Patsy Reid returns to Western Isles

Patsy Reid
Patsy Reid

Perthshire fiddle player and singer Patsy Reid is one of the most admired musicians in the UK. - and this weekend she brings talent north with a performance in An Lanntair arts centre.

In the last couple of years the former Breabach fiddle player has performed extensively with BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winners Kathryn Tickell and Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman, The Cecil Sharp Project and Zakir Hussain’s Pulse of the World.

She also contributed violin, viola and cello to albums by Donald Shaw, Duncan Chisholm, Bella Hardy, Treacherous Orchestra and Tim Edey to name just a few.

Now Patsy Reid takes centre stage - accompanied by an equally accomplished band - to bring island audiences songs and tunes from her highly acclaimed new album, ‘The Brightest Path’.

This, her first solo recording since 2008’s rapturously received ‘Bridging The Gap’, features newly recovered traditional Scottish melodies from Perthshire’s Atholl Collection, along with self-penned and contemporary material that demonstrates Patsy’s ability to virtually sing through her instrument.

Combining skills and techniques from both folk and classical disciplines; Lau’s Aidan O’Rourke describes her as having: “an accuracy and tone that many fiddlers only dream of. She has truly mastered her instrument.”

Patsy is no stranger to the Western Isles - some may remember her first visit to Stornoway in 2001 when she was the guest artist at the Lewis and Harris Accordion and Fiddle Club, performing with pals Keith Morrison and Alistair White.

She also taught at all ten Taransay Fiddle Camps!

She will be joined in her performance – on Friday, July 11th – by Matheu Watson (guitar and mandolin), Alistair Iain Paterson (piano & harmonium) and Signy Jakobsdóttir (percussion).