Rosie and Malcolm delight audience

Rosie and Malcolm
Rosie and Malcolm

A delightful evening of traditional music was enjoyed by a full audience at the Swallow Theatre when local lass Rosie Lindsay and her musical partner Malcolm Bushby appeared on Saturday.

Malcolm hails originally from Tasmania, but with strong Scottish lineage on both sides of his musical family, he returned to his musical ‘home’ and studied in the Western Isles.

Rosie studied Folk and Traditional Music at Newcastle University, graduating two years ago and the two have developed a lovely, traditional repertoire on a range of instruments but mainly featuring piano and fiddle. The evening’s performance included a wide variety of slow airs, reels, strathspeys, hornpipes and jigs, together with some pieces specifically local to Dumfries and Galloway.

Rosie played and sang items which featured in her graduation recital, whilst Malcolm introduced us to tunes gathered from many highly reputed fiddlers. They played with skill and sensitivity and it was heartening to see the ‘tradition’ being continued through the generations with such energy and enthusiasm. These young musicians have a long, enjoyable journey ahead of them on the traditional music road and will undoubtedly develop their presentational skills as they travel together. Their undoubted strength lies in their piano and fiddle playing, both individually and together. We look forward to seeing them in the locality again, as Malcolm said: “In maybe another year.”

The next event at the Swallow Theatre will be Fine Tunings, a local group presenting ‘Whither the Weather’ on August 16th at 7.30pm.

Review by Eileen Robinson