With Mhairi Hall (piano), Fraser Stone (percussion) and Mike Bryan (guitar).
Insightful yet exhilirating, Contours of Cairngorm seamlessly unites the Scottish traditional and classical genres, and musicians. Building on the success of Mhairi Hall Trio’s Cairngorm, virtuosic pianist Mhairi and acclaimed fiddler and composer Patsy Reid have combined their unique musical talents and created Contours of Cairngorm. Hall says, “From conception, I had always imagined our music with strings. I was really excited to get the opportunity from Celtic Connections for Patsy and I to work together again and create this piece.” Having expanded the music of Cairngorm, Contours of Cairngorm features Scotland’s premiere string ensemble The Edinburgh Quartet, alongisde the Trio and Patsy. The duo’s dynamic string writing offers both sheer beauty and rugged edge, whilst complimenting the powerful rhythmic energy of the Trio’s music perfectly – the result is striking and highly emotive.
This debut concert was recorded in the beautiful Grand City Halls, Glasgow as part of Celtic Connections 2011. The audience experienced a stunning performance and extremely special atmosphere. Reid recalls “I loved every second of that gig; it was such a pleasure to have our orchestrations realised and performed by such fantastic musicians, and in such a beautiful venue. Thank goodness it was captured and we are proud to share this recording.”
Contours of Cairngorm LIVE was recorded live at Celtic Connections 2011, mixed by world-renowned producer and musician Donal Lunny and released on 28th May 2012.
28th September 2013 – Plockton High School
…in partnership with the National Centre of Excellence for Traditional Music.
14/15th September 2013 – Culloden Academy
featuring…Meghan McAvoy, Alison Salter, Beth Hammond, Mabel Green, Hattie McGregor, Fiona Dalgetty, Fiona Munro, Molly McGregor, Joan Beattie, Jennifer Louden, Heather Clyne, Ruairidh Gollan, Abigail Miller-Todd, John Munro & Megan Mackay.
11th August 2013 – An Tobar, Mull
featuring…Cheryl De’Ath, Libby McGugan, Gordon McLean, Leon Firth, Alison Rymell, Becky Lewis, Hubert Haunschmidt & Jurgen Biesinger.
20th April 2013 – The Woodend Barn, Banchory
featuring…Eilidh Firth, Kit Storm, Beth Hammond, Dave Guy, Rachel Colbeck, Ellie McLaren, Natalie Kilgalen, Graeme Walker, Helen Taylor, Peter Martin & Emma Warwick.
25th February 2012 – Perth Concert Hall
featuring…Pablo Lafuente, Liam Manion, Sheona Glenville-Sutherland, Cara Fletcher, Sam Deeks, Jenny Taylor, Anna Olafsson, Becky Erskine, Gary Thompson, Elisabeth Ada & Graeme Walker.
Our wonderful string section hard at work at the Woodend Barn, Banchory – 20th April 2013. Photos by Sean Purser.