Join us once again on Thursday, October 15th at 6:30 PM for a free concert in the downstairs Lane Room as the popular Edinburgh-based Scottish Folk band North Sea Gas makes a return visit to the Lane Library!
Who is North Sea Gas? They are Ronnie MacDonald, Grant Simpson and Dave Gilfillan, performing for over thirty years and stronger than ever! One of Scotland's most popular folk bands with great vocals and tremendous three part harmonies. Guitars, Mandolin, Fiddle, Bouzouki, Whistles, Bodhrans, Banjo and good humour are all part of the entertainment.
They have recorded 16 albums and are constantly adding new material to their show. Their latest album, "The Fire and the Passion of Scotland" won the 2013 Album of the Year award from Celtic Radio in the U.S. as well as first place in the "Jigs and Reels" category for the set of tunes on the album. Celtic Radio says, "The band displays an attachment and a reverence for their roots from the very start. The music feels genuine, unpretentious and spontaneous, with a fondness for storytelling and beautiful harmonies." Their prior album, "Tak a Dram Afore Ye Go" continues to be very popular with fans all over the world and Alasdair Maclean (The Scots Magazine) said of "Edinburgh Toon," "The album is offered in the spirit of enjoyment, and in that it succeeds superbly."
A prior album "Rosslyn" received wonderful reviews from folk magazines, newspapers etc. including Dirty Linen (USA), the Scots Magazine, and The Living Tradition. Their show consists of traditional, contemporary and self-penned material all put together in a style of their own . This proves popular during their regular tours of Scotland, America, Canada, Germany, Austria, and many other destinations every year as well as in TV and Radio appearances on both sides of the Atlantic including "Late Night Saturday," "Woodsongs Old Time Radio Hour" (one of the biggest radio shows of its kind), and "Song of the Mountains" shown on select PBSTV stations in the U.S.
In 2008, they recorded for Chinese television with an estimated audience of 800 million; A highlight of any band's career!
December 2009 saw the band playing in Istanbul, Turkey, for the British Consulate St Andrews Ball and they have been invited back in 2010.
We could say more but put simply "North Sea Gas" are a highly entertaining Scottish folk band who have an ever-growing fan base ranging through all age groups thus giving the "Gas" show a wonderful atmosphere.
"No airs and graces just fantastic music"...
EdinburghGuide.com (Edin/Festival 2007)
"Through their work they introduce audiences to the wider world of the folk tradition and its Riches"
John O'Regan Living Tradition (Magazine)