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The Routes Quartet

Thursday, October 3 , 7:30 pm 9:30 pm

The Routes Quartet play an exquisite blend of folk, classical, jazz and fiddle traditions, featuring evocative arrangements of folk tunes and stunning original compositions.

Comprising the classic string quartet instrumentation of cello (Rufus Huggan), viola (Emma Tomlinson) and two fiddles (David Lombardi and Madeleine Stewart), the group set out to arrange and explore the vast textures, tones and intimate musical qualities that are characteristic of the string quartet, but with a folky, rootsy accent.

Following the success of their debut album Windrose, produced by Patsy Reid and recorded live by Keir Long at St. Columba’s Chapel, Drimnin Estate in 2017, The Routes Quartet came together again during lockdown. Their process begins with individual suggestions, jams and improvisations follow, to achieve their final music. For many composers (in the classical world) writing for String Quartets was an indication of their prowess – four musical and skilled elements totally stripped right back, exposed parts that need to form together completely to be successful, and intimate. This idea, combined with other genres, is the signature of The Routes Quartet, as they create something utterly new in a very organic vision.

Their second album, Arche, pronounced Ar:ki, means elements/origin/beginning. Featuring seven tracks, the album is best listened to in one go, taking listeners on a journey as the artists draw on each other’s diverse talents, encouraging imaginations to run free. This lockdown creation debuted on Friday 3rd February 2023 at Glasgow’s City Halls Recital Room as part of Celtic Connections.

‘A truly cathartic listen…’ Folk Radio UK

‘Scots string quartet with a true folk music understanding’ Songlines

£16 General Admission | £14 Concessions | £6 Under 16’s *

* We are offering a free carer/companion ticket for any disabled or wheelchair-user audience members throughout our shows this season. Please note that it is helpful if this is booked in advance via the WeGotTickets website, so that we can ensure that there is adequate accessible seating reserved on the day/night of the event.

Wheelchair access, or entry for people with a disability is available from the side entrance, by the Phoenix Café.

Tickets for our Autumn 2024 events can also be purchased in person at the Phoenix Shop, Findhorn. These will be available for purchase from late July.

Please note that this is a seated event.

Universal Hall

The Universal Hall, The Park, Findhorn
Forres, Scotland IV36 3TZ United Kingdom