In 2021, Phil Cunningham composed a suite of music for the acclaimed BBC TV documentary The Narrow Sea The Farther Shore. The music was inspired by the sounds, sights and stories of the coastlines of Ulster and Scotland on both sides of the North Channel. Phil assembled a dream ensemble of musicians to perform this work, a rare collection of talent, able to bridge any musical genre required to tell the story. Individually and collectively, they brought this music to life.
For the very first time, this extraordinary team of musicians come together in front of a live audience, and the original music has been expanded and developed to create this unique and moving experience. Join Phil and his incredible band, including Kate St John, Sarah Allen, Su-a Lee, Greg Lawson, Cheryl Crockett, Sasha Buettner, James Mackintosh, Sally Simpson, Anna Massie, Jarlath Henderson, Innes White and Duncan Lyall.
Session A9 promise to “raise the roof” as they bring original compositions and exciting arrangements along with their usual skill, fire and enthusiasm. Hailed as “Scotland’s Supergroup” the band are previous winners of “Best Live Act” at MG Alba’s Scottish Traditional Music Awards. Each member of Session A9 form part of some of traditional music’s most respected bands. These include Capercaillie, The Treacherous Orchestra, The Nordic Fiddlers Bloc, as well as their own individual ensembles.
Fiddle players Kevin Henderson, Adam Sutherland, Gordon Gunn and Charlie Mckerron are joined as always by David “Chimp” Robertson on percussion, Marc Clement on guitar and vocals and Brian McAlpine on piano.
"A richness of sound that can verge on the symphonic... From reflective to mesmerising to downright barnstorming" (The Herald)