Headlining Stirling’s Hogmanay 2019 will be an honour and a fitting stage for the reboot of Treacherous Orchestra, according to band member Ross Ainslie.

The 12-piece Celtic fusion band are renowned for electrifying audiences, including at top European festivals, through their dynamic mix of folk, rock and punk and many other influences

Now, fully recharged after a break from the limelight, the Scottish supergroup is bursting with excitement and is promising to get revellers dancing for the bells at their triumphant return for Stirling’s spectacular New Year celebrations.

Creating a party

Ross said: “The band has a big sound - it’s dance music and we want to use that energy and work with the crowd - it can get a bit crazy!

“This will also be a bit of a reunion gig for us. A lot of the boys in the band have been starting families so we all took a bit of a break and are all really up for getting going again, so playing at Hogmanay will be fantastic.

“It’s an honour to play at Hogmanay as you are creating a party for everyone and there’s usually a lot of people from different countries in the crowd, so it’s great to get these types of gigs.”

Formed organically during the after-show clubs of Celtic Connections, Treacherous sold out their first gig at the festival in 2009, and the awesome collective force of the band was unleashed.

The combination of pipes, accordions, banjos, electric guitars, acoustic guitars, whistles, drums, bass, performed with verve and passion by award-winning musicians, generated a vibrant wall of sound that blew crowds away and earned rave reviews.

Treacherous is the outlet

Ross, who plays the pipes and whistle, said: “It’s hard to put Treacherous into a genre. At source, it’s definitely Scottish but we have all grown up with different influences, with everyone listening to different stuff but we were all into bands like Wolfstone, Shooglenifty and Martyn Bennett.

“We all learned our instruments traditionally, and at the core we are all Scottish traditional musicians, but we all had this desire to take the music somewhere else. Treacherous is the outlet and whatever comes out is 12 people’s thoughts on where they want their Scottish music to sound and go.”

Now it’s time for the Treacherous phenomenon to rock up to Stirling Castle for the first time, with the band raring to go as they plan to get back to work in earnest over the coming 12 months, which could include completing a follow up to their second album, ‘Grind’, a Scottish Album of the Year nominee in 2015.

An iconic place

Ross, who grew up in Bridge of Earn, Perthshire, said: “We haven’t performed Hogmanay at Stirling before so it will be brilliant to do something new and play at such an iconic place.

“We’ve got a really good festival set that is ready to go, which is great. We have played these songs for so long but we’re going to give them a bit of a refresh and it’s all there.

“After Hogmanay, we will put the feelers back out. We will try to do some of the big summer festivals, and we have a third album we are getting close to completing, so that might get done next year.”

Treacherous will be joined at Stirling’s Hogmanay, by Scottish singing star, Stephanie Cheape, fresh from performing at TRNSMT and the Belladrum Festival, Stephanie Cheape, named as Scotland’s best unsigned act in 2017.

To ensure everyone can enjoy the celebrations, the Council is also staging a family friendly concert earlier in the evening.

Gifted young singer Gemma Lamont will get the party atmosphere started in earnest, unleashing a selection of the biggest and best chart anthems with her powerhouse vocals.

For those seeking something more traditional, Glaswegian outfit, Dlu will also showcase their energetic offering of modern Scottish music, which has set them apart from anything in their genre.

Both events will climax with incredible fireworks displays, with a kaleidoscope of colour illuminating Stirling Castle and lighting up the city’s historic landscape.

Ticket details:

Stirling’s Hogmanay 2019
Individual ticket £12.50
All attendees must have a valid ticket (£1 booking fee per ticket)

Stirling’s Family Hogmanay 2019
Family ticket £20 (one adult and three children or two adults and two children)
Individual ticket £6
All attendees must have a valid ticket (£1 booking fee per ticket)

Tickets must be collected before the event and are available from The Albert Halls and The Tolbooth box offices and from https://stirlingevents.org/

For more information and to stay up-to-date on Stirling Winter Festival 2019, head to the dedicated Stirling Winter Festival Website

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