The Duplets are Gillian Fleetwood and Fraya Thomsen and they have a brand new CD album called ‘Leverage’ which is the Celtic Music Radio Album of the Week for week commencing 21 April.
Having met each other over 15 years ago their shared passion for music and adventure has kindled some great times collaborating in composition, performance, teaching and even dancing!
Brought up in the Highlands of Scotland, Gillian Fleetwood and Fraya Thomsen first met in musical workshops at Balnain House, Inverness. Both went on to study in Glasgow where their friendship and musical partnership continued to develop and resulted in the formation of The Duplets, who debuted with a sell-out concert at the Edinburgh International Harp Festival in 2005.
They have since played, and often taught, at many other festivals including the Edinburgh Fringe, Celtic Connections, the Green Man Festival, the West End Festival, Blas, Solfest, Folk Alliance International, Harfentreffen and the Dinan Harp Gathering.
The Duplets new CD is “Leverage” and is the Celtic Music Radio Album of the Week commencing Saturday 21 April. In ‘Leverage’ The Duplets have a clear focus on their duo harps and voices as a contrast to their debut album “Tree of Strings”.
Further honing their skills in composing and arranging for The Duplets have cemented their ability to build depth, versatility and variation into their music, which they have chosen to frame using simple and honest production.
Leverage alludes to the power that every artist has; to have their voice heard amongst the crowd. Formed within beauty or mystique an artist can tell a story or air a view. The Duplets take inspiration from Burns’ socialist words in A Man’s a man for awe That is a tough message to deliver, but here, Burns is far from crude.
The Duplets launch ‘Leverage’ at Sloan’s Ballroom, Argyle Arcade, Glasgow on Sunday 29 April at 8.00pm. Tickets: £6.
Bob McWilliam talks to Gillian and Fraya on the Album of the Week programme on Saturday 21 April at 12 noon, 12 midnight and on Monday 23 April at 6.00pm.