Combining cultural authenticity with an adventurous musical streak – which won her the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award with Innes White and Conal McDonagh in 2014 and MG Alba’s Scots Trad Music Award for Gaelic Singer of the Year – Mischa Macpherson is “An artist of deep sensitivity [and] fresh, young, vibrant perspective” (Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2). She has toured and performed across Europe, Australia and Canada and performed in front of crowds as large as 20,000 people (Fairport’s Cropredy Convention). No stranger to collaboration, Macpherson has worked with a large and diverse list of musicians and projects including Carloz Nunez; Suraj and Chand Khan; Martyn Bennett’s GRIT Orchestra (2016); The Unusual Suspects of Celtic Colours (2017) and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (2018).
Macpherson unearthed her love for improvisation and composition after moving to the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki to study in 2013. There, she began exploring the setting of Gaelic and Scots poetry to new melodies, and the reworking of old texts into new songs. She has since gone on to compose a new suite of Gaelic Songs ‘Bho Eirigh Gu Laighe Grein’ for the Blas Festival and the Celtic Connections 2019 New Voices Series and this year took the role as Musical Director for the highly acclaimed ‘Hebridean Treasure’ project which explored the links between ancient Scotland and India’s relationship with spirituality and the natural world through music, dance and narrative.
“She fully embraces and understands the traditions she comes from, but adds a fresh, young, vibrant perspective. A gifted stage performer, band leader, arranger and composer, she is one of the most exciting and fully rounded talents to emerge from the Scottish scene in many a year. ” Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2
"Her voice is soft as rain, swooping as a seabird, rooted in the traditions of the Hebrides. When she stops, the audience rise to their feet in a breaking wave of fierce applause." Jonathan Lorie, The Independent
“Mischa is one of those rare talents that pops up once in a generation. She combines cultural authenticity with an adventurous musical streak that allows her material to come alive. Her live performances captivate and her ability to command a stage belie her youth.” Bruce McGreggor, BBC Radio Scotland
"She’s a beautiful and intelligent musician and in her voice and hands these old songs become utterly alive and new." Tim Chipping, fRoots Magazine