★★★★★ “… marvellously organic and intensely alive, terrifically accomplished and thrillingly unpredictable…”
‘Nae Plans‘ is the daredevil, off-the-cuff Scottish folk show featuring two Scottish folk musicians of the highest calibre. Fiddler Adam Sutherland (Treacherous Orchestra, Session A9) and pianist/vocalist Hamish Napier (Back of the Moon, Man’s Ruin).
Nae programmes, nae music-stands, nae qualms…Nae Plans!
The show goes far beyond simply a live folk music session that you might see in a pub. The stakes are high, the risks are many. This is in another dimension altogether that puts the audience at the centre of an energetic, dynamic, electrifying live performance. It’s incredibly engaging to behold what these two highly creative and experienced players can conjure up in the heat the moment!
“Nae Plans tour the country, providing a one-stop pop-up shop of musical mischief for which there is no planning (other than, of course, where they plan to pop up)!” Folk Radio UK
The live performances display a kind of electricity and excitement by the off-the-cuff nature and highlight every nuance. Each performance is unique and demonstrates the incredible talent of two of Scotland’s foremost musicians. As they allow themselves the freedom to experiment, ‘Nae Plans’ becomes ‘Nae limits’. Playing to sell-out crowds at Glasgow’s Celtic Connections, The Edinburgh Fringe and Celtic Colours in Canada,
“…a spontaneously chosen set that packed heat, skill, dynamics, fun, a tender country ballad and impromptu interaction…” The Herald
“Two top musicians get together with no idea what they will play, no previous discussion, and just let the music come…Unique and impressive….Will blow the cobwebs – and the listeners – away!” The Living Tradition
Nae Plans is also a much in-demand educational project, having delivered workshops at prestigious institutions such as The National Centre of Excellence in Traditional Music, The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and The Folk and Traditional Music Degree course at Newcastle University.
Adam comes from Errogie on the south shores of Loch Ness in the Highlands of Scotland. In his early thirties, he is one of Scotland’s most exciting fiddle players, composers and teachers in a thriving scene.
Outfits that Adam has been a part of include The Treacherous Orchestra, Session A9, Peatbog Faeries, Babelfish and Croft No. Five. He has also played with a host of other well-known acts including Salsa Celtica and Manran.
Adam’s tunes are perhaps his most impressive legacy and are played in music sessions worldwide and performed by leading folk artists such as Michael McGoldrick, Sharon Shannon and Flook.He has just released his first solo album, ‘Squall’, and has subsequently been nominated for the prestigious ‘Composer of The Year’ Award at the MG alba Scots Trad Music Awards in 2013. (Visit Adam’s own website)
Originally from Grantown-on-Spey, multi-instrumentalist Hamish Napier moved to Glasgow to immerse himself in its famously vibrant music scene. His instruments include piano, whistles and flutes and he sings with Man’s Ruin, The Cask Strength Ceilidh Band and Jarlath Henderson Band. Hamish toured extensively with acclaimed folk quartet ‘Back of the Moon’ and has played with leading Scottish musicians including Donald Shaw, Martyn Bennett, Duncan Chisholm, Treacherous Orchestra and Eddi Reader.
Awarded a scholarship to study for a year at Boston’s Berklee College of Music, Hamish spent a year in The States studying jazz, contemporary music, American roots music and composition. A highly-regarded teacher, Hamish now tutors at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, The University of Strathclyde and at music schools and festivals worldwide. Visit Hamish’s own website.