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Tannahill Weavers bring Scottish music into the modern age. The the ensemble play Saturday Oct. 5 in Zumbrota.

Embracing both modern rhythms and the sound of the Highland bagpipes, Tannahill Weavers play music pulled straight from traditional Scottish reels and jigs. Hear the ensemble perform 7:30 p.m. Saturday Oct. 5 at Crossings in Zumbrota.

As one of Scotland's premier traditional bands, Tannahill Weavers plays and varied musical heritage of the Celtic people. The versatile musicians have received worldwide accolades for their exuberant performances.

Named for Paisley, Scotland’s historic weaving industry and local poet laureate Robert Tannahill, the group first attracted attention in the 1970s when founding members Roy Gullane and Phil Smillie added the full-sized highland bagpipes to stage performances.

The combination of the pipe solos, Gullane's guitar backing and lead vocals with Smillie's flute playing gave a new take on Scotland’s vast repertoire of traditional melodies and songs.

Gullane and Smillie are joined by John Martin on fiddle, cello and viola (as well as bass vocals) and Colin Melville on pipes.

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Tickets are $26 in advance, $28 at the door. To reserve tickets, go, call 507-732-7616 or stop in to Crossings at 320 East Ave., Zumbrota.

At a glance ...

What: Tannahill Weavers.

When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday Oct. 5

Where: Zumbrota State Theatre, 88 E. Fourth St., Zumbrota

Cost: $26 in advance, $28 at the door

More info: 507-732-7616 or or