Scottish group North Sea Gas coming to Dundee

North Sea Gas, the Scottish folk music band that thrilled the audience at the 2010 Dundee Scottish Festival returns to Bonnie Dundee at 7:30 p.m. May 4 for a concert in the Dundee Central School Auditorium.Tickets at the door are: adults, $10; seniors 65 and over, $8; students, $5 and preschoolers, free.North Sea Gas has been performing for over 30 years. One of Scotland’s most popular folk bands, the group’s eclectic career includes live performances in a variety of venues, from national theatres to private functions, oilrigs, folk clubs and open-air concerts. They have recorded 13 albums, and have maintained a large and diverse repertoire.They have played to audiences all over Great Britain, Europe, Scandinavia, Canada and the U.S.A.They have headlined the Hunter Mountain Celtic Festival in New York State, and toured Australia.The band has attracted large audiences to concerts held during the Edinburgh Festival for several years. They have received Gold and Silver disc awards from the Scottish Music Industry Association and have recorded 14 albums. Their latest album — Edinburgh Toon — recorded live in “The Lot”, Grassmarket, Edinburgh in 2009 is proving as popular as all their other recordings.Their previous album “Rosslyn” received wonderful reviews from folk magazines, newspapers etc including Dirty Linen (USA), the Scots Magazine, and The Living Tradition. Their show, in the same way as their albums, consist of traditional, contemporary and self-penned material all put together in a style of their own .Dave Gilfillan (lead and harmony vocals, guitar, banjo, mandola, and bodhran) is the founding member of North Sea Gas, and has built up a reputation for rousing vocals, heartfelt ballads and a sense of on-stage fun. Add to that a wicked tongue-in-cheek humour and you’ll soon see why his music and personality has taken him all over the world.Grant Simpson (fiddle, mandolin, harmony vocals) is a full time musician who has played with many leading musicians in the folk world. He has recorded with various artists and is always working on one project or another, whether it is with his association with North Sea Gas, fiddle tuition, or organizing and fronting many of the folk music sessions in and around Edinburgh.Ronnie MacDonald (lead and harmony vocals, guitar and bouzouki), or Mac as everyone knows him, was a member of North Sea Gas several years ago.He left to follow his own career, which took him to Australia for 12 years as founding member of the Celtic City Sons. Mac has a great love of Scottish folk music, not to mention a great sense of humor.The concert is a fund-raising event for the 2012 Dundee Scottish Festival. The 2012 Scottish Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sept. 8 in DundeeTo listen to some of the group’s music or learn more about the band, click here

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