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Elizabeth and Daniel

Saturday Afternoon Concert

Part of The Annual Niel Gow Fiddle Festival 2023

18 March 2023

Taking place in the Auditorium at Birnam Arts, The Saturday Afternoon Concert features Elizabeth Davidson-Blythe (Fiddle) & Daniel Daniel Quayle (Irish Bouzouki) as well as Royal Conservatoire of Scotland musicians Suzanne Fivey (Piano) & Rua MacMillan (Fiddle).

Debuting at the Niel Gow Festival Boston-born fiddler Elizabeth Davidson-Blythe and Daniel Quayle of Onchan, Isle of Man combine Manx traditional music with several other musical traditions (Estonian, Irish, Scottish, etc.) to forge a dramatic and compelling experience.

The Isle of Man-based duo released their debut album, The Coast Road, in September 2022 after a five-week tour in Estonia. The Coast Road has been hailed as “a hell of an album” by Folk Wales Magazine and “an exhilarating journey from two bright and inspired talents” by At the Barrier.

The duo began touring together in Summer 2021, performing in France and Estonia as part of music festivals, as well as cultural events and standalone concerts. Their travels helped to shape their distinctive sound— blending old melodies with new rhythms and ideas that are presented with a powerful conviction that continuously brings audiences to their feet.

A recent review of their album wrote that the traditions "flow seamlessly in glorious union".

Part of The Annual Niel Gow Fiddle Festival 2023

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Suzanne Fivey & Rua Macmillan

Suzanne Fivey is a multi-instrumentalist and composer based in Glasgow. Her roots are in Scottish traditional music and she is in most familiar territory at a piano alongside any fiddle player who is in the mood to keep up! She is currently channeling her skills in harmony and accompaniment into writing projects for theatre and screen. 

Hailing from Nairn, Rua Macmillan is one of Scotland’s top fiddlers. Having graduated with a B.A.(Hons) in Scottish Music from the R.S.A.M.D. (now Royal Conservatoire of Scotland), and being awarded the prestigious title of BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year in 2009, Rua has toured extensively throughout Europe and North America, inlcuding performances at some of the world’s most prominent Folk Festivals, including  Celtic Connections (Sco), Cambridge (Eng), Ortigeuira (Spn), and Winnipeg (Can). His debut album, ‘Tyro’ (CDTRAX346) was voted instrumental album of the year in the Fatea Awards, and was picked by Songlines Magazine as a ‘Top of the World’ album. In 2014, Rua joined the multi-awardwinning Blazin' Fiddles. In addition to touring, Rua is in great demand as a tutor, and teaches regularly with Fèis Rois, the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow Fiddle Workshop, as well as internationally.

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Welcome to Birnam Arts, a boutique multi-purpose arts, conferencing and entertainment venue.

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Pop in to the Foyer Cafe for breakfast, grab a delicious coffee with a selection of our homemade baking or enjoy a light lunch whilst browsing on the free WiFi. Wander upstairs to view the latest of our monthly art exhibitions before visiting the world of Beatrix Potter, or the Gift Shop to purchase a special gift for your loved ones or yourself!

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We had not planned to present a hybrid festival, however that changed when one of our main authors tested positive for Covid. I greatly appreciated how the team worked with us to pivot and present remotely in part, making full use of your enhanced video conferencing equipment. As a result, we were able to deliver quite complex events with several elements all showing on screen simultaneously. The audio-visual quality was excellent, and our audiences were delighted that these events could still go ahead, in spite of Covid. The author in question was really pleased that he could join us on screen and remarked that he had not been so well supported in this way at any other festival.

Fiona Ritchie   |   Birnam Book Festival 2022

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