The Celtic Music Radio Album of the Week commencing Saturday 15 June is the debut CD from 2010 Amber Fiddle Award Winner Gemma Donald – ‘The Love O’ Da Isles’. Gemma was the youngest winner of the prestigious Shetland Young Fiddler of the Year when just 13 years old in 2002.
Danny Matheson talks to Gemma on a recent visit to Glasgow about her music, life in Shetland and her CD album.
This is what Aly Bain had to say about Gemma:
“The playing of Gemma Donald is of the quality one expects to hear now from a generation of Shetland players.
I have known Gemma since she was competing in Shetland’s Young Fiddler Of The Year. If I remember correctly she won the competition the year I was one of the judges. It would seem now that we made the right decision because she has matured into one of the finest players in the country.
This CD has something for everyone who loves fiddle music and the piano accompaniment by Robert Black lends itself beautifully to Gemma’s playing.
I love slow airs and ‘Cluian’ composed by Shetlander Emma Davis is beautifully played as are all the tracks on this CD. As a Shetlander, I feel proud when I listen to the standard of fiddle playing coming from our islands and Gemma has her place amongst our most gifted players.
Well played Gemma!” – Aly Bain.
Album of the Week, Saturday 15 June 12 and 12 midnight and Monday 17 June 6.00pm and Catch Up anytime.