It’s 100 years since James Scott Skinner recorded The Strathspey King. Alice Allen (cello) and Patsy Reid (fiddle) are celebrating this milestone by releasing their own take on his last, iconic recording.

With a first class honours degree each, these two in-demand and effectively bi-lingual Scottish musicians grew up steeped in the North East fiddle tradition, becoming effortlessly fluent in their native strathspeys, reels and airs, and simultaneously pursuing a hybrid musical education, both achieving the much sought after technique that Skinner himself flaunted, whist remaining true to their respective roots.

Together, Alice and Patsy breathe new life into these wonderful tunes and let’s hope their recording may be enjoyed by Scottish music lovers for another century.

Consisting of three of Scotland’s most exciting musicians, Lyre Lyre recently released their debut album, Gin and Strathspey to critical acclaim. LYRE LYRE unites the talents of fiddler Patsy Reid, Marit Fält on Nordic mandola and cellist Alice Allen. Their winningly playful, melodic, groove-driven blend of traditional and original material draws on Scottish, Scandinavian and classical influences, catalysed by virtuoso musicianship and sparkling ensemble interplay.

Edinburgh Tradfest 2022

When: 5th May at 8pm 

Where: Traverse 2, The Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

Join us on 17–19 June in Glasgow’s gorgeous Kelvingrove Park for our first Dandelion Festival – a three-day spectacular of live music, performances, talks, workshops and food that’s open to everyone and completely free.

There’ll be…

Live music from Rura, Admiral Fallow, This Is the Kit and many more across our three stages – including the Pavilion of Perpetual Light, a spectacular 10-metre vertical farm and concert platform made from dozens of Cubes of Perpetual Light, and the intimate, in-the-round Orchard Stage

Talks by leading scientists, chefs, artists, activists and others on such urgent issues as sustainability, climate action and food poverty

Inspiring workshops, discussions and other hands-on activities hosted by charities, campaign groups and community organisations in our intimate Dandelion Potting Sheds

Interactive, inclusive and inspiring activities for children of all ages

Seed and plant giveaways – plus the chance to get up close with our Cubes of Perpetual Light

Food and drink, locally sourced from ethical and sustainably minded producers and vendors

Check back soon for a full schedule of workshops, activities and performances – and save the date…

Dandelion Festival

When: 18th June, time tbc

Where: Kelvingrove Park,
Glasgow