Wisps//Said the Boy May Tour:

Tour in May 2018, by two new pieces of music by Scottish pianists Catriona Hawksworth and Joseph Peach.

Plockton High School- 23rd May
Doors: 7PM
Tickets £8/5

Coigach Community Hall- 24th May
Doors: 7:30PM
Tickets: £8/5

 St Mark’s Church, Portobello- 26th May
Doors: 7PM
Tickets £8/5, available on the door

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland,  Ledger Recital Room- 27th May
Doors: 6:15PM
FREE Entry, tickets available on the door

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‘Wisps’ is a newly written piece combining instrumental music, song and storytelling. The piece is a musical exploration of phosphorescence and similar natural phenomena, inspired by its appearances and explanations in folklore. Throughout Scottish history phosphorescence has be interpreted in many ways, creating many myths and magical creatures; the most notable being the ‘will-o-the-wisp’. The piece will explore this using new composition, fragments of old melodies and ballads, and a performative element, aiming to bring new life to old stories.

The band consists of: Catriona Hawksworth – piano; Joseph Peach – keyboards, synths, accordion; Owen Sinclair – guitar, vocals, percussion; Chloe Bryce – fiddle; and Rosie Munro – fiddle. 

‘Said the Boy’ is a piece of new music by Scottish multi-instrumentalist and composer Joseph Peach. Making this music follows an intense and prolonged period of musical development and reflection. For Peach it represents a coming together of a disparate range of musical influences, philosophies and values: His great hero Ronald Stevenson, mentor Mary McCarty, the piano music of classical and jazz traditions, and the spaces, atmospheres and textures of electronic minimalism. At its core though, are the values and sounds of the music at the heart of Peach’s musical being- the traditional music of the North-West of Scotland. 

Its also the coming together of a very special group of musicians, with whom, in a range of contexts, he’s had the privilege of collaborating, discovering and sharing music with. These are in a sense, his closest musical relations. The band are: Joseph Peach (piano), Guro Kvivfte Nesheim (hardanger d’amore), Charlie Grey (fiddle), Catriona Hawksworth (fender rhodes, synth, harmonium), Owen Sinclair (drums, percussion, vocals), Megan MacDonald (accordion) Anna MacDonald (gaelic song), and Becca Skeoch (electroharp, synth).

The entirely original music, brings together all of these elements, and all of these people around the most central theme in Peach’s identity- place. A native to Achiltibuie, a small village in the North-West Highlands of Scotland, this place in its broadest sense, is inextricably linked to the core of Peach’s sense of self. It’s a complex, contradictory and multifaceted relationship, but this music represents a making peace, a touching base with this place, and its implications for in terms of his ideas of self, surroundings, music, family, tradition, past, and future.