Friday, April 5, 2019 | 8:30PM
Alyth with Tony McManus + Friends
Advance $25.00 / Door: $30.00 *
Alyth McCormack has a voice described as having ‘spun glass fragility belying a sinewy strength’, accompaniments transcendentally timeless and effortlessly contemporary combined with the uncomplicated conviction with which she communicates with her audiences have ensured that Alyth is one of the most exciting singers on the scene. Her vocal talent, understanding approach and performance skill give her the ability to cross over diverse singing styles making her comfortable performing with a variety of artists.
Born and raised on the Island of Lewis off the Northwest coast of Scotland, Alyth grew up immersed in the culture of these islands. Noted as a gifted performer from a young age, she would expand on her traditional background by studying classical singing and drama at the RSAMD in Glasgow. This combination makes her a unique performer who works with a broad variety of musicians both from the thriving Scottish music scene as well as regularly touring with The Chieftans and The StepCrew.
“Alyth’s vocal is a wonder, retaining its quavering beauty through a wide variety of moods and amplitudes…powerfully emotional despite its whispered fragility.” Jim Foley – Rootsworld.com
Tony McManus is the leading celtic guitarist worldwide and has just been listed as one of the 50 transcendental guitarists of all time by Guitar Player Magazine. While Tony is known as a soloist his frequent collaborations with diverse musicians have always been a significant part of his work.
Julia Toaspern is a multi-talented musician from Berlin who combines classical training on violin and voice with a wide interest in genres such as jazz, baroque and traditional music. She has released two albums of original songs and has performed in both classical and singer/songwriter modes on both sides of the Atlantic. On top of all this her skills as a guitarist are prodigious and make an exciting fit with Tony’s work.
Their twin guitar treatment of traditional music is unique and each supports the other in exploring the harmonic possibilities of these old and not so old tunes. Each of the pair both flatpicks and fingerpicks at the highest level but always at the service of the tune rather than a display of technique. Her violin can effortlessly morph into a fiddle as she weaves from Italian madrigal to Scottish reel. Tony and Julia’s arrangements are rooted in deep musicality and heartfelt expression.
NUA is an award-winning innovative trad trio, bringing a fresh and unique sound to traditional music, creating their own distinctive original compositions, balanced with traditional and contemporary tunes drawn from Irish and Scottish traditions. Based in Toronto, Canada, NUA consists of three award-winning members, fiddle player James Law, guitarist Graeme McGillivray and bodhran player Jacob McCauley. The interaction between the three is what really makes the music shine, whether it be their soaring melodies or tasteful grooves.
Bordering on progressive, while hinting at the traditions of the past, NUA’s compositions will take you on an exhilarating journey, creating an atmosphere and mood unique to the listener.
“NUA have delivered two of the finest Canadian Celtic roots albums of recent years, watch one bursting with fresh and exciting ideas, magnifying the sonic scope of Scottish and Irish music.”
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