Ailie harps on about whisky for Traditional Spirits

Ailie Robertson is at the Carfraemill on November 26
Ailie Robertson is at the Carfraemill on November 26
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clarsach player and harpist Ailie Robertson headlines a night of music, food and whisky at The Lodge, Carfraemill to celebrate St Andrew’s Night.

Ailie will be accompanied by six other Scottish musicans for Traditional Spirits in the form of Fraser Fifield (saxophone), Shona Mooney (fiddle), Adam Sutherland (fiddle), Tom Oakes (guitar), Conrad Molleson (bass) and Chris Wallace (percussion).

Ailie was awarded a grant from Creative Scotland’s New Music Fund last year to create a suite of music for an eight-piece traditional ensemble.

In it, she explores whisky-making and marries it with Scotland’s culture of traditional music, in an attempt to create a new composition that paints the whisky industry in soundscapes, from barley in the fields to cask and glass.

From Edinburgh, Ailie has won a series of awards for her performances and is nominated for the Scots Trad Music Awards composer of 2011 title.

The music will be accommpanied by a pre-concert supper of Lindsay Grieve’s award-winning haggis and cheeses from Standhill and Stichill Jerseys, as well as whisky tasting.

Tickets for the Saturday, November 26 concert are priced at £25 (including supper and a dram) and are available from The Lodge, Carfraemill by calling 01578 750750) or from Turnbull’s on 01450 372020. The evening starts at 7pm.