Edinburgh Tradfest’s new Spotlight season continues with an online concert from one of the finest young voices on the Scottish folk scene, Siobhan Miller, backed by some of Scotland’s leading musicians: Euan Burton on bass, Charlie Stewart on fiddle, and Innes White on guitar. Siobhan is the only three-time winner of Scots Singer of the Year at the MG Alba Scots Trad Music Award, and her fourth solo album All is Not Forgotten was released in April this year. This online features some of the tracks from her new album which marks a return to her acoustic roots and combines the traditional songs she loves, with new original material. Siobhan spoke with The Fountain about her spotlight as well as her love for performing in Edinburgh.
TF: You are part of Tradfest’s Spotlight Season, can you explain this to us in more detail?
The Spotlight season was launched at the start of October and is a series of traditional music concerts with interviews that were filmed live at the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh at the end of August to an audience of about four technicians, and a videographer so, it is great to see them being released to an online audience this month. The season is organised by the team at Edinburgh’s Tradfest and kicked off with the legendary Old Blind Dogs, continued with Shetland Springs, a true celebration of Shetland’s rich fiddle tradition featuring two of Scotland’s finest musicians Catriona MacDonald (fiddle) and Margaret Robertson (fiddle, piano), ourselves this Monday 26 October playing tracks from All is Not Forgotten which was released in April this year, and will finish with Malin Makes Music on Monday 2 Nov featuring acclaimed Skye piper Malin Lewis, Ali Hutton (guitar) and Shona Mooney (fiddle).
TF: What can we expect from your Spotlight Siobhan?
You will hear me singing with my wonderful band which includes Innes White on guitar, Euan Burton on double bass and Charlie Stewart on fiddle. They are all amazing musicians and I love playing music with them. We will be performing a mixture of traditional and self-penned material.
TF: Where is your favourite venue for playing live, where is the next place you look most forward to gigging?
Being able to play live music anywhere right now would be the best thing I could imagine. I really miss playing in venues to live audiences. We filmed this session in the Traverse Theatre which is a lovely space, it would be great to get back there for a show. I always love playing shows in Edinburgh since it’s so close to my hometown, Penicuik.
Siobhan’s gig is online until Monday 2nd November, for more information and tickets click here