Review: Rachel Hair trio play Tornaveen

If there are still people out there who think the harp can only be sweet and pretty- what a night you missed, writes Alison Bell.

Tornaveen Hall has long been famous for the excellence and eclectic programming of its first Friday of the month concerts and a recent Rachel Hair Harp Trio gig continued the tradition.

It was a night of funky, chunky, loud and lush music from three powerfull musicians- Rachel Hair on Scottish harp, Jenn Butterworth, guitar and vocals, and Euan Burton, double bass- who worked superbly and supportively as a trio.

North- east harpers were out in force, but Tornaveen’s solid reputation brought out a good cross-section of this small hall’s regularaudience for a programme of traditional pieces and own compositions from Rachel, brilliant bass and rhythmic support from Euan Burton, and Jenn Butterworth’s solid, driving, under-pinning guitar accompaniments and a couple of brilliant country style vocal solos.

Particularly noteworthy were Marie’s Tune, Tsunami Jack, I Lost My Harp In Barcelona and the hauntingly beautiful old air, Eilean Aigas.