Mull welcomes fiddler of high acclaim

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Acclaimed fiddle player and composer Lauren MacColl is set to perform her album, The Seer, for folk music fans across Scotland this summer.

Lauren will play An Tobar on Mull on Thursday June 27.

Commissioned by the Highland arts organisation Fèis Rois and premiered at Celtic Connections, The Seer is a 45-minute suite of music based on the life and prophecies of 17th-century prophet, The Brahan Seer.

Audiences can look forward to an emotive and engaging performance from Lauren, informed by tradition and a technique honed over many years, as she performs the album alongside brand new music.

She will be joined on stage by folk luminaries Mairearad Green (The Poozies), Rachel Newton (The Shee), Anna Massie (Blazin’ Fiddles), Bethany Reid (RANT) and Signy Jakobsdottir.

Lauren said: ‘I’m delighted to be playing this string of dates in venues across the country this summer and to be able to share new material alongside my work The Seer with audiences across Scotland.

‘I’m thrilled to present the album with the full line-up of wonderful musicians and to share the legacy of the Brahan Seer in a compelling performance for everyone that comes along.’

Growing up on the Black Isle, Lauren has long been immersed in the tales deeply embedded in the rich aural culture of the Highlands.

The Seer, which was shortlisted for Album of the Year and Composer of the Year at the Scots Trad Music Awards 2018, draws on this inspiration from place and people and uses a notably dark undercurrent to create a memorable sound.

Lauren learned her traditional music through the Feisean movement in Ross-Shire and in 2004 won the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award as a soloist.