Published: 19/12/2016 10:27 - Updated: 19/12/2016 16:56

Event of the Week: For a night to remember

The Elephant Sessions. Photo: Sean Purser.
The Elephant Sessions. Photo: Sean Purser.

WARMING up for a busy Hogmanay, which sees them performing at both Inverness’s main New Year’s Eve event, The Red Hot Highland Fling, and Bogbain Farm’s Bogmanay celebrations, The Elephant Sessions headline their own Ironworks show on friday December 23.

The (predominantly) Highland band have made good on the promise shown when the Scots Trad Awards named them Up and Coming Artist of the Year in 2014, the year that also saw the release of the neo-trad quintet’s much acclaimed debut album, The Elusive Highland Beauty.

Nominated as Live Act of the Year in the 2016 Trad Awards, the instrumental band have become festival favourites at home and abroad with their infectiously danceable fusion of traditional music and modern sensibilities.

Joining them at the Academy Street venue this evening will be trad/electro crossover act Inyal.

Just a few nights later, again at The Ironworks, another band who apply a modern spin to Scottish traditional music keep the Christmas party mood going.

The Red Hot Chilli Pipers (who inspired the name of the Red Hot Highland Fling) brought together bagpipes and rock standards to create their own genre, bagrock, and go on to win BBC talent show When Will I Be Famous and become two time winners of the Trad Awards Live Act of the Year trophy.

The band, and their dancers, have performed on stages from Stornoway to Bejing and New York and return to the stage at The Ironworks on Tuesday 27.

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