A decade after its premiere, Made in Perthshire returns to Perth Concert Hall!
Commissioned by Horsecross Arts in 2015 to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Concert Hall's opening, this joyful evening of contemporary and traditional music from the best and brightest of the Perthshire music scene delighted audiences across the district. Now, as part of Perth’s Celtic Sessions series, the event returns to its roots for one night only, before heading West to Glasgow for the prestigious Celtic Connections festival!
Helmed by two of Scotland's most exciting young composers and musicians, Perthshire's own Ross Ainslie and Patsy Reid, Made In Perthshire offered audiences a toe-tapping night of tunes demonstrating influences across the musical spectrum - From the uplifting traditional sounds of Celtic music, to classical twists and jazz flavours, accompanied by powerful and lyrical songwriting.
Accompanying Ainslie and Reid are fellow musicians Fraser Anderson and Lisa Rigby, who have been making waves across the Scottish music scene. The evening's music will be made all the grander thanks to a stellar band featuring talents such as Ali Hutton, Hamish Napier, Graeme Stephen, Signy Jakobsdottir and Ben Nicholls, a string section and a 30-strong choir complete the line-up. Just as it made waves at its premiere, this revival promises to be an unforgettable night of song and celebration, guaranteed to delight visitors from Perthshire and beyond.
It's a much-anticipated evening for the folks at Horsecross Arts, including creative director for contemporary music Andy Shearer, who proudly proclaimed that "Made In Perthshire is genuinely one of the best things we've ever had in the venue". That’s high praise given the incredible array of talent the concert hall has had the honour of hosting since its opening a decade ago.
As for the musicians themselves, they're eager to get back into the swing of things! Patsy Reid said:
“I am so happy we are getting the chance to revisit what was a very special gig for Ross and I! We had our dream team of a band, who gave so much to the project and we can’t wait to get stuck into the music again. It’s such an honour to have been given the opportunity to curate this show with Ross, and to stage it at genuinely, one of my favourite venues in the country! Taking it to Celtic Connections is just the icing on the cake!”
Make sure you catch Made In Perthshire for its return to Perth Concert Hall on Friday 27th January, and check out the rest of the Celtic Sessions series, which continues on Friday 3rd March, with Scotland's most beloved bagpipe rockers, Red Hot Chilli Pipers, with support from local folk rockers and live favourites True Gents. Mànran and Elephant Sessions will also join forces for a formidable double bill of Scottish folk music. You'll also be able to join in with a drink and informal session after each show in the Concert Hall's lovely Glassrooms Cafe Bar.
Platform Festival returns for its second year with exhibitions and events throughout Perthshire.