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Scotland on Tour Returns to Findhorn This Autumn

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As part of Scotland on Tour, the exciting initiative to support the recovery of Scotland’s live music industry, internationally renowned folk band Dallahan are set to play Universal Hall, Findhorn  on Saturday 22nd October and Scottish trad-rock band Mànran will take to the stage the following week on Saturday 29th October

Described by BBC Radio 2’s Mark Radcliffe as “some of the most exciting trad musicians to emerge in recent years,” Dallahan has a real thirst for musical experimentation and adventure as a band.

They have toured internationally, collaborated with huge names in Scottish music – including the legendary songwriter Dougie MacLean – and have performed in concert in Kathmandu with Nepal’s folk ensemble Kutumba.

Making up the talented foursome are Jack Badcock on guitar and vocals, Ciaran Ryan on banjo, mandolin and fiddle, Andrew Waite on accordion and Benedict Morris on fiddle. 

Jack Badcock of Dallahan said:

“We are very excited to be a part of Scotland on Tour and to get the chance to play at a range of unique venues across the country.

“Scottish crowds are always a joy to play to and these intimate settings will really give us a chance to connect with the audience.”

Internationally recognised as one of the most iconic and respected Scottish bands around today, Mànran have released three award-winning studio albums, have toured the world playing in over 33 countries,and are renowned for their spell-binding live performances. 

Having just celebrated a decade on the Scottish music scene, the seven-piece show no signs of slowing down as they continue to push boundaries and explore new musical and geographical territory each year, bringing their uplifting and unique live performances to stages across the globe. 

Gary Innes, founding member of Mànran, said:

“It’s great to be a part of such a positive initiative, and we’re looking forward to returning to perform at the Universal Hall.

“The community of Findhorn and surrounding area of Moray have always given us a great reception and we look forward to once again being welcomed back for a party at the end of October”

Scotland on Tour will take place over a period of 12 months between April 2022 and 2023.

Still to perform at Universal Hall is Opera Alba on Wednesday 23rd November.

Callum Bell, Arts Officer at Universal Hall, said:

“This year’s Scotland On Tour gigs have already blown us away.

“Eabhal’s uplifting tunes had us smiling and feeling a deep peace through their whole set, and Pictish Trail had the dance floor packed and going crazy.

“Dallahan and Manran are both very exciting and international bands.

“It’ll be an honour to host them at Findhorn. The quality coming through Scotland On Tour is phenomenal.” 

Scotland on Tour supports the creation of hundreds of concerts and performances at much-loved arts centres, town halls and community venues across Scotland.

More than 120 artists are set to perform at more than 100 venues across the country as part of the initiative. 

The project, which has been created and managed by Active Events, was made possible by £750,000 of Scottish Government backing and will focus on increasing the number of opportunities to showcase and enjoy live music, while bringing exciting acts to the doorstep of city, towns, villages and rural communities.

The year-long Scotland on Tour bill includes both emerging and established artists with genre-spanning acts appearing across the breadth and width of the country, with rock, pop, jazz, classical, folk, trad and acoustic genres all being showcased.

Tickets for these and a raft of other shows are on sale now at www.scotlandontour.com

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