7:30 pm
Coquetdale Music Centre
The Old Church

Thropton, Northumberland NE65 7ND United Kingdom
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Ape House is a trio of musicians specialising in Contemporary Traditional Music. The band was brought together by Trad sessions in Glasgow, where they all studied as students. They create a lively, energetic sound, always striving to be expressive and curious with their musical arrangements. Craig Harrison is an Irish fiddler from Co. Clare. Currently living in Glasgow, Craig regularly plays ceilidhs, sessions and concerts with various groups, including Ape House. Festivals have long been an important part of Craig’s life, and he makes an effort to take part in Celtic Connections every year. Lachie Robinson grew up on the Knoydart peninsula, and is the guitarist in Ape House. Immersed in Traditional Music from a young age, his musical ear was developed through local Fèisean, as well as singing Folk songs with his family, and listening to genre-bending artists such as Shooglenify, Martyn Bennet and The Poozies. Lachie has now returned to Knoydart from Glasgow after achieving a first class honours degree in Traditional Music from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and is living in a yurt, writing music, and working for the local community. Wallace Calvert began learning to play cello while immersed in both classical and traditional music. Always enthusiastic to play traditional tunes on the cello, Wallace decided to take on the traditional music course at the Royal Conservatoire. He is now a versatile multi-instrumentalist, seeking to refine his skills and sensitive playing style and adapt more repertoire on the cello as well as anglo concertina. Wallace currently works on the West of Knoydart, where he is Lachie’s next door neighbour (about 1 mile away!). No longer all living in the same city, and away from the relative freedom of student life, Ape House has had to adapt to challenging logistics and busy schedules. However, Lachie, Wallace and Craig remain passionate, hard working, and committed to making great music.

Tickets are available by emailing lesleyhallcoquetdalemusictrust@gmail.com or from Tullys Rothbury from Tuesday 24 January


February 12
7:30 pm