Eryn Strachan has released her new CD album ‘Jade, Bone & Katie Jones’ which is the Celtic Music Radio Album of the Week from Saturday 3 March 2012.
Eryn is in conversation with Ross Macfadyen on her music, career and new CD on Saturday at 12 noon, 12 midnight and Monday at 6.00pm.
Born 1975 in Christchurch, New Zealand to a Scottish father and Kiwi mother, making Eryn a ‘Skiwi’, she came to Scotland in 2003 to find her extended family, discover her Scottish roots and to continue exploring her artistic career.
Music has always featured strongly on both sides of Eryn’s family with her father, mother and brother all involved in various aspects of music and theatre, an award winning cousin in the New Zealand music scene and her great grandfather a well renowned member of the Forfar Operatic Society.
In 2003, Eryn took the leap and moved her life to Scotland, spending six and a half months working as a waitress and barmaid in Aberdeen, before settling in Glasgow. In her time here she has found people to be incredibly friendly and welcoming, while the music scene is rich and varied with many opportunities for a singer/songwriter like Eryn.
In fact it was moving to Glasgow that led her to becoming a songwriter in the first place. Her partner convinced Eryn to go along to a folk session at one of the local bars, where she discovered a wealth of traditional music and loads of talented musicians. It soon became apparent that after many years as an actress, singer and poet Eryn was going to have to teach herself the guitar again, something she hadn’t
really played since I was 11. Beacuse she had never had an instrument other than her voice, Eryn had never thought to turn her poetry into songs, and it was the kind lending of her partner’s guitar and Eryn’s father’s 60th birthday in 2005 that inspired her to try.
Since then not a day goes by that Eryn does not write a line, a verse or an entire song, though she still loves covering songs by her favourite musicians.
Eryn joined the Celtic Music Radio team of presenters and for that past two years presented and produced her Saturday afternoon programme “Antipodean Sessions” which she intends to return to later this year after after a summer break.
You can purchase Eryn’s new CD Jade, Bones& Katie Jones here From the sale of this CD 50p ($1NZ) will be donated to the Christchurch Earthquake Appeal.
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