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Classically trained Reel Sisters thrive on love of Scottish music

Scottish music.

There’s something about it that has drawn both Rosalind Buda and Kelly Brzozowski to the genre.

Both women are classically trained in music, yet the harp and smallpipes are what draw them together as The Reel Sisters.

The duo is touring in support of its album “Beyond Measure” and will make a stop in Albuquerque for the first time on Saturday, Dec. 1.

“Kelly and I performed together years ago with a Spanish fiddler, and Kelly kept commenting and trying to play music on the harp and smallpipe,” Buda says. “Years passed, and we finally did get together to perform. We found the combination was complete magic.”

The journey for both women to The Reel Sisters was similar.

Buda grew up in Iowa, and Brzozowski grew up in Georgia, yet their mothers both raised them on bagpipe music.

This is where the love for Scottish music grew, and the women continue to cultivate it with the band.

“We have a lot on our plates,” Brzozowski says. “In addition to the band, we also teach music and are performing shows. The Reel Sisters are starting to branch out more, which is very exciting.”

The pair have carved out their own musical path in creating arrangements.

“We get to throw out some of the traditional rules,” Brzozowski says. “You have to throw them out to make them work together. Being classically trained, we both had to take the rigid part of our training and relax it a lot. Every time we get together, we play off of each other. It’s really interesting to see what works and what doesn’t.”

The show in Albuquerque will consist of two 45-minute sets.

“We love having an expansive time to interact with everyone and give them a rich program,” Brzozowski says.

Buda chimes in, “We like the history behind the tunes and giving people context to the songs. It’s not a stodgy kind of performance. There’s a lot of humor in it all, and we enjoy performing and telling these stories. We’re hoping to make more music together in the near future. It’s always a balance for us, because we both have a lot going on.”

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