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Music fans invited to Celtic Christmas concert on Black Isle as star prepares to dazzle for Groam House Museum fundraiser

By Hector MacKenzie

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Tim Edey is renowned in Celtic and folk circles.
Tim Edey is renowned in Celtic and folk circles.

AN award-winning musician who has become a go-to collaborator for stars of folk, roots and Celtic is set to take the spotlight at a Black Isle concert this month.

Groam House's successful foray into staging fundraising concerts for its Rosemarkie museum of Celtic and Pictish art continues on Saturday, December 16 with a double act at the Black Isle Leisure Centre in neighbouring Fortrose.

Celtic musician Tim Edey will be supported by Fèis Rois Ceilidh Trail graduate and Kate MacLeod and Amy Naulls, two young talented musicians with a shared love of folk who perform under the name Kentra.

Continuing its initiative to bring top musical acts to the Black Isle, organisers have set the stage for what's billed Tim Edey’s Celtic Christmas Concert at 7pm.

Edey will celebrate the music of both the Celtic tradition and the festive/sacred season.

He's well known in Celtic and folk circles as a performer in his own right and a go-to musician for the likes of The Chieftains, Sharon Shannon and Capercaillie and for collaborations with renowned Scottish piper Ross Ainslie, harmonica player Will Pound and legends Mike McGoldrick and Dougie McLean.

He is a former BBC Radio Folk Award winner and Musician of the Year 2020 at the MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards.

Allied to the tour is the release of an accompanying Celtic Christmas CD featuring tracks and tunes to be included in the live performances.

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Kentra is Kate MacLeod and Amy Naulls and the duo will perform alongside Tim Edey at the Black Isle Leisure Centre.
Kentra is Kate MacLeod and Amy Naulls and the duo will perform alongside Tim Edey at the Black Isle Leisure Centre.

Kate MacLeod and Amy Naulls perfoming as a piano and fiddle Scottish folk duo, are originally from the Highlands and now based in Glasgow.

Kate began playing fiddle at a young age, taking part in various projects and has since been a participant of the Fèis Rois Ceilidh Trail for two years. She has played alongside Capercaillie at the Inverness Cathedral and at festivals such as Belladrum and the Cambridge Folk Festival.

Amy started out as a classical pianist before progressing to traditional music. She is currently in her second year of studies at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, studying trad piano. Alongside her studies, Amy is also in the band Cala. She has enjoyed a busy year with the band, releasing their debut album and playing at various festivals.

A Groam House spokeswoman said: "Whether you're a die-hard Celtic music fan or simply in search of some holiday spirit, this event promises to be an unforgettable experience."

Tickets are £15 and available at the museum this weekend from 11am to 2pm Saturday and Sunday, via EventBrite at https://tinyurl.com/GroamHouse and at the door.

Doors open 6.30pm.

Groam House Museum is an independent museum with free admission, and meets the bulk of its running costs from donations, fundraising events, lectures, shop sales and membership fees. Funds from the concert will be used to help keep the doors open.

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