An Evening with Andrew Greig & The Fiona Hunter Band

On 8th November 2013

DHM Concerts and Unroofed Records presents

 

An Evening with Andrew Greig & The Fiona Hunter Band

28th March 2014, Queens Hall, Edinburgh.

71PRp1hNvgL._SL1000_Andrew Greig  has been called ‘Scotland’s Renaissance writer ‘ by journalist  Mariella Frostrop  and has been at the forefront of  Scottish poetry and literature since  the  mid- seventies. He is the author of six acclaimed books of poetry, two Himalayan mountaineering expedition books, and several novels including That Summer, When They Lay Bare, In Another Light (Scottish Book of the Year) The Return of John Macnab and Romanno Bridge.  His last non-fiction book At The Loch of The Green Corrie is already seen as a contemporary classic.

His recent collection  Found at Sea was adapted for the stage by David Greig and  performed to  sell out audiences  at The Traverse Theatre  in   Feb 2013.  His latest   novel Fair Helen   published by Quercus Books  is set in the Scotland-England Borderlands in  the 1590’s. Greig’s vital prose renders the Border Ballad Fair Helen of Kirkconnel Lea as a breathless romance, as stirring adventure, and a memento mori. Gutsy atmospheric and wry as ever, he shines a candle light on the dark days of a lawless land, land and  the real woman behind the legend often called the Scottish Romeo and Juliet.

‘What sets Fair Helen above the usual run of historical novels, aside from Greig’s extraordinarily deft use of language, is its moral depth, its acute sense of the intricacies of the Border feuds and of the Byzantine intrigues of King James’s VI inner circle and, most poignantly, the helplessness and determination of those characters who would live decent lives, if only “feckfu’ gentry” would allow it…’ The Guardian

The first half of the evening will consist of a selection  of readings from  Andrew’s published works  including Fair Helen with musical  interludes from the Fiona Hunter Band.

The second half will feature an hour set from Fiona Hunter with her band  Mike Vass, Gillian Frame, Innes Watson and Euan Burton who will be celebrating the release of Fiona’s debut solo album.

http://andrew-greig.weebly.com/

http://www.scottishpoetrylibrary.org.uk/poetry/poets/andrew-greig

 

FIONA HUNTER

After nearly a decade as vocalist and cellist of award-winning folk band Malinky, Fiona Hunter is stepping out on her own and gaining a deserved reputation as one of the finest young singers on the Scottish folk music scene today, with her fresh interpretations of songs of her native Glasgow and of the Scottish Travellers. In pursuit of the latter she has worked with members of the Fetterangus Stewart family, the last tradition-bearers of this celebrated folk song dynasty. Her academic qualifications in the field are of the first order – a BA in Scottish Music from the Royal Scottish Academy and studies at the Smithsonian Institute in the USA – but it’s her passion and natural ability to inhabit her material that sets her apart.

Hunter’s strengths lie in a vocal tone that she varies to suit the mood of the song while always sounding like the real deal and her ability to project a genuine empathy with the characters she’s singing about.” Rob Adams

It’s a beguiling tapestry of sound which leaves you wanting more.” Matthew Linley

Nominated for Scots Singer of the Year in the  2013  Traditional Music Awards  and  participant at the 2013 Womex Festival

 

www.unroofed.com

www.fionahunter.co.uk

 

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