In the quiet, furthest reaching parts of Scotland; authentic, skillful, energetic Celtic music has been passed down from generation to generation. The band Heron Valley captures the iconic sounds of the bothies, village halls and kitchen ceilidhs. On Friday, Sept. 8, the band brings their music and their traditions to the historic Opera House in Boothbay Harbor.
The history of the Great Highland Bagpipe, the Irish banjo, the West Coast fiddle mixed with the driving accompaniment of the piano and guitar are just some of the aural delights audience members can expect. Their roots lie in Scottish and Irish traditional music, including traditional Scots song and Scottish piping tunes and Irish banjo. The four piece group comprises, Abigail Pryde on fiddle and vocals, Keith Morrison on keys, Alastair Maclean on bagpipes and whistles, and Callum Cronin on bass and guitar. These musicians are passionate about their heritage and showcase the culture, language, sounds and stories of their homeland in their music.
Their inception as a folk band began in 2014, after spending the first few years of their musical careers perfecting their craft as a young ceilidh dance band. In 2018 they formed the current band and embarked on their first tour of the US. Coming from vastly different areas of Scotland (Oban, Lewis, Cowal, Glasgow and Stirling ) audience members are guaranteed to hear some unforgettable stories, and maybe even some Scots language lessons!
Special advance purchase tickets are only $20 and available directly from the box office at 86 Townsend Ave. or by calling 633-5159. Regular tickets are $25 and available online at boothbayoperahouse.com and on the day of the concert. Doors for seating open at 7 p.m., the music begins at 7:30.