My new album The Seas Between Us is out now! It has twelve old Scots and Gaelic songs, many of which I’ve been singing since I was a little girl. It was recorded and produced by Matheu Watson, who also played several instruments (guitars, fiddle, mandolin, prepared instruments, synth, organs, etc.) and features Fraser Fifield (prepared whistle, lowland pipes, kaval), Jim Rattigan (French horn), Ben Cashell (cello) and Findlay Napier (voice). It was mixed by Leo Abrahams and mastered by Iain Hutchison. You can buy it in physical form here (let me know if you’d like it signed):
Or you can get it from the Birnam CD Shop and you can also find it in the usual places (Amazon, itunes, Apple Music, Spotify, etc. in all forms).
The Glassy Mountain is an album of songs I wrote in honour of Fred Hood. He was my boyfriend and he died in an avalanche on Christmas Eve 2008. It is about love and grief, memory and present and learning to live again and find hope. It’s taken a really long time to finish, but it is all recorded now. You can find some tracks above.
OR you can buy it directly from me, via paypal:
Tracks have been played on BBC Radio Scotland, Celtic Radio, Hive Radio, I performed live with Jim Rattigan and Matheu Watson on BBC Radio Oxford. The album had a **** review in the Financial Times, **** in Rock n Reel “An impeccably put together album” a lovely review in fRoots “undeniably beautiful listening” and in Folk Music Worth Hearing “a timeless, outstanding work” . ****
The album was produced by Jim Sutherland, with Euan Burton (double bass), Pete Clark (fiddle and viola), Steven Christie (Rhodes piano and Hammond organ), Fraser Fifield (kaval, saxophone and whistle), David Hart (glockenspiel, hammered dulcimer, accordion and piano), Chris Peacock (drums), Jim Rattigan (French horn), Jim Sutherland (percussion) and Matheu Watson (acoustic guitar, mandolin and viola). I played piano and classical guitar. It was recorded at Castle Sound, in Pencaitland, near Edinburgh, by Stuart Hamilton. This was all enabled by a grant from Creative Scotland.
The beautiful album art by Kate Aspinall is now available here as a limited edition giclée artwork print, signed by the artist. It is about 30cm high by 120cm wide.
My first CD was Ca’ the Yowes. It was mostly recorded in Paris with Benoit Leseure (violin), Jerome Brajtman (guitar), Adrien Daoud (double bass) and Remi Delangle (clarinet) The rest was recorded in Perthshire with just me. It has twelve old Scots songs by Burns, Nairne and Scott, except Johnnie Cope which is by Adam Skirving. It had a very nice review in The Scots Magazine. See Reviews.
** Ca’ the Yowes is now sold out. If you would like to have the mp3s, please send me a message and I will arrange that with you. The good news is that I am working on the next album of Scots and Gaelic songs, so watch this space – or better still, get in touch and I’ll put you on my intermittent mailing list. **