Friday 1 Jun 2018, 19:30
£15 | U26 £7.50
The Ryan Centre, Stranraer DG9 7AP

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Ryan Centre 01776 703535


Barely four years since their formation, Talisk have already stacked up several major awards for their pyrotechnic yet artfully woven sound – including Folk Band of the Year 2017 at the BBC Alba Scots Trad Music Awards, and a 2015 BBC Radio 2 Folk Award.

Mohsen Amini’s concertina, Hayley Keenan’s fiddle and Graeme Armstrong’s guitar meld seamlessly together to produce a unique force that has taken them to many corners of Europe, throughout the UK on their own headline tours, to Canada, Australia and – from 2018 – the United States. World-leading festival appearances include the Cambridge Folk Festival, Denmark’s Tønder, Celtic Colours in Cape Breton, Fairport’s Cropredy Convention, Celtic Connections and Brittany’s Festival Interceltique de Lorient – whilst the trio’s captivating signature has also been recognised by the wider industry, through official showcase selections at both WOMEX 17 and Folk Alliance International 2018.

Whilst their touring history may far bely their years, so to does their unfailing energy and stage presence. With a second album in the pipeline, alongside heavy touring throughout 2018 and beyond, theirs remains a star firmly on the ascent.

Robyn Stapleton’s voice “reflects flawless perfection” (Folkwords). Winner of BBC Radio Scotland’s
Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2014, the Stranraer singer is one of Scotland’s most sought-after folk musicians. She has performed with many prestigious ensembles, including the RSNO, BBC
Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Scottish Ensemble. Her debut album Fickle Fortune and her newly released Songs of Robert Burns have received outstanding reviews.

Stranraer locals The Cl’yholers were formed out of the weekly session at The Grapes Bar. A collection of some of the Wigtownshire town’s best known musicians, the band perform a variety of Scottish and Irish tunes and songs, folk, country and blues music.

“Extraordinary” Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2
“Doubling the power of three” The Scotsman
“the technical ability of each member is clear in the energetic, dynamic sound produced” Songlines

Supported by the Year of Young People event fund and the Holywood Trust