Breabach release new album ahead of Peebles gig

Breabach perform at the Eastgate Theatre on March 8
Breabach perform at the Eastgate Theatre on March 8

FOLK group Breabach will perform their first gig following the release of their new album at the Eastgate Theatre next Thursday.

Fans of the five-piece, who were nominated for the BBC Radio 2 Folk and Scots Trad Music awards’ last year, can buy Bann from this Monday, ahead of their Peebles show.

The word Bann – translated from Gaelic – means band or bind and is said to be representative of how the group feel after a whirlwind last few years.

It has included line-up changes which means Breabach now consist of Megan Henderson, James Mackenzie, James Lindsay, Ewan Robertson and Calum MacCrimmon.

A spokesperson for Breabach said: “Megan Henderson and James Mackenzie bring an inspiring highland energy and cultural grounding as well as diverse musicianship on fiddle, vocals, highland pipes and wooden flute.

“James Lindsay is a long-time band member though Bann is his debut on a Breabach recording. James has been invaluable as a writer and arranger for the band. 

“Ewan Robertson and James together have developed as an inventive unit over the last two years of touring, and the line-up is completed by multi-instrumentalist Calum MacCrimmon, who supplies bagpipes, whistles, bouzouki, vocals and harp.

“The 11 tracks that make up Bann have been cultivated with the same honesty and integrity that has always driven Breabach forward as a group of traditional players.” 

Tickets are priced at £14 and are available from 01721 725777.