Folk duo to show off multi-instrument talents

Anna Massie and Mairearad Green are in St Boswells this month
Anna Massie and Mairearad Green are in St Boswells this month

JUST to reinforce the point that women can do more than one thing at once, and do it well, talented multi-instrumentalists Mairearad Green and Anna Massie appear at St Boswells Live! on Friday, October 28.

The folk duo have individually performed alongside the likes of the Poozies, Blazin Fiddles, Karen Matheson, Box Club, Eddi Reader and Karine Polwart, and together in Scotland’s only Celtic big band, the Unusual Suspects.

Both growing up in the Highlands with similar musical backgrounds, Anna and Mairearad have played together for nine years.

Anna was the winner of the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2003 award and since has a further array of nominations including at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and twice at the Scots Trad Music Awards.

She excels in playing the fiddle, mandolin and tenor banjo, though perhaps most impressive is her guitar playing.

Originally from Wester Ross, Mairearad is known for her deft accordion style, and also plays the pipes.

Her piece Passing Places was hailed as “the third, final, and undoubtedly best of this year’s New Voices series” at Celtic Connections 2009.

Anna and Mairearad will be supported by singer-guitarist Craig Bevan from Leeds who sometimes writes his own songs, but is better known for his cover versions of contemporary tunes.

Keith Farish of St Boswells Live said: “We spotted his talent and invited him up immediately. We are very excited to hear what he can bring to the live stage.”

The gig in St Boswells Village Hall starts at 8pm (doors open at 7.30pm) and tickets are priced at £10, under 12s £5 and under 5s free. Briefs are available from St Boswells Post Office or by calling Keith on 01835 822692.