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Saturday, September 21, 2024, at 7:30 pm

The Tannahill Weavers

Concert at 144 Cedar Street, Corning

In the red-brick UM Church--door on First St.


Tannahill Weavers


“The music may be pure old time Celtic, but the drive and enthusiasm are akin to straight ahead rock and roll.”—Winnipeg Free Press

Born of a session in Paisley, Scotland, and named for the town's historic weaving industry and local poet laureate Robert Tannahill, the Tannahill Weavers have made an international name for their special brand of Celtic music, blending the beauty of traditional melodies with the power of modern rhythms. As one of the world's premier traditional Celtic bands, their diverse repertoire spans the centuries with fire-driven instrumentals, topical songs, original ballads and lullabies, and humorous tales of life in Scotland.

Roy Gullane, on guitar and lead vocals, started his career in music working with Matt McGinn. At the time he was mainly playing banjo, but as time went on with the Tannahill Weavers he drifted mostly to playing guitar with the band. As a lead singer Roy has always also been a writer of songs and The Tannahills have recorded many of them.

Phil Smillie plays flute, whistles, bodhrán, and sings harmony vocals. His musical influence comes from the West Coast of Scotland and the Hebrides, in particular. His mother, born on Scalpay in Harris, always had Gaelic songs and ceilidh music on in the house as he grew up. Phil, along with Roy, Hudson Swan and Dougie MacLean turned The Tannahill Weavers into a full-time professional band in the early 70's, recording their first album Are Ye Sleeping Maggie in 1976. Phil's tenor harmonies are part of what gives the band its distinctive vocal sound.

A fiddle and bouzouki player, Malcolm Bushby is based in Glasgow. Originally from Tasmania, he comes from a very musical family with his father an instrument maker and both of his parents having run major festivals in Australia. However his family roots lie in Scotland, and Malcolm was always destined to be a Scottish musician. He studied with Chris Duncan and Anna-Wendy Stevenson, and is now a highly respected teacher himself. He has performed and collaborated with an extensive list of instrumentalists and singers from around the world.

In 2021 the exciting piper and fiddle player Iain MacGillivray joined the band. Iain, who is Scotland's youngest Clan leader is a fluent Gaelic speaker, has worked on such exciting productions as Outlander and Men in Kilts, and has performed for a huge list of stars and dignitaries in recent years.

As the band celebrate the nomination of their 18th recording, Òrach (“Golden” in Gaelic) as album of the year, and themselves as band of the year, they are firmly established as one of the premier groups on the concert stage. From reflective ballads to footstomping reels and jigs, the variety and range of the material they perform is matched only by their enthusiasm and lively Celtic spirits.

"Formed from a Paisley pub session in 1968, seminal trailblazers the Tannahill Weavers now also rank as national treasures." —Glasgow Celtic Connections 2018

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There is a self-running jam on concert nights beginning 90 minutes before each concert when we get in the building to set up. Bring your instrument and come jam with us!


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