Hebridean Fire presented by Elsa McTaggart (2023), theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, Review

Submitted by Erin Roche on Tue, 8 Aug '23 12.34am
Hebridean Fire presented by Elsa McTaggart
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Elsa Jean McTaggart
Elsa Jean McTaggart, Gary Lister
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Journey through the highlands, across the sea and onto the Outer Hebrides with Hebridean Fire presented by Elsa McTaggart

Fun for the whole family, this hour of rousing jigs and lilting Scottish serenades puts cheer in your heart. Cast your mind to the Isle of Lewis, where the highest concentration of Gaelic speakers reside. Multi instrumentalists Elsa McTaggart and husband Gary Lister recently moved here, renovating an old cottage, and now they return to the Edinburgh Fringe with authentic and traditional stories, songs and sights of Scotland to share with you. 

On fiddle, guitar and penny whistle is the charming and talented Elsa McTaggart, originally from Aberfeldy - a gem of the traditional and folk music scene. 

Gary accompanies on accordion and keyboard, utilising the instrument to act as bass, organ, drums and more throughout the set. The music is delightful (and so is the cheery husband and wife banter during transitions). 

Projections behind the two take the crowd on a homegrown, visual tour of this beautiful country, setting the backdrop for such highlights as tales from the locals, waulking songs, original tunes (three cheers for the Phantom Fiddler) and ceilidh numbers.

Enjoy this afternoon of great music, good humour, joy and warmth. Don’t forget to clap on the fiddly bits!


9-26 Aug 13:05 at theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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