Rising star to duo at Montrose folk club

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THE next concert at Montrose Folk Club in the Links Hotel, Montrose next Tuesday evening will feature an appearance by the rising star of the Scottish folk scene, Kris Drever, in a duo format with Eamonn Coyne of Salsa Celtica.

Kris and Eamonn will be performing material from the CD entitled Honk Toot Suite, which features American Swing, old-timey music and Blues as well as folk. Originally from Ireland but now resident in Edinburgh, Eamonn Coyne is a maestro of the tenor banjo.

Kris was recently chosen as one of the four nominations for the category of Best Folk Singer at the 2011 Radio 2 Folk Awards. This is just the latest of a series of nominations and prizes which have been won by Kris at the Folk Awards over the past four years.

At the 2007 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, Kris Drever won the category for Best Up and Coming Artist. Subsequently, Kris became a member of the exciting three-piece band, Lau, together with Fiddler, Aidan O’Rourke of Blazing Fiddles, and accordionist, Martin Green.

For the 2008 Folk Awards, Lau were amongst the four nominees in several categories, including Best Band, Best Live Act and Best Album. In 2009 they won the award for best band and at the 2010 Scots Trad Music Awards, they won the category for Best Live Act.

It is a considerable coup for Montrose Folk Club to have negotiated a gig by Kris and Eamonn on account of the very busy gig schedule of Kris, as a solo performer, with Lau, and in duos with Anna Massie and Karine Polwart as well as with Eamonn Coyne.

Kris is the son of singer-song writer Ivan Drever, formerly lead vocalist with Celtic rock band Wolfstone. His first band, Fine Friday, grew out of his involvement in the sessions at the Sandy Bell’s, Edinburgh’s most famous folk pub.

In 2006, Kris released his debut solo album, entitled Black Water, on Reveal Records to considerable acclaim. It was nominated for the Album of the Year Award at the Scottish Trad Music Awards in 2006.

Kris is an outstanding musician on both guitar and banjo. However, for many, his recent popularity stems from his very distinctive vocal performances.

As well as being a member of Salsa Celtica, Eamonn had performed and recorded with a vast array of stellar musicians, including Tommy Peoples and Sharon Shannon.

For a number of years Eamonn toured as a member of the fabulous quartet of recent Grammy Winner, Alison Brown.

Everyone is welcome at Montrose Folk Club next Tuesday for a great evening of songs and music by two outstanding performers. The doors will pen at 7.30 pm, with Kris and Eamonn on stage at 8 pm.