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Soak up the Celtic rhythms of the Tannahill Weavers

by on September 16, 2011

As one of Scotland’s premiere traditional bands, the Tannahill Weavers’ diverse repertoire literally spans centuries with fire-driven instrumentals, topical songs, and original ballads and lullabies. Their music demonstrates to old and young alike the rich and varied musical heritage of the Celtic people. These versatile musicians have received worldwide accolades consistently over the years for their exuberant performances and outstanding recording efforts that seemingly can’t get better, and on September 30 at 7:30pm they’ll ignite The Fredericton Playhouse stage with some of those dynamic, traditional Celtic rhythms.

The Tannahills have turned their acoustic excitement loose on audiences with an electrifying effect. They have that unique combination of traditional melodies, driving rhythmic accompaniment, and rich vocals that make their performances unforgettable. As the Winnipeg Free Press noted, “The Tannahill Weavers – properly harnessed – could probably power an entire city for a year on the strength of last night’s concert alone. The music may be old time Celtic, but the drive and enthusiasm are akin to straight ahead rock and roll.”

The Boston Globe raves,” Scotland’s Tannahill Weavers play acoustic instruments, but the atmosphere at their shows is electric. The quintet is as tight and as versatile as any band in the Celtic music revival. They can summon rock ‘n’ roll intensity or haunting introspection.”

In anticipation of the show, why not rev up your taste buds by sampling a selection of Single Malt Scotches, along with an accompanying food pairing hosted by whisky enthusiast Frank Scott? Held in the West Gallery of The Fredericton Playhouse at 6pm on the night of the performance, The Art of Whisky Tasting is a pre-show activity presented through The Playhouse’s Create, Learn & Play Series. Registration is required through the Playhouse box office.

Patrons are also invited to join the Tannahills after the show on September 30 for the next installment of our In Conversation Series post-show talks at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery.  Hosted by Peter Toner – a specialist in ethnomusicology through the Department of Anthropology at St. Thomas University – this forum gives fans the opportunity to talk with the Tannahills about their music, inspiration, and accolades. Tickets for the post-show talk, available through the Fredericton Playhouse box office in limited number, are complimentary and include a free glass of wine.

Tickets for Tannahill Weavers are available at the Fredericton Playhouse box office 1-866-884-5800, or online at

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