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Festival 2018 - Fèis 2018

Josie, Mischa & CeitlinSaturday

Josie, Mischa & Ceitlin

Josie, Mischa & Ceitlin
This young trio of island singers have been drawn together for this one-off appearance at HebCelt this year. Although all have worked separately together in various projects this opportunity, which came through the Blasta project, was too good to let pass. So whatever you are doing and make sure you catch these fabulous singers in the intimate setting of the acoustic stage.

Josie Duncan is a young singer-songwriter and Celtic harpist from Lewis. Her music is strongly rooted in traditional song and has developed into her own eclectic style of songwriting. Josie recently completed her studies in Scots song, Gaelic song and harp at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and whilst there supported artists such as Rachel Sermanni, Blair Dunlop, Colin Macleod and Eduardo Nieblo. Last year Josie, together with guitarist Pablo Lafuente, were announced as BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award winners which led to several summer festival outings, an appearance at the BBC Proms in the Park from Glasgow Green and more recently the launch of their new album, ‘The Morning Tempest’.

Lewis-born singer Mischa Macpherson has already scooped several major UK folk awards – a fitting testament to her music’s pure-distilled expressiveness and radiant vitality. Having grown up immersed in the distinctive culture of the Outer Hebrides, she unearthed her love for music and Gaelic at a very early age, and it is these influences that the young singer now presents with clarity and tenderness to audiences around the world.

Ceitlin L R Smith is a Scottish Gaelic singer from Ness on the Isle of Lewis. As a graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, winner of the Traditional Gold Medal at the Royal National Mòd in 2014 and with a Celtic Connections Danny Kyle Award under her belt, at 25 years old Ceitlin has a wealth of experience playing all over the world as an ambassador to Gaelic song. She has performed nationally and internationally at renowned festivals including Celtic Colours, Festival Interceltique de Lorient, Milwaukee Irish Fest and Celtic Connections. Her passion for the language, and interest in collaborating with other artists, is transparent by her recent involvement with projects such as Fèisean nan Gàidheal's Fuaran and O Chruinneag, E Chruinneag for Blas festival. Currently based in Glasgow, Ceitlin performs with her new group Sian, and works as a TV presenter for BBC ALBA.