Scottish duo Twelfth Day and singer Joy Dunlop create Fiere
Scottish harp and fiddle duo, Twelfth Day, have joined together with Gaelic singer Joy Dunlop to create “Fiere”, a unique album collaboration which showcases the creative talents of Scottish women using fresh and innovative compositions, and explores the lives, loves and experiences of these women.
Using poems by Scottish writers such as Jackie Kay, Liz Lochhead and Morag Montogmery, the creative duo and talented songstress produce a collection of new songs in English, Gaelic and Scots, which draw from a variety of traditional Gaelic and English texts.
The album, Fiere, which is a Scots word for companion or friend, also features a traditional Gaelic waulking song and a poem by Sheila McLeod especially commissioned for the project. Waulking songs are Scottish folk songs, traditionally sung in the Gaelic language by women while waulking cloth. The practice involved groups of women beating newly woven tweed rhythmically against a table, or similar surface, to soften it. Simple, beat-driven songs were used to accompany the work.
Twelfth Day are the epitome of modern British folk music. Their open-minded approach to songwriting enables the duo to create an entirely unique sound which intertwines masterful fiddle and harp-playing with beautiful harmonised vocals.
Fiddler and vocalist Catriona Price is from the Orkney Islands, whereas harpist and vocalist Esther Swift is from the Scottish-Northumbrian borders, and the pair started playing together when they became flatmates whilst studying music in Manchester. The duo hav been touring the UK since 2008, and have performed at many festivals. In 2009, their track, “Fare Thee Well” was selected by Channel 4 to be used in a short programme by the producers of the well-acclaimed, Skins, and in 2010, Twelfth Day made their first international debut in Tolouse, France.
Their Fiere partner Joy, is a Gaelic singer and Scottish step-dancer from Argyll and is based in Glasgow. Joy’s singing career is the result of a life-long fascination of traditional Scottish music, and she has performed all over the world.
Fiere was previewed on a UK tour in March 2012, taking in venues such as The Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, The Slaughtered Lamb in London, and St Andrewís in the Square in Glasgow.
The album will be released on 28th May 2012.
Twelfth Day and Joy Dunlop – “The Light Gatherer” video (from the album, Fiere):