Heralded by Live Ireland as being “among the top bands in the world,” The Outside Track has won Best Group in both the Live Ireland and the Tradition In Review awards. The quintet released their fifth album, “Rise Up,” in December, and will play at The Palms Playhouse on Saturday, Feb. 9 starting at 8 p.m. Tickets are $22 ($18 with student ID). The Outside Track’s marriage of Celtic music, song and dance has been received enthusiastically around the world. Hailing from Scotland, Ireland, and Cape Breton, its five members are united by a love of traditional music and a commitment to creating new music on this foundation. Blending fiddle, accordion, harp, guitar, flute, whistle, step-dance and vocals, their blend of vitality and unmistakable joie de vivre has won them a large following around the globe. A member of the influential Rankin Family – legends on the Canadian music scene – Mairi Rankin plays fiddle, sings, and step-dances up a storm. Born in Mabou, Nova Scotia, Rankin has been influenced by some of the best Cape Breton traditional musicians and instructors on the island while also developing her own unique style. Singer, flutist and whistle player Teresa Horgan, from County Cork, is an emotive vocalist. After growing up playing with her family, Horgan earned an honors degree in Irish Music and Dance at the University of Limerick. She recorded two albums with award-winning Irish band FullSet and one album with guitarist Matt Griffin. She has toured extensively and shared the stage with The Chieftains, Declan O’Rourke, Andy Irvine, Lúnasa and others. Edinburgh’s Ailie Robertson is one of Scotland’s leading young traditional musicians. Nominated for Up and Coming Artist of the Year in the BBC Alba Scots Traditional Music Awards in 2009, this composer, arranger, teacher, improviser and harp virtuoso’s accomplishment on the clàrsach (Celtic harp) led Irish flautist Niall Keegan to say, “Ailie’s synthesis of Irish, Scottish and contemporary harping technique into an individual style represents the realization of otherwise unimagined possibilities for the Celtic harp.” From the Highland village of Evanton, accordionist Fiona Black credits the fèisean movement (Gaelic dance and music festivals and competitions) for nurturing her passion for music. Black attended the National Centre of Excellence in Traditional Music, and later University of Limerick where she completed a BA with Honors in Irish Music and Dance. Black intertwines her native Scottish style with Irish, Swedish and Cape Breton influences. Named Highland Young Guitarist in 2010, Michael Ferrie hails from Callander, Scotland. A former student of Sgoil Chiùil na Gàidhealtachd (National Centre of Excellence in Traditional Music) and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Ferrie is currently studying folk music in the master of music program at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Finland. In 2013, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra commissioned a piece from Ferrie, and the BBC Radio 2 nominated him and his band Thalla for the Young Folk Award. The Outside Track received a Best Live Act nomination in the MG Alba Scots Traditional Music Awards, and won the German Radio Critics Prize for their album “Flash Company.“ Tickets are available at Pacific Ace Hardware in Winters, Armadillo Music in Davis, Davids’ Broken Note in Woodland, online via The Palms’ website and Eventbrite, and at the door if the show is not sold out. For more information, visit palmsplayhouse.com and theoutsidetrack.com. Listen to their song “Dark Reel” here.]]>
Celtic quintet The Outside Track will "Rise Up" at The Palms on Saturday, Feb. 9
Heralded by Live Ireland as being “among the top bands in the world,” The Outside Track has won Best Group in both the Live Ireland and the Tradition In Review awards.