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Scottish folk band Breabach makes Athens debut

Breabach makes its Athens debut Feb. 24 at 7:30 p.m. in Hodgson Concert Hall. (Submitted photo)

Securely ranked among Scotland’s most skilled and imaginative contemporary folk acts, Breabach unites deep roots in Highland and island tradition with the innovative musical ferment of the band’s home base in Glasgow.

The five talented multi-instrumentalists use the fiddle, whistle, guitar, bagpipes, step dance and more to give life to both traditional songs and modern melodies. The band makes its Athens debut Feb. 24 at 7:30 p.m. in Hodgson Concert Hall.

Breabach is on a U.S. tour instigated by the UGA Performing Arts Center after director Jeffrey Martin saw the band in a virtual festival during the pandemic. They have released six increasingly acclaimed albums, while fueling their creative appetites in collaborations with BAFTA award-winning animator Cat Bruce on the short film “Dùsgadh,” indigenous Australasian artists Moana & The Tribe, Quebec’s Le Vent du Nord, video game composer Big Giant Circles and as artists-in-residence at 2019’s Celtic Colours festival with Cape Bretoners Beòlach.

Breabach is Megan Henderson (fiddle/vocals/step dance), James Lindsay (double bass/Moog/vocals), Calum MacCrimmon (Highland bagpipe/whistle/bouzouki/vocals), Conal McDonagh (Highland bagpipe/uilleann pipes/whistle/vocals) and Ewan Robertson (guitar/cajon/vocals).

The band’s 17-year adventure has included live performances from the Sydney Opera House to Central Park in New York. They have racked up an impressive array of accolades including five Scots Trad Music Awards, nominations as Best Group in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and European Album of the Year in The Songlines Music Awards.

Breabach shows no sign of slowing their creative endeavors with imminent tours and festival appearances across the U.K., Europe and the U.S. to mark the release of their seventh studio album, “Fàs,” produced by renowned musician Inge Thompson (Karine Polwart, Hen Hoose, Northern Flyway).

Acknowledging and respecting the origins of both the music they play and the roots of the band while embracing the future with new ideas, energy and belief is a key attribute of the band and has remained a constant theme throughout their 17 years.

This performance is supported by Thomas P. and M. Jean Lauth, and Herb West and Myrna Adams West.

Three ways to get tickets

  1. Purchase tickets online at pac.uga.edu.
  2. Call the Performing Arts Center box office at 706-542-4400, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  3. Visit the UGA Performing Arts Center box office, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (five-minute parking is available in the drop off circle at the Performing Arts Center for purchasing or picking up tickets.)

Ticket buyers can create a series of three performances for 20% off. Single tickets begin at $25, and UGA student tickets are just $10. Parking is free.

To learn more about all UGA Performing Arts Center events, visit pac.uga.edu.