Six world-class musicians from Scotland, Ireland and Scandinavia come together this month in a cross-cultural celebration of new music that bridges the divide between folk and classical, the traditional and the avant-garde.
Donald Grant, fiddle; Ailie Robertson, harp; Sondre Meisfjord, double bass; Karen Tweed, accordion; Jarlath Henderson, whistle and pipes; and Marit Fält, mandola, will perform The Secret North, the culmination of an innovative song project combining ancient instruments with new compositions.
This month, the six musicians met for the first time in a remote studio in the Highlands. Having never played together before, for five days they immersed themselves in the creation of new music together, combining their different backgrounds and musical traditions to create something completely unique. Six days later they have emerged perform eight concerts in Scotland and come to Sabhal Mòr Ostaig on Wednesday, 21 June as part of their Highland tour.
As musical collaborations go, this promises to be an extraordinary musical interchange. Individually, each member has carved out a reputation for not just mastering their chosen fields but rising above, redefining and renewing the musical world they come from.
In The Secret North, they will premiere six new compositions, written by each musician specifically for the ensemble, resulting in a concert of ear-opening new music, grounded in traditions but infused with the adrenaline of contemporary influences. This is music that is both ancient and utterly new.