The Celtic Music Radio Album of the Week commencing Saturday 22 June is the debut CD from Frances Wilkins and Claire White called Blyde Lasses.
This has been a long awaited album and contains entirely Shetland
and Shetland-inspired songs and tunes on fiddle, concertina, and vocals.
Blyde Lasses means ‘glad girls’ in Shetland dialect. Frances and Claire been playing together as a duo since 2006 with performances as rich in stories as they are in music with material that offers a glimpse into Shetland’s aert-kent musical tradition.
Over the past few years the girls have enjoyed touring the UK, Ireland, New Zealand, and the UAE.
In April 2013, after countless requests for recordings, Frances and Claire released their debut album of traditional, contemporary and self-penned Shetland songs and tunes called Blyde Lasses.
Claire White has been playing the fiddle since she was eight years of age and learned most of what she knows from the late Dr Tom Anderson, an awe-inspiring teacher. Claire says: “Through him I joined my first musical family, Shetland’s Young Heritage, with whom I grew up and travelled worldwide enjoying musical adventures.”
Frances Wilkins says she fell in love with the music of Shetland while living there in the 1990s and taught herself many Shetland melodies on concertina. Frances says: “I had a lot of fun playing in local sessions and with my first band Sølan, and have travelled to many parts of the world performing the music of Shetland and Scotland.”
Ross Macfadyen talks to Claire about the CD, music and Shetland.
Album of the Week Saturday 22 June at 12noon and 12midnight and Monday 24 June at 6.00pm and Catch Up anytime.