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As part of our commitment to St Andrew's Fair Saturday we're excited to be partnering with our friends at The Soundhouse Organisation to bring some of Scotland's best musicians to our stage.

Award-winning fiddler, composer, producer and curator, Aidan O'Rourke (one third of Lau) is a pioneer of new sound in folk music who has redefined traditional forms. With roots in Scottish and Irish folk, Aidan was named Musician of the Year at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in 2014 and has released four solo albums. In his latest project, he wrote a tune every day for a year in response to a short story collection by James Robertson and recorded the resulting 365 tunes with Kit Downes, guitarist Sorren Maclean and harpist Esther Swift. '365: Vol 2' was released in August 2019 and featured at the Edinburgh International Book Festival.

Aidan will be bringing friends to perform with him, including winner of the 2016 BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award, and 2017 Scots Trad Music Awards ‘Up and Coming’ nominee, Skye piper Brìghde Chaimbeul. A native Gaelic speaker, her style is rooted in her indigenous language and culture, but draws inspiration from a variety of piping traditions such as from Cape Breton, Eastern Europe and Ireland. Her debut album ‘The Reeling’ was produced by Aidan and was long-listed for the 2019 Scottish Album of the Year Award.

There will also be a set by The Soundhouse Choir, who will perform 'Songs from Scotland'. Led by Heather Macleod of The Bevvy Sisters, this is an 'all-welcome' choir who perform regularly at The Queen's Hall to rave reviews.

More guests will be announced soon so keep checking back or follow us on social media for updates. 

£1 from each ticket and profit after costs will go to the Soundhouse Organisation.

There will be a retiring collection for Ingoma Nshya, a Rwandan women drumming group who are celebrating their 15th anniversary this year. This charity has been chosen by our Marketing Manager, Emma, after she met their founder at the Fair Saturday Awards in Bilbao in June of this year and was inspired by the work they do.

About St Andrew's Fair Saturday

Fair Saturday started in Bilbao in 2015 as a global cultural movement with a social impact. Its aim is to highlight the essential role the arts play in shaping a better future for the world and to counteract the consumerism of Black Friday.

Scotland is now the first official partner country, joining Fair Saturday with our national day to create St Andrew’s Fair Saturday. The Queen’s Hall is proud to be an early supporter of the initiative.

The day after Black Friday, thousands of artists and cultural organisations around the world come together to showcase their talents, bring audiences together in a cultural experience and support social causes.

St Andrew’s Fair Saturday is a Scottish Government initiative which is being delivered by the Fair Saturday Foundation.

Presented by The Queen’s Hall and the Soundhouse Organisation.

“Few contemporary musicians in any category can match either his artistic ambitions or his achievements in bringing them to fruition”

(The Scotsman)

"5 stars. The whole album is exciting, unique and gorgeous"

(Songlines on 'The Reeling')

St. Andrew's Fair Saturday: Aidan O'Rourke & Friends

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