Glasgow based super-group, TRIP will be making their first of their namesake to the isles! Their music unites the kindred Celtic traditions of Scotland, Ireland, Northumbria and the Isle of Man; a reflection of where each band member hails from.
Their powerful, driven and distinctive sound is underpinned by a versatile top-line featuring accordion, fiddle and flute/whistle and a dynamic rhythm section of piano, guitar and bodhran. Their considered arrangements feature a blend of traditional melodies and self-penned tunes and songs, and celebrates the band’s roots in traditional music, whilst showcasing their contemporary, cross-genre influences.
Their debut album, A Drop for Neptune, is a culmination of four years of musical kinship that started on the traditional music scene in Glasgow, when the band members began studying at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. The album, which was written during a time of uncertainty and isolation that was brought about by the global pandemic, was inspired by the sea - something that connects and shapes us all.
Their impressive line-up features Newcastle accordionist Michael Biggins (BBC Young Traditional Musician of the year 2021), Sligo flautist Tiernan Courell (All-Ireland champion) and Manx fiddler Isla Callister alongside Scots Alasdair Mackenzie (guitar and voice), Rory Matheson (piano) and Craig Baxter (Bohdrain).