Don't miss the opportunity to see some Sinsheen at the Big Shed on Saturday evening. Scots for sunshine and brightness, Sinsheen deliver exactly that. This powerful duo perform traditional songs in a spirited, rollicking way (don't expect any shyness here!) bringing new twists to the old with their virtuosity and rich harmonies.
Christine Kydd was born and raised in the city of Glasgow, where she played in folk bands from the age of 11. One of Scotland’s best-loved singers, she is a passionate advocate for Scottish traditional song, an accomplished performer and has performed and recorded with many singers and musicians to produce some of Scotland’s finest, often award-winning, harmony vocal sounds. She has been described as a 'harmony magpie'. Her work has taken her all over the UK and Europe, to North America, and Russia. 2007 saw her gain an award as Creative Ambassador for Angus, and 2008 ended with a solo performance for the Scottish Government’s launch of Homecoming 2009, singing for Scotland’s First Minister and a celebrity audience. Christine is currently completing an M.Litt in Ethnology and Folklore at the University of Aberdeen’s Elphinstone Institute. She has been nominated for the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Award.
Barbara Dymock was brought up in Fife, learning Scottish and Irish songs from her grandparents. She was delighted to meet up with many other traditional singers and musicians when she left home to study medicine at Dundee University, where she was persuaded to start singing professionally. Barbara went on to become a founder member of the band Coelbeg and over the years balanced her medical career as a doctor with many other notable collaborations in her career as a singer.
Together they form the amazing duo Sinsheen, and it will be a privilege to see them perform on Saturday in the intimate setting of the Hall. One of my favourite reviews of their work comes from Sing Out! magazine:
"If you've had your fill of aspirated little-girl voices, the maturity and experience of Kydd and Dymock shines through on each track, especially in their understanding that a good song doesn't need a lot of frippery."
Buy your tickets now if you haven't already done so! Contact Jane on 07766 566935.
A big welcome back to the Edinburgh Quartet! With their international reputation rapidly growing, we look forward to another "sizzling high voltage performance" tomorrow evening in our Classical Concerts series.
Thursday May 16th, 7.30pm Tickets from Jane on 07766 566935.
The past couple of weeks has seen Killin filled with some strange and wonderful sights - a group of hang gliders complete with all their gear arrived for the National Hang Gliding Competition. The Big Shed was HQ to some 30 competitors and their families from the beginning of the month until the 9th, when 20 of them took to the skies on a light breeze from Ben Lawers with Glencoe as their target.
Nine competitors managed to stay in the air and hold the course, congratulations to everybody who took part, and thank you for bringing the excitement of such a venture!