The ‘Belhaven 300th Birthday Bash’ is set to take place on Saturday 21st September and will be a celebration of the very best of Scottish music and beer. Belhaven’s story marries 300 years of history with a distinctly modern outlook and the festival line up reflects this marriage of traditional and modern. Talisk, winner of Belhaven’s annual bursary for innovation in Scottish music, are performing at the Bash and so The Fountain caught up with Mohsen Amini about performing at this exciting event.
TF: You are performing at Belhaven’s 300th Birthday Bash in Dunbar, you must be excited?
Of course we are! I’d say anyone would be excited by just looking at the line up alone. The great thing about this job is that you make so many friends and most of them will be playing and we all love an excuse to get together. Also by the looks of it the Bash is going to be an incredible success and we’d love to this become an annual event.
TF: Not only that but you were one of the winners of their bursary for music, you can tell us more about this?
We are the most recent winners of Belhaven’s annual bursary for innovation in Scottish music, which as a music prize is matched only in monetary value by the Mercury Award. It’s a bursary that is given in recognition of innovation in trad music and is to be used to help the band progress to a higher level, whatever way that may be. We are using on PR to gain a wider audience and let everyone know who we are and what we do! We have also added a higher level of production to our shows, which we’ve already noticed is making the world of difference. The bursary is a game changer for sure!
TF: Such a strong brand with heritage, what is it about Belhaven that influences you to have links to them?
Simply enough, we are Scottish and they are Scottish! Like us, they are marrying heritage and tradition with innovation and the contemporary. Let’s help each other let everyone know how awesome Scotland is.
TF: Who are you excited about seeing perform from that line-up personally, it’s a great Trad line-up?
We always love any excuse to hang out with Elephant Sessions. I myself have actually never seen Capercaillie play so I’m also looking forward to that!
TF: And what are your future plans beyond the birthday bash?
Beyond the Belhaven 300th Birthday Bash we are away on a tour of the States before revisiting Celtic Colours which we cannot wait for. Following that we embark on our mammoth UK tour throughout November, finishing up with our debut tour of Japan going into December so lots of exciting shows to come.
Tickets are now on sale at www.tickets-scotland.com/Belha. Saturday’s music festival is £25 per person with children under 12 free.* Sunday’s brewery open day is £5 per person. Full details including information on the bands are available at www.Belhaven.co.uk/Birthday-Bash