They continue to create and re-create Scottish music that's simultaneously real and magical (Rob Adams, The Herald)
...new light on Scots tradition ...breathtaking, sometimes as complex as a classical piece and sometimes starkly simple
(Mick Tems, Taplas)
The Bairns will feature in one of Celtic Connections' Classic Albums concerts, featuring most (or all) of the classic Lasses Fashion album.
The line-up will see the return of Jack Evans and Ian Hardie for this gig
Ian Hardie has released a splendid CD with a new web site to boot. The CD is based on trips Ian has made to the US and another bout of composing using altered tunings, drawing on the old-time fiddle tradition of Appalachia.
Sounds good too, and you can hear samples on the web site.
On BBC Radio Scotland, Sunday 31 December (Hogmanay!) from 9:05pm - 9:58pm (GMT) you can hear the story of the Bairns. The Radio Times says:
Rare: A Musical Portrait of Jock Tamson's Bairns
Jock Tamson's Bairns are one of the most creative and influential bands in Scottish traditional music. Here, Billy Kay tells the story of a group of musicians who came out of the vibrant session scene in Edinburgh's Sandy Bell's pub in the late 1970's and went on to make four seminal records. Billy is joined by singer/songwriter Karine Polwart, Lowland piper Hamish Moore, fans from their Edinburgh festival gig, and Bairns present and past.
If you don't like sitting round your wireless on Hogmanay, you can use the BBC Listen Again service for 7 days after the broadcast. If you miss this as well, then get in touch- we may be able to get copies if you are really desparate.
Rob Adams has done a preview of the programme in the Herald.
We have received notification from the Edinburgh Festival Fringe that we offically sold-out this year, which means we are authorised to proudly flaunt this logo.
Anna-Wendy is also joining us in our gigs over the summer, as a replacement for Ian Hardie, who left the band in December.
It's been a busy year for the Bairns' members, although not so busy for the band after the release of Rare in April. A change of agency early in the year is now working through to busier prospects for 2006.
The main change comes with the departure of Ian Hardie from the band. We are very sorry to see Ian go, as one of the original Bairns, and we wish him all the best in his future musical activities.
So, expect some changes to the line-up next year- we'll keep you posted.
Another 5 star review from the Listening Post!
... The singing, the playing, the harmonies and the sheer undiluted quality remain as the benchmark for any others who aspire to understand and convey traditional Scottish music at its finest.
... Proof, if any was needed, that this really is one of the finest groups ever.
Rare has just got a 5 star review from Sue Wilson in the Sunday Herald!
... a benchmark of taste, sensitivity and quietly authoritative musicianship.
... brimful of sparkle and finesse... as good as you’ll hear anywhere.
The new album is out and the first reviews are coming in. In the first week, Rare has been featured on BBC Scotland's Celtic Connections, Travelling Folk, and Ian Anderson programmes. It was Album of the Week on Radio Nan Gaidheal and The Reel Blend. It will be featured on Australian national radio and US stations this week.
"SMASHING- out the top drawer" ROBBIE SHEPHERD
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The latest album from the Bairns.
...a rare treat of excellent songs and tunes
...top-class instrumentals combined with some beautiful songs
A priceless collection of ubiquitous rarities. Features a scone recipe from John's Granny. Now with fruit.
Two classic albums for the price of one. Includes the 'Lasses Fashion' which was shortlisted for the Best Trad Album of all time in the Scots Traditional Music Awards, and was in Richard Thomson's Top 10 Albums for Q Magazine, alongside the Platters and Elvis...
Features Tony Cuffe, Billy Kay and the Bairns. Re-released to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the birth of one of Scotland's greatest poets, Robert Fergusson.