Clype is an exciting new duo comprised of pianist and singer-songwriter Simon Gall of Salsa Celtica and fidler Jonny Hardie of Old Blind Dogs. They both hail from the North East of Scotland and their music fuses the sounds and styles from the Scottish folk traditions as well as the ‘rhythms of Latin America and harmonic ideas of jazz’. If that’s not enough to tickle your taste buds then I don’t know what will, but dont take my word for it, have a listen to Now My Home, our chosen Song of the Day which also features the low whistle of Ross Ainslie.
Since releasing the album in July 2015, Clype has been nominated for 'Album of the Year' at the MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards and has been played on some of the UK’s most prestigious platforms such The Folk Show on BBC Radio 2, World on 3 on BBC Radio 3, Travelling Folk on BBC Radio Scotland and A World of Music on BBC Ulster. The album was also selected as ‘Album of the Month’ on Celtic Music Radio, Folk Radio UK, FolkWords and was ‘Album of the Week’ on BBC Radio Nan Gaidheal. It has also received high praise from the critics at the legendary fRoots Magazine, Folk Radio UK, Bright Young Folk and many others
In 2014, Simon Gall (Salsa Celtica) and Jonny Hardie (Old Blind Dogs) created Clype, a new project fusing sounds and styles from around the globe, borrowing from Scottish folk traditions as well as from the rhythms of Latin America and harmonic ideas of jazz. Their first album has garnered rave reviews and was nominated for album of the year at the Scottish Trad Awards. This is exciting and inventive music from two of Scotland’s finest musicians.
“I urge you to give a listen to Clype. Simon Gall and Jonny Hardie create music which is eclectic, original, accomplished and challenging.” Richard Thompson
"Distinctive and engaging....it's genius" fRoots Magazine
Plus support from Iona Fyfe
From Aberdeenshire, North East Scotland, Iona combines modern contemporary folk music with the traditions of Scotland’s haunting traditional ballads and lively songs – accompanied with piano. A Radio 2 Young Folk Award 2015 Semi-Finalist, Iona has performed extensively across Scotland at festivals such as Celtic Connections, the Perthshire Amber Festival and Dundee Celt Fest and currently studies Traditional Music at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
Growing up in Huntly being surrounded by a wealth of musical and historical culture, Iona began performing Doric recitation and ballad singing at the age of five and since then has competed and performed at a range of festivals such as Traditional Music and Song Association Festivals in Aberdeen, Kirriemuir and Keith. Her knowledge about song backgrounds provides an interesting, enthralling set list which delves into Scotland’s folklore, stories and history.