A stunning synthesis of virtuosity and energy, The Outside Track’s marriage of Irish, Scottish and Canadian music and song has been rapturously received around the world. Hailing from Scotland, Ireland, Cape Breton and Vancouver, its five members are united by a love of traditional music and a commitment to creating new music on its foundation. Using fiddle, accordion, harp, guitar, flute, step-dance and vocals these five virtuosos blend boundless energy with unmistakable joie de vivre.
Each player within The Outside Track is a master of their chosen instrument with the band stacking up an impressive amount of international awards, and just recently picked up the ‘Group of the Year’ award at both the Live Ireland Music Awards 2012 and the TIR Irish Music Awards. This amount of talent alone would be enough to recommend the band but in this case the end result is so much greater than the sum of the parts.
The band have enjoyed 6 years of extensive touring in the UK, Europe, Canada and the USA, including appearances at Celtic Connections, Celtic Colours, Goderich, Mission, Memoire et Racines, Sidmouth, and Whitby Festivals.
The Outside Track are:
Cillian O’Dalaigh (Ireland), guitar
Mairi Rankin (Cape Breton) – East Coast Music Award Nominee, fiddle
Norah Rendell (Canada) – Young Tradition Bearer Award, Canadian Traditional Singer of the Year nominee, vocals, flute & whistles (http://www.norahrendell.com)
Ailie Robertson (Scotland) – Live Ireland Winner, BBC Young Trad Finalist, harp (http://www.ailierobertson.com)
Fiona Black (Scotland) BBC Fame Academy Winner, accordion (http://fionablackmusic.com/)
The Outside Track have very generously offered 2 tracks that you can download for free right here on GotIreland.com. They are:
Belladrum Outhouse, a strathspey followed by two driving reels – Belladrum House / De’il Tak’ the Breeks (O gràin air na briogaisean) / Touching Cloth
Silvy Silvy – a traditional song collected in New Brunswick
While you’re enjoying their music be sure to check out the band’s website.
Note: Both mp3’s are zipped in one file
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