From soulful Celtic airs, wild jigs and reels, to Americana and Swedish compositions, Across the Great Divide bring a new fusion of artists and instruments not normally gracing the same stage.
This evocative and vibrant sound honours both traditional and contemporary transatlantic music and features resonator, clarsach, guitar and soprano sax creating an inspiring journey on their ‘uncommon ground’.
Fusing elements of traditional and contemporary Scottish, Celtic and Americana, they have created a beautifully unique and often ethereal sound which combines haunting melodies, mesmerizing songs, and dance embracing jigs and reels to transcend the sands of time.
Join Karen, Tony and Hanna as they explore musical diversity with a unique expression that reflects their love and respect for the music.
“evoke a lovely musical imagery” – Gerry Jones, Living Tradition
Tony Burt - Resonator Guitar
Tony's resonator and guitar performances cover a wide range of styles. When he heard the sound of the dobro Tony was instantly hooked and worked to uncover the mysterious versatility that produces speed, bite and exquisite melody
Also, as an accomplished film maker, Tony is always looking to the challenge of how music can blend together to create new and inspiring ideas. Tony produced the Snapper Sandwich, a documentary incorporating live music performance and narration and in addition has composed music for film and TV documentaries. His films have gained recognition from the National Geographic Society.
Karen Jones - Vocals, Celtic Harp , Guitar, Keys,
From New Zealand, traditional folk singer, instrumentalist and music education specialist Karen Jones, spent 14 years in Edinburgh, cutting her teeth in Scottish traditional music and educating herself in Scottish art and culture.
There she began seriously studying the clarsach (Celtic harp) under the guidance of the widely respected Isobel Mieras, ran a very popular weekly folk and traditional session, set up a music school and became an active member of the folk community.
Here she received much invaluable experience playing among some of the greats of Scottish music. Consequently, traditional Scottish music soon became her inspiration and passion. Based now in New Zealand she continues teaching music, and was the instigator and co founder of the 'Trad-bearers singing session' in Auckand.
Hanna Wiskari-Griffiths - Soprano Sax, Vocals
Internationally respected Swedish saxophonist Hanna is a musician and tutor with her roots in the Scandinavian traditional music.
Growing up surrounded by music, on the Swedish west coast, she has always had traditional music in her life, mainly thanks to her father and his playing the Swedish instrument, the nyckelharpa. Since saxophone is not traditional, Hanna has found her own way of using the instrument in this music.
For the last 20 years she has been active as a musician in a number of different bands and projects, such the Goodland Trio alongside many others.
Now a musician in New Zealand, she teaches and leads ‘Ethno’, a 10 day music camp where young musicians share their traditional music with each other and is a renowned teacher of international traditional music courses.
7:30pm Wednesday 21st September
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