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THE TWA BARDS

FLUTE FIDDLE HARP GUITAR VOCALS

Tradition Bearer: Don 'Gypsy of the Celts: Vocals, Guitar, Flute, Bodhran
Angela: Vocals, Flute, Fiddle, Whistles, Harp.

Unique arrangements, vocal harmonies, song stories, duelling flutes and more… in a showcase of inimitable sco’s-aussie style. All-round pied pipers… that play almost everything but! 

Don was taught Scottish history through songs and stories. A love of the work of Robert Burns was a big part of the aural tradition that was shared. He’s been performing those songs and adding to that collection ever since, winning solo singing competitions, and travelling with various bands. Angela has classical roots that pretty quickly loosened up into folk and funk styles along the way. She cannot resist the charms of each instruments colour, complementing with rich vocal harmonies. 

The Twa Bards have developed thematic performances inspired by: ‘A Taste of Scotland’, ‘A Tribute to Robert Burns’, ‘Celtic Fairytales’, and ‘A Singing Tour of Scotland’ that has the capacity to feature slides  as a virtual tour, transported by song, place and story. 

Their love of musical conversation breathes vitality, and sometimes the unexpected, into every arrangement. Original folk songs and tunes complement and bring flavour to the brew… like whiskey & haggis, chilli & chocolate! 

Over the last few years they have also developed and performed numerous 
sound bath meditations which complements Angela’s sound therapy study. 
A Certificate of Currency can be provided if required. 

SCO’S-AUSSIE FOLK

The Twa Bards have sunburned tartan hearts that time travel! 
“May your pulse beat as your heart would wish!”

We love putting on concerts, and playing at festivals, art gallery events, house concerts, medieval & heritage fairs... and look forward to new opportunities as we emerge from our changed world into something new.

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Heart's Wish

The Twa Bards

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May your pulse beat as your heart would wish (Scottish proverb) + Had we ne'er loved sae kindly, had we ne'er loved sae blindly, ne'er met or ne'er parted, we had ne'er been broken-hearted (Robert Burns) + the Irish blessing and a little bit of James Joyce.

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Selected Scottish Songs

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Song For You - Original Folk

Don Grieve

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Ballads

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Play Of Colours - Harp, Flute, Guitar - Instrumental Meditations - The Twa Bards

Angela Preiss - The Twa Bards

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The Golden Locks O' Annie

Ye monarchs, take the East and West frae Indus to Savannah; Gie me, within my straining grasp, The melting form of Anna – Robert Burns

The Twa Bards Virtual Set

 Green grow the rushes o’, The Bonnie Earl o’ Moray, The Journeyman & Ca’ The Yowes, recorded for the Camperdown Burns Fest 🙂

The Four Marys 

Traditional ballad; yester-treen there were four Mary's... Mary Seton and Mary Beaton, and Mary Carmichael and me. (Mary Hamilton).

Wullie Wastle & Drystane Dyker 

Wullie Wastle; a comic poem by Robert Burns recited followed by a tune written and performed by Don Grieve called The Drystane Dyker.

Ecce Puer - James Joyce 

Of the dark past a child is born 
with joy and grief my heart is torn 
calm in his cradle the living lies 
may love and mercy unclose his eyes 
Young life is breathed on the the glass; 
the world that was not comes to pass 
a child is sleeping: an old man gone 
o, father forsaken, forgive your son

Song written by Angela Preiss - sung by Tracey Newman

The Deil's Awa & A Rosebud By

A taste of two very different Robert Burns poems – music by The Twa Bards. Nature and Human Nature were ever present themes for The Bard. 

Ae Fond Kiss 

Had we ne’er lov’d sae kindly, had we ne’er lov’d sae blindly, never met-or ne’er parted, we had ne’er been broken-hearted. – Robert Burns

Wild Rover Blues 

What would happen if the wild rover got the blues? A favourite flute rambling foot tapper. You’ve never heard the wild rover like this before!

Lassie wi' the lint-white locks 

Lassie wi’the lint-white locks, bonnie lassie, airtless lassie, Wilt thou wi’ me tent the flocks, Wilt thou be my Dearie, O? – Robert Burns

Don singing John o' Dreams on the banks of The Mosel River, after performing on a replica Roman Galley that was built by Trier University... shortly after many fine Mosel wines were tasted and more songs shared.

Don wrote this tune for his son Malcolm Grieve

My Jean  

Of a’ the airts the wind can blaw, I dearly like the west, For there the bonie lassie lives, The lassie I lo’e best… a beautiful ballad – Robert Burns.

O wert thou in the cauld blast... 

My plaidie to the angry airt, I’d shelter thee, I’d shelter thee… Robert Burns, featuring Don’s rich vocals, whistle & harp accompaniment.

A Lily Aye Ay

The Lilting Way - track from Play of Colours album - Instrumental Meditations inspired by the harp and flute; tunes written by Angela Preiss

A Flute Duel 

The Butterfly with flute harmonies… Don is left-handed on flute which makes it fun to create a stereo standoff! Trad flute v Classical flute.

Bonnie Wee Thing 

Wit, and grace, and love, and beauty, in ae the constellations shine; To adore thee is my duty, Goddess o’ this soul o’ mine! – Robert Burns