Tir Eolas - part of Free Fringe Music
Celebrate Celtic culture with free daily concerts in the afternoon, at the National Museum of Scotland during August.
Experience the joy of live music at the museum, with the return of Live Music Now Scotland's #FreeFringeMusic series.
From bold brass to fabulous fiddlers, our daily performances showcase the best contemporary talents from Scotland, England, France, Ireland and Wales.
This year’s programme is inspired by the museum’s spectacular exhibition Celts, organised with the British Museum.
Tir Eolas – Irish/English folk band
This eclectic alternative-folk group Tir Eolas (Philippa Mercer - vocals/flutes, Laura Snowden - guitar/vocals, Ruairi Glasheen - percussion/vocals, Georgie Harris - viola/vocals and Hedi Pinkerfeld - bass/vocals) draw on their Celtic and English folk roots to create their unique combination of traditional folk and original material. Think virtuosic instrumentals, 5-part singing, guaranteed foot-stomping, and time-honoured folk ballads telling stories of love, loss and longing.
The group first took form busking on the streets of London, and have since gone on to perform together at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse in Shakespeare's Globe at the invitation of guitarist John Williams, Bestival, Cecil Sharp House, Royal Albert Hall, Sage Gateshead, Kings Place, City of London Festival, Milton Court Concert Hall, Ronnie Scotts, and the BBC Proms (broadcast on BBC Radio 3). The group were selected for the inaugural City Music Foundation Award in 2013, and as a result were able to record their debut album Stories Sung, Truths Told, which was released in early 2015.
Tir Eolas are passionate about sharing folk music with one and all, and give regular performances in community settings including: hospitals, hospices and homes for the elderly (working alongside individuals living with dementia); special needs schools; centres for refugees; and centres for adults with learning disabilities. Such activity is frequently undertaken in partnership with specialist outreach organisations ranging from Live Music Now to the Tri-Borough Music Hub.
The group recently undertook a residency for Aldeburgh Music, where they worked alongside individuals living with dementia and artist Jo Lewis to create a new body of music and artwork inspired by the Aldeburgh landscape and the stories of individual residents.
The group would like to thank the Royal College of Music, Live Music Now, the City Music Foundation and the Concordia Foundation for their ongoing support and encouragement.
Follow the band on Twitter @tireolas1
When: Saturday 6 & Sunday 7 August, 2-2.40pm
Where: Grand Gallery, Level 1
National Museums Scotland
Chambers Street, Edinburgh, United Kingdom