Charlie Grey and Joseph PeachFiddle Player and Pianist
A musician and composer, Charlie Grey grew up playing traditional music on the fiddle with influences from his friends, his family and granny (legendary “Gaelic diva” Ishbel MacAskill), and some of Scotland’s leading folk musicians. Outside of folk music, Charlie has spent time studying and exploring Gypsy Jazz, Bluegrass, Blues-fiddle music, before mastering his aesthetic of liberated improvisation. Joseph Peach, a pianist and composer, hails from the small town of Achiltibuie, in the north-west Scottish Highlands. Graduating with a Masters degree from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Joseph’s musical studies also include classical and jazz, and a passion for Scottish pianist/composer Ronald Stevenson.
Together, they have been described by critics as a duo displaying ‘enthralling prowess and attunement’ (The Scotsman). Having reached the final of Radio 2’s Young Folk Musician Award along with their debut album shortlisted for FATEA Magazine’s Instrumental Album of the Year, they have performed at the Royal Albert Hall, Cambridge Folk Festival, Australia’s National Celtic Festival, Celtic Connections, and Festival Interceltique de Lorient. More recently, Charlie and Joseph released Air lomall – a film and suite of music inspired by the voyage on the Dutch tall ship Wylde Swan to the now uninhabited islands deep in the North Atlantic.
Fiddle player Charlie Grey and Pianist Joseph Peach will be unearthing and building upon Scottish Gaelic melodies in their new album Spiorachas – A High Place, released October 1st. Evolved through improvisation, Charlie and Joseph have rejuvenated the traditional Scottish Gaelic melodies of times past, continuing their multi-generational story, as well as introducing new pieces of their own.
Charlie Grey and Joseph Peach’s work is supported by Britten Pears Arts, Creative Scotland and The Marchus Trust.