Cairdeas complete current season

The current season of Montrose Folk Club closes next Tuesday evening with a performance from Cairdeas.
The current season of Montrose Folk Club closes next Tuesday evening with a performance from Cairdeas.

THE final concert of the current season at Montrose Folk Club next Tuesday evening in the Links Hotel, Montrose, will feature Cairdeas.

Cairdeas, who include in their line-up former members of North Sea Gas and Real Time, play an exciting brand of Scottish music and songs, both traditional and contemporary.

The members of the band are Colin Ramage on vocals, guitar, mandolin, mandola and whistle, Neil Paterson, who plays whistles, bagpipes, small pipes and guitar, and Ian Anderson on fiddle and vocals.

Since the band was formed in 2009, Cairdeas have proved exceptionally popular in Europe, having completed several successful tours of Switzerland, Italy, Germany and Denmark.

They are now turning their attentions to Scotland, having been booked for a number of festivals over the summer including the Falkland Folk Festival in Fife on June 25.

The lead singer and guitarist of the band, Colin Ramage, has been a professional folk singer, songwriter and all round entertainer for over 20 years.

For many years he was a member of the Edinburgh-based band, North Sea Gas, before progressing to a very successful solo career. Ian Anderson is widely recognised as one of the top fiddlers in Scotland. He is a former member of Real Time. His debut album, entitled “Silver Strings” was the BBC Radio nan Gaidheal Album of the Week.

When not playing with Cairdeas, Ian works as a session musician having played with the likes of KT Tunstall and Mick MacNeil of Simple Minds.

Cairdeas have recently released their first CD entitled “The Thinner Line”. Sales of the CD have proved very popular at recent gigs.

Everyone is welcome at Montrose Folk Club next Tuesday in the Links Hotel for a lively and entertaining evening of Scottish music and song to complete the current season. The doors at the Links Hotel will be open at 7.30 pm with Cairdeas on stage at 8 pm.

The first concert of the club after the summer break will be on Tuesday, August 9.