Taking their cue from the spontaneity of the traditional music session, two of Scotland’s finest folk musicians, Hamish Napier (piano, flute, whistle, vocals) and Adam Sutherland (fiddle), sit down on stage without knowing what they will play. The ‘Nae Plans’ philosophy leaves no room for rehearsals, set lists or even discussion about the performance until the pair come together on-stage…
Their performances bring a crucial part of Scotland’s music culture, the informal session, to the foreground and cast it in a fresh light, bringing its open-endedness and spontaneity onto the concert platform. It makes for a seat-of-the-pants, incredibly exciting experience for both listener and performer, putting the audience at the centre of an energetic, dynamic and engaging performance which captures the duo’s raw creativity and outstanding musical intuition.
Errogie native Adam Sutherland Scots Trad Music Awards ‘Composer of the Year’ 2017 is one of Scotland’s most exciting and innovative fiddle players, composers and teachers. His much awaited second album ‘Some Other Land’ was launched in February 2018 at Celtic Connections to critical acclaim. As well as fronting his own band of highly accomplished musicians, outfits that Adam has been a part of include Treacherous Orchestra, Session A9, Peatbog Faeries and Croft No. Five. Adam’s tunes are perhaps his most impressive legacy and are performed and played in music sessions worldwide, most famously ‘Road to Errogie’ inspired by his lochside home.
Hamish Napier is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, teacher and eloquent singer from Grantown-on-Spey in the Scottish Highlands. Working in Glasgow’s vibrant music scene as well as the highlands, he has worked with Donald Shaw, Karen Matheson, Martyn Bennett, Duncan Chisholm, Jarlath Henderson Band, Ross Ainslie Sanctuary Band, Treacherous Orchestra, Battlefield Band and Eddi Reader and has collaborated with many of the UK’s finest folk musicians for festivals, national TV & radio. He has recently returned to his native Strathspey, composing two solo albums The River (2016) and The Railway (2018) in celebration of his homeland.