Award Winning Scottish Folk Band, Talisk bring tour to a close in Strathpeffer.

Words and Pictures by  Alan Cruickshank 

Talisk end of tour concert at the Strathpeffer Pavillion had all the hallmarks of being a great show, they delivered in spades, a truly great show was had by all.

This end of tour date always hinted that it was going to be great end to 2023 for Talisk and the loud up for it crowd at Strathpeffer pavilion knew and expected it.

I have seen Talisk a couple of times previously so knew what to expect, an intense performance full of superb energy from three very talented musicians, and that’s exactly what we got.

Talisk hit you with relentless energy assaulting you with their take on modern as well as traditional Scottish sound scapes. Mohsen Amini does his thing his way and it really shows in their unique performances. For a band that does not have vocals it still amazes me how excited and fevered they manage to get their crowd from the get go and tonight’s performance showed why they have deserved their growth and reputation as a unique energetic band.

I’m delighted to say that Talisk have at last been offered a spot at Belladrum for 2024 and for me about time too! They are in Glasgow Barrowland on January 26th January then off for an American/Canadian tour which I don’t doubt will be a great success, can’t wait to see how their energetic performance goes over with an eager Belladrum crowd too.

Abigail Pryde hailing from Argyll was the support act for Talisk and it was not difficult to see why she was chosen.

Abigail played 6 or so acoustic songs in her support set but her first instrument is the fiddle which she studied at Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Junior School where she devoted much of her studies in classical violin, however when she moved to the University of RCS she studied traditional Scottish music under the tutelage of Alistair McCulloch, and with that kind of history it should come as no surprise she has played with the likes of The Herron Valley band. Abigail played a beautiful set to an appreciative pavilion crowd and I hope to hear her again some time soon.