Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Rutherglen Acoustic Night features Mairi Orr
Crafting lyrics and defining them with her empathetic vocal style, Mairi Orr is a Scottish singer and songwriter who celebrates the vibrant musical connection between Scots and American folk traditions and brings to it her own contemporary interpretation.
Growing up in the Lochaber village of Morar and moving around for much of her adult life, her roots have remained an anchor and her own cultural heritage plays a major role in her songwriting, though present day themes are not left unsung.
June 2015 saw the release of Mairi’s first full length album entitled ‘Jenny Does Burn’, which followed her 2011 EP release ‘The Gathering Crows’. Offering 12 original tracks. The title track ‘Jenny Does Burn’ reinterprets the true story of Janet Horne, the last woman to be burned as a witch in Scotland, whilst ‘The Piper of Peanmeanach’ and ‘Summer On The Clyde’ provide tangible links to Mairi’s own family history.
Formerly based in Edinburgh, Mairi has been a regular performer for over a decade in the Scottish folk and bluegrass scene at clubs, events and festivals. Quirky and upbeat, poignant and nostalgic, Mairi’s songs and live performances are always engaging, uplifting and emotive in equal measures.
Accompanying Mairi at the Meeting Place is guitarist Dave Currie, a regular attendee at the 'Sore Fingers' annual summer school and a familiar face in the bluegrass and folk sessions around Glasgow. Dave played dobro on Mairi's latest album and his playing blends beautifully with her songs. Dave regularly plays with the Transatlantic Trio who have formerly appeared at the Meeting Place as guests.
The Mairs Family Band will play support.
Entry £5 (donation)
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