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Ross Couper And Tom Oakes: Fiddle – Guitar (Ross Couper And Tom Oakes)

By | Published on Wednesday 31 August 2011

Fusing traditional Scottish folk music with Irish fiddle accompaniments, Couper and Oakes’ infectious dynamism erupts from the stage as the duo shift from Shetland capers to Irish reels;  seldom do audiences get a chance to see such a skilful, well-organised and whole-heartedly impassioned performance. Inviting the audience up to have a dance on the stage, this gracious and sincere gig affords the space to sit back and soak up the craft; chatting in between songs, the pair laugh along and regale us with stories of drunken PRs and small-time pub gigs. Assisted by a lone, rattling snare drum, the pace and energy of this gig are simply what make it the most invigorating experience of the Fringe.

Acoustic Music Centre at St Brides, 22 Aug, 8.30pm (9.45pm), £8.00 – £10.00, fpp218.
tw rating 5/5