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Bringing together two Scottish musicians who are both embedded in tradition, Guest Curator and folk fiddler Aidan O’Rourke (Lau) is joined by classical guitarist Sean Shibe as they strip back the conservative ritual around their respective genres.

If you go back far enough, the divides between ‘classical’ and ‘folk’, ‘high’ and ‘low’, ‘formal’ and ‘rustic’ – all those perceived dichotomies dissolve. While many in the classical world are trying to reverse-engineer the blurring of boundaries, in this special collaboration, Aidan O’Rourke is going to the source, unearthing old melodies from manuscripts hidden away in libraries and archives and enveloping these treasures into a new collaboration with acclaimed Scottish guitarist Sean Shibe. The idea is to strip back any conservative ritual around the genres to make something truly new and avoiding any anticipated outcomes that you’d normally hear in a classical / folk partnership.

This new project with Aidan and Sean brings together two Scottish musicians who are both embedded in tradition – let’s call them tradition bearers of their kind – with Sean Shibe carrying a torch for classical music as the broadest possible church and Aidan O’Rourke deep-rooted in Scottish folk culture. Both of them gravitate to the edges of their traditions and thrive on roaming the hinterlands. They would like to find out where they might meet. What shared language they might find in the backstreets, byways and marginalia of ancient Scottish lute and fiddle manuscripts. A brilliant collaboration by two of Scotland’s foremost musicians.

'Few contemporary musicians in any category can match either his (O’Rourke’s) artistic ambitions or his achievements in bringing them to fruition' The Scotsman

'Shibe’s music-making is masterful, beautiful and convincing in every way' The Times

£27.50, £23.50, £18.00 (inc £2.50 booking fee per ticket); students/Young Scot/Under 26 £6; 18 and unders go FREE (under 16s to be accompanied by an adult)


Get to know the people behind the performances with our FREE pre-concert Classical Conversations, from the Perth Concert Hall stage by Creative Director for Classical Music, James Waters.

Classical Conversations: With Aidan O’Rourke and Sean Shibe
Wed 11 Dec: 18:15
Two fantastic musicians discuss the synergies between classical and folk music. Is classical even a relevant term? Surely all that we care about is that music is good, whatever it is called.

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Classical Stars: Luban - Aidan O'Rourke and Sean Shibe Book now
Wed 11 Dec 2024: 19:30
Perth Concert Hall, Scotland