Get Into The Celtic Spirit With Tannahill Weavers At 6 On The Square
Published: March 8th, 2022

Get into the Celtic spirit with Tannahill Weavers at 6 On The Square The Tannahill Weavers will be performing at 6 on the Square in Oxford at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 12. (Photo from the Tannahill Weavers website)

OXFORD — Legendary Scottish band the Tannahill Weavers will bring more than 50 years of music and stories to 6 On The Square in Oxford at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 12.

Born from a 1968 session in Paisley, Scotland, and named for the town's historic weaving industry and local poet laureate Robert Tannahill, the Tannahill Weavers have made an international name for their brand of Scottish music, blending traditional melodies with modern rhythms.

The Tannahills began to attract attention when founding members Roy Gullane and Phil Smillie added full-sized Highland bagpipes to their concerts, the first professional Scottish folk group to successfully do so.

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Three years and a dozen countries later, the Tannahills were the toast of Europe, having won the Scotstar Award for Folk Record of the Year with their third album, “The Tannahill Weavers.” Canada came the next summer, with thousands at the national festivals in Vancouver, Winnipeg, and Toronto.

Since their first visit to the U.S., the Tannahills' unique combination of traditional melodies on pipes, flute, and fiddle, driving rhythms on guitar and bouzouki, and powerful three- and four-part vocal harmonies have taken the musical community by storm.

The Tannahills have turned their acoustic excitement loose on audiences with an electrifying effect. They have that unique combination of traditional melodies, driving rhythmic accompaniment, and rich vocals that make their performances unforgettable.

Over the years, the Tannies have been trailblazers for Scottish music, and their tight harmonies and powerful, inventive arrangements have won them fans from beyond the folk and Celtic music scenes. In 2011, the band was inducted into the Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame, and they released their 50th anniversary album “Òrach” ("Golden" in Gaelic) in 2018 on Compass Records.

In 2021, the band lineup added Scotland’s youngest Clan leader, Iain MacGillivray, on bagpipes and fiddle. He speaks (and sings) Gaelic fluently, and he has performed on such high-profile projects as “Outlander” and with Martha Reeves and the Vandellas.

With MacGillivray, Gullane, Smillie, and fiddle and bouzouki player Malcolm Bushby, the Tannahill Weavers are firmly established as one of the premier groups on the concert stage. From reflective ballads to foot-stomping reels and jigs, the variety and range of the material they perform is matched only by their enthusiasm and lively Celtic spirits.

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Tickets for the March 12 concert are $25, plus a $2 service fee. Purchase online at or call 607-843-OTS6 (6876) to make a reservation. Doors open one hour before the start of the performance.

Currently (and subject to change) all patrons will be required to show proof of a vaccination, either by a card issued by the vaccine provider or by an Excelsior Pass on paper or an electronic device. Also, every person entering the venue for a concert needs to be masked, covering the nose and mouth for the entire time the person is in the venue, except when that person is eating or drinking.

The performance also will be streamed live online on a pay-what-you-can basis. Please purchase more than two hours before the show, or you will not get your viewing link in time. More information at

This concert is made possible in part with public funds from the Restart NY Program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Gov. Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature, and administered by the Earlville Opera House.

6 On The Square, Inc. is an intimate, not-for-profit, volunteer-based acoustic music listening room and arts venue located at 6 Lafayette Park in downtown Oxford.

-From 6 on the Square