Rachel Walker and Aaron Jones celebrate amazing Scottish women as they present their powerful new album. Rachel is a renowned Gaelic vocalist; Aaron is a leading folk singer and multi-instrumentalist. Together, they create an inventive blend of traditional and contemporary music that’s uniquely their own. Their hope-infused EP, A Happy Place, drew critical acclaim while raising funds for Maggie’s Centres. Despite The Wind and Rain is a new departure. Showcasing stories of inspirational women throughout Scottish history, it celebrates achievement, courage, entrepreneurship and perseverance. To perform these wonderful songs, the duo are joined by some of the brilliant guests who feature on the album.
Celebrated Gaelic singer-songwriter Gillebrìde MacMillan launches his eagerly anticipated album of original Gaelic songs - Sèimh: The State of Calm. Immersed in the Gaelic traditions and customs of his native South Uist, Gillebrìde has also gained critical acclaim for his powerful and evocative songwriting. In the best traditions of singer-songwriters he shares stories of love, loss and longing as well as songs dealing with political and social issues – with the Gaelic lyrics, original melodies and instrumentation weaving together to create a soundtrack of contemporary Gaelic Scotland, rooted firmly within the tradition. Gillebrìde is joined by a stellar cast of musicians including Mhairi Hall (piano), Ewan MacPherson (guitar), Deirdre Morrison (fiddle), Fraser Fifield (whistle) and Emma Smith (double bass) with guest performances by Karen Matheson and Margaret Stewart.