The Boy and The Bunnet
The Boy and The Bunnet is traditional music’s answer to ‘Peter and the Wolf’ – a delight for all ages. An exciting work by composer, James Ross, to a new story for children by award-winning novelist, James Robertson and adapted into Gaelic by Aonghas Macneacaill.
The ‘Boy and the Bunnet’ follows a young boy, Neil, who lives in rural Scotland with his Granny, and the adventures he has over the course of one day with a stag, a selkie, a craw and a cat. Neil follows the stag into a wood but becomes lost and is injured. The animals collaborate to alert Granny to the danger by sending Neil's distinctive toorie bunnet on an elaborate journey home. The personality of each character and drama of the story are illustrated through the music and interspersed with live narration.
Chasing the Sun
Chasing the Sun is a seven-movement suite combining music and image to depict a journey along Scotland's north coast. Originally co-commissioned by the Blas festival and Celtic Connections, it features Ross on piano with renegade string quartet Mr McFall's Chamber, plus Fraser Fifield on soprano saxophone, smallpipes and whistle. Live performances also incorporate atmospheric backdrop images by Scottish photographer Catriona Murray.
“Shifting fluently through tempos, time signatures and moods, adding and subtracting layers of instrumentation, colour and texture... the music’s alternating passages of tranquillity and turbulence, sadness and exultation vividly conjured such splendours as a winter storm and a summer sunset; the quickening of spring or the majesty of the Northern Lights.” - Sue Wilson, Northings
Tam Lin - www.carnyxscotland.co.uk
The ancient border ballad of Tam Lin has been retold by firesides and in halls, in verse and song for centuries. Set at Carterhaugh near Selkirk it is a tale of the supernatural and mortal love, abduction by fairies and protean transformation. For the 2010 Celtic Connections Festival three of Scotland's most innovative musicians were commissioned to collaborate on a contemporary response to Tam Lin - the result is an hour long dramatic setting in six movements, combining the ancient poetry with music which fuses folk, jazz and classical styles. “Magic, as they say.” - Jim Gilchrist, Scotsman
- Dick Lee: clarinets, sax, recorders.
- John Kenny: trombones, recorders, fujara
- James Ross: piano
Michelle Burke Band- www.michelleburkemusic.com
After honing her craft as lead vocalist with Irish / American super group Cherish the Ladies, Michelle is now embarking on a solo career with the unveiling of her debut solo album Pulling threads a stunningly assured collection of classic ballads and lesser-known gems, it vibrantly highlights the rich stylistic and expressive breadth of Burke’s singing.
Michelle signed up as lead-singer with Cherish the Ladies in April 2008 and spent two years traveling with the long-established and illustrious outfit. During her time with the Ladies Michelle toured extensively across North America and sang on their critically acclaimed album ‘A Star In The East’.
"Intriguing originality" ... “Burke’s voice shows traces of the earthiness of Dolores Keane” - Jackie Hayden, Hotpress