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Vocoustics: Fullsceilidh Spelemannslag @ The Blue Lamp, Sun5Dec

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Vocoustics Promotions Presents:

FULLSCEILIDH SPELEMANNSLAG

(playing 2 sets)

Sunday 5th December

The Blue Lamp (121 Gallowgate, Aberdeen, AB25 1BU) Phone: 01224 647472

8 from 8pm

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'Fresh' from performing at the Scots Traditional Music Awards 2010 in the Perth Concert Hall the night before, one of Shetland top bands will be performing at the Blue Lamp before heading back to Shetland to continue their infactuation with rhubarb and oatcakes.

Formed in 2005, Fullsceilidh Spelemannslag are a group of hugely talented Shetland musicians delivering a high octane, fiddle-led maelstrom of feverish melodies and dance-to rhythms drawn from the Shetland, Nordic and Celtic traditions.

The bands have performed at the Orkney Folk Festival and the Shetland Folk Festival (supporting Shooglenifty, The Chair and Peatboag Faeries)... the streamlined 'flying squad' have also performed several time in Norway.

The full band features Maurice Henderson (fiddle), Ewen Thomson (fiddle), Lois Nicol (fiddle), Helen Whitham (fiddle), Stewart Grains (fiddle), Ross Couper (fiddle), Mark Laurenson (fiddle), Peter Wood (piano), Grant Nicol (guitar), John Clark (bass), Davie Jamieson (drums).

Maurice Henderson is a founding member of Fiddlers' Bid who won 'Best Album' at Scots Traditional Music Awards 2010 and have just been nominated as 'Best Live Act' at the Radio 2 Folk Awards 2011.

Ross Couper is a member of Bodega who won 'Scottish Folk Band of the Year' at the Scots Traditional Music Awards 2009. The rest of the band are all highly regarded within the Shetland music scene

The 'spelemannslag' is an informal gathering of folk musicians, usually dominated by fiddles, who play tunes together. Often these groups play tunes from a specific area with which they are affiliated. Spelemannslag meetings tend to serve social function as much as they do musical ones; and money from paid performances generally goes to the group, rather than its constituent individuals.

"Brilliantly articulated fiddles dance over a full rhythm section and varied instrumental colour, and though often up-tempo, the tunes are honed to sit in tasteful grooves. OK, they do slip in some Irish polkas and some Canadian tunes but even more from Scandinavia and, though essentially a young band, the playing is tight and classy... it's a beauty!" Scotsman (album review)

Festival highlight... a glorious massed-fiddle rammy that whipped a packed room into a frenzy. Shetland Folk Festival

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The band have made it back from Perth to Aberdeen.... by bus, van and some of the band even got a Taxi! :)

Shetland Folk Festival also won 'Event of the Year' at the Scots Trad Awards... tonight will be fun!

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