about

the tannahill weavers

from scotland

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

"An especially eloquent mixture of the old and the new."    - New York Times

Born of a session in Paisley, Scotland, and named for the town's historic weaving industry and local poet laureate Robert Tannahill, the Tannahill Weavers have made an international name for their special brand of Celtic music, blending the beauty of traditional melodies with the power of modern rhythms.  As one of the world's premier traditional Celtic bands, their diverse repertoire spans the centuries with fire-driven instrumentals, topical songs, original ballads and lullabies, and humorous tales of life in Scotland.

As they celebrate the nomination of their 18th recording, Òrach (“Golden” in Gaelic) as album of the year, and themselves as band of the year, they are firmly established as one of the premier groups on the concert stage.  From reflective ballads to footstomping reels and jigs, the variety and range of the material they perform is matched only by their enthusiasm and lively Celtic spirits.

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

 

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Previous events

Feb16

Beacon Arts Centre

Beacon Arts Centre, Custom House Quay, Greenock PA15 1HJ

Traditional Celtic music at its best! With fire-driven instrumentals, topical songs, haunting ballads and a good dose of humour, the variety and range of the material they perform is matched only by their enthusiasm and lively Celtic spirits.

"The 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

"An especially eloquent mixture of the old and the new." - New York Times

Feb15

Paisley Arts Centre

Paisley Arts Centre, New Street, Paisley PA1 1EZ

Traditional Celtic music at its best! With fire-driven instrumentals, topical songs, haunting ballads and a good dose of humour, the variety and range of the material they perform is matched only by their enthusiasm and lively Celtic spirits.

"The 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

"An especially eloquent mixture of the old and the new." - New York Times

Feb14

Selby Town Hall

Selby Town Hall, York Street, Selby YO8 4AJ

Traditional Celtic music at its best! With fire-driven instrumentals, topical songs, haunting ballads and a good dose of humour, the variety and range of the material they perform is matched only by their enthusiasm and lively Celtic spirits.

"The 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

"An especially eloquent mixture of the old and the new." - New York Times

Feb13

The Eastgate Theatre

The Eastgate Theatre, Eastgate, Peebles EH45 8AD

Traditional Celtic music at its best! With fire-driven instrumentals, topical songs, haunting ballads and a good dose of humour, the variety and range of the material they perform is matched only by their enthusiasm and lively Celtic spirits.

"The 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

"An especially eloquent mixture of the old and the new." - New York Times

Feb11

Leith Folk Club

Victoria Park House Hotel, 221 Ferry Road, Edinburgh EH6 4NN

Traditional Celtic music at its best! With fire-driven instrumentals, topical songs, haunting ballads and a good dose of humour, the variety and range of the material they perform is matched only by their enthusiasm and lively Celtic spirits.

"The 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

"An especially eloquent mixture of the old and the new." - New York Times

Feb9

The Greystones

The Greystones, Greystones Road, Sheffield S11 7BS

Traditional Celtic music at its best! With fire-driven instrumentals, topical songs, haunting ballads and a good dose of humour, the variety and range of the material they perform is matched only by their enthusiasm and lively Celtic spirits.

"The 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

"An especially eloquent mixture of the old and the new." - New York Times

Feb8

Helmsley Arts Centre

Helmsley Arts Centre, 1 Meeting House Court, Helmsley YO62 5DW

Traditional Celtic music at its best! With fire-driven instrumentals, topical songs, haunting ballads and a good dose of humour, the variety and range of the material they perform is matched only by their enthusiasm and lively Celtic spirits.

"The 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

"An especially eloquent mixture of the old and the new." - New York Times

Feb7

The Byre Theatre St Andrews

The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, St Andrews

Traditional Celtic music at its best! With fire-driven instrumentals, topical songs, haunting ballads and a good dose of humour, the variety and range of the material they perform is matched only by their enthusiasm and lively Celtic spirits.

"The 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

"An especially eloquent mixture of the old and the new." - New York Times

Jan25

Howth Singing Circle

Abbey Tavern, 28 Abbey Street, Howth, Co. Dublin

Howth Singing Circle (Ciorcal Ceol Bheann Éadair) was started in 2001 in memory of Brendan ‘Bull’ Moore, local fisherman and fine singer. Every January we host the annual Burns Nicht in the Abbey Tavern. Limited to 180 there is twice the demand for tickets, such is the popularity of the evening. It is a five hour session and includes haggis, tatties and neeps, sandwiches, a full colour printed programme and Howth St Lawrence Pipe Band! In 2020 our guest band will be the Tannahill Weavers. Tickets from Abbey Tavern (01) 839 0307 or Francy Devine 087 678 0360.