Tannahill Weavers bring sounds of Scotland to U.S.
Published: Thursday, September 27, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, September 26, 2012 at 2:44 p.m.
Scottish native Roy Gullane is on the phone from the Netherlands, where the Tannahill Weavers singer/guitarist has lived with his Dutch wife of many years. But the subbing of that country’s canals and flatlands for Scotland’s rolling terrain and Highland peaks hasn’t dimmed his Scottish brogue.
What: Scottish band performs traditional Celtic music
When: 7:30 tonight
Where: Phillips Center, 315 Hull Road
Like the sounds of the Tannahill Weavers themselves — which can vear from the rousing pipes and fiddles of “The Geese in the Bog” to the softer beauty of “Farewell to Fiunary” — Gullane’s voice serves as a calling card and an invitation to performances by the Weavers, which after nearly 40 years remain one of Scotland’s best-known proponents of Celtic sounds.
The group, which performs tonight at the Phillips Center starting at 7:30 p.m., keeps the Scottish element of Celtic music alive with an instrumentation which, along with Gullane’s guitar, John Martin’s fiddle and Phil Smillie’s flute, whistles and bodhran, also includes Colin Melville’s highland bagpipes and Scottish small pipes.
The Tannahill Weavers formed in 1967 in the town of Paisley, not far from Glasgow in Scotland’s central lowlands. By 1974, the group turned professional and by 1981 began touring the United States and other parts of the world.
After so many years and more tours of the U.S. than in any other geographical area, Gullane says the states have become the Tannahill Weavers biggest market — and its audiences among the most appreciative of what the group does.
“If you’re playing in a place like Germany, Spain or Italy, where they don’t really understand [the language], especially the between-song stuff, you have to approach the audience in a different way,” he says.
“But when you’re playing to an American audience, you can involve them at every level; there’s not really a dull moment.”
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