To celebrate the release of her critically acclaimed album Summer Isles, Mairearad Green is currently touring the UK and has shared a free stream of the album exclusively on The National.
The tour kicked off at the end of May with Mairearad performing at BBC Radio Scotland’s The Quay Sessions as well as Brew At The Bog festival in Inverness. Mairearad will now conclude her second leg of the tour in Manchester, London, Newcastle and Glasgow.
Alongside the exclusive stream, Mairearad has released album track The Island, which premiered on Folk Radio UK and is available to stream via the ABoF Soundcloud page and available to buy on Bandcamp now.
Mairearad will be supported by Hector MacInnes; a songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist and audio producer from the Isle of Skye. Hector has worked with some of the finest acts in Scotland’s folk and acoustic scenes including Dàimh, Fras and Amy Henderson as well as performing guest vocals on Mairearad’s Summer Isles album.
Along with Hector (vocals, drums, bass), joining Mairearad onstage will be producer and multi-instrumentalist, Iain Hutchison (vocals, guitar, piano), with Mairearad herself on vocals, accordion, pipes and piano. Renowned musician and composer, Mike Vass (fiddle, guitar, vocals) completes the live line-up as he joined the band for appearances at The Quay Sessions, Brew at the Bog and The Summer Isles Festival.
Having grown up in the Scottish Highlands and performed in various folk bands, The Summer Isles and the folk tradition are deeply rooted in Mairearad Green’s composition. Summer Isles is an exquisite collection of acoustic, folk and cinematic vignettes that create a listening experience that is sonically rich. Each song tells a story of the islands’ history, embracing a contrasting emotion from track to track.
Summer Isles received praise from a range of publications including The Scotsman, The List, Folk Radio, Songlines, R2 Magazine and Songwriting Magazine to name but a few. Mairearad has also become a leading figure in the folk festival world; performing at the likes of Celtic Connections Festival, Cambridge Folk Festival and Tonder Folk Festival. In addition to these tour dates Mairearad will also be the festival director, as well as performer, at The Summer Isles Festival in August.
You can catch Mairearad Green perform in the following cities with tickets available via Mairearad’s website:
26th June – The Klondyke – Manchester – Tickets 27th June – The Green Note – London – Tickets 28th June – The Cumberland Arms – Newcastle – Tickets 29th June – The Hug and Pint – Glasgow – Tickets
The Island and Summer Isles is out now via Buie Records and available to buy on Bandcamp.