Photo by Louise Bichan
A couple of years ago I was really lucky that my friend Duncan Strachan, a beautiful composer, agreed to write me a piece. I was looking for something new and exciting for my final recital at the Royal Academy of Music, and decided it was a great excuse to ask Duncan to write something. I couldn't have been happier with what happened. A lovely wee piece for solo fiddle and loop pedal - The Everlasting Swell.
Here is a sneaky recording made by pal on his iPhone during my final recital at RAM in 2012. Hopefully we'll get to record it properly one day.
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I'm delighted to have been part of this fantastic project by Edinburgh based arts collective Transgressive North. The project encompasses two albums - Sun Choir by Edinburgh band Marram, Boats, a compilation album featuring tracks made by amazing musicians from all over the world, and a film - Everything Is New. The whole project is in aid of the wonderful charity Scottish Love In Action which raises money to care for and support destitute children in India, and both albums and the film feature the children from the Light of Love Children's home in south-east India. Both albums also feature guest appearances by loads of great people including Jarvis Cocker, Irvine Welsh and Owen Pallett. I was really happy to contribute fiddles and a few little bits of vocals to Marram's Sun Choir album. Head over to Transgressive North's Bandcamp page to buy Sun Choir and Boats. Both mind blowing musical experiences, with all proceeds going straight to the children you'll hear. What more could you ask for?
Catriona is delighted to be co-writing the music for and performing in the new show by wonderful children's theatre company Oily Cart. "Mr And Mrs Moon" is an interactive piece for 2-5 year olds, playing in London's Stratford Circus between 7 December and 5 January, and then on tour to Mold, Canterbury and Peterborough. Click here for tickets and here for more info on Catriona's involvement in the show.