The Celtic Music Radio Album of the Week commencing Saturday 13 September is the release of the new 14-track CD album ‘Kith & Kin’ by Linsey Aitken and Ken Campbell. Kith and Kin means ‘ones native land’ and ‘friends/neighbours/family’.
Celtic Music Radio’s Ross Macfadyen talks to Ken Campbell about his musical journey and the release of the Kith & Kin album.
Kith & Kin was recorded at Watercolour Music studios in the West Scottish Highlands with Nick Turner and Mary Ann Kennedy and with additional fiddle parts recorded at Mesa Studios in San Francisco USA. It has been an epic journey for Linsey and Ken and they are absolutely delighted with the result.
Also on the album are friends Stevie Lawrence on bouzouki and percussion; Frank Lee on melodeon; Andy Shanks on guitar and backing vocals; Nick Turner on backing vocals and fiddler Howard Booster of the San Francisco Scottish Fiddlers, California, USA.
Linsey Aitken and Ken Campbell weave together many threads from the worlds of traditional, classical and contemporary music where historically all three genre of music were interlinked in Scotland’s musical identity
Linsey Aitken is a highly regarded cellist, pianist and vocalist encompassing many genres and styles from classical to traditional music.
Inspired by leading German cellist May Libersohn of the Scottish National Orchestra, she studied cello and piano under the personal tuition of leading international musicians cellist Anna Shuttleworth; harpsichord maestro Alan Cuckston and virtuoso pianist Gusztav Fenyo.
At Harrogate Arts School in North Yorkshire, Linsey studied Singing, Music and Performing Arts and then went on to complete a degree in cello and piano performance at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow alongside Scotland’s foremost lute player Rob McKillop, and Martin Bennet who became a legend in Scottish music before his untimely death. Linsey was one of eight UK cellists invited to play at the London Royal School of Music Centenary Concert at the Royal Albert Hall in London.
In spring 2010 Linsey Aitken on cello and vocals joined Ken Campbell’s Ideal Band taking over from Seylan Baxter. Subsequently Linsey and Ken commenced touring as a duo throughout UK, Europe and USA. In 2014 she created The Loch Lomond Ukulele Orchestra and took over as Musical Director of the Bb’s community choir.
Ken Campbell is a Scottish singer-songwriter with a well established pedigree over 30 years with five albums to date, festivals, concerts, television and radio performances throughout Europe and beyond.
Starting with Glasgow band Molendinar in 1980, Ken and Chris Miller performed at Lorient lnterceltic Festival in France.
In 2009, Ken got the ‘‘The ldeal Band’’ on the road again with a wealth of new songs. The Northumbrian pipes were brought back in, more touring followed and an album was released on Fellside records and Dr John Barrow at Stoneyport Associates took them under his personal wing arranging concerts and tours.
In spring 2010 Linsey Aitken on cello and vocals joined Ken Campbell’s Ideal Band and a new six track CD and videos were released in January 2011.
Subsequently Linsey and Ken commenced touring as a duo with a new album Kith & Kin recorded at Watercolour Music studio in Scotland released in August 2014.
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