GAINSBOROUGH’S Trinity Arts Centre was subject to a Scottish invasion last Friday.
However, it wasn’t by a banner-waving tartan army, but by a group of excellent musicians.
The Tannahill Weavers, formed way back in 1968, are one of Scotland’s premier traditional bands and the present line-up of Roy Gullane (guitar/vocals), Phil Smillie (flute/bodhran/vocals), John Martin (fiddle/vocals) and Colin Melville (bagpipes) are carrying on the high standard of musicianship displayed by the band over the years.
The fusion of bagpipes, flute, fiddle and acoustic guitar creates a marvellous overall sound and their up-tempo instrumental pieces compel you to clap your hands or tap your feet to the beat.
They’re no slouches, either, when it comes to vocals with Roy’s rich Scottish accent complementing the sound being produced around him.
But they are not just about driving rhythms, as they can slow things down to produce beautiful ballads such as Jamie Raeburn’s Farewell and their version of Auld Lang Syne.
Roy easily engaged with the audience with his dry sense of humour, and he was not afraid of poking fun at his fellow countrymen.
This was the band’s first date of a nationwide British tour after a month spent touring the USA and Germany - if this night was anything to go by the rest of the country are in for a real treat.
By David Green