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The Spree festival: A Celebration of Robert Tannahill


The Spree festival: A Celebration of Robert Tannahill

A specially-commissioned show for this year’s Spree with the town’s UK City of Culture 2021 bid in mind. The Tannahill Weavers are joined by special guests to bring to life the songs of the town’s weaver poet…

The Tannahill Weavers are one of Scotland’s premier traditional bands. Born of a session in Paisley and named for the town’s historic weaving industry and local poet laureate Robert Tannahill, the group has made an international name for its special brand of Scottish music,

These versatile musicians have received worldwide accolades consistently over the years for their exuberant performances and outstanding recording efforts.

In 2011 the band was inducted into the Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame, and in 2014 were joined by innovative piper Lorne MacDougall, who arranged and performed pipes for the Disney Pixar movie Brave.

With a career spanning more than three decades, Eddi Reader has effortlessly developed into one of popular music’s most thrilling and affecting performers.

Though first brought into the limelight as frontwoman for Fairground Attraction, whose number one single Perfect topped the British charts, it is Eddi’s subsequent albums that signalled her ability to assimilate different musical styles and make them her own.

2016 welcomes the release of her first career-spanning The Best Of compilation including 30 of her most consistently beautiful, often deeply personal and intimate songs.

Dick Gaughan was brought up immersed in the musical traditions and culture of the Gaels, both Scots and Irish music. He has been a professional musician and singer since 1970 and has recorded extensively in many countries and in various combinations.

He was an early member of the Boys of the Lough and founded and produced the extraordinary ensemble Clan Alba. He has been the subject of three full television documentaries and his 1981 album Handful of Earth was voted Album of the Decade for the 1980s in both Readers’ and Critics’ polls in Folk Roots.