Highland Show Drums up Cream of the Scottish Crop for 2015 Musical Line Up
The iconic Royal Highland Show has just released details on its impressive line up for this year’s 175th event, taking place from 18-21 June at the Royal Highland Centre, Edinburgh. Featuring the very best of Scotland’s musical talent, there is a packed programme of music and entertainment across several dedicated stages throughout all four days of the Show.
Fresh from her success as Winner of the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician 2015, Claire Hastings and her all female quartet, Top Floor Taivers, will be performing traditional and contemporary Scottish songs and tunes. Combining stunning vocals with piano, fiddle and clarsach the group performs unique arrangements of traditional folk songs and tunes as well as their own compositions.
Making their second appearance at the Show – and hot on the heels of their recent and highly successful Canadian tour – will be the hugely talented National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland. They will be joined by fellow young musicians representing Stirling’s Schools, the host area for this year’s Show
The Royal Highland Show would not be complete without the traditional drone and beat of the pipes and drums and this year it comes courtesy of The Royal Scots and Scots Guards Association. These pipe bands both have an impressive musical heritage going back several hundred years and their musicians are all ex-servicemen and women performing to the highest standard.
The traditional line up will also feature: the Royal British Legion Band performing classics, film music and show tunes; the Queen Victoria School Pipes, Drums and Dancers who are regulars at the Edinburgh and Basle Tattoos; Ceilidh Minogue, known for their performances on BBC Scotland’s Hogmanay celebrations; and celebrating their tenth anniversary this year, the internationally acclaimed fiddle supergroup, Blazin Fiddles will be making their debut at this year’s Show.
The extremely popular Farmers and Farmers’ Wives Choir, under the direction of their conductor Kate Picken, will be returning after their successful 2014 Show to treat Showgoers to a performance filled with new songs.
As well as traditional music, this year’s Show also features a range of innovative performers: John Barker, one of the UK’s finest trumpeters, will bring his beautiful clear tone to a repertoire that ranges from classics to pop; Dick Lee, Scotland’s top clarinettist, will lead his multi-talented jazz band, the Dick Lee Swingtet, through the music of the greats ranging from Ella Fitzgerald to Glen Millar and Billie Holiday; and there will also be a flavour of the East to this year’s Show too as Dance Ihaymmi, Scotland’s leading Indian dance company, will be showcasing their innovative dance pieces bringing with them a splash of colour.
Commenting on the musical line up, David Jackson, Show Manager says: “Scotland’s cultural heritage is an important element of the Royal Highland Show and music plays a huge part in this. Our line up this year reflects the very best of traditional, classic and contemporary music from Scotland and further afield, and there is really is something for everyone – all included in the cost of their ticket. We invite this year’s visitors to throw down their tartan rugs, tuck into our tasty treats and tap their toes to some first class musical entertainment”.
The Royal Highland Show is proudly supported by the Royal Bank of Scotland.