Drever’s date with Massie

Kris Drever

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KRIS Drever is rapidly becoming the one to watch on the folk scene today.

The son of singer-songwriter Ivan Drever, formerly lead vocalist with Celtic rock supremos Wolfstone, he spent his adolescence listening to Metallica and Pantera at the same time as learning the guitar.

He was also kept busy running other people’s sessions at the Orkney Folk Festival, where he heard a different, gentler type of music.

He left home for the mainland at 17 and eventually gravitated to Edinburgh’s burgeoning session scene.

This was the late 90s when The Tron Ceilidh House was a haven for musicians from across all manner of genres. Kris was soon playing there several nights a week.

Having temporarily switched to the double bass, he subsequently returned to the guitar and began honing his highly individual blend of rhythm and harmony, folk, jazz, rock and country inflections.

These are the touches which now find him in near-constant demand as a session player.

In late 2000, Kris began sitting in at the weekly session at Sandy Bell’s, Edinburgh’s most famous folk pub alongside co-hosts Nuala Kennedy, from Dundalk, on flute and whistles, and Edinburgh-born fiddler Anna-Wendy Stevenson.

Kris’s earlier live and recorded work includes collaborations with Cathy Ryan of Irish-American supergroup Cherish the Ladies, Scottish fiddlers John McCusker and Bruce MacGregor, Irish accordionist Leo McCann and Gaelic band Tannas, as well as tours of the US and South America with the Irish dance show Celtic Fusion.

In 2005 he joined forces with Aidan O’Rourke and Martin Green to form the trio LAU.

Now he has joined up with one of Scotland’s foremost musicians, Anna Massie.

Equally at home as accompanist or melody player, she is a skilled multi-instrumentalist, excelling equally on guitar, fiddle, mandolin and banjo.

As well as being a member of Blazin’ Fiddles and The Unusual Suspects she has worked in a duo with the fantastic Mairearad Green.

The past few years have seen her perform with her own band, Kate Rusby, Karen Matheson, Capercaillie and Eddi Reader.

Nominated three times for Best Instrumentalist at the Scots Trad Music Awards (2005, 2008 and 2010), she is a gifted musician.

She grew up in the Highlands and has an innate understanding of Scottish culture and music.

Kris Drever and Anna Massie are at the Rock@Maltby, Wesley Centre, Blyth Road, Maltby tonight. Next week’s guests are the Fay Hield Trio.

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