The Celtic Music Radio Album of the Week commencing Saturday 22 September is from The Midden with their new CD offering In The End.
The Midden are Kate, Meggan and Hazel Reid, three singer-songwriter sisters who grew up in Alford, Aberdeenshire and they chat with Ross Macfadyen on this week’s programme about their new CD and their music.
Multi-instrumentalists all three, means that guitar, violin, cello, whistles, bass, piano and sometimes even accordion provide the backdrop for their three unique voices. Three-part harmony is a focal point of the band’s distinctive sound.
Each sister writes her own songs and together the band has arranged many of their favourite Scottish traditionals and folk songs. They also play tunes, mainly reels.
The Midden formed officially at Glasgow’s Celtic Connections 2001 festival and went on to win Best Newcomer at the Danny Kyle Open Stage in 2002. They turned down a record deal with a leading Scottish folk label in their first year, to go down the DIY route and have brought out three successful albums on their own small independent label, Midden Records.
Over the last ten years The Midden have played countless folk clubs and festivals across Scotland. Most of their touring has been done in Germany so far although they have also played in Austria, Switzerland, Italy, France, Belgium, England and Wales.
Pictured above at Glasgow’s legendary King Tuts venue, the band have released three studio albums to date and released their fourth one In The End in September 2012 which is the Celtic Music Radio Album of the Week. The band intend to record their first ever live album in Germany in 2013.
The Midden played the Celtic Music Radio Music Night fundraiser concert at St Andrew’s in the Square on Sunday 9 September and Kate Reid has joined the presentation team at Celtic Music Radio as she now presents ‘Homeward Bound’ on Thursday afternoons from 3.00pm.
Album of the Week, Saturdays at 12noon and 12 midnight and Mondays at 6.00pm plus Catch Up anytime.