tannahill weavers



"…the group has found an especially eloquent mixture of the old and the new."
           - Stephen Holden, New York Times

"…as close to perfect as it gets in an imperfect world." - Sing Out!

"Formed from a Paisley pub session in 1968, seminal trailblazers the Tannahill Weavers now also rank as national treasures."
              -Glasgow Celtic Connections Festival 2018

"Even after all this time, The Tannahill Weavers remain at the top of their game and will hopefully continue to weave their magic for many years to come."
          -Edinburgh Evening News

" of the most exhilarating acoustic bands on the Celtic map." 
                                                                                 - Irish Music Magazine

"...the Tannies are the best that Scotland can aspire to (and believe me, that is THE BEST)."           - The Living Tradition

"…the Weavers’ unpretentious manner and superlative playing set them apart from most other Celtic groups... In a world where good taste has become a scarce commodity, the Tannahill Weavers are a wealthy bunch." - The Charleston Gazette, Charleston, SC

"…the band’s potent mixture of traditional ballads and fiery instrumentals leaves their audiences spellbound." - Irish American News

"…the Weavers combine tradition with the spirit and energy of rock ‘n’ roll into an entertaining and satisfying evening of music, humor and joy." - News & Observer, Raleigh, NC

"…their great humour and superb musicianship make them on of the finest bands on the circuit." - Rogue Folk Review, Vancouver BC

"…the most pastoral and graceful band in contemporary Celtic music is the Tannahill Weavers." - Sing Out!

"…there probably aren’t too many bands hiding on the misty moors who can match the Tannahill Weavers for consummate musicianship, a grasp of the traditional canon and the kind of group cohesiveness that borders on telepathy…. one of the most exciting ensembles currently recording in any genre." - Ron Hubbard, Knight-Ridder Newspapers

"…world class musicians with passion and a healthy sense of fun, keeping alive and making accessible the very heart of the tradition itself." - Mojo Magazine

"…impeccable musicianship and staunch Celtic traditionalism…" - The Oregonian, Portland, OR

"A let’s-have-a-great-time attitude." - Dirty Linen

"Among the half-dozen most popular groups leading the current revival of Celtic traditional music, the Tannahill Weavers…probably make the most explicit connections between tradition and the electric folk reels of bands like Big Country and U-2." - Stephen Holden, New York Times

"If you haven’t yet discovered the emotional power and beauty of Celtic music, then you owe it to yourself to see firsthand one of the best traditional Celtic folk bands in the world – The Tannahill Weavers. No other group comes close to matching their musical style and breathtaking harmony. Whether they’re performing an a capella ballad with beauty and precision, or a hard-driving Gaelic battle tune, this band is one of a kind, featuring stunning vocals, as well as the best guitar, pipes, fiddle, bodhran, bones, and tin whistle players anywhere." - Miami Valley Guide to Musical Diversity

"In the late 18th and early 19th century Scotland was in a turmoil of change. Highlanders were being driven off their lands and into the burgeoning lowland factory systems. This brought two quite distinct cultures together, the mystic Celtic culture of the North and the old Anglo/Scots culture of the Lowlands. They were married by the double barrelled shotgun of necessity and the Industrial Revolution. But this forced union brought forth a cultural heritage which, thanks to people like Robert Burns and Robert Tannahill, outlasted the worst of the Industrial Revolution. It married the mystic beauty of the Celtic music to the coarse, brawling, but vitally human music, poetry and ballads of the Lowlands. It is precisely this strangely moving yet lustily stirring quality that the Tannahill Weavers have captured in their arrangements of the traditional music and songs of Scotland. All of their material is traditional, but as good musicians should, they have transformed it and brought it into the modern world, vitally alive and kicking." - Stringbark and Greenhide, Newcastle, Australia

"One of the British Isles’ prime acoustic exports." - The Twin Cities Reader, MSP/St. Paul, MN

"Over the years the Tannies have been trailblazers for Scottish music, and their tight harmonies and powerful, inventive arrangements have won them fans from all over the world. The band is one of a kind." - The Desert Shamrock, Scottsdale AZ

"Scotland’s most beloved traditional band!" - Portland Downtowner, Portland,OR

"Scotland’s Tannahill Weavers play acoustic instruments, but the atmosphere at their shows is electric. The quartet is as tight and as versatile as any band in the Celtic music revival. They can summon rock ‘n’ roll intensity or haunting introspection." - The Boston Globe, Boston MA

"The finest purveyors of Scottish music in the kingdom." - Toronto Globe and Mail

"The group that introduced a generation raised on rock ‘n’ roll to the power and joy of Celtic music." - The Oregonian, Portland OR

"The music of Scotland’s Tannahill Weavers can be summed up in just a few words. Stirring. Heartfelt. Uplifting." - Peterborough Examiner, Peterborough, ONT

"The music may be pure old time Celtic, but the drive and enthusiasm are akin to straight ahead rock and roll." - Winnipeg Free Press

"The Weavers are a must-see and must-hear musical creation." 
                                                                               - The Times, Milwaukee, WI

"Their artistry derives from the intricate weaving of past and present, and a commingling of instrumental virtuosity and vocal harmonies that have won acclaim around the world." - St. Paul Pioneer Press, St. Paul, MN

"There is no Celtic group which can match the enigmatic Tannahill Weavers for pure excitement." - Fairfield County Advocate

"These guys are a bunch of heroes every time they go on tour in the states." 
                                                         - Garrison Keillor, A Prairie Home Companion

"These guys are masterful musicians, artists who are important and delightful bearers of a centuries-old musical tradition." - Spectator, Raleigh NC

"This is a wall of sound." - Geoffrey Stokes, The Village Voice

"This is Celtic music… much like bluegrass or good old rock and roll, makes you want to get on your feet and dance. The Tannahill Weavers personify this music, and if you are given to superlatives, you have to call their talent ‘awesome’." - John Millar, Regina Leader Post

"This veteran band has perfected the ability to meld different worlds: traditional and modern life; slow lilting tunes and the rapid paced fire of the Highland bagpipes. And they’ve done it in an original, passionate way that’s put them at the forefront of traditional Scottish music." - UAB Buzz Words, Birmingham, AL

"Thoroughly modern, yet steeped in centuries of tradition." - Blade, Toledo OH

"Travelling overseas to perform always thrusts the artist into the role of cultural ambassador. Audiences inevitably scrutinize the music more closely than their own. If that is the case, the Tannahill Weavers make Scotland out to be a country to desire, one with a utilitarian appreciation of the old, an acceptance of the new and a quick and playful wit." - The Ithica Journal, Ithica, NY