Wednesday, September 07, 2011

The emotional power and beauty of Celtic music

The Tannahill Weavers are one of Scotland's premier traditional bands. Their diverse repertoire spans the centuries with the rich and varied musical heritage of the Celtic people. Born of a session in Paisley, Scotland and named for the town's historic weaving industry and local poet laureate, Robert Tannahill, the group has made an international name for its special brand of Scottish music, blending the beauty of traditional melodies with the power of modern rhythms.

Over the years, the “Tannies” have been trailblazers for Scottish music, and their tight harmonies and inventive arrangements have won them fans from beyond the folk and Celtic music scenes. They are firmly established as one of the most exciting groups on the concert stage. 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.

Combining live recordings of favorites from their 2005 US tour and studio recordings of new material, the Tannahill Weavers produced their first release on Nashville-based Compass Records, Live and In Session. Their exuberant performances and outstanding recording efforts seemingly can't get any better...yet continue to do just that. As the Winnipeg Free Press noted, "The Tannahill Weavers - properly harnessed - could probably power an entire city for a year on the strength of last night's concert alone. The music may be old time Celtic, but the drive and enthusiasm are akin to straight ahead rock and roll."

The Tannahill Weavers perform at Horizon Stage (1001 Calahoo Road, Spruce Grove) at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, September 24, 2011. Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for students/seniors and $5 eyeGo tickets for high school students. Tickets are available by phone (780-962-8995), in person at the City Hall Ticket Centre (315 Jespersen Avenue, Spruce Grove) or at For more information, please visit or call 780-962-8995.

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