In this concert we bring together world class fiddling and harp playing with one of Vancouver's most compelling young singer songwriters.Mairi Rankin
Mairi Rankin and Ailie Robertson are core members of internationally touring, transatlantic Celtic group The Outside Track. Mairi, from Mabou, Nova Scotia, is no stranger to Harrison audiences, having formerly wowed audiences here as a member of Cape Breton supergroup Beòlach. Member of one of the hugely influential Rankin Family – legends on the Canadian music scene – Mairi plays fiddle, sings and also step-dances up a storm. She has performed with her cousins the Rankin Sisters, Unusual Suspects and Bruce Guthro to name but a few.
Mairi has been influenced by some of the best Cape Breton traditional musicians and instructors on the island. She has developed her own unique style by being immersed in such a rich musical culture. She has toured nationally and internationally as a solo artist, a sideman and is a member of the Cape Breton Celtic super group Beolach. She has performed with the Rankin Sisters, Unusual Suspects and Bruce Guthro to name but a few. Mairi has recorded one solo album, two CDs with Beolach and has been featured on numerous compilations and recordings.
Jenny RitterAilie Robertson
Confidently laying claim to the genre "indie-folk" Jenny writes complicated and unique pop-tinged landscapes. Originally from Vancouver Island, She is a seriously accomplished instrumentalist and supports her clear, sweet vocals with complex banjo and guitar parts. A rotating cast of band members includes musicians from Fish & Bird, The Deep Dark Woods, and The Bills. Her lyrics reflect a lonely upbringing deep in the woods, rife with pastoral imagery and wild animals scratching at the doors.
In 2012, after a decade of playing with roots outfit, The Gruff, Jenny wrote her critically acclaimed album Bright Mainland. In September 2015 she released her newest artistic accomplishment, Raised By Wolves, a dreamy tribute to an unconventional upbringing, and unusual people.
Jenny loves to travel to old, cold places. She's been to most every nook and cranny of Canada, and frequently tours the roads of the UK and Scandinavia. When not touring, she single handedly runs two rock choirs in East Vancouver, The Kingsgate Chorus, and the Mount Pleasant Regional Institute of Sound.
Ailie Robertson is widely regarded as one of Scotland’s leading young traditional musicians. She is a musician in the broadest sense: composer, arranger, teacher, improviser and harp virtuoso. Her accomplishment on the clarsach is such that leading Irish flautist Niall Keegan said: “Ailie’s synthesis of Irish, Scottish and contemporary harping technique into an individual style represents the realisation of otherwise unimagined possibilities for the Celtic harp.” Ailie grew up in Edinburgh, Scotland, and was immersed in the harp world from an early age. She began playing the clarsach when she was eleven years old and through her piano and clarsach lessons she developed a love for both classical and traditional music. In 2009 she was nominated for ‘Up and Coming Artist of the Year’ in the BBC Alba Scots Trad Music Awards. Ailie is in great demand as a teacher around the world, and has published six books of harp music.