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Saturday, September 15, 2018
8:00 pm
Beckman Institute Auditorium – Beckman Institute

Tannahill Weavers - 50th Anniversary Tour

The Tannahill Weavers first came together in 1968 in Paisley, Scotland. Current member, Roy Gullane, came into the group in 1970 and Phil Smillie, also a current member, joined at age 16 a short time after that. They didn't release their first record until 1976, but by that time, they had established the idea that a Highland bagpiper does belong in a Scottish band (they were one of the first to do this), and they went on to gain fame, not only in the British Isles, but also in Europe and here in North America. John Martin, the band's current fiddler, joined in 1990, following stints with Ossian and Easy Club. The new guy, added since their last performance at Caltech in 2014, is Lorne MacDougall, who was a nominee for Instrumentalist of the Year in the 2012 Scots Trad Music Awards, on bagpipes. 

They have produced 17 recordings, and in 2011 the band was inducted into the Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame. From reflective ballads to footstomping reels and jigs, the variety and range of the material they perform is matched only by their enthusiasm and lively Celtic spirits. The Boston Globe wrote, "Scotland's Tannahill Weavers play acoustic instruments, but the atmosphere at their shows is electric. The quartet is as tight and as versatile as any band in the Celtic music revival. They can summon rock 'n' roll intensity or haunting introspection." It seems to work out that we've been able to get them at Caltech every 4 years, so don't miss this chance!

" of the most exhilarating acoustic bands on the Celtic map."
Irish Music Magazine

"...the Tannies are the best that Scotland can aspire to (and believe me, that is THE BEST)."
The Living Tradition

"…the most pastoral and graceful band in contemporary Celtic music is the Tannahill Weavers."
— Sing Out!

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