OXFORD — Scottish folk band North Sea Gas will return to 6 On The Square in Oxford at 7 p.m. on Sunday, May 15.
For 40 years, North Sea Gas has been one of Scotland’s most popular folk bands because of its great musicianship and three-part harmonies. Members Dave Gilfillan, Grant Simpson, and Ronnie MacDonald perform on guitars, mandolin, fiddle, bouzouki, harmonica, whistles, bodhrans and banjo.
They have released 22 albums, their most recent being “Hearth & Homeland,” and are constantly adding new material to their shows. One of their previous albums, “The Fire and the Passion of Scotland,” was named Album of the Year on U.S. Celtic radio, winning first place in the Jigs and Reels category.
They have received gold and silver disc awards from the Scottish Music Industry Association for albums such as “Dark Island,” “Lochanside,” “Glencoe Massacre,” “Edinburgh Toon,” “Rosslyn,” “Tak A Dram Afore Ye Go,” and “The Fire and the Passion of Scotland.”
Their show and albums blend traditional, contemporary, and self-penned material in a style all their own, along with humor and storytelling. They regularly tour Scotland, the U.S., Canada, Germany, Austria, Estonia, Turkey, and other destinations around the world, performing at theaters, arts centers, colleges, schools, libraries, and community halls.
Every year, North Sea Gas makes appearances on TV and radio on both sides of the Atlantic, including “Late Night Saturday,” “Woodsongs Old-Time Radio Hour,” and “Song of the Mountains” shown on select PBS stations in the U.S. The band recorded for Chinese television with an estimated audience of 800 million; played in Istanbul, Turkey, for the British Consulate; and performed at the famous Rosslyn Chapel.
Learn more at www.northseagas.co.uk.
Tickets for the May 15 show are $25 (plus a $2 service charge); purchase at 6onthesquare.org or call 607-843-OTS6 (6876) to make a reservation. Doors open one hour before the start of the performance.
The performance also will be streamed live online on a pay-what-you-can basis; more information at 6onthesquare.org/Schedule.
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 in the venue, except when eating or drinking.
An opening reception for the Oxford Schools Annual Art Exhibit will be held at 6OTS from 4 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 19. This will be the first Oxford schools exhibit inside since 2019.
Coming up are Martyn Joseph on May 22, Mad Agnes on June 4, and 6OTS’s 15th Anniversary Celebration with Reggie Harris, Carolann Solebello and Pat Wictor on June 18.
This concert is made possible in part with public funds from the Statewide Community Regrants 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.
-Information provided by 6 on the Square