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Session A9 - The New Scottish Music

10/5/2009

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Session A9 Take To The Road Again In June

"Session A9 and Beyond",

Session A9 are Adam Sutherland, Brian Mcalpine, Charlie Mckerron, David "chimp" Robertson, Gordon Gunn, Kevin Henderson and Marc Clement. Over the years Session A9 have been described as a "Scottish super group", "The best band to have come out of Scotland in 100 years", "Tighter than James Brown" and an "Amazing Festival band", great praise indeed for a band formed through informal music sessions up and down the arterial Scottish road, the A9, culminating in their first ever tour in 2001.

2003 saw the release of the bands highly acclaimed first album "What Road?" featuring many new compositions by band members and leading Scottish tunesmiths capturing
the imagination of the listening public and propelling them into the festival/gig circuit.
Since 2003 the band have successfully toured Scotland and England playing at many of the major music festivals in the UK including, Glastonbury, Cambridge folk festival, Celtic
Connections, The Hebridean Celtic festival, Shetland folk festival, Orkney folk festival, Skye music festival, Tartan Heart festival, Eastleigh festival, Broadstairs festival, Blas festival and Ireland's Celtic Fusion with New year celebration appearances at Perth Royal Concert Hall 2008 and Edinburgh's Hogmanay celebrations 2005. European festival sorties include Ortiguera {Spain}, Tonder {Denmark) with additional concerts in Switzerland, Italy and the USA.

With 2008 came the release of the band's second album "Bottlenecks and Arm breakers" once again featuring many new compositions. This time round the band used top Scottish studios Castlesound and Park Lane with the vision of recreating the bands live sound through full group recording sessions. As in the first album the band line up was enhanced by the addition of Ewen Vernal on Bass. Touring successes during the year led to the band being nominated for best folk band in the 2008 Scottish Trad Music Awards.

The band has been a constantly evolving organism over the years with notable contributions from Kris Drever, Duncan Chisholm, Iain Copeland, Tim Edey and Ross Martin. June 2009 sees the band embark on an ambitious 16 date tour entitled "Session A9 and Beyond", a tour they are able to achieve with funding from Tune-Up Scotland. The tour will enable Session A9 to reach the more remote, as well as the
established venues, around Scotland. They are delighted to have special guest, Daire Mulhern, a fantastic button box player from Ireland joining them on the tour.

web site www.sessiona9.com/

Tour Dates and Venues
Wed 3 June Arts & Conference Centre, Birnam Tel: 01350 727674
Thurs 4 June An Lanntair, Stornoway Tel: 01851 703307
Fri 5 June Community Hall, Farr Tel: 01808 521333
Sat 6 June Sabhal Mor Ostaig, Skye Tel: 01471 844207
Sun 7 June Community Centre, Nairn Tel: 01667 453476
Wed 10 June Phipps Hall, Beauly Tel: 01463 782213
Thurs 11 June Strathy Village Tel: TBC
Fri 12 June Carnegie Hall, Clashmore, Dornoch Tel: 01862 810226
Sat 13 June Coigach Community Hall, Achiltibuie Tel: 01854 622280
Mon 15 June Aberdeen Music Hall Tel: 01224 641122
Tues 16 June Boat of Garten Community Centre Tel: 01540 651558
Wed 17 June The Tolbooth, Stirling Tel: 01786 274000
Thurs 18 June St Andrew's in the Square Tel: 0141 5595902
Fri 19 June Skipinnish Ceilidh House, Oban Tel: 01631 569599
Sat 20 June The Sunart Centre, Strontian Tel: 01397 709228

To find out who else is touring Scotland go to /www.tuneup.org.uk

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