I'm really excited to announce a new project Esther and I (Twelfth Day
) have been busy working away on with the fabulous gaelic singer Joy Dunlop
. We've collaborated with Joy on a project called "Fiere" where we've taken poems by Scottish women writers in English, Scots and Gaelic and set them to music. Fiere will be out as an album in March and then we'll be on tour around the UK. Hope to see lots of you at the gigs. Confirmed dates so far are:
23rd March 2012 – St Andrew’s in the Square, Glasgow
24th March 2012 – Scottish Poetry Library, Edinburgh (2pm start)
24th March 2012 – Eastgate Theatre, Peebles (7.30pm start)
25th March 2012 - The Reel, Kirkwall, Orkney
26th March 2012 – Sandwick Hall, Sandwick, Orkney
27th March 2012 – Hoy Kirk, Hoy, Orkney
28th March 2012 – Hootananny, Inverness
29th March 2012 - Little Dunkeld Kirk, Dunkeld
30th March 2012 - Church of the Holy Saviour, Tynemouth
31st March 2012 – Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester
1st April 2012 - The Slaughtered Lamb, London
We first met Joy back in February last year after a joke on Twitter about bringing back a one time ceilidh band I had with her brother Andrew called "The Trolly Dancers" (don't ask!). The three of us met up in Manchester to see what would happen if we joined forces. Here is the result of that weekend - our version of Faca sibh Raghaill na Ailean? (Have you seen Ronald or Allan?):
We decided we wanted to develop our collaboration and started looking around for texts to set to music. We discovered loads of gorgeous poems by female scottish writers and thought it would be lovely to use some of our favorites to make a new set of songs about and by scottish women. And so Fiere (a scots word for companion or friend) began. It explores the lives, loves and experiences of women in Scotland through poems by Carol Ann Duffy, Liz Lochhead, Jackie Kay, Christine De Luca, Morag Montgomery, Meg Bateman, Ann Frater, Violet Jacob, and a poem especially written for the project by the fabulous Edinburgh poet Sheila MacLeod. The album will also include the above traditional Gaelic waulking song which kick started our collaboration - "Faca sibh Raghaill na Ailean?".
Esther and I are busy in the studio this week putting our backing vocals on Joy's beautiful work, and it's all sounding pretty rockin! Can't wait to share this with you.
Stay tuned for album pre-oder coming soon...