We’re on our way home! This afternoon we performed our last concert of the tour in Dunblane Cathedral. The audience were packed in and around the choir stalls which made for a really intimate concert, despite being in such a vast building. We enjoyed playing the second of our two tour programmes today, the audience seemed to especially enjoy the folk dance at the end of Jolivet’s Petite Suite. We’re heading down the M6 making our way through sandwiches and a small (!) box of cakes given to us in the interval of last nights concert. It has been a fantastic week! We’ve played in some beautiful places, met some extremely kind and friendly people along the way and fallen in love with the Scottish mountains. Thank you Tunnell Trust for organising us such a brilliant tour! Over and out.
Our drive to Inverurie was straightforward, although we did miss the imposing mountains of the last few days, and we arrived without a hitch for our afternoon rehearsal. We had the second broken harp string of the tour during the concert, and Oliver used the time spent changing it to explain some of the harp’s idiosyncrasies to the audience.
We’ve included a photo of the tight packing required to get everything in the back of the car – it’s definitely a squash!
We really have been spoilt for beautiful landscapes.. We made our way to the sleepy, seaside village of Poolewe and were greeted by the lovely Sarah who had made us a delicious soup from home-grown vegetables. We had an enthusiastic, friendly audience and enjoyed the concert a lot.
Oliver set out on his bike early the next morning, and Henry & Luba enjoyed a leisurely breakfast at their B&B; they picked up the lonely cyclist about halfway to Inverness after soaking up some of the scenery around the breathtaking Loch Maree.
Inverness Town Hall was a gorgeous place to play and apparently the audience was the biggest of the season so far! We enjoyed a local pint with our hosts afterwards.
We arrived on Skye on Monday and enjoyed a relaxing couple of days exploring the beautiful place. Henry & Luba scrambled over the Black Cuillins, while Oliver climbed up various equally intimidating hills on his bike. Our first concert was in the lovely Portree; we played to a friendly audience who enjoyed our unusual combination of instruments. We loved waking up surrounded by mountain views at the beautiful house of Bill & Deirdre Peppe – thanks for having us! Off to Gairloch now…