Shetland’s Aly Bain, Sweden’s Ale Möller and America’s Bruce Molsky are set to kick-off their new UK tour at Mareel on Thursday 14th November. Uniting to explore their Celtic, Nordic and Appalachian cultures, the trio will deliver a feast of traditional tunes this winter, before they head off to play venues across Scotland and beyond.
Having previously collaborated for the albums ‘Fully Rigged’ (1999) and ‘Beyond the Stacks’ (2007), Aly Bain and Ale Möller joined forces with Bruce Molsky to record ‘Meeting Point’ (2013), a concert album which was recorded live from the Liverpool Philharmonic.
Scotland’s supreme traditional style fiddler Aly Bain is well known locally, nationally and internationally. Hosting Celtic-American TV series Transatlantic Sessions – where he’s recorded and played with American musician Bruce Molsky - he’s also known in the Scandinavian world for his work with Swedish multi-instrumentalist Ale Möller. In this project, both partnerships are united into a trio which explores the North Atlantic fiddle traditions of Shetland, Scandinavia, Scotland and America.
Eighth time Swedish Grammy winner Ale Möller is a beacon in the world of Scandinavian folk music, bringing a firm understanding of traditional music through the mandala, harmonica, wooden whistle and vocals. He’s appeared and collaborated with Filarfolket, Nordan, Frifot, Stockholm Folk Music Big Band, in addition to developing his own Ale Möller Band, and, more recently, Ale Möller Trio.
A champion of America’s old-time mountain music, twice Grammy-nominated Bruce Molsky brings a second fiddle, vocals, banjo and guitar to the trio. For decades, he’s been a globetrotting performer, ethnomusicologist and educator, and has collaborated and received praise from music greats such as Linda Ronstadt, Mark Knopfler, in addition to Celtic giants Donal Lunny and Andy Irvine.
Tim Matthew, Programme Manager at Shetland Arts, said “It’s an honour to host Aly, Ale and Bruce for the launch of their new tour. These are three of my favourite players and to see them together as a trio is a real treat. It feels particularly special to see them before the rest of the country!”
Aly, Ale and Bruce said, “Our far-flung trio of pals love meeting up whenever we can and enjoy our music most when it’s ‘in the moment’. We very much hope that you too enjoy this meeting-point!”
Aly Bain, Ale Möller and Bruce Molsky will play at Mareel on Thursday 14th November at 7.30pm. Tickets can be booked in person at Mareel or at the Shetland Arts outlet at Sumburgh Airport, by phone on 01595 745500, or online here.