Spring tour date at Montrose Folk Club

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Patsy Reid and Friends will be the guests at Montrose Folk Club in the Links Hotel, Mid Links, Montrose on Friday, April 18.

Their appearance will be a one-off Friday concert for the club, taking it out of the normal fortnightly Thursday sequence.

The concert is part of the spring tour by Patsy Reid and Friends which is taking them to all areas of the British Isles in order to promote Patsy’s new CD, ‘The Brightest Path’.

Patsy will be appearing at Montrose Folk Club with a band consisting of a group of friends, who are also very high quality musicians in their own right.

They also all play on the album and are Ewan MacPherson on guitar and various other stringed instruments, Mhairi Hall on piano and Signy Jacobsdottir on percussion.

Patsy was one of the founder members of the award-winning band, Braebach, and is currently a member, together with Catriona McDonald and Maritt Falt, of the new string trio called Vamm.

After being an award winner in fiddle competitions as a teenager, Patsy studied classical music at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.

Since then, as Aidan O’Rouke from the band, Lau, says: “she has truly mastered her instrument and has developed a unique style which seems to grow in depth and maturity every year”.

‘The Brightest Path’ showcases the veritable jamboree of musical styles for which Patsy Reid is justifiably famous.

It opens, for example, with her own composition, ‘Hooray Henry’, a meandering jazz ensemble work, before being replaced by a piano accompaniment ushering in the plaintive Reid fiddle on a gorgeous traditional tune, ‘Donside’.

The contrast is striking, yet somehow seamless. Before you have time to draw breath when listening to the album, Patsy is then singing with confidence and panache ‘The River Princes’, a heart-warming song written by Ewan MacPherson, one of the friends.

Other songs featured on the album include the gorgeous ‘Kite Song’, written by Patty Griffin.

In addition to being a very fine singer, as well as a wondrous fiddle player, Patsy also moonlights during her set on both cello and viola.

‘The Brightest Path’ is a demonstration of a glorious musician playing and singing with soul and integrity.

The opportunity to hear her play in Angus on Friday, April 18 should not be missed.

For years now the Montrose Folk Club has provided music lovers the unique opportunity to hear the very best of live music where the audience can enjoy an ‘up close and personal’ experience with the artistes.

Furthermore, if time allows, the floor is opened up for those wishing to take a turn where the very best of local talent is given the opportunity to perform.

Montrose Folk Club has been running since 1984 and is one of the oldest venues for folk music in Scotland.

Its programme is aimed at bringing a wide spectrum of popular and acoustic music to Angus. The foundation is mainstream folk music, both traditional and contemporary, but it also stages blues performers, new country music and contemporary songwriters. It has played host to all the best known names on the Scottish folk music scene as well as touring folk musicians from all over the world. North American guests have included Tanglefoot and James Keelaghan from Canada and Tom Pacheco from the U.S.

Patsy Reid and Friends are on stage at the Links Hotel at 8 p.m, doors open at 7.30 p.m.