By Sean Smith, special to the BIR, March 30, 2017
The next several weeks’ worth of Irish/Celtic events in Greater Boston (and slightly beyond) sees the revival of a concert series in a new location, a visit by a “supergroup” of recent vintage, and appearances by several local performers.
• After a 10-month hiatus, notloB Music is returning to the folk/acoustic scene with an April 27 concert that features one of the Scottish music revival’s foremost bands, The Tannahill Weavers, and Massachusetts fiddle/cello duo Elizabeth and Ben Anderson. This event, which takes place at the Harvard Unitarian Universalist Church at 7:30 p.m. – doors open at 7 – will inaugurate notloB’s new base of operations in Harvard (the town, not the university); since its creation in 2007, notloB has presented nearly 200 concerts of Celtic, old-timey, bluegrass, folk and world music at venues in Arlington, Somerville, Jamaica Plain, Newton, and elsewhere in Greater Boston.
The “Tannies,” whose origins go back to the late 1960s, was the first professional Scottish band to incorporate full-sized Highland bagpipes in performance, and over the course of the 1970s built a following not only in the UK but Europe and the US as well. Co-founders Roy Gullane (vocals, guitar) and Phil Smillie (flute, whistles, bodhran, vocals) continue to hold forth, with John Martin (fiddle, viola, cello, vocals) and Lorne MacDougall (Highland bagpipes, small pipes, whistle).
The Andersons bring forth both the intensity and grace in Scottish and Cape Breton music, mixing traditional styles and modern ideas. Having built a solid foundation of admirers locally, through performances at The Burren (where they opened for another legendary Scottish group, the Battlefield Band), BCMFest, and the Club Passim…