Talisk are a band of rare and inspired musicality. Their career trajectory in the relatively short time they have been together has been nothing less than sensational. Acclaim commenced with the coveted BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award in 2015. More closely followed with the Folk Band of the Year Award at the Scots Trads and then with the BBC Radio 2 Folk Musician of the Year going to group member Mohsen Amini.

Mohsen’s playing fluency and precise technique totally raise the bar for the anglo concertina. Collectively, however, the band fuses the concertina with the sensational sonics of Haley Keenan on fiddle and Graeme Armstrong on guitar.

With a big gig trail that’s seen them impress many festival audiences from Cambridge and all the way to Cape Breton and beyond, it all spells out a simple message, their set at The Big Whistle Festival will be unmissable.

Dates & Times

Last session: Sat 11 May 2019 at 7:00 PM - This event has now passed
Derby Hall @ The Met
£15 / £13

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Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2

“Doubling the power of three”

The Scotsman

“the technical ability of each member is clear in the energetic, dynamic sound produced”


“creates an exciting sound that, in this case literally, drags an audience out of its seats”

The Herald

“...completely blown away by the sheer dexterity and musicianship”

The Living Tradition

“setting scary standards”

Simon Mayo, BBC Radio 2

“incredibly infectious and endearing... fresh, invigorating, accomplished and playfully frisky”



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