Celtic musicians will hit charitable note at An Lanntair

Bring in the Spirit are a renowned Celtic music group.
Bring in the Spirit are a renowned Celtic music group.

Four world renowned musicians will bring a fantastic array of Celtic music to Stornoway, whilst highlighting the importance of donating to foodbanks.

‘Bring in the Spirit’ will perform at An Lanntair, September 12. They comprise four globally celebrated musicianss and singers: Kirsten Easdale, Rod Paterson, Gregor Lowrey, and Marc Duff.

The name of the group comes from a line in the Robert Burns poem ‘A Grace After Dinner’: “Let Meg now take away the flesh and Jock bring in the spirit.”

Speaking to The Gazette, singer from the group, Kirsten Easdale, says people of all ages can expect an intimate concert where the musicians and audience are one.

“I like to describe it as a ‘living’ room atmosphere,” says Kirsten, who founded the top Celtic band ‘Calasaig’. She has sung at concerts from Canada to Thailand – including two Burns’ nights in Ghana.

Concert goers will likely feel privileged to also see the widely recognised male traditional singer, Rod Paterson, who has featured on many radio and TV productions, including The Transatlantic Sessions. Rod was a founding member of one of Scotlandʼs most influential traditional bands, Jock Tamsonʼs Bairns and has released three solo albums.

Also joining Kirsten will be Gregor Lowrey, who is regarded as one of Scotland’s finest accordion players. He has travelled across the world with the wonderfully titled ‘Ceilidh Minogue’. In-demand multi-instrumentalist, Marc Duff, will join them. Duff’s Gaelic band ‘Capercaillie’ have sold over a million LPs.

Robert Burns features prominently across the ‘Bring in the Spirit’ tour, with Stornoway being the finale after a packed jaunt across the Highlands and Islands, including concerts in Orkney, Lochcarron, and Balbair.

“I do have a passion for Burns and our arrangements of his songs will be as true to the originals as possible” says Kirsten, “and for the Stornoway concert, we’ll include ‘Tam o’ Shanter’, which I hope everyone will enjoy.

“Words may have changed but as the Scots language is very onomatopoeic, the essence of the message is still clear and accessible.”

As 2015 is ‘Scotland’s Year of Food & Drink’, there will be food served and an opportunity to taste and buy local produce. The performers have included in their tour promotion information about local foodbanks to highlight that, as Kirsten quotes, “some hae nane that want it.”

Kirsten says: “It’s important to remember that there are still people relying on foodbanks even though the issue might not always be in the news. We thought this was a good opportunity to highlight the issue and do some good whilst having a fun night playing music.”

Indeed the group will be giving the stage to local foodbank volunteers after the concerts, who will give a short speech about the work that they do in the community.

‘Bring in the Spirit’ perform at An Lanntair on Saturday, September 12th.

Get yourself two places on the guest list to see the show for free by entering The Gazette’s competition. E-mail news@stornowaygazette.co.uk and tell us from which poem the group’s name comes. Postal entries to our address on page two.