Mairearad and Anna

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Now booking | October 29, November 6, 2014; April 2015; 2014/15 festivals

Two of Scotland’s most revered multi-instrumentalists, Mairearad Green (accordion and bagpipes) and Anna Massie (guitar, banjo, fiddle) are a truly captivating duo, providing a highly energetic performance with an instantly warm and friendly stage presence.

Having played alongside each other for over ten years, they revel in an intuitive approach to each other’s musical ideas and interpretations, and an "almost telepathic communication" on stage (Hi-Arts), where they create “music more than the sum of just two parts” (The Scotsman), effortlessly showcasing the fruits of duo partnership to the highest level

Now based in Glasgow, Mairearad and Anna both grew up in the Scottish Highlands amidst very similar musical backgrounds (most notably, mandolin playing Dads!), and so share an innate understanding of Scottish culture and music. As a duo they have enjoyed many successes, including five stars in The Scotsman and high praise from KT Tunstall, becoming a much-loved live act.

Their two albums – 2009’s eponymous debut, and Doubling in 2013 – have both met wide critical acclaim, Mairearad and Anna was recorded live, just the two musicians – the live double act – whilst Doubling features many layered tracks, building a more complex sound, though still just from the two musicians. At the heart of Doubling remains the live duo sets, intricately arranged and executed with symbiotic sympathy, enhancing their “must-see” reputation.

Both award-winners, Mairearad and Anna can also, individually, be seen performing with a number of well-known bands and artists; The Poozies, Blazin’ Fiddles, Bella Hardy, and Box Club, and together they join Scotland’s one and only Celtic Big Band, The Unusual Suspects.

  • "An exuberant and beautifully recorded album...crisp, clean and crystalline."fRoots, July 2013
  • "You guys were killing it….amazing playing!”KT Tunstall, January 2012 (via Twitter)
  • "...the camaraderie and sheer fun of musical collaboration is plainly evident and infectious." (4 Stars) Songlines, July 2012
  • "The young Scottish duo of accordionist Mairearad Green and Anna Massie, on guitar and banjo…in sparkling style, performed largely original material with frequent playfulness of delivery… belying their formidable technical prowess, in music that seemed much more than the sum of just two parts." *****(5 Stars) The Scotsman, January 2011
  • "Anna Massie on guitar, fiddle and banjo, Mairearad Green on accordion and smallpipes – adds up to a wide palette of permutations, most of which featured in this relaxed, highly enjoyable performance... shifting the lead/accompanist balance, swapping and sharing the melody, harmony, chords and rhythms with deceptive fluency."The Scotsman, June 2010
  • "There is an almost telepathic communication between the two musicians."Hi-Arts