Folk Band ‘Luckenbooth’ at the PHT

Folk ‘n Talent @The PHT

Luckenbooth – Saturday 8th June at 9pm

Luckenbooth is a term that describes a brooch dating back to the 16th Century and was traditionally given by a man to his sweetheart on their betrothal. It was considered a lucky charm, protecting the wearer against the evil eye and among other powers the Luckenbooth was supposed to ease the pain at childbirth.

The band liked that background and called themselves Luckenbooth and have been playing together around the folk clubs and festivals in Scotland for almost 20 years. A multi-talented group playing a wide range of instruments Christine Knox on vocals, keyboard, whistle and percussion Mhairi Phillipson on fiddle, viola, vocals and percussion Alex Knox on guitar, vocals, whistle and mandolin. The inter-changability of the performers makes for a varied and interesting performance, and they all play very well with a great audience rapport.

Their repertoire is a mix of traditional and contemporary folk, country, pop arrangements of traditional folk tunes, with some more modern offerings from the likes of Kate Rusby, Robin Laing and Amy McDonald and even play a few self-penned songs in the repertoire. Two of the band come from a classically trained background and the predominant musical influences of Luckenbooth include Jez Lowe, Kate Rusby, The Ennis Sisters, Nanci Griffis, The Corries and The Incredible String Band. Luckenbooth have released two albums Finally Tuned and Sun & Moon & Stars both contain a wide mix of styles