On this Sunday’s Mary K. Burke Show at 6.00pm, her special guest is Christina Stewart who is a singer of great sensitivity who communicates the depth and beauty of Scotland’s song traditions, whether in Scottish Gaelic, Scots dialect or English. Her evocative style is suffused with an authenticity which comes from her roots in Scotland.
Christina prefers to describe herself as ‘belonging to’ the Scottish Highlands. “It means so much more than just having been born and brought up there” she explains.
Christina graduated from the School of Scottish Studies and Edinburgh University with MA Honours in Scottish Ethnology and Scottish Historical Studies, incorporating traditional song in the broader context of Scottish history and culture.
Her childhood was spent in the Highland capital, Inverness, so grew up in an environment where the Gaelic and Scots traditions of Scotland meet and in a family in which Scotland’s traditional culture was an integral part.
She recorded with Talitha MacKenzie on the ground-breaking first “Mouth Music” album before returning north and forming the Feisty Besoms singing group with friends and recording “Auld Flames”.
Motherhood inspired Christina to begin a crusade for traditional lullabies resulting in the “Kist o’ Dreams” and “Learning with Lullabies” projects and two solo albums.
She has a long-standing involvement with the burgeoning fèis (traditional music tuition festival) movement in Scotland currently teaches at festivals, for community projects, in schools and playgrounds.
Mary K. Burke Show, Sunday 26 October, 6.00-8.00pm and Catch Up anytime.