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Calasaig

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Biography (Courtesy of the Artistís site, 2005).

Since the group's formation in the late 1990s, Calasaig have secured an admirable reputation in the world of traditional music through their numerous performances and quality recordings. Their albums, Until Then, Making For The Shore and Near & Far have brought the band critical acclaim and have ensured their continued inclusion in the top ten of several traditional music album charts in Europe and the US, as well as on radio play lists around the world. The band have a 54 minute video/dvd available produced by Lazy Mist Records in conjunction with Rosebank Productions entitled Beginnings. Their 4th album, Merchants' City, was recorded in Phase One studios in Toronto and at The Foundry in Glasgow. It was released in N. America on the REL Records Inc in August 2003 and was released in the UK and Europe by Lazy Mist Records Ltd In February 2004. Merchants' City was receiving requests from BBC radio stations in advance of it's release. The band have recorded in some of the finest and best known recording facilities in the world including Phase One Studios, Toronto and Sun Studios in Memphis Tennessee. Calasaig have appeared at Celtic Connections Festival in Glasgow (The worlds' foremost winter music festival) several times and their busy touring schedule has included other major world festivals - Ottawa Folk Festival in Ontario, Festival Des Arts De St Sauveur in Quebec, Britain On Don Festival in Rostov-On-Don in Russia, Skagen Festival in Denmark and Clanjamfry in Memphis in the USA - as well as concerts in the UK, Turkey, Russia, Canada, Holland, Belgium, Denmark and The United States. The band have also played at several high profile venues including Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, The Central House Of The Artists in Moscow (Russia), Stirling Castle, The EICC in Edinburgh and The SECC in Glasgow and they made musical history when they were the first artists to perform in Drumkinnon Tower in the new Loch Lomond Shores complex. The group have appeared and performed on television in the UK, France, Russia, Canada and The USA several times including a televised concert in Gorky Park, Russia. Calasaig have played support to some of the biggest names in Celtic Music - Shane McGowan (The Pogues) and Donnie Munro (Runrig) and they have also appeared on stage with Donovan and The Dubliners. Dates in 2004 included tours and festivals in Holland, Denmark, Belgium, The USA and Canada.


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