Mohsen Amini, current (and youngest ever) holder of BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards coveted ‘Musician of the Year’ title will head out on the road with Scotland’s celebrated Talisk trio in April.
The nine date tour (April 24-May 3) which opens in the Scottish Highlands and ends at Edinburgh’s Queens Hall, will see the Glasgow-based concertina maestro, ‘splendidly expressive’ fiddler Hayley Keenan and gifted guitarist Graeme Armstrong showcasing their latest acclaimed album Beyond, released last year, as well as new material.
Described by Glasgow Herald as “a rockin’ powerhouse” Talisk are one of the most exciting acts on the UK folk scene, renowned for their innovative, high energy instrumental music.
In just five years they have pinned themselves firmly on the acoustic music map, winning the 2015 BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award and the 2017 Scots Trad Music Awards ‘Folk Band of the Year’ gong as well as being nominated for the 2017 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Horizon title – for best emerging act. They have won over festival audiences around the world from Denmark’s Tonder to WOMAD, the Philadelphia Folk Festival, Milwaukee Irish Festival and Canada’s Celtic Colours.
Their debut album Abyss was shortlisted for Album of the Year at the 2016 Scots Trad Music Awards but they came of age with 2018’s Beyond, bursting with their dynamic, feelgood, slickly crafted, self-penned tunes. The esteemed Songlines magazine gave it a 5* ‘Top of the World’ review, praising the band as “incredibly infectious and endearing –fresh, invigorating, accomplished and playfully frisky”.
Fuelled by their global travels, the frenetic, driving rhythms, vibrancy and versatility were tempered with soothing, gentle textures as they took listeners on a roller coaster journey from Montreal to Ohio, Serbia to Nova Scotia and home to Scotland. The track ‘Farewell’ saw the addition of vocals provided by some of UK folk’s biggest names, working as a huge choral collective.
The pedigree of this folk/trad trio is undeniable and their live dates unmissable. Opening on April 24 at Ullapool’s Ceilidh Place the tour will take Talisk to Cumbria, Cornwall, Lancashire, Oxfordshire, Wales and London’s St John on Bethnal Green 19th century church.
Artists’ website: http://www.talisk.co.uk/
‘Echo’ – live:
24th: ULLAPOOL – The Ceilidh Place
Box Office: 01854 612 103
26th – WHITEHAVEN – Rosehill Theatre
Box Office: 01946 692422
28th – FALMOUTH – The Tolmen Centre
Box Office: 01326 341353
29th – NETTLEBED – Nettlebed Village Club
Tickets: 01628 636620
30th – LONDON – St. John on Bethnal Green
Sam Lee (Promoter): 07967 485708
2nd – YSTRADGYNLAIS (Swansea) – The Welfare
Box Office: 01639 843163
3rd – EDINBURGH – Queens Hall
Box Office: 0131 668 2019
11th– BURY – The Met (Big Whistle Festival)
Box Office: 0161 761 2216