Oh I really, REALLY love the fringe. I have been busy!
Last night I went to see the Poozies at the Queen's Hall. Its the first time I have seen them. Four inspirational women and last night they were joined by special guests Su-a Lee (cello & saw) and Signy Jakobsdottir (percussion). Sally Barker writes great songs and the I loved a pibroch written by Mairerad Green. Mary MacMaster plays the electro harp brilliantly - there were lots of Harpists there! Being a fiddler though, I was amazed by Eilidh Shaw's playing. How does she do it? Plays fantastically, in tune and manages to dance energetically through it all too. I really enjoy the mix of songs and tunes and came home inspired.
Also went to Duncan Chisholm's film Kin on Sunday. A wonderful record of life in the Highlands and Islands through a number of musicians' kin. Lovely old photos, and tape recordings of life around the late 19th and early 20 century. The soundtrack was played live by Duncan Chisholm - lovely. My daughter is a keen film maker and she was very interested.
Oh I love the Fringe! So lucky that I live in Edinburgh. I went out to the Royal Oak tonight (brilliant folk venue) to see Jim Malcolm. What a voice and also fantastic acoustic guitar and mouthie playing! Looking forward to seeing Rona Wilkie & Marit Fällt tomorrow night.
Just back from the Durham gathering. Had a really great time there with great musicians.
Performed on Friday and Saturday. It was warm and sunny and there was a great programme of all the Folkworks groups.
Here I am playing with band mates and Catriona MacDonald (photo taken by Jane Harrison).
Late night sessions, dancing, singing, and playing. What could be better? A wonderful week.