The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra collaborates with top Scottish folk artists for Tales of the Tribe


Scotland’s top jazz ensemble will work with leading folk musicians for a special series of concerts in May

the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra (SNJO) announced that he was working with the best traditional musicians Phil Cunningham, Julie Fowlis, John McCuskerand Michael McGoldrick in an exciting collaborative project bringing the myths and legends of Scotland to vibrant musical life in May in a project called Tales of the Tribe. Inspired by ancient Scottish folklore, Tales of the Tribe will magnify and reveal creatures of mythical proportions and explore the soul of Scotland through music and newly written poetry by four of Scotland’s greatest poets, Meg Bateman, Christine De Luca , Peter MacKay and Tom Pow.

The saxophonist and artistic director of the SNJO Tom Smith said of the collaboration, “The traditional musicians we work with are among the leaders in their field. They are incredibly skilled and we will showcase their skills and spontaneity on accordion, whistle, fiddle, flute and more to create a natural link between jazz and traditional music. Tales of the Tribe tours in Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow (May 12), Music Room, Aberdeen (May 13) and Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh (May 14).

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Henry R. Wright