Celtic Connections stars to perform live set in Elgin

As it fast becomes one of the most important music venues in Moray, an Elgin pub is featuring one of Scotland’s leading traditional music bands this week.

Hot on the heels of the widely acclaimed performance by Preston Reed on Thursday, the Drouthy Cobbler will feature folk group Barluath on Monday evening.

Consisting of six musicians who are past and present students of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Barluath has a varied repertoire comprising Scots and Gaelic song, fiddle, whistles, guitar, highland and border bagpipes, bouzouki, harmonium and keyboards.

The band have delighted audiences since forming in 2010, including at Celtic Connections, Linlithgow Folk Festival and PipingLive!

In November 2011, the band were invited to Washington DC as part of the Scottish Government’s St Andrews Day celebrations in the USA, culminating in performances at The National Museum of Women in the Arts and the British Embassy.

They were also winners of a prestigious ‘Danny Kyle Open Stage’ award at Celtic Connections 2012 and followed this up at both the 2013 and 2014 festivals.

The band released their debut album ‘Source’ on the Nimbus Alliance record label in September 2012 to widespread critical acclaim, and was produced by legendary Scottish musician Phil Cunningham. A second album is in the pipeline as well as more upcoming gigs across Europe and Scandinavia.

The Drouthy Cobbler Cafe Bar, which opened its doors a year ago today, now presents regular live music events running in their upstairs venue, The Blue Room.

Artists performing over the next couple of months include Hunter and The Bear, Adam Holmes and the Embers, The Jeremiahs, and Amy Duncan.

Tickets for Monday’s performance are available from behind the bar at the venue or online via www.billetto.co.uk/barluath.

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