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Breabach (Courtesy of the artist's site)

Breabach are one of the most inventive and diverse bands to have emerged from the Scottish folk scene in recent years. From their foot-stomping reels to their heartwarming delivery of songs, there can be no doubt why Breabach has become a household name for many on the folk and roots music scene.
Nominated in the Scots Trad Music Awards for ‘Best Up and Coming Artist’ in 2006 and ‘Best Folk Band’ in 2007 and 2008, Breabach’s huge sound is dominated by the twin Bagpipes of Calum MacCrimmon and Donal Brown. This uncompromising force is complemented by the extraordinary fiddle playing of Patsy Reid and is further supported by the charismatic yet propulsive guitar playing of Ewan Robertson, named BBC Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2008.

As one of the most versatile outfits to grace the folk scene, Breabach never fail to impress their audience with their collective charm and talents. Ewan Roberston and Patsy Reid share the vocal duties whilst multi-instrumentalists Calum MacCrimmon and Donal Brown alternate between pipes, flute, whistle, bouzouki and step-dance. One by one, these musical gems are unleashed like musical artillery, and to breathtaking effect.

After the release of their debut album ‘The Big Spree’, 2008 revealed further success with a bounty of UK festival appearances and tours of England, Wales and Western Europe. Having kicked off 2009 in style at Glagsow’s Celtic Connections, Breabach are preparing for their busiest year to date. Having embarked on their UK Spring Tour, the band are looking forward to the recording and release of a widely anticipated second album.

Breabach's enviable musicianship is coupled with a delightful ability to connect with their audience, a combination that has gained the band international recognition as one of Scotland’s leading new acts.

"…stirring tunes and top notch songs… there will be few who can sit still when listening to these brilliant tunes, brilliantly played.” (Debbie Koritsas, Living Tradition)

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