SCOTTISH folk duo Tattie Jam brings their unique sound to Bridgwater Arts Centre on Friday, July 13, at 8pm.
Tattie Jam offer a distinctive brew of songs, from dark ballads and protest songs to off-the wall humour and tunes ranging from slow airs to driving strathspeys, kinetic jigs and reels.
Much of their material has a playful or funky contemporary twist, which is contrasted by the occasional starker a capella song or unaccompanied tune.
Describing their work, the duo said: “Our material’s a diverse but harmonious blend of reinterpreted songs and tunes plundered from the hugely rich Scottish tradition, and songs and tunes written by Ruaridh. Thoughtful arrangements and the fact both musicians harmonise vocals whilst playing elements of lead, rhythm and percussion give Tattie Jam a sound that's quite unmistakable, and consistently surprises new listeners with its size and scope.”
The band is made up of Seylan Baxter and Ruaridh Pringle.
Seylan, who hails from Milngavie near Glasgow, is one of Scotland's best-known and most accomplished traditional cellists, having collaborated with several of the country's foremost artists. As well as Tattie Jam, she performs regularly with Alaskan harper Cheyenne Brown, with whom she released the critically acclaimed album 2:forty in 2007.Ruaridh is an accomplished singer and multi-instrumentalist with a versatile and distinctive style, as well as a prolific and prize-winning writer and arranger of both songs and traditional-style tunes.Though largely self-taught, he was also a student of Lews Castle College Benbecula's internationally regarded course in Traditional Music, where he was taught by some of the best musicians in the Scottish, Cape Breton and Irish traditional musical traditions.
Tickets cost £10 to £12, available from the arts centre box office on 01278-422700 and online from the website at bridgwaterartscentre.co.uk