Saturday 26 April 7.00 pm Reid´s Palace Hotel.


Burns small2This year the gala dinner will be held on April 26th in the gardens of Reid’s Palace Hotel accompanied by traditional Scottish fiddler, Lori Watson (above) and accordionist Fiona Black.

This duo blend brilliant, sensitive musicianship with warmth and humour and a sprinkling of mischief. Growing up in the Scottish traditions of the Highlands and Lowlands, through ceilidhs and sessions, followed by study to the highest levels, they carry a wealth of traditional tunes and songs. Combining fiddle, voice and accordion, with their deep understanding of the nuances of tradition and their flair for original composition: Lori Watson and Fiona Black are natural, stylish performers.

Lori Watson

Born in Glasgow and steeped in the traditions of the Scottish Borders, Lori Watson has established herself as a leading traditional musician of her generation. An interpreter of traditional fiddle music and Scots song, Lori combines performance and composition with research and education.

Lori graduated with a BA honours in Scottish Music from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in 2003. In her final year, Lori specialised in performance, composition, broadcasting and research with a particular interest in her musical roots – the rich traditions of the Scottish Borders.

Lori performs with her groups Rule Of Three, an award-winning band featuring fiddle and voice, piano accordion (John Somerville) and guitar (Ali Hutton), and Boreas, a Scots-Norsk project with Hardanger fiddle (Britt Pernille Frøholm) and Chromatic Accordion (Irene Tillung). Lori’s debut self-produced album :Three and Rule Of Three’s Pleasure’s Coin were released by ISLE Music Scotland in 2006 and 2009.

Lori completed her PhD in Artistic Research and Ethnomusicology through the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and the University of St Andrews, which explored issues surrounding creativity and innovation in a contemporary Scottish context, principally through her own creative practice and experiments in the world of traditional music.


Fiona Black

From the Highland village of Evanton, Fiona Black developed a love of music and dance from a young age. This passion was nurtured by the Feisean movement, through which she learned to play the piano accordion. Fiona went on to attend the National Centre of Excellence in Traditional Music where she honed her skills as an accordionist and gained valuable experience performing, arranging, composing and recording.

Being a Highland girl who is always up for a challenge and a new adventure, Fiona set off for Limerick in 2005 where she completed a BA with honours in Irish Music and Dance. During this degree, Fiona further developed her skills as a performer, arranger, teacher and composer while also traveling to Cape Breton during her third year of studies.

Touring with The Outside Trick around the globe, Fiona’s accordion style incorporates many different influences, intertwining her native Scottish style with Irish, Swedish and Cape Breton repertoire, always adding her distinctive rhythm and vibrancy.


Navigate to Lori’s official website  -  LORI WATSON OFFICIAL

The Remarkable Lori Watson:

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