The Outside Track: Multi-award-winning band, The Outside Track, fronted by four powerhouse women, are promoting their fifth studio album, ‘Rise Up’. Featuring songs and tunes all by or about women, including 11 female composers, the album is an attempt to promote gender equality in the folk scene. The Outside Track want to celebrate female talent and act as strong role models for young women. Having headlined major Folk Festivals all around the world, The Outside Track have already won a multitude of fans with their high-energy performances, and this new album captures their vivacity and virtuosity.
Winner of ‘Best Group’ in both the Live Ireland awards and the Tradition In Review awards, The Outside Track are one of the top Celtic acts in the world. They were ‘Best Live Act’ nominees in the MG Alba Scots Traditional Music Awards, and won the German Radio Critics Prize, for their album Flash Company. Live Ireland called them, ‘Among the top bands in the world – stunning on every cut!’
The band are: Mairi Rankin: One of the hugely influential Rankin Family – legends on the Canadian music scene – she plays fiddle, sings and also step-dances up a storm. Teresa Horgan: From Co. Cork, has an emotive singing style. “She has just enough world weariness in her vocals to interpret…songs and make them her own.”
Ailie Robertson: From Edinburgh is widely regarded as one of Scotland’s leading young traditional musicians. She is a musician in the broadest sense: composer, arranger, teacher, improviser and harp virtuoso. Fiona Black: From the Highland village of Evanton, Fiona developed a love of music and dance from a young age. The Feisean movement (Feis means Gathering or Festival) provided her the opportunity to nurture her passion through learning to play the piano accordion. Michael Ferrie: Is an award-winning guitarist and composer from Callander, Scotland.