31 October 2013 (19:30 - 22:30)
Sangsters, from Fife in Scotland, are an internationally recognised harmony group of critically acclaimed Scottish singers. The band members are Anne Murray (MBE), John Blackwood and Fiona Forbes.
The band features quality singing and close harmonies with sympathetic guitar accompaniment and interpretation of Scots song. Traditional and Burns songs sit alongside contemporary material, all wrapped in warm couthy humour.
Sangsters are signed to Greentrax, the premier Scottish recording label.
Regular club and festival performances and live and recorded national and local radio sessions and appearances have featured for the band.
The quality of Sangsters’ live performance and their connection with their audiences has made them popular performers the length and breadth of Scotland on a regular basis. Sangsters have also performed in England, Germany and Nova Scotia.
Concert appearances in venues as diverse as castles in private ownership, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, regional and local theatres, small pubs and clubs and Burns Suppers both formal and informal shows the band’s versatility.
Celtic Connections appearances representing Fife in the Songs of Scotland and as guests in McCalman and friends in 2007 showcased the delicate harmonies and at times irreverent humour for which the band have become renowned and resulted in the band being booked for the prestigious Celtic Colours Festival in Nova Scotia.
2012 saw Sangsters involved in the sell out performances of a major new production “Far, Far from Ypres”, written by Ian McCalman.
The Ypres story continues with a booking in the main auditorium for Celtic Connections in 2014, and with other performances planned during this commemoration year.
Sangsters are “Greentrax” artists and their CDs ”Begin” and “Sharp and Sweet” have both met with critical acclaim. Various tracks have been used for compilation albums on the Greentrax label.
Fiona was recorded on the collection of Burns Merry Muses of Caledonia. A copy of this work, complete with “Parental guidance” sticker, was on display in the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh during the bard’s bicentennial celebrations.
Fiona is the only woman in the “Pals Regiment” recording from Greentrax double album Far Far from Ypres. The double album features the Pals singers with contemporaneous songs and the second album consists of modern songs about WW1.
Fiona has also recorded with Ian McCalman on the Greentrax “Music and Song of Edinburgh” and all members of the band have provided backing vocals and harmonies for many friends in the music scene.
“…Stunningly good…a big warm sound that sucks you into the song…”
“Some of the best harmonies I have heard”
“This is my favourite..…they are all superb singers…”
“Sangsters stole the show”