calan-ish is four members of celebrated folk band Calan, formed in 2008 to take Welsh traditional music to a wider audience. They breathe new life into old traditions through sparkling melodies, foot tapping tunes and spirited, energetic performances of Welsh step dancing.They combine fiddle, guitar, pipes and whistles, plus the odd appearance from the pibgorn, as they they blast through reels, jigs and hornpipes before melting into beautiful and haunting slow airs.

Tue 9

Kristan Harvey & Tina Rees – Fiddle, piano and dance duo

Orcadian fiddler Kristan Harvey became BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the year in 2011 and has performed at Scottish festivals such as Shetland Folk Festival and Celtic Connections, and as a soloist at the Scottish Proms in the Park. Tina Rees is a multi-instrumentalist from Lancashire, now based in Glasgow. As well as playing piano, flute and whistles, Tina also Irish dances. The rhythmic Irish dance steps by Tina add another level of excitement to the duo's folk performances.

Wed 10

Champagne Flutes – Contemporary flute trio

Champagne Flutes is a trio of flute students from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Matthew Howells, Elizabeth Lawton and Rachel Flynn have been members of the Live Music Now scheme since 2011. Based in Scotland, Champagne Flutes have performed across Britain, and their diverse repertoire ranges from the early baroque period to works by today’s composers, allowing the trio to adapt for any occasion from recitals to educational workshops.

Thu 11

Noé Clerc – Solo accordionist

Young French musician Noé Clerc began playing the accordion at the age of five, and went on to study the instrument, learning about traditional music from Eastern Europe. He was particularly interested in music from the Balkans, Turkish tzigane music and klezmer music. He developed a deep love for these styles of music, and continues to perform them today. Noe is a part of the Live Music Now France roster of emerging artists.

Fri 12

Routes Quartet – Traditional string quartet

Routes is a string quartet with a difference. Made up of traditional folk musicians, Routes writes and performs a combination of contemporary compositions and innovative arrangements of traditional music. The ensemble bridges the gap between classical and folk music; exploring the vast textures, tones and intimate musical qualities which are characteristic of a string quartet.

Sat 13

Gwenllian Llyr – Welsh concert harpist

Welsh harpist Gwenllian Llyr is quickly gaining international recognition for her energetic and charismatic performances. In 2013, Gwenllian graduated with a Master of Music degree from The Juilliard School, New York, and is now based in Kent. Gwenllian took part in the celebration of actor Richard Burton’s life, performing at the unveiling of his Star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame. She has also performed with jazz legend Al Jarreau, actor Mathew Rhys, and for HRH The Prince of Wales at Buckingham Palace.

Sun 14

Kilda – Traditional Scottish fiddle, pipe and vocal trio

The latest band to emerge on to the Scottish music scene, Kilda brings together some of the finest young musicians. Norrie McIver (guitar and vocals), Mhairi Marwick (fiddle) and

Scott Wood (pipes) have created a lively and energetic sound combining tunes and songs from their Scottish roots. Collectively Kilda consists of two BBC Young Traditional Musician of the Year Finalists and a winner of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.

Mon 15

Robyn Stapleton & Claire Hastings – Traditional vocal duo

Robyn Stapleton and Claire Hastings are consecutive winners of BBC Radio Scotland's Young Traditional Musician of the Year award. Their voices complement each other perfectly, and they have gained many followers with their stunning harmonies, accompanied by Claire’s ukulele. They will be performing a variety of Scottish songs including ancient Scots ballads, contemporary folksongs and singalong favourites.

Tue 16

Gráinne Brady & Ryan Murphy – Fiddle and uileann (Irish) pipes duo

This Irish duo combine fiddle with uilleann pipes (Irish pipes) and flute, producing a rich, organic set comprised of Irish traditional tunes. Hailing from counties Cavan and Cork, they blend their regional styles to create a robust, distinctly Irish sound. For the concert, Gráinne and Ryan (seven times Irish champion on pipes) will be showcasing Irish Celtic music.

Wed 17

Sirocco WindsClassical wind trio

Sirocco Winds pride themselves on being a young, enthusiastic and vibrant group. Their outreach work with Live Music Now has seen them perform in farflung islands in the St Magnus International Festival in Orkney, at Donaldsons School for pupils with communication problems and Leuchie House respite centre for people with longterm physical conditions. Expect a fascinating exploration of the unique soundworld of the flute, clarinet and bassoon.

Thu 18

Aonach Mor – Traditional instrumental and vocal trio

Three outstanding musicians in their own right, Aonach Mòr combine the talents of Grant McFarlane, Robyn Stapleton & Ron Jappy to create an exciting blend of songs and tunes. With accordion, fiddle, guitar, piano and song, they draw on a wealth of traditional material whilst adding contemporary melodies and new works. Highlighting some of Scotland’s finest young talent, each member brings their own repertoire and influences to the band that showcases their musical heritage.

Fri 19

Ainsley Hamill & Alistair Paterson – Traditional Gaelic voice and piano duo

Ainsley Hamill (song) and Alistair Paterson (piano) are two young Glasgow-based musicians who have been performing together for almost six years after first meeting at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in 2009. Both members of the critically acclaimed six-piece folk band Barluath (who will perform at the National Museum of Scotland’s Free Fringe closing concert on 28 August), they also perform extensively as a duo, delighted many audiences with their varied repertoire and engaging performances.

Sat 20

Granny Green – Trumpet, accordian and tuba trio

Based in Glasgow, Granny Green has recently emerged as one of the most exciting and diverse new ensembles in Scotland. The trio of friends – Holly Boddice, Rachel Brown and Lizy Stirrat – met whilst studying at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Having all previously won solo and ensemble awards, they now complement each other in a mix of technical wizardry and, above all, musical talent. The core instrumentation of the group is trumpet, accordion and tuba, and with that, the Grannies have brought about a brand new and quirky sound, which naturally brings a contemporary feel to their world folk music.

Sun 21

Jennifer Port – Solo clarsach and vocals

Jennifer Port will perform a wonderful array of Celtic music from Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Jennifer is a talented clarsach (Scottish harp) player and singer who received high profile coverage after playing the clarsach at Madonna and Guy Ritchie's wedding reception in Skibo Castle. The National Museum of Scotland is home to the Queen Mary harp, and Jennifer will weave some historical information about the clarsach into a thoroughly entertaining programme of music and song.

Mon 22

Bells Up – Brass quintet

Bells Up Brass Quintet was formed in 2009 by a group of friends studying at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. The brass quintet is young and fresh and there is a surplus of ambition and enthusiasm within the ranks. The members - Calum Tonne and Holly Boddice on trumpet, Andrew McLean on horn, Chris Mansfield on trombone and Rachel Brown on tuba - hail from different corners of Scotland and Ireland, including Dunoon, Carnoustie, Glasgow, Midlothian and Cork.

Tue 23

Gráinne Brady & Tina Rees – Fiddle and dance

G&T are a vibrant and unique duo based in Glasgow, playing exciting arrangements of their own compositions on fiddle, piano, flute and whistle. Originally from Ireland and Lancashire, the girls grew up playing Irish traditional music, which greatly influences their music. In 2015 they recorded their debut album High Spirits, with tunes written by G&T. They were nominated in the 'Up & Coming Artist' category at the 2015 MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards. For this Free Fringe concert, G&T will perform their own exciting arrangements, along with some Irish tunes and step dance.

Wed 24

Kilda – Traditional fiddle, pipe and vocal trio

The latest band to emerge on to the Scottish music scene, Kilda brings together some of the finest young musicians. Norrie McIver (guitar and vocals), Mhairi Marwick (fiddle) and

Scott Wood (pipes) have created a lively and energetic sound combining tunes and songs from their Scottish roots. Collectively Kilda consists of two BBC Young Traditional Musician of the Year Finalists and a winner of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.

Thu 25

Ryan Young & Tina Rees – Fiddle, piano and dance duo

Originally from Cardross, Ryan is a graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Tina Rees is a pianist and BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year finalist who performs as a duo with Ryan as part of Live Music Now Scotland, the largest provider of live music to the UK’s welfare, educational, justice and health sectors. With the addition of some Irish dancing from Tina, this duo are sure to get feet tapping.

Fri 26

Robyn Stapleton & Claire Hastings – Vocal duo

Robyn Stapleton and Claire Hastings are consecutive winners of BBC Radio Scotland's Young Traditional Musician of the Year award. Their voices complement each other perfectly, and they have gained many followers with their stunning harmonies, accompanied by Claire’s ukulele. They will be performing a variety of Scottish songs including ancient Scots ballads, contemporary folksongs and singalong favourites.

Sat 27

Morag Brown & Lewis Powell-Reid – Instrumental duo

Morag Brown and Lewis Powell draw from various folk traditions. On fiddle and bouzouki or accordion, they enjoy performing traditional Scottish and Celtic music, alongside music from Europe, the Balkans and Greece. Much of their repertoire comes from archive recordings of musicians from the 1920s onwards. To link with the Celtic exhibition at the Museum this year, Lewis and Morag will include repertoire from eighteenth century Gaelic tune collections, and will also trace the Celtic invasions of the Balkans and Ancient Greece with repertoire from those regions.

 

Sun 28

Barluath – Traditional 6-piece Scottish band

Barluath are a Glasgow-based Scottish folk band, who embrace both the traditional and contemporary music of Scotland, Ireland and America. They perform as a six-piece band, combining Scots and Gaelic song, Highland and Border bagpipes, whistle,clarinet, fiddle, piano and guitar. The band released their debut album Source in 2012 to critical acclaim, and followed up with their second album At Dawn of Day released in 2015.

 

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Event information

When

6 Aug - 28 Aug 2016
14:00-14:40

Where

Grand Gallery, Level 1

How much

Free

Booking information

Drop-in