MUCH travelled multi-national band The Outside Track are giving accordion player Fiona Black a chance to play a home gig in the Highlands next week as part of their current UK and Irish tour.
With members from Canada, Scotland and Ireland, as well as Hamburg-born guitarist Cillian O’Dalaigh, the band have had a jam packed year of touring in Canada, Italy, Denmark, Germany and have just returned from headlining the National Celtic Festival in Australia.
The band's show at Bogbain Farm by Inverness on Wednesday 28th August brings accordionist Black close to her home village of Evanton and a chance to catch up with old friends.
Black developed a love of music and dance from a young age and the feisean movement provided her the opportunity to nurture her passion through learning to play the piano accordion.
She went on to attend the National Centre of Excellence in Traditional Music in Plockton, where she honed her skills as an accordionist and gained valuable experience arranging, performing, composing and recording.
From there she moved on to Limerick in 2005 where she completed a BA with Honours in Irish Music and Dance. Her accordion style incorporates many different influences, intertwining her native Scottish style with Irish, Swedish and Cape Breton repertoire.
Winners of Group of the Year Award at both the Live Ireland Music Awards 2012 and the TIR Irish Music Awards, The Outside Track are one of the most acclaimed Celtic bands on the touring circuit, with three albums now to their credit.
The Bogbain concert marks their first Scottish show with singer Aoife Scott, representing the next generation of Ireland’s famous Black Family — Scott’s mother is Frances and her aunt is Mary Black.
The Blacks are not the only musical dynasty represented within the Outside Track. Fiddle player and stepdancer Mairi Rankin is a member of Cape Breton’s influential Rankin Family.
Doors open at 7.30pm on Wednesday 28th August at Bogbain Farm near Inverness, with tickets priced £10 available from the venue.