A wonderful weekend of celebration music

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A wonderful weekend of music and dance is being held on Arran to celebrate St Andrew’s Night.

The weekend will begin on Friday November 30 with a concert featuring the renowned piper Fred Morrison who will be performing at Brodick Church Hall.

Although born and raised near Glasgow, it’s the celebrated Gaelic piping tradition of his father’s native South Uist, in the outer Hebrides, that forms the bedrock of his intensely expressive, uniquely adventurous style.

His outstanding technical prowess saw him winning many top competition prizes while still at school, meanwhile being inspired by pioneering acts like the Bothy Band and the Tannahill Weavers. Although his first-love instrument remains the great Highland bagpipes, over the years his mastery has expanded to encompass whistles, Scottish smallpipes, or reelpipes – Morrison being a pivotal populariser of this once-rare variety – and Irish uilleann pipes.

He was also one of the first Scottish artists to forge dynamic links with his Celtic cousins in Brittany and north-west Spain, adding further to his repertoire of influences and tunes, and has long been renowned as an outstanding tune composer.

Each year in November, Fred packs his instruments into the car and sets off on a solo tour of Scotland, playing in intimate settings, the length and breadth of the country. The Winter Tour has become a permanent fixture in Fred’s schedule.

He said: ‘It’s great to see how the Celtic music scene has expanded throughout the world, with all the huge festivals, but I do love coming back to perform and share music and stories in all the amazing venues at home, some in very far flung places.’

Playing mostly his own compositions, the mix of heart-warming music and great stories make for a great Winter night’s entertainment for music lovers of all ages.

The concert will be opened by Arran Music School youth pipers and will be in Brodick Church Hall at 8pm.

Tickets available from arranevents.com, the Book and Card Centre or on the door. Tickets £12, concession £10 and under 18 £5. BYOB

The celebrations will continue on Saturday December 1 with a Fèis Arainn family ceilidh in Brodick Public Hall at 7.30pm

Featuring top accordion player Grant McFarlane and Graeme Connel on drums to drive the dancing along and with performances by young Fèis participants.

Tickets available from arranevents.com, the Book and Card Centre or on the door. Adult, child £4, family £20. BYOB and juice bar.

Top accordion player Grant McFarlane will be playing at their ceilidh. NO_B42feis01

Fred Morrison will be playing in Brodick next weekend. NO_B42feis02