CRAOBHAN DIOMHAIR - SECRET TREES
NA ROIN - SEALS
BBC RADIO 2 YOUNG FOLK AWARD WINNER
& SCOTS TRAD GAELIC SINGER OF THE YEAR
Combining cultural authenticity with an adventurous musical streak – which won her the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award and Scots Trad Gaelic Singer of the Year – Mischa Macpherson 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)
After four globe-trotting years helming her eponymous trio – meanwhile graduating with honours from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and Finland’s Sibelius Academy – she now launches her ambitious new six-piece ensemble, originally formed for a major Blas Festival commission in 2018. Critical and popular acclaim for this project – reprised for Celtic Connections’ 2019 New Voices series – sees the band continuing as Mischa’s main vehicle going forward, steering her towards bigger stages still.
Brimming with top contemporary folk talent, the line-up features fiddler Charlie Stewart - Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2017 - former-Trio guitarist Innes White (John McCuskar, Karen Matheson), Skipinnish/Barluath piper and pianist Alistair Iain Paterson, double bassist James Lindsay (Breabach) and percussionist Signy Jakobsdottir, whose myriad credits include Capercaillie and Sharleen Spiteri.Together they create bold and atmospheric arrangements of Gaelic and English material that command stages and captivate audiences with thrilling energy and spine-tingling fragility in equal measure. With funding secured for debut recordings to take place in early 2019, the sextet are currently taking national & international bookings for 2019-20.
“A beautiful and intelligent musician. . . old songs become utterly alive and new” (fRoots)
“An artist of deep sensitivity [and] fresh, young, vibrant perspective” (Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2)
“One of those rare talents that pops up once in a generation” (Bruce McGregor, BBC Radio Scotland)