National Portrait Gallery: The Nation Live

National Portrait Gallery: The Nation Live

After a busy day of playing at a number of care homes in Glasgow, we travelled through to play in one of Edinburgh’s most remarkable buildings, The Scottish National Portrait Gallery. With over 30,000 images and it’s remarkable reputation as a stunning venue, we were excited to be performing as part of “The Nation Live”; a series of concerts run by Live Music Now in conjunction with this exhibition at the gallery.

On arrival we found out that we were to be performing in the Great Hall for quite a small, but appreciative audience. The architecture of the whole room was absolutely stunning, and from the Frieze we could see figures of Scottish history walking back towards a figure of Caledonia, very apt for us given one of our most popular numbers is Caledonia by Dougie MacLean. As we played our first set of tunes, we were surrounded by the most beautiful natural reverb resonating around the room, engaging listeners from start to finish. However,  5 numbers later and we were finished. It seemed to be over in a flash! If only we could have played for longer…
Next up, Grant & Marianne head over for to Paris to perform as part of a visit from Scotland’s Cabinet Secretary and then on the 28th of January we’ll be on stage in one of Scotland’s most iconic performance venues… The User Hall. Looking forward to it!