A LEADING young Scots duo are set to show off their skills and kinetic understanding at Glasgow’s CCA on Wednesday.
Mairearad Green was the PRS Composer of the Year award winner at the 2009 MG Alba Scots Music Awards and is renowned for her deft and lyrical accordion style. She has made a name for herself as one of Scotland’s finest musical exports.
Equally at home as accompanist or melody player, Anna Massie is one of Scotland’s foremost guitarists. A skilled multi-instrumentalist, she excels on the fiddle, mandolin and banjo .
The instantly captivating duo provide a highly- energetic performance with a warm and friendly stage presence.
Having both grown up in the Scottish highlands with similar musical backgrounds (most notably, mandolin playing dads!), Mairearad and Anna share an innate understanding of Scottish culture and music, recently launched their new album Doubling.
Anna plays guitar, fiddle and banjo while Mairearad is on accordion and smallpipes — but the pair swap and share melodies and chords with ease.
The intuitive approach to each other’s musical ideas and interpretations has been honed through 10 years playing alongside one another.
Individually, they can be seen performing with a number of well-known artists, such as The Poozies, Blazin’ Fiddles, Karen Matheson, Bella Hardy, Box Club and Eddi Reader, and together in Scotland’s one and only Celtic Big Band, The Unusual Suspects.
The duo starred at last year’s Celtic connections, prompting KT Tunstall to take to Twitter and proclaim to the duo: “You guys were killing it…amazing playing!”
The pair have also earned praise on the Scottish folk scene. After featuring on Eddi Reader’s Burns Deluxe album, she said of Mairearad “she is a genius. Dram Behind the Curtain is the best Scottish tune I have heard in years”. The show is on Wednesday, from 7.30pm.
To make sure you are in with a chance of catching the talented duo, book tickets, priced at £12, via 352 4900 or mairearad-and-anna.eventbrite.com.