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OPENING CEREMONY: Civic Reception and Music by The Persian Celtic Fusion

Date: Friday 1st March 2019
Entry: By invitation only
This event is by invitation only for the Iranian community, artist and sponsors taking part in the festival. Please contact us if you are interested to attend: info@ediranfest.co.uk

The Persian Celtic Fusion

To celebrate the opening of the Edinburgh Iranian Festival we will have a bespoke musical performance from four wonderful musicians who live in Scotland. Ali Rahmani on the Tombak and Daf, Nick Jenkins on the fiddle with two singer songwriters, Farzane Zamen and Lorraine McCauley.


Ali Rahmani is an Iranian musician based in Edinburgh, a master of percussion, who also recently established Music for Wellness with Lorraine Rahmani. Music for Wellness is a social enterprise which brings people together with drumming, body percussion and music performances.

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Lorraine Rahmani is an Irish musician and song writer, and lead singer in the Lorraine & The Borderlands. Lorraine & The Borderlands are not your usual folk band, having supported Deacon Blue and been BBC introduced. Following their 4-star debut album this Edinburgh band are currently working on their second album with Scotland’s award-winning producer, Jim Sutherland.

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Farzane Zamen is an Iranian musician, producer, singer and songwriter who is based in Glasgow. She published songs in Farsi and English releasing most of her songs through online music service, with almost 800,000 plays. Farzane’s music is indie pop which is influenced by western pop-rock and folk music. She has recently been awarded a prestigious Artist Protection Fund Fellowship and is currently on her six-month APF Fellowship mentored by Earthsounz, managed by Eric Hathaway. Her plan for this fellowship is working on Azerbaijani folk music, as she describes which is going back to her basics and roots. She’s been active in Glasgow music scene, playing and singing along with high profiled bands from different countries including Swedish female band called Forbidden Orchestra. One of her recent dominant activities was playing and singing in Celtic Connections at Royal Concert Hall of Glasgow, with the multicultural band called BEMIS.

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