Liz Clark In Conversation with The Canny Band re their debut album as AOW……….
Join Auntie Liz on Sat 2nd July 12pm when she will be in Conversation with The Canny Band regarding their debut album which is Album of The Week
The Canny Band, a rare fusion of piano, diatonic button accordion and bodhran, has stormed the Glasgow trad scene and gained them numerous high profile BBC TV Radio appearances, received a Danny at the DKOS at Celtic Connections in 2018 and the Up and Coming Award at the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Award awards in Dec 2021.
The album features a mix of fast paced reels and jigs accompanied by ‘slower, sensitive and more carefully arranged numbers such as ‘Helen’s Song’ and ‘Jacob’s Waltz’. Borrowings from other styles are evident in tracks such as ‘Musette À Govan’, where a newly composed French style musette waltz takes centre focus. Also in ‘The Canopy’, where the band commissioned Glasgow-based Jack Badcock to write a song over an already existing skeleton arrangement.’
Piano and bodhran were recorded on location at Paxton House in the Scottish borders. The Accordion was recorded in SAE institute in Glasgow. The album was engineered, mixed and mastered by Scott Turnbull.
Oxford-born, Glasgow-residing Diatonic Button Accordionist, Sam Mabbett BMus(Hons).
Sam joined the National Youth Folk Troupe of England. Collaborations with Welsh-born fiddler, Dylan Cairns-Howarth, with ,– Dallahan and Grannie Brady
A finalists in the BBC Young Folk Award, 2014. As well as receiving 3 Danny’s at Celtic Connections 2017 with Northern Company, 2018 with The Canny Band , 2019 with Malin Lewis Trio. As well as winning Battle of the Folk Bands at Celtic Connections 2019 woth The Canny band
Michael is a multi-instrumentalist originally from Newcastle-Upon-Tyne but now residing in Glasgow. He currently plays and tours with not only The Canny Band, but TRIP, Tom McConville, Northern Company and Irish Celtic – Spirit of Ireland Dance Show.
In January, Michael became BBC Radio Scotland’s Young Traditional Musician of the Year for 2021.
Michael recently graduated from The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow under the tutelage of Professor Sinae Lee on piano. Prior to this, he studied at Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester where he studied with Graham Caskie. Michael also studied with respected pianists Eileen Bown and Jean Armstrong who are based in Newcastle
As well as performing, Michael also teaches piano, piano accordion and music theory and has done for several years. His pupils boast a 100% pass rate so far in their exams!
Bodhran player has collaborations with the group Baile along with Cameron Sharp, Evan McLaughlin with whom he toured and released a debut EP. Callum’s tutor was Martin O’Neill. Much sought after musician. Joined The Canny Band bringing it up to the trio. Calum has just finished hist final recital at the Royal Conservatoire of a 4 year course.
- Blind Harbour
- 5 Tunes
- Helen’s Song
- Musette a Govan
- Jacob’s Waltz
- The Canopy
1st The Voodoo Rooms Edinburgh + Ciaran Ryan Band
7th Albert Halls Stirling along with Jig Jam and Katie & Ali
9th Furness Tradition Festival
21st Warwick Festival
27th Aug Queens Park Glasgow
Review From Songlines :- Link