The Ciaran Dorris Sunday Session guest castaway on Sunday 9 June will be flautist, composer and singer Shona Brown.
Growing up in Motherwell, Lanarkshire, Shona began playing the flute at the age of 12. A few months later she recorded on Mogwai’s debut album “Young Team” which inspired her to pursue the life of a musician.
She went on to study classical flute, winning awards from the BBC Young Musician of the Year and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama amongst others.
During her studies, an unfortunate case of repetitive strain injury forced her to take a break from classical music. During this time, she began exploring other areas such as world, folk and jazz music. She began to write her own music and found her singing voice.
She has since worked with a diverse range of artists and groups including Barbara Thompson MBE, the National Youth Jazz Orchestra, Julian Joseph and Rockstar Entertainment. She has a passion for indigenous musical traditions and has so far made buy xenical overnight research trips to Slovakia and Morocco as well as studying the folk traditions of Scotland.
After a time working in London, she returned to Scotland to set up SoundRoutes as a community-focused record label promoting music inspired by folk and roots traditions. Through this, she runs regular workshops, concerts and choirs – one of which is the UK’s first prison choir in Addiewell men’s prison, West Lothian.
Her debut EP “Gather the Ocean” brings together several influences and marks the fulfillment of a long-held ambition to record and release her own music.
Shona plays on Saturday 22 June 2013 at St Mary’s Cathedral, 300 Great Western Road, Glasgow G4 9JB – Da Capo Alba in Concert at 7.30pm. On Thursday
27 June 27 2013 at Motherwell Concert Hall, Civic Centre, Motherwell ML1 2UD
with SoundRoutes Singers Live! at 7.30pm
Ciaran Dorris Sunday Session, 9 June 5.00-7.00pm.