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Talisk's performance was a masterclass in traditional Scottish folk music

by Shannon Flack March 25, 2023

Benedict Morris (Left), Mohsen Amini (Middle), and Graeme Armstrong (Right) perform at the Southern Cafe and Music Hall (Shannon Flack)

The trio, consisting of Mohsen Amini on concertina, Benedict Morris on fiddle, and Graeme Armstrong on guitar, showcased their incredible musicianship and electrifying stage presence throughout the evening. From the moment they took the stage, the crowd was mesmerized by the sheer energy and talent of these musicians.

Throughout the night, Talisk's musicianship was simply breathtaking. Morris's fiery fiddle playing was a force to be reckoned with, as he effortlessly navigated complex time signatures and intricate ornamentation. Armstrong's guitar provided a steady rhythmic anchor, while also adding unexpected twists and turns to the arrangements. And Amini's virtuosity on the concertina was truly awe-inspiring, as he coaxed an astonishing range of sounds and textures from the instrument. But what really set Talisk apart was their ability to connect with the audience on an emotional level. Whether it was the mournful longing of a slow ballad or the frenetic energy of a fast-paced reel, the band's music was filled with passion and heart. They were clearly deeply invested in their craft, and their commitment to their art was evident in every note they played.

Amini frequently bantered with the audience, sharing stories and jokes between songs and inviting the audience closer to the stage for a more intimate concert experience. This personal touch only added to the already electric atmosphere of the show and left a lasting impression on everyone in the room. One of the standout moments of the evening was the band's performance of "Echo," a hauntingly beautiful song that showcased Amini's incredible talent on the concertina. The slow, mournful melody was filled with longing and sadness, and the sparse instrumentation only added to the sense of intimacy and vulnerability. It was a masterclass in musical storytelling and left everyone in the room transfixed. In addition to pieces from their earlier albums, the trio performed numerous numbers from their most recent album Dawn.

All in all, Talisk's performance at the Southern Cafe and Music Hall was a truly unforgettable experience. The band's musicianship, passion, and connection with the audience were simply unparalleled and left everyone in attendance feeling inspired and uplifted. If you're a fan of traditional Scottish music or just appreciate great music played with skill and heart, be sure to catch Talisk live in concert the next time they come to your town.


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