Published: 20/03/2014 11:34 - Updated: 20/03/2014 11:47

It is home to the Highlands for folk band CherryGrove

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CHERRYGROVE, a five piece folk quintet based in Glasgow, are bringing the fruits of their labours to the Highlands as they tour their debut album.

It means a chance to play to a home audience for two members of the group, pianist Heather Shelley from Golspie and guitarist and singer Marianne Fraser from Spean Bridge.

Together with Perth fiddler Mhairi Mackinnon, harpist Sarah MacNeil from Larbert and accordion player Grant McFarlane from Paisley, they have been together for two and a half years and have performed at the London 2012 Olympics and Europe’s largest Celtic music festival in Lorient, France, in the summer of 2013.

Their debut album, No Time Like Now, is released this week and will bring together their favourite sets from the past two years as well as some brand new material.

The band recorded the album at Gran’s House in Biggar, a studio run by multi-instrumentalist Angus Lyon from the bands Blazin’ Fiddles and Box Club.

Following their album launch tour in Glasgow, the band travel to Golspie to host a traditional music workshop at Golspie High School, followed by an evening concert in the Golspie Inn with support from local pianist Megan MacDonald and her trio. The band will then continue their launch tour with concerts in Spean Bridge and Aviemore .

CherryGrove’s debut album has been made possible by the help and support from their followers.

The band set up a Kickstarter page which enabled people to pledge money towards the CD in return for exclusive rewards and ended up raising 218 per cent of their initial target, as well as funding from Creative Scotland to help with touring and promotion.

• CherryGrove can be seen on the following Highland dates. Friday 21st — Golspie Inn, Golspie, 8pm; Saturday 22nd — Community Centre, Spean Bridge, 7:30pm; Sunday 23rd — Old Bridge Inn, Aviemore, 8:30pm.

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