“Super Group” duo at Montrose folk club

CHARLIE McKerron, founder member of Capercaillie and the leader of Session A9, together with Marc Clement, also of Session A9, will be the guests at Montrose Folk Club next Tuesday evening in the Links Hotel, Mid Links, Montrose.

Montrose Folk Club are presenting the concert by Charlie and Marc out-with their normal fortnightly sequence to fit in with their tour schedule - they are playing only six Scottish gigs during a short week-long Scottish tour.

Charlie was one of the founder members in 1986 of Capercaillie, the band who have established a worldwide reputation at the forefront of traditional music. Much of the appeal of their music stems from fusion of the vocals of Karen Matheson, with the fiddle virtuosity of Charlie McKerron.

More recently, Charlie has achieved a further landmark in Scottish Folk Music by the formation of Session A9, of which he is leader. Session A9, featuring a four fiddle line-up, are probably the most exciting band on the Scottish Folk Scene over the past 10 years.

Over the years, Session A9 have been described as a “Scottish Super Group”, as “the best band to come out of Scotland in 100 years”, as “tighter than James Brown” and as an “amazing festival band”. This is great praise indeed for a band formed through informal music sessions up and down the A9, culminating in their first ever tour in 2001. The band received the award for Best Folk Band at the 2008 Scottish Trad Music Awards.

As well as touring with Capercaillie and Session A9, Charlie is a prolific composer of fiddle tunes. He is a very successful writer of music for films and documentaries. The highlight would be the Hollywood Blockbuster “Rob Roy”. He and co-writer Donald Shaw of Capercaillie received two Royal Television Society Awards for their composition of the music for a six part Drama Series on BBC 2 called “Crowdie and Cream”. In addition, he has won the award for Best Composer at the Scottish Trad Music Awards.

Charlie will be appearing at Montrose Folk Club in a duo format, when he will be accompanied by Marc Clement, the singer and guitarist with Session A9.

Everyone is welcome next Tuesday at Montrose Folk Club for a once only opportunity to hear in Angus, two such outstanding Scottish performers. The doors at the Links Hotel will be open at 7.30 pm with Charlie and Marc on stage at 8pm.