Phil Cunningham’s Christmas Songbook Returns to Easterbrook Hall in Dumfries

Renowned musician Phil Cunningham, along with a stellar ensemble of talented artists, is set to make a return this December with the much-anticipated Christmas Songbook tour. The event, which has been a festive tradition for 17 years, will grace venues across Scotland, including Dumfries’ very own Easterbrook Hall.

Phil Cunningham’s Christmas Songbook tour will make a stop at Dumfries’ Easterbrook Hall on Thursday, December 14th, 2023. 

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The tour, known for its delightful blend of modern and traditional Christmas melodies and impeccable musicianship, promises to be the perfect way to immerse oneself in the holiday spirit. Phil Cunningham, a well-known instrumentalist with a rich musical history, will be joined by some of the finest talents in the Scottish folk music scene. The lineup includes Eddi Reader, Karen Matheson, John McCusker, Kris Drever, Ian Carr, and Kevin McGuire, with a special guest Brass Band in tow.

Phil Cunningham, recognised for his swift fingers and musical sensitivity, is celebrated for his past collaborations with Silly Wizard and his partnership with Shetland fiddler Aly Bain. His contributions to Scottish music extend to his work in television and radio, making him a true ambassador for traditional music. Known for his sense of humour, Phil can effortlessly entertain a large audience.

This year, the Christmas gathering boasts a powerful ensemble of lead vocalists. Eddi Reader, a celebrated artist with a career spanning over three decades, has earned accolades, including an MBE for her outstanding contributions to the arts. Karen Matheson, known for her haunting vocals with the Celtic supergroup Capercaillie, is regarded as one of the finest Gaelic singers in the world. Kris Drever, named BBC Radio 2 Folk Singer of the Year in 2017, is a prominent figure in the contemporary roots scene. The lineup also includes multi-instrumentalist John McCusker, versatile musician Ian Carr, and highly sought-after double bassist Kevin McGuire.

The tour is an opportunity for families and music enthusiasts to come together and celebrate the holiday season. It promises a memorable experience that showcases the rich tapestry of Scottish folk music and the joy of Christmas.

For those in Dumfries and Galloway, the Christmas Songbook tour will make a stop at Dumfries’ Easterbrook Hall on Thursday, December 14th, 2023. The tour will then continue on to Stirling, Aberdeen, Inverness, Glasgow, Perth, and Edinburgh.

This event offers a unique opportunity to enjoy a heartwarming and enchanting evening of music and festivities, making it a must-see for anyone seeking to embrace the true spirit of Christmas through the magic of Scottish folk music.

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