Last weekend gave me the opportunity to perform in a new setting. Rona Wilkie invited me to be part “New Voices” – her commission for Celtic Connections in Glasgow. The piece is built on scottish folk music with gaelic texts, but also has elements of Norwegian folk music and jazz. We had a great time praticing and performing at the festival and made some truly original music. For me, working with scottish folk musicians is a chance to learn about my roots, as my grandmother was a gaelic speaker and grew up on Iona, an island off the west coast of Scotland. The line-up: Rona Wilkie – fiddle, Patsy Reid – fiddle, Rachel Newton – celtic harp, Marit Fält – octave mandolin, Colin Nicolson – accordion and Alan McDonald Jr – percussion.
As well as performing, being at the festival gave me the chance to hear some great music, one of the highlights being an evening showcasing the Hardanger Fiddle, curated by Sarah-Jane Summers. If you get the chance, you should hear Håkon Høgemo, Summers/Silvola/Kvam, Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh and especially Nils Økland and Sigbjørn Apeland. Magic!