To celebrate the release of the critically acclaimed album Summer Isles, Mairearad Green has announced a selection of tour dates across the UK running from May 31st – June 29th 2016. Summer Isles was one of our Featured Albums of the Month in February (read our review here) from which we have the pleasure in sharing with you ‘The Island‘ (listen above), a song which is credited to Sutherland poet Jan Kilpatrick who has been a major influence on Mairearad with three of her poems appearing on the album.
Mairearad will be supported by Hector MacInnes; a songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist and audio producer from the Isle of Skye. Hector has worked with some of the finest acts in Scotland’s folk and acoustic scenes including Dàimh, Fras and Amy Henderson as well as performing guest vocals on Mairearad’s Summer Isles album.
Along with Hector (vocals, drums, bass), joining Mairearad onstage will be producer and multi-instrumentalist, Iain Hutchison (vocals, guitar, piano), with Mairearad herself on vocals, accordion, pipes and piano. Renowned musician and composer, Mike Vass (fiddle, guitar, vocals) completes the live line-up as he joins the band for appearances at The Quay Sessions, Brew at the Bog and The Summer Isles Festival.
Having grown up in the Scottish Highlands and performed in various folk bands, The Summer Isles and the folk tradition are deeply rooted in Mairearad Green’s composition. Summer Isles is an exquisite collection of acoustic, folk and cinematic vignettes that create a listening experience that is sonically rich. Each song tells a story of the islands’ history, embracing a contrasting emotion from track to track.
Summer Isles received praise from a range of publications includingFolk Radio UK, The Scotsman, The List, Songlines, R2 Magazine and Songwriting Magazine to name but a few. Mairearad has also become a leading figure in the folk festival world; performing at the likes of Celtic Connections Festival, Cambridge Folk Festival and Tonder Folk Festival. In addition to these tour dates Mairearad will also be the festival director, as well as performer, at The Summer Isles Festival in August. You can catch Mairearad Green perform in the following cities and album Summer Isles is out now via Buie Records.
Mairearad Green Tour Dates
31st May – The Quay Sessions – Glasgow
3rd June – Brew At The Bog – Inverness
26th June – The Klondyke – Manchester
27th June – The Green Note – London
28th June – The Cumberland Arms – Newcastle
29th June – The Hug and Pint – Glasgow