15th AUGUST 2018 7.30pm - 9.30pm
Old Church of Rannoch
The Routes Quartet
Runners up in the 2017 BBC Scotland Trad Music Awards for 'Folk Band of the Year'.
"The Routes Quartet deliver on so many levels; they've got groove and energy galore, yet they command a soulfulness and delicacy that could make you weep!" Patsy Reid.
Formed in July 2014, Routes is an innovative ensemble, showcasing the best in traditional and roots music talent in Scotland from a classical make-up. Comprising two fiddlers, Gráinne Brady and Tricia Mullan, a violist Emma Tomlinson and a cellist Rufus Huggan, the group is a string quartet with a difference, bridging the gap between the folk and classical traditions. The group explores the textures, tones and musical qualities of the string quartet, adding a folky, rootsy accent.
Gráinne Brady is from Co. Cavan, Ireland, and her fiddling style owes much to her father by whom she was taught from a young age. Her background is mainly in music from Counties Cavan, Leitrim and Clare, but her playing style is continually developing, more recently with Scottish influences. As well as being an accomplished performer, Gráinne is a keen composer and enjoys writing and arranging music.
Tricia Mullan graduated from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in 2012 with a BA (Hons) in Scottish Music. Her playing style is influenced by the west highland fiddle style and pipe tunes, French Canadian and Scandinavian folk music, as well as building on her love of music from Donegal and other parts of Ireland. She is also a skilled composer and arranger.
Emma Tomlinson grew up in Liverpool and was encouraged to learn primarily classical music from a young age. She graduated from Keele University with a BSc in Music and Psychology and then went on to study a Masters of Research in Music, specialising in Chamber Music, mainly music for String Quartet. She fell in love with Scotland and traditional music after attending a fiddle weekend in the Scottish Highlands.
Rufus Huggan is a classically trained cellist, composer and recording artist from Lochaber, now based in Glasgow. He has classical training from Audrey Scott, and holds a 1st class Honours Degree in Traditional Music from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Rufus' style is a unique blend of classical, folk, blues and Scottish idioms featuring numerous innovative and percussive techniques.
The Routes Quartet derives its name from the band's combination of Scottish, Irish and English members. This is also reflected in the title of their debut album, Windrose, connoting the cardinal points of a compass, representing the band's mixture of geographical heritage and musical influences. The album, released on 19 June 2017, was recorded live at St. Columba's Chapel, Drimnin Estate, on the Morvern Peninsula, and was produced by the Routes Quartet and acclaimed Scottish fiddler, Patsy Reid. Click here to listen to tracks from the album.
You can find further information about the band at The Routes String Quartet or visit their Facebook page where you can listen to a beautiful recent recording of their own original composition 'Drimnin Otters'.
Tickets for the concert are £8 at the door, with free admission for children. Refreshments (a glass of wine or a soft drink, and nibbles) will be served during the interval.