Concert Review 2017 Edinburgh, Scotland – Free Fringe Live Music Series presented by Live Music Now


Friday, August 19, 2017 Live Music Now Scotland www.livemusicnow.org/scotland featuring vocalist Ainsley Hamill with pianist and harmonium artist Alastair Paterson.


As a part of the Live Music Now Scotland Concert Series staged in the grand gallery of the National Museum of Scotland, Artists Ainsley Hamill and Alastair Paterson rendered an impressive recital-like concert to a large and captive audience in the gallery of the National Museum of Scotland with art songs that reflected on several aspects of Scottish heritage with a finely crafted program of Gaelic tunes, jigs with songs about the pain of war, love, and Scottish culture. It was the most significant museum audience I’ve witnessed this season.

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Hamill has tremendous stage presence, a definitively trained voice, and a mature command of her repertoire. Paterson accompaniment was steady and enthusiastic as he negotiated between the electric piano and harmonium. Their works included topics ranging from the Jacobite war, a song redacted by Robert Burns titled “You Jacobites By Name,” and a bit of Celtic dancing to close the concert. Their obvious talent demonstrates why they were among the artists showcased during this season’s Free Fringe Concert Series – both are members of the band, Barluath. I encouraged them to produce and record a CD as a duo soon. I certainly hope they do so. –Jonathan

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