Tannahill Weavers at Montrose Folk Club

THE appearance of the Tannahill Weavers in the Links Hotel, Montrose, next Tuesday is one of the highlights of the current season at Montrose Folk Club.

The Tannahill Weavers are one of Scotland’s premier folk bands. Their diverse repertoire spans the centuries with fire-driven instrumentals, topical songs and original ballads.

The band has developed a unique combination of traditional melodies, driving rhythmic accompaniment and rich vocals, which make their perfomances unforgettable.

The current members of the band are Roy Gullane on guitar and vocals, Phil Smillie on flute, bodhran and vocals, John Martin on fiddle and vocals and Colin Melville on Highland bagpipes, Scottish small pipes and tin whistle.

Both Roy Gullane and Roy Smillie are founder members of the Tannahill Weavers. The membership over the years reads like a veritable Who’s Who of Scottish Folk musicians. One of the early members was Dougie MacLean, then best known as a fiddler.

The band originated from a folk music session held in Paisley. The band took their name from the Paisley historic weaving industry and from the 18th century poet Laureate of Paisley, Robert Tannahill, who at the time was as famous as his contemporary, Robert Burns. They make at least two long tours every year of the United States so their concert at Montrose Folk Club will be one of their rare appearances in their native Scotland in 2012. Everyone is welcome next Tuesday to hear one of Scotland’s legendary folk bands. Doors open at 7.30pm with the band on stage at 8pm.