Preview: Freya Rae and Louis Bingham

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Eyemouth’s Hippodrome plays host to two multi-instumentalists touring their debut album on November 28.

Freya Rae and Louis Bingham play a mixture of traditional tunes and modern compositions, drawing particularly on influences from Ireland and Brittany.

They are currently touring their debut album, Curlicue, which is already receiving rave reviews. FATEA says its “an album that is full of varied and colourful instrumental tracks from start to finish.”

Freya Rae comes from Jedburgh, where she learned the whistle and flute from an early age, developing an accomplished style on both 
instruments. She took up the clarinet after moving to Newcastle in order to further 
pursue her interests in Eastern European and Breton musics.

Louis Bingham grew up in Devon, and has developed distinctive playing styles on guitar, tenor banjo, bouzouki, and bodhrán.

Strongly influenced by the instrumental traditions of Ireland, he also draws on a wide variety of repertoire and musical styles ranging from those of Brittany and Scandinavia, to old-time and bluegrass, and traditional musics from the Mediterranean and West Africa.

As well as their duo work, Freya and Louis are involved in a number of other projects. Freya is a member of the Tom Kitching Band, and performs in a duo with her younger sister Eryn Rae, playing gigs around the Scottish Borders. She is also a sought-after instrumental teacher.

Louis has performed and recorded extensively with nyckelharpa virtuoso and 
acclaimed producer Griselda Sanderson, and currently tours with the world renowned Giffords Circus, 
devising music and performing in the shows as a member of the very 
popular house band.

Freya and Louis will be playing alongside fellow musicians Scott Turnbull, and Freya’s younger sister Eryn.

Doors open at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £10, available from 01890 750099.

The audience is invited to bring along an instrument and join in an open session at the end of the gig.