Folk duo’s birthday bash

Aly Bain and Phil Cunningham.
Aly Bain and Phil Cunningham.

The Platform in Morecambe plays host to folk duo Aly Bain and Phil Cunningham this Saturday April 16.

It’s a big year for the duo as Aly celebrates his 70th Birthday, Phil his 40 years as a professional musician, and it’s 30 years since they started touring together.

It is certainly something to celebrate – and they hope you will share it with them in true Aly and Phil style.

Having toured together since 1986 to packed concert halls all over the world, they recorded their first album ‘The Pearl’ in 1994 and followed it with many more highly acclaimed albums including ‘Five and Twenty’ CD to celebrate their 25th anniversary.

They also have two ‘Best of’ collections released.

Aly was a founder member of the ‘Boys of the Lough’ and his passionate fiddle playing has also found its way onto recordings by the likes of Eddi Reader and Richard 
Thompson.

He was responsible for launching ‘The Transatlantic Sessions’ TV series in which both he and Phil continue to feature. Accordion player Phil has b

en named as one of Scotland’s 25 most influential people and his mastery of the instrument has led to him working with the likes of Mark Knopfler, James Taylor, Rosanne Cash and Midge Ure. Together they are simply the best traditional musicians you are ever likely to hear.

The show starts at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £14 and are available online at www.lancaster.gov.uk/platform, from the box office on 01524 582803 or in person from Lancaster and Morecambe Visitor Information Centres.