Everything Up In The Air at folk club

Up In The Air will be on stage at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, August 13, doors open at 7.30 p.m. Photograph by Kim Ayres.
Up In The Air will be on stage at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, August 13, doors open at 7.30 p.m. Photograph by Kim Ayres.

The new season at Montrose Folk Club begins next Tuesday in the Links Hotel, Montrose when the guests will be Up In The Air.

The club will resume after its summer break when it welcomes three of the most talented performers on the Scottish folk scene.

They are Jonny Hardie, the fiddler from The Old Blind Dogs, fellow fiddler Gavin Marwick, formerly of Iron Horse and now of Bellevue Rendezvous and The Unusual Suspects, together with Davy Cattanach, who was one of the original members of The Old Blind Dogs.

Up In The Air have recently released a CD entitled Moonshine, which is a long awaited follow up to “The Blue Lamp” and “Up In The Air”, their much loved albums from the nineties.

Moonshine features some songs, although the tune sets are predominant with the instrumentation and arrangements swapping amongst the twin fiddles of Gavin and Jonny, the guitars of Jonny and Davy and in addition, the percussion of Davy Cattanach.

There is a wide range of material upon the CD. This includes reels, airs and strathspeys from the Scottish tradition from sources such as Scott Skinner and Simon Fraser, recent Scottish compositions, including by band members, as well as tunes from Ireland, Canada and Asturias, all presented in an acoustic and contemporary setting. The songs on the CD are of recent vintage and mostly written by Davy Cattanach.

Having sung together so much over the years as members of The Old Blind Dogs, Jonny Hardie and Davy Cattanach form a tight vocal harmony unit.

This is a fantastic album from three musicians who clearly enjoy playing together and supporting each other with their combined talents.

Jonny Hardie and Davy Cattanach were both original members of The Old Blind Dogs, when that legendary band formed in the early nineties. The Dogs were once again voted Scottish Folk Band of the Year in 2012.

As well as touring extensively with The Old Blind Dogs, Jonny Hardie has over the last few years been much in demand as a producer and guitarist, working with Bruce McGregor, Alyth McCormack and The Chieftains.

If you are looking for live folk music in Scotland then Montrose Folk Club at the Links Hotel is the place to be.

The club has been running since 1984 and is one of the oldest venues for folk music in Scotland. It presents regular folk music concerts every second Tuesday evening throughout the year, with occasional extra concerts and short breaks in July and the festive season. Its programme is aimed at bringing a wide spectrum of popular and acoustic music. 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 including Archie Fisher, Dick Gaughan and the late Michael Marra. It has a policy of showcasing as many of the exciting new Scottish folk music performers as it can. The Links is a popular venue for touring folk musicians from all over the world. From England, regular visitors are Martin Carthy and Martin Simpson, and the Irish folk music of Tommy Sands is always a joy. Recent North American guests have included Tanglefoot and James Keelaghan from Canada and Tom Pacheco from the US. Everyone is welcome next Tuesday at Montrose Folk Club for what is certain to be a great night of Scottish music and song. Doors open 7.30 p.m.