Work is underway on Gillian’s first solo album which will combine traditional Scots song with her own compositions for string trio and Scottish harp. Inspiration for this has come in part from participation in both the Paths to Songs initiative and the fantastic Distil, both of which are overseen by Hands Up for Trad. I am delighted to be working with Scots singer extraordinaire, Ellen Mitchell and to have participated in two Distil showcases.
I was invited by Mr McFall’s Chamber to compose a new piece for Celtic Connections 2015. I took the opportunity to explore the sounds of hospitals. See more on that in the blog section, here.
Please see soundcloud to listen to the first (also feat. Donald Hay) and second installments of my piece “Craft” being played by string quintet McFalls Chamber:
Since forming The Duplets with fellow Scottish harper/singer Fraya Thomsen we have written, recorded, taught workshops and performed concerts together around the world. Please visit The Duplets website for more info : theduplets.com , or visit MusicScotland.com to buy CDs.
We take real pride in being able to bring Scottish harp and songs to many who have never heard Scottish harp music before and have been invited to perform and teach at international events such as The National Celtic Festival (Australia), Mexico City Harp Festival, Rio International Harp Festival, The International Harp Friends Meeting (Netherlands), Folk Alliance International (USA) among others.
Albums: Tree of Strings (2008) and Leverage (2012) were both released on our own label. Some highlight of reviews:
‘…that fiery passion that only tangled passion seems to evoke.” – Neil King, Fatea
“Skilled and imaginative, harps merging seamlessly” – Norman Chalmers, Scotland on Sunday
“a miraculously wide dynamic range…uniquely stimulating listening” – David Kidman, Folk and Roots
The band have released 2 albums, The Ship and the Iceberg (Electric Honey, 2009) and Ghosts We Must Carry (Olive Grove, 2012):
“The Scottish six-piece present a dazzling album that tugs at the heart strings, aches with longing and is haunted with what could have been. It is one of the best Scots albums so far this year, mixing the folk of Bon Iver with the knowing of Belle and Sebastian. Buy this for a new soundtrack to your life.” (4 stars) Sunday Mail – Sep 2012
“A really, really fine record indeed… It really is just a nice, beautiful piece of art. It’s one of these records you should sit down and play all the way through. I recommend it very, very highly to you.” Ricky Ross – Radio Scotland
Their third album is close to completion and will be called A Different Past.
Henry and Fleetwood
I also with Lanarkshire singer-songwriter Martin John Henry, known as a founding member of rock band De Rosa and for his solo recordings.
In July 2014 we were offered a residency at the St Columba’s Drimnin Trust’s beautifully restored chapel where we were able to find ways to work together and learn from our different approaches. Visit our facebook site for photos from our week’s residency: Martin Henry and Gillian Fleetwood
Our debut EP, On The Forest Floor (Olive Grove Records) was released in spring 2015. We were then featured as artists of the week in the Sunday Herald.
Listen here: http://henryfleetwood.bandcamp.com/
Gillian was part of Agnes‘ touring band between 2011-2012 and features on 2013 album Aventine (PIAS) which was recorded and produced by Agnes Obel in Berlin.
Abagail Grey is the name of one of singer-songwriter Claire Campbell’s musical projects. Both Gillian and Fraya of The Duplets were part of the band for the duration of the release of the albums Long Case Clock Suspension (2009) and Apple Cherub Dove (2010). Both albums were produced by Chris Geddes of Belle and Sebastian.
The brainchild of trombonist extraordinaire, Michael Owers and also features Greg Barry (drums), Charlie Stewart (double bass), Innes Watson (guitar), Laura Wilkie (fiddle) and Gillian. We launched the album Take a Moment Apart in March 2016.
Listen here: http://www.questio.io/music/