This very special evening features two outstanding Perthshire musical projects that both meld folk and jazz influences but which also have very distinct literary and linguistic identities.
Roberto Cassani was brought up in rural Lombardy, Italy, in a small town called Rivolta d’Adda but relocated to the Perthshire countryside more than two decades ago. Previously best known for his brilliant comic songs in English, Roberto's new album Ansema We Stand is a joyful celebration of his very local Rivoltano accent and a life-affirming fusion of Italian and Scottish music. It rightly received brilliant reviews on its release during lockdown:
"A fabulously entertaining album...stunning, and unlike anything else I’ve ever heard.” At The Barrier
“Powerful songs and instrumentals, rich arrangements and touching lyrics ...exquisite Scottish-Italian collaboration.” FolkWorld
"A charming album of genuine and excellent musicianship”. Songlines
Some of Scotland’s best musicians featured on the album including Ross Ainslie, Anna Massie, John Somerville, Stevie Fyvie and Greg Lawson, all of whom will join Roberto for this unmissable hometown show.
In A Sma’ Room is a collection of original songs from the poetry of Perth poet William Soutar (1898-1943), who spent the last thirteen years bed-bound with ankylosing spondylitis and wrote his poems, diary and prose with the only view of the outside world from his bedroom window. Originally commissioned by the William Soutar Trust in 2011, and finally released as an album in December 2020, the poems were set to music by Perth-based vocalist Debra Salem, guitarist Kevin Mackenzie and pianist Paul Harrison. Together, they bring the sum of their diverse musical backgrounds to bear on Soutar’s wonderful words and will be joined for the show by Patsy Reid on strings.
Produced in association with Celtic Connections festival.