Top American duo make a date with Coldingham Hall

After attracting top musical talent from the UK, Coldingham Hall has cast its net over the Atlantic for the act arriving in town next week.

When Cahlen Morrison & Eli West released their stunning debut album, ‘The Holy Coming of The Storm, it met with instantaneous reaction on both sides of the Atlantic. Bob Harris invited them to record a session for his BBC Radio 2 show, saying their music was “quite extraordinary”, and Mary Ann Kennedy recorded a studio session for BBC Radio 3’s World on 3 as well.

They created such an impact during their first ever UK tour in 2011 that Celtic Connections gave them a show of their own in Glasgow and they then appeared at just about every major outdoor event throughout 2012.

When The Saturday Review section of The Times asked leading UK singer-songwriter Chris Wood to choose his Six of The Best Folk Acts, he included Cahalen and Eli, saying they were “passionate, committed, accomplished, searching and sailing in the sea of their own inheritance”.

They are back on our shores to promote their latest album ‘Our Lady of the Tall Trees’, which has already stormed the Americana UK top ten.

Together, Cahalen and Eli tap the root of the old country and bluegrass duets. As the sparse landscapes of Cahalen’s vocals reflect the warm glow of Eli’s voice, it’s clear that this duo was made to sing together.

And Coldingham Hall committee chair Dave Jones said he was very excited to have them performing in Berwickshire on Friday, April 19.

“It’s fantastic that we’ve got artists of this calibre wanting to come to Coldingham Hall theatre,” he told ‘The Guide’.

“These are top class international musicians; the best of the best.

“They’ve been championed by a lot of people over here and I hope they get a good audience.”

Their show starts at 8pm and tickets are available from www.coldingham.info.