The Tannahill Weavers are one of Scotland's premier traditional bands and recently celebrated 50 years of global touring. Their diverse repertoire spans centuries of Scottish culture with fiery, driving instrumentals, topical songs and original ballads.
They have just released their eighteenth album "Òrach" (golden), which showcases their unique combination of traditional melodies on pipes, flute and fiddle, powerhouse rhythms on guitar and bouzouki, and powerful three and four part vocal harmonies.
The Tannahill Weavers began to attract attention when founding members Roy Gullane and Phil Smillie added the full-sized highland bagpipes to their live shows, the first professional Scottish folk group to do so successfully. John Martin adds fiddle, cello, and viola as well as bass vocals.
In 2011 the band was inducted into the Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame, and in 2014 they were joined by innovative piper Lorne MacDougall. Lorne comes with a high pedigree, having arranged and performed pipes for the Disney Pixar movie Brave, along with a long list of other accomplishments.
As Garrison Keillor, the host of "Prairie Home Companion", remarked, "These guys are a bunch of heroes every time they go on tour in the States".
As the Winnipeg Free Press note, "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."
The Regina Leader-Post wrote, "The Tannahill Weavers personify Celtic music, and if you are given to superlatives, you have to call their talent 'awesome'."