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Mike and Ali VASS at Edinburgh Folk Club

Johnny J 06 Feb 09 - 07:03 AM
G-Force 06 Feb 09 - 08:45 AM
MC Fat 06 Feb 09 - 09:11 AM
Folkiedave 06 Feb 09 - 05:16 PM
Johnny J 07 Feb 09 - 09:10 AM
Johnny J 08 Feb 09 - 01:09 PM
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Subject: Mike and Ali VASS at Edinburgh Folk Club
From: Johnny J
Date: 06 Feb 09 - 07:03 AM

Wednesday 11th Februrary 2009


Mike (fiddle, vocals) and Ali (piano, vocals) are two of the best young exponents of traditional music in Scotland.

Playing a varied mix of traditional and contemporary tunes, songs with close vocal harmonies and footstompin' jigs and reels, Mike and Ali's performances are bursting with energy, drive and vitality. Their inventive arrangements are communicated with style and great technical command, seamlessly matching an empathetic feel for the genre with a contemporary, innovative approach. They display the instinctive musical understanding often found among close family members and are a real duo, not a fiddle player and an accompanist. Hailing from Nairn in the NE of Scotland, Mike first learned the fiddle at school and was subsequently taught by Ian Hardie (also from Nairn). Mike regularly teaches fiddle throughout Scotland with the Feis movement. Mike and Ali have been gigging in Scotland for the best part of a decade, appearing at Celtic Connections, the Fringe, Eden Court Theatre Inverness, Bute Folk Festival, Albert Hall Stirling, The Tron Theatre Glasgow, Hootannany Inverness among others. Ali is studying for her third degree in law, (the first two being philosophy, then music).

Mike was twice a finalist in the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year Award.

"Most invigorating, however, was the sparklingly mobile pianism and fiddle fluency of Ali and Mike Vass. Not so much a rivulet of the carrying stream as a raging torrent of strathspeys, jigs and reels, the youthful Nairn siblings play with great understanding, warmth and personality." Rob Adams, The Herald

"The White Stripes of the folk world" Paddy Bort

"The best thing to come out of Nairn since Morganti's ice cream and The Games" John J "

http://www.myspace.com/vasstwins

Venue: Pleasance Cabaret Bar - 8:00pm
Admission: £7.00 (£6.00 concession)


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Subject: RE: Mike and Ali VASS at Edinburgh Folk Club
From: G-Force
Date: 06 Feb 09 - 08:45 AM

Saw them at Bromyard - superb.

I would nominate Ali for an award for being un-fazed by technical problems. When she found her electric piano wouldn't work on stage due to some sort of mismatch, she just picked it up, lugged it to the back of the marquee, plugged it straight into the mixing desk and carried on from there. Brilliant.


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Subject: RE: Mike and Ali VASS at Edinburgh Folk Club
From: MC Fat
Date: 06 Feb 09 - 09:11 AM

I've had the pleasure of compering this magic duo a couple of times they are just two very talented musicians and nice people to boot.


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Subject: RE: Mike and Ali VASS at Edinburgh Folk Club
From: Folkiedave
Date: 06 Feb 09 - 05:16 PM

Lovely folk. Go see.


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Subject: RE: Mike and Ali VASS at Edinburgh Folk Club
From: Johnny J
Date: 07 Feb 09 - 09:10 AM

Nice to see such favourable endorsements. This should be a night to remember from two of Nairn's finest...


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Subject: RE: Mike and Ali VASS at Edinburgh Folk Club
From: Johnny J
Date: 08 Feb 09 - 01:09 PM

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Subject: RE: Mike and Ali VASS at Edinburgh Folk Club
From: Johnny J
Date: 11 Feb 09 - 04:26 AM

It's happening tonight!


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