The Transatlantic Sessions concert series celebrates its 20th-Anniversary next year with another diverse version of the format. A fresh cross-generational array of Scottish, Irish and North American-based special guests join the regular all-star instrumental line-up for dates as follows, including two nights in Glasgow as part of Celtic Connections and, for the first time, a show in Edinburgh. Special guests in the house band will include Martha Wainwright, Liam Ó Maonlai, Karen Matheson and Amythyst Kiah.
03/02 – Glasgow, Royal Concert Hall
05/02 – Glasgow, Royal Concert Hall
06/02 – Edinburgh, Usher Hall
07/02 – Buxton, Opera House
08/02 – Gateshead, The Sage
09/02 – Birmingham, Symphony Hall
10/02 – Liverpool, Philharmonic Hall
11/02 – London, Royal Festival Hall
Transatlantic Sessions’ band leader Aly Bain commented: “I always look forward to making music with this wonderful group of musicians and our special guests. The Transatlantic Sessions tour is a joy to be part of at the start of the year, and I’m especially looking forward to bringing the show to my adopted home in Edinburgh for the first time.“.
Among the vocal cast, Martha Wainwright continues her family’s balladeering tradition with her fifth album, ‘Love Will Be Reborn‘ (2021), which charts her journey through loss and divorce towards hope and healing. With a new solo LP reportedly in the works, Hothouse Flowers frontman Liam Ó Maonlai is becoming one of Irish music’s most compelling performers, channelling influences from Sean Nós to classic soul. Capercaillie vocalist Karen Matheson followed up 2015’s all-Gaelic release ‘Urram‘ with ‘Still Life‘ in 2021, a collection of traditional and contemporary songs in Scots and English. Following Amythyst Kiah’s 2021 sophomore release ‘Wary + Strange‘ (2022) saw her opening for The Who on their North American tour.
You can buy tickets to the shows and see complete information on the Transatlantic Sessions website.