Traditional trio have Melrose date

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Canach are a dynamic young group who weave self-penned songs and tunes with Scots and Gaelic traditional material meticulously.

They have risen to critical acclaim around Skye and Lochalsh, where they have been cutting their teeth in local venues and pubs for the last year.

Founder members Caitlin McNeill (guitar, vocals) and Alana MacInnes (whistles) have been individually successful since graduating from the renowned music performance course in Benbecula, having performed at festivals including Northern Roots, Colonsay Folk Festival, Arran Folk Festival, Knoydart Festival and Ceolas, and have played in a diversity of venues from village halls to the Royal Albert Hall. They have also appeared alongside Scottish acts Blazin’ Fiddles and Mairearad and Anna.

Rick Taylor (Peatbog Faeries, Unusual Suspects) says of the group: “One of the best trios to emerge in the last year. Really strong original tunes and songs mix easily with the traditional repertoire. Great live act, everyone knows their stuff, they’re the real deal.”

Together, the trio can seamlessly blend haunting Gaelic waltzes and Scots ballads into the same performance as rip-roaring jigs and reels from Ireland, Scotland and the Isle of Man.

See Canach in concert at Merlin Music band room, Palma Place, Melrose, on Saturday (August 30), from 7pm.