The Tannahill Weavers are one of Scotland’s premier traditional bands. Their diverse repertoire spans the centuries with fire-driven instrumentals, topical songs and original ballads and lullabies, and their music demonstrates 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 recordings. Now in their 51st year, the quartet recently released their 18th album. The Tannahill Weavers will bring their dynamic Celtic music to The Palms Playhouse on Thursday, Sept. 19 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $22 ($12 with student ID). The Tannahills have turned their acoustic excitement loose on audiences with an electrifying effect since 1968. Their combination of traditional melodies, driving rhythmic accompaniment and rich vocals makes for memorable performances. 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.” Born of a session in Paisley, Scotland and named for the town’s historic weaving industry and local poet laureate Robert Tannahill, the group has made an international name for its special brand of Scottish music, blending the beauty of traditional melodies with the power of modern rhythms. For 50 years, the Tannies have been trailblazers for Scottish music. They were one of the first popular bands to incorporate the sound of the Great Highland bagpipe in an ensemble setting, changing the sound of Scottish traditional music. Their tight harmonies and powerful, inventive arrangements have won them fans from beyond the folk and Celtic music scenes. They are firmly established as one of the premier groups on the concert stage. From reflective ballads to foot-stomping reels and jigs, the variety and range of the material the Tannies perform is matched only by the musicians’ enthusiasm and lively Celtic spirits. In 2011 the band was inducted into the Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame, and in 2018 they released their highly acclaimed 50th anniversary album “Òrach” (“Golden” in Gaelic) on award-winning label Compass Records. The Tannahill Weavers are Roy Gullane (guitar and lead vocals), Phil Smillie (flute, whistle and bodhrán) and Malcolm Bushby (fiddle). Piper Mike Katz of Battlefield Band fame is joining the Tannies on this tour. Katz is one of the most acclaimed players, and one of the biggest personalities, in the Scottish piping scene. Tickets are available online via The Palms’ website and through Eventbrite, as well as at Pacific Ace Hardware in Winters, Armadillo Music in Davis, Davids’ Broken Note in Woodland and at the door if the show is not sold out. For more information, visit palmsplayhouse.com and tannahillweavers.com.
The Tannahill Weavers will bring the sounds of Scotland to The Palms on Thursday, Sept. 19
The Tannahill Weavers will bring their dynamic Celtic music to The Palms Playhouse on Thursday, Sept. 19 at 8 p.m.
he Tannahill Weavers perform an instrumental medley earlier this year.
The Tannahill Weavers several special guests perform an instrumental medley, “The Geese In The Bog Set,”
at the National Piping Centre in Glasgow, Scotland in 2015.