Contemporary folk acts set to storm Woodend Barn

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Some of the most exciting folk musicians making names for themselves on the current circuit will be appearing in Banchory to play at Woodend Barn over the coming weeks.

Hugely talented singer/songwriter, Karine Polwart, twice winner of ‘Best Original Song’ at the BBC Folk Awards, comes to the Barn with her trio, featuring Steven Polwart and Inge Thomson on Saturday April 23. Her intelligent and compassionate songwriting skills have earned her well-deserved respect and a loyal audience following.

Dynamic double act, Scottish/Irish piping duo Ross Ainslie and Jarlath Henderson, take the Barn by storm a week later on April 30. When he is not studying medicine, Jarlath, first ever Irish winner of the BBC Young Folk Musician of the Year back in 2003, gigs with Ross as well as taking to the stage with Scottish superstars, Capercaillie. Ross was last at the Barn with the Treacherous Orchestra in 2010. Their 2008 album, Partners in Crime, won them much praise and their brilliantly incendiary live performances are the stuff of legend.

A little further ahead on Saturday May 14, Lau, three times winners of the Best Group at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, return to the Barn. Between them, Kris Drever, Aidan O’ Rourke and Martin Green’s creativity transcends all the music they hold dear and they are renowned for pushing their compositions and each other to new heights during their exhilarating live performances.

Few fiddle players can match the expressive feel that Duncan Chisolm seemingly effortlessly applies to a Highland air. For the first time, Duncan is touring music from his critically acclaimed solo recordings with a bit of help from Tony Byrne on guitar and Allan Henderson on fiddle and piano. Duncan Chisolm will be at the Barn on Thursday May 19 as part of a Scottish tour that has already seen some venues selling out.

Into June and the Barn welcomes Salsa Celtica Acoustic Band: The Small Island Sessions on Friday June 3, a smaller than usual line up of Salsa Celtica offering a more intimate evening and featuring music which combines the traditions of Gaelic, Afro Cuban and African song with an acoustic roots feel.

Rounding off the line up are Manran - a young band who have quite literally rocketed to the top of the Scottish music scene with their powerful combination of Gaelic/English songs underpinned by driving accordion, fiddle, flute, drum and bass combined with Highland and Uilleann pipes. Their first Gaelic single, ‘Latha Math’ released for download only in January, met with incredible success reaching No 1 in the UK singer/songwriter charts, No 6 in the Scottish download charts and No 6 on the Radio 1 Indie Charts. They will be appearing at the Barn on Saturday June 18.

Tickets for all these shows are available from or by calling the Barn box office on 01330 825431.