Angus Lyon & Duncan Lyall: 3G – Infinite Reflections Tour 2014

Angus Lyon & Duncan Lyall: New Voices Tour 2014

In August and September of 2014, we took 9 of Scotland’s top musicians on the road to tour a double bill of two Celtic Connections New Voice’s Commissions, Angus Lyon’s ‘3G’ and Duncan Lyall’s ‘Infinite Reflections’ with support from Creative Scotland. The project began with a conversation between Angus, Duncan and Jennifer in the Cafe of the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall back in March 2013, which initiated the submission of the bid to Creative Scotland. In August 2013, we got the email confirming the funding was in place and so work to coordinate the tour began.

The aim of the project was to take the double bill concert round eight venues round Scotland and England in 2014 reaching new audiences and challenging their perceptions of new music. The tour definitely achieved this and reached communities and promoters that could not afford to take such a large show normally. It inspired the promoters, audiences and musicians.

The artists involved in the tour were:

Angus Lyon – Piano & Accordion, Duncan Lyall – Double Bass & Bass Guitar, Patsy Reid – Fiddle, Innes Watson – Fiddle & Guitar, Fraser Fifield – Sax and Whistles, Ali Hutton – Pipes, Whistles & Guitar, Alyn Cosker – Drums, Iain Sandilands – Percussion and Chas MacKenzie – Guitars.

Sound Engineering legend: Andrea Gobbi

Tour Dates
8th August.            An Tobar. Isle of Mull www.comar.co.uk
9th August.            CCA, Glasgow https://www.musicglue.com/glow-arts/
4th September.     Assembly Roxy, Edinburgh www.musicglue.com/glow-arts/
5th September.     Plockton High School, Plockton. Tickets from 01599 544706 orrhona.sharp@highland.gov.uk
6th September.     Lyth Arts Centre, Wick www.lytharts.org.uk/
7th September.      Gardyne Theatre, Dundee www.gardynetheatre.org.uk/
10th September     St Pancas Old Church, London www.folkonmonday.co.uk

Background

‘3G’ and ‘Infinite Reflections’ have been performed at Celtic Connections Festival, firstly as premiers in 2011 and 2012 respectively, and then as a special double bill in 2013 which also seen the launch of their recordings.

‘Infinite Reflections’ – Duncan Lyall
The work is a soundtrack to an infinite number of stories. While writing the music Duncan drew inspiration from memories, and cultural references that resonated with him. He explored experiences of friendship, adventure, surrealism, love, loss, determination, grit and happiness. Narrative is omitted in the hope that the audience will create a story of their own.

‘3G’ – Angus Lyon
This new instrumental triptych 3G evokes the overlapping experiences of three generations, from grandfather to grandson, exploring the cyclical interplay of tradition and modernity. “The idea behind this music was to explore the notion that a lot of who you are comes from those who went before you. Like each generation of a family, these three parts of music have their own individual voices and ideas but are ultimately influenced by what’s happened before. So much has changed in the space of only a few generations and I wanted the music to represent that transition in the style and attitude of the different parts”

The artists involved in the tour were:
Angus Lyon – Piano & Accordion, Duncan Lyall – Double Bass & Bass Guitar, Patsy Reid – Fiddle, Innes Watson – Fiddle & Guitar, Fraser Fifield – Sax and Whistles, Ali Hutton – Pipes, Whistles & Guitar, Alyn Cosker – Drums, Iain Sandilands – Percussion and Chas MacKenzie – Guitars.