Saturday February 9, 2019
Fire is a high energy pure-drop Scottish music band that features world class fiddling in combination with bagpipes, guitar, bodhran, whistle, and bouzouki. The group includes, International Scottish Fiddle Champion Rebecca Lomnicky, multi-instrumentalist David Brewer of the popular Celtic band Molly’s Revenge, and Adam Hendey on guitar and bouzouki. Members of the trio have each spent copious amounts of time delving into the traditions of their respective instruments, having lived and studied in Edinburgh, Glasgow, and the highlands of Scotland. Together, The Fire performs captivating Scottish music which bridges the gap between the fiddle and bagpipe music of Scotland—two worlds united, into a heartfelt and rousing musical experience. Between their entertaining and informative stage banter, vast array of instrument combinations and extensive repertoire, including everything from soaring slow airs to intricately arranged dance tunes, these charismatic performers will leave you on your feet with your hands together.
Their new 14 track album, “Radiance.” is a collection of tunes which draws from a variety of Scottish fiddle manuscripts, bagpipe music collections, and the pen of all three band members. “Radiance” showcases every aspect of The Fire’s stylistic expertise, technical prowess, and musical passion, and displays the dynamic interplay of fiddle and bagpipes for which Lomnicky and Brewer have become well known. Hendey’s playing perfectly complements Lomnicky and Brewer’s dynamic melodies with both sensitive and dramatic guitar lines, layers of contrapuntal bouzouki harmony, and rich harmonium textures. With its traditional roots and contemporary spirit, “Radiance” paves the way for the future of Scottish folk music.