Chisholm bringing solo tour to Peebles

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“IT feels like a fresh beginning” said Highland fiddler Duncan Chisholm before his first solo tour, which reaches Peebles’ Eastgate Theatre on Friday, May 20.

Despite releasing four albums on his own, the Invernessian is used to sharing the promotional posters with Ivan Drever or their band Wolfstone.

But the award-winning performer now headlines himself, though Dublin guitarist Tony Byrne and fiddler/pianist Allan Henderson will provide musical accompaniment.

Already his homecoming gig in Inverness is sold out.

Duncan said: “I am delighted to be playing in Peebles again. I have always found it to be a wonderful place to play. Not only is it a beautiful town but the audiences are always extremely welcoming.

“The tour is 10 dates across Scotland and will feature music from all four of my solo albums, mainly the last two, Farrar and Canaich.

“The music from the last two albums is inspired by particular landscapes, that of Strathfarrar and Glen Cannich which form a great part of the old Chisholm clan lands.

Taught by the great Donald Riddell, Duncan, 42, has performed in the concert halls and arenas of Europe and America.

He penned a song that formed part of the soundtrack of the Oscar winning film Good Will Hunting and he picked up an award at the Scots Trad Music ceremony for the album Farrar.

Duncan continues to work with BBC Radio Two folk singer of 2008, Julie Fowlis, as well as Wolfstone, while writing, arranging and performing his solo material.

Tickets cost £13 (£11 concessions) for the 7.30pm performance. Phone 01721 725777 for further details.