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Frank and Stewart will be heading to the wonderful Edinburgh Folk Club.
Stewart Hardy and Frank McLaughlin possess a rare musical kinship which, thoughout their 20+ year collaboration, has delighted listeners with their interplay as they explore music rooted in the traditions of Scotland, the Borders and Northumberland while incorporating sensibilities from the worlds of classical, blues, klezmer and jazz.
Stewart and Frank met at a festival of Scottish music in Northern Bavaria. From the start it was clear that they held common musical values and shared many musical influences. Initially contributing to each others projects, the fun they had working together led them to establish a formal collaboration.
Together they compose, produce and perform music of tremendous variety. As a duo they perform traditional and contemporary tunes stripped back to the bare essentials of fiddle and guitar. With their long-term collaboration, they have achieved a deep and instinctive understanding of each other’s musical interpretations.
The unique and versatile approach Stewart and Frank bring to their music, combined with their ability to draw on a wide variety of styles, produces an uplifting and joyous performance.
We will be launching our new album, “The Gift” in April 2018. First off we will be heading up to Glasgow’s Star Folk Club on Tuesday 3rd to present the material north of the border.
This extremely rare new album launch from one of the UK’s longest established instrumental folk duos promises to provide an uplifting and joyous evening.
In their twenty-two years of performing music as a duo, fiddle virtuoso Stewart Hardy and Scottish guitar supremo Frank McLaughlin have appeared together in numerous projects but their new CD “The Gift” will be only their second release as an instrumental duo, a mere nine years after their critically acclaimed debut “Root2”. If ‘commercial’ and ‘prolific’ might not be the most frequently used descriptors for their studio work, their onstage performances have consistently delighted audiences as their rare musical kinship and irreverent banter hold listeners spellbound.
This new album of predominantly self-penned material reflects a shared musical heritage rooted in the traditions of Scotland, the Borders and Northumberland, and exemplifies the very best of partnerships between fiddle and guitar.