Shetland music duo Blyde Lasses head to Tarland

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Cromar Folk Club will welcome Blyde Lasses tomorrow (Friday).

Shetland music duo Blyde Lasses (‘Glad Girls’) formed in 2007 when Frances Wilkins and Claire White both found themselves living and working in Aberdeen. After several pub sessions, they struck up a playing partnership which has seen them touring Ireland, England, Wales, New Zealand, and the UAE, visiting Canada and performing aboard the ‘Glenlee’ Tall Ship.

As an ethnomusicologist, Frances is expert at ferreting out old music and dusting it down for the duo. Claire works for BBC Scotland by day on all manner of creative projects. The pair perform traditional, contemporary and self-penned Shetland material and are famed for their colourful co-ordinating outfits! Frances first took up the English concertina in sessions in Shetland before moving to London, where she studied music at the School of Oriental and African Studies. She is also a member of Danse McCabre, and performs with a number of other traditional bands in Scotland. She regularly teaches concertina and mixed instrument classes in traditional music at home and abroad, and holds a PhD in Ethnomusicology from the University of Aberdeen where she lectures in the music department.

Claire is a Shetlander, born and bred. She learned the fiddle with Dr Tom Anderson from the age of seven and played as a member of Shetland’s Young Heritage in Europe, New Zealand, the USA and Canada. She is now based in Aberdeen and plays regularly in popular ceilidh bands Danse McCabre and Jing Bang. In her day job, she brings all sorts of stories to the airwaves as a BBC Producer.

Cromar Folk Club meets on the last Friday of every month at 8pm in The Aberdeen Arms, Tarland. Entry is £5 on the door and all singers, musicians and listeners are very welcome.