What an honour to be singing as part of Commonwealth Concert series, BBC at the Quay and to be performing alongside Capercaillie and Shooglenifty.
On arriving at the Quay, I had a lovely interview with Frank Hennessy from BBC Radio Wales, and thoroughly enjoyed speaking to him and having the opportunity to reach a Welsh audience. The whole concert was live on BBC Scotland, Wales and Ulster. Coming from Stranraer, which is so close to Northern Ireland, I was really glad of the chance to connect with listeners across the water. Kristan Harvey (fiddle), Stephen Heffernan (box), Hajime Takahashi (guitar) and Alistair Paterson (piano) joined me in performing a set of six songs, mostly traditional, from Scotland and Ireland.
Shooglenifty gave a fantastic opening to the night! I particularly enjoyed their collaboration with Indian drummers, which had our whole band dancing!
Following Shooglenifty, we took to the stage and started off the night with Scottish traditional song, ‘Johnnie Lad’ which I learned from the singing of Gordeanna McCulloch. It was a real pleasure to perform to such warm and responsive audience, and was brilliant to see and hear everyone following the stories of the songs 🙂 The sound was super, the audience were brilliant and I couldn’t have asked for a more supportive band playing with me.
After a lovely interview with Bruce McGregor it was time for the final band of the night – Capercaillie. Was brilliant to see them live and to hear one of my favourite singers, Karen Matheson.
A real highlight of my year so far! Thanks to the BBC team and to everyone involved for a wonderful night.