July’s Mill on the Fleet Mill Sessions, on Wednesday, July 4, featuress Bellevue Rendezvous.
They are an inventive Scottish-based trio of Gavin Marwick (fiddle), Cameron Robson (cittern, jaw harp) and Ruth Morris (nyckelharpa), plundering Europe for strange and interesting tunes. The nyckelharpa is a traditional Swedish instrument, a beautifully toned keyed fiddle in the viola register, rarely seen in the UK.
With a collective CV that encompasses some of Scotland’s most fascinating outfits – including Unusual Suspects, Cantrip and Iron Horse – they draw on music and traditions as diverse as Serbia, Macedonia, Poland, Canada, France and Finland to create the quirkily alluring instrumental interplay that makes their Salamander CD one of the albums of the year.
Mike Wilson, of Folk and Roots, says of Salamander: “It should cement the position of Bellevue Rendezvous as one of the foremost talents in traditional music, with a sound that stands out as truly distinct and imaginative.”
With support from Calum Gilligan, this promises to be another memorable evening. Calum’s music is described as “a beautiful blend of acoustic/folk, charming vocals and well crafted songs … Calum’s performances are always heartfelt and charming to a degree that the audience never feels short-changed”.
As always, 7.30pm in the Faed Gallery, the Mill on The Fleet, Gatehouse of Fleet. Tickets £8 on the door or bookable in advance at the Mill.