City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh International Harp Festival - Opening Concert: Ailie Robertson and Mairi Rankin / Ismael Ledesma

By Rachel Hair - Posted on 26 February 2018

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Friday, March 30, 2018 - 7:30pm - 10:00pm
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Join us for our Opening Concert for Edinburgh International Harp Festival 2018. For this concert we thank the French Institute for their Sponsorship of interval drinks.

Rankin Robertson: Scotland meets Cape Breton Island in this unique fusion of harp, fiddle and stepdance. Ailie Robertson is one of Scotland’s finest clarsach players, and is in great demand worldwide as a performer and teacher. Mairi Rankin is of the hugely influential Rankin Family. She plays fiddle and step-dances up a storm. Born in Mabou, Nova Scotia, Mairi has been influenced by some of the best Cape Breton traditional musicians. The two have been playing together for nearly a decade in their band The Outside Track, but this is their Scottish debut as a duo.

Ismael Ledesma: Born in Paraguay, where he played harp from the age of 5, Ismael later moved to Paris where he worked with the many Paraguayan artistes resident in France. He has shared his sensitive interpretation of traditional music and original ground breaking compositions with delighted audiences throughout the world.

“…Ismael and his harp take you gently on a musical guided tour of his life.” “…Ismael Ledesma effortlessly invokes the strangeness of the rain forest, the sinister power of a river…and the sweetness of a lullaby”

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