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Aly Bain, Ale Möller & Bruce Molsky

Johnny J 25 Oct 12 - 06:35 AM
GUEST,Fred McCormick 25 Oct 12 - 07:31 AM
Betsy 25 Oct 12 - 07:11 PM
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Subject: Aly Bain, Ale Möller & Bruce Molsky
From: Johnny J
Date: 25 Oct 12 - 06:35 AM

Edinburgh Folk Club, Wednesday 31st October 2012


Aly Bain is Scotland's supreme traditional style fiddler. His playing is unique – driving, impassioned and pure – with a vibrant, unmistakable tone that has earned him a following of ardent fans throughout the world. His most recent collaboration with Swedish multi-instrumentalist Ale Möller, created the album Fully Rigged a celebration of shared Nordic heritage. Completing the line-up is Bruce Molsky who has also explored traditional music from an astonishingly broad range of cultures over the past two decades.

Aly Bain helped establish the Boys of the Lough and began a life of intensive playing, recording and travel that continues to this day. Although his musical base is firmly in Scotland, his extensive travels have led to an appreciation and mastery of many kinds of fiddle music. In November 1994 he was awarded an M.B.E. for services to folk music. A further honour came in the form of an honorary degree of Doctor of Music, conferred on Aly in July 1999 by the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama.

Ale Möller found his roots in Swedish folk music by way of first falling in love with the sounds of Greece. En route he became a master of the bouzouki and a multi-instrumentalist with a lot of different flutes in his belt. He has toured with Mikis Theodorakis and been a front member of bands like Filarfolket, Enteli and Nordan to name but a few. While he still tours the world with the trio of Frifot, first and foremost he is just Ale, the multi-musician and performer who is a master at making people joining him in joyful musical experiments. Audiences crowd into concert venues where the Ale Möller Band are appearing to embrace the legacy of music taking shape before their very eyes, quite often in chaotic circumstances and divinely guided by inspiration and the moment shared.

Bruce Molsky is one of the most influential old-time fiddlers around. He is also a remarkable guitarist, banjoist and singer. His high-spirited music melds the archaic mountain sounds of Appalachia, the power of blues and the rhythmic intricacies of traditional African music. He holds a stage as few roots musicians can: with skill, a varied and deep repertoire, a reverence for the past, a healthy curiosity about music outside old-time, and a relaxed, conversational wit that draws listeners in as if they were sitting in his living room."

Venue: Pleasance Theatre at 20.00

£15, £12(conc), £10(members) available at the club, from The Paddy One, and at Coda on The Mound

We had them play for us a couple of years back and "they made a great concert".

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Subject: RE: Aly Bain, Ale Möller & Bruce Molsky
From: GUEST,Fred McCormick
Date: 25 Oct 12 - 07:31 AM

For anybody who can't get to Edinburgh, the trio will be doing an extensive tour, mainly of Scotland, but taking in some English venues as well. Here's the itinerary.

26/Oct/12 Stirling The Tolbooth Jail Wynd, Stirling, FK8 1DE.
27/Oct/12 Banchory Woodend Barn : Burn O Bennie, Banchory, AB31 5QA.
29/Oct/12 Inverness Eden Court ; Bishops Road. Venue phone: 01463 234 234.
30/Oct/12 Peebles Eastgate Theatre and Arts Centre : Eastgate, Peebles, EH45 8AD. Venue phone: 01721 725 777.
31/Oct/12 Edinburgh Edinburgh Folk Club : Pleasance Theatre, 60 The Pleasance.
01/Nov/12 Bowness Old Laundry Theatre : Crag Brow, Bowness on Windermere, LA23 3BX
02/Nov/12 Nottingham Lakeside Arts Centre : Lakeside Arts Centre, University Park, Nottingham NG7 2RD.
04/Nov/12 Lichfield Lichfield Guildhall : Bore Street, Lichfield WS13 6LU.
06/Nov/12 Liverpool Rodewald Suite, Philharmonic Hall ; Hope Street, Liverpool, L1 9BP
07/Nov/12 Liverpool Rodewald Suite, Philharmonic Hall : Hope Street, Liverpool, L1 9BP
08/Nov/12 Bury The Met : Derby Hall Market Street, Bury, Lancashire BL9 0BW.
09/Nov/12 Cockermouth Kirkgate Arts Centre : Cumbria CA13 9PJ.
10/Nov/12 Gateshead The Sage : St Mary's Square.
11/Nov/12 Berwick-upon-Tweed The Maltings Theatre and Arts Centre : Eastern Lane, Berwick-upon-Tweed, TD15 1AJ. Venue phone: 01289 330 999 Ext 2.

I'll be catching them in Liverpool, but I sure wish I could take in every single one of those dates.

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Subject: RE: Aly Bain, Ale Möller & Bruce Molsky
From: Betsy
Date: 25 Oct 12 - 07:11 PM

I enjoyed Ali or Aly (I don't don't know which is the written abbreviation of Alistair) when he was ploughing round folk clubs with Mike Whellans many moons ago. I love people like Ali who have, done the little clubs ,and at the same time increasing their knowledge and expertise as they went along to becoming a virtuoso, certainly in the world of Folk. (I would respectfully add Mr.Swarbrick to Folk's Fiddle vituosos.)
Lovely bloke whenever anyone met him in the early days an I hope he hasn't changed a bit - at least he hadn't with Boys of the Lough.
Anyhow - I only started typing to mention that Boys of the Lough wasn't his first introduction to Folk audiences.
Good Luck with the Tour.

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