ALY Bain is the best-known fiddle player in the Celtic tradition, rightly regarded as Scotland's supreme fiddler. As a founder member of Boys of the Lough, Aly has toured extensively in America, Europe and the UK. In 1994 Aly was awarded an MBE in recognition of his services to music.

His playing is unique - driving, impassioned and pure - with vibrant, unmistakable tone that has earned him a following of ardent fans throughout the world. Born in Lerwick, Shetland in 1946 Aly began playing the fiddle at the age of eleven. In his early twenties, Aly headed to mainland Scotland. His dramatic playing, with great tone and technical ability brought early recognition as an outstanding musician of the folk music revival, and almost overnight, raised the level of expectation for music lovers throughout the country.

"I had never heard the clarity of tone or the beauty. ...I had never heard the passion," said Billy Connolly of those early days.

Phil Cunningham is a world-famous accordion player and composer. At 16 he joined his brother John in the highly acclaimed band Silly Wizard. In recent years Phil's work load has included numerous commissions for TV and film - his Highlands and Islands Suite and other collaborations have been a highlight of Celtic Connections in Glasgow.

Aly and Phil have been touring together all over the world since 1988, playing to packed concert halls and recording numerous albums, and now they’re coming to Hereford for the first time. They’re in the Courtyard main house on Monday, March 15 at 8pm. To book, call the box office on 01432 340555.