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Friday, February 13, 2015

The Poozies - Workshop and Concert in Moniaive

From Wendy Stewart

The Poozies, an all-female four-piece folk band, who have been delighting audiences in Britain and worldwide for over 20 years with their own unique brand of contemporary/traditional music are coming to Moniaive!

On Saturday 14th March, as the latest in the series (remember the Magnolia Sisters?!) of year round concerts organised by Moniaive Folk Festival, the band will be teaching a group workshop (instruments and singing) from 2 -4pm and giving a concert at 7.30pm at Moniaive Institute (with bar). There will be a hearty stew (veggie option) available at the Craigdarroch from 6pm so you can make a whole day of it !
Day ticket – concert, workshop and meal £18 full/£14 concessions, Concert only £10/7, Concert plus workshop OR meal £14/11, Workshop alone £6/4.
Note – meal not available separately. Group tickets / family discounts available, please ask.
For tickets and more info contact Wendy Stewart / Alan James 01387 820 241

In this inspirational band of women, the passion of Sally Barker’s vivid voice is reinforced by the percussive power of her rock solid guitar, you`ll know her name as Tom Jones` finalist on BBc 1`s The Voice 2014, who narrowly missed out on the top spot after being the bookie`s fave , and supported Sir Tom at three of his summer gigs! Alongside Sally, irresistible energy bursts from Eilidh Shaw’s faultless fiddle and the magical melodies of Mairearad Green’s delicately dextrous accordion weave around, all grounded by the growling groove of Mary Macmaster’s capacious Camac electro harp and rounded off by the blending of four different yet sympathetic voices in heart-wrenching harmony.

The POOZIES are masters of arranging and their music takes you on a journey through a sometimes fantastical landscape, highlighting the powerful combination of dextrous rhythmic punching acoustic guitar as it combines with the fantastic Camac electro-harp. The rhythmic duo underpin the unfolding arrangements, whether it be an original composition or a traditional melody. Perhaps even more spine-tingling are the close vocal harmonies which intensify the songs and which are drawn not only from the rich vein of traditional Scottish Gaelic culture but also from any enticing genre.

This supremely gifted quartet waste no time in getting down to business, quickly putting the audience under their spell with their soothing and toe tapping range of celtic ballads, gaelic tunes and stirring vocal harmonies.
Its a pleasure to watch such gifted musicians at the top of their game because the experience is joyful and effortless and whilst the bulk of it is rooted in traditional music this is no twee diddly aye outfit. Their arrangements have a contemporary edge that makes you wonder if at any moment they might suddenly start rocking out or become a punk band. Even their name is a little bit punk, taken from a pub ‘Poosie Nansies’ that Robert Burns frequented. Poosie means ‘pussy’ and no not the cat variety. Punk or not, this group have plenty more to offer.
Dylan Matthew Edinburgh Fringe review 2014 Famous Spiegeltent

The Poozie recipe is a fragrant casserole of inventive interpretations, creative collaborations and melodic mastery, saturated by the spice of open-mindedness with which they happily explore the musical universe. This is a rare opportunity to hear them in Moniaive as part of their nationwide tour.

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