The Leigh Folk Festival is proud to be presenting a rare and unmissable live appearance of Alasdair Roberts, Amble Skuse and David McGuinness, who have been picking up rave reviews of their recent album release ‘What News’. Here’s what one happy listener wrote, ‘It’s been quite a while since I’ve been so excited and enthralled by an album, an immediate response to those first beautiful, brave and brilliant opening notes of ‘The Dun Broon Bride’. There is an urgency to Alasdair Roberts’ commanding performances – a need for the story to be told – that underlines each of his interpretations of the ballads. He has never sung better nor more fearlessly, yet with such subtlety, gravity and beauty. The arrangements written and played by keyboard genius David McGuinness and Amble Skuse work perfectly with the ballads – uncompromising, spirited, thrilling, tender and heart-breaking. Audacious, too. Their pride and confidence in their Scots ballad tradition is clear in every note. The quality and brilliance of the sound is like stars bursting in your bloodstream! ‘What News’ is a triumph – a masterpiece; a powerful and intriguing album that demands and holds your attention. Album of the Year? Album of the Decade, I’d say’ – Shirley Collins.