Atlaness is the debut EP by fiddler and composer, Vicky Gray. Originally from the Shetland Islands, she blends her traditional roots with contemporary approaches to record production. Vicky has toured extensively in the UK and Canada as a professional musician, performing at a host of major music festivals including Winnipeg Folk Festival, Glastonbury, and Heb Celt. She is also a founding member of indie-folk rock band, Dante, which received wide-ranging support from the likes of BBC 6Music (Steve Lamacq & Tom Robinson), The Herald, The National, Artrocker, & The Scotsman. Vicky spoke with The Fountain about the new music and plans for the year.

TF: You have a new EP out, what can we expect from Atlaness?

The Atlaness EP is very different from projects I’ve worked on recently. It comes from research into old Shetland fiddle tunes. It’s definitely folk/trad music, but we threw less traditional ideas at it. 

TF: How would you sum up the record in one sentence?

In one sentence I would say that it’s old style fiddle playing mixed with electronic ideas, topped off with a song.

TF: What is your plan for the remainder of the year, after this release?

For the remainder of the year I’m excitedly preparing to record more songs and just generally trying to survive the global pandemic. We’re fortunate enough to have a wee studio attached to the house so we’re able to chip away at projects. 

TF: Where is your favourite venue for playing live, where is the next place you look most forward to gigging?

With live music coming to a stop, it brings into focus how special it is to play at festivals like the Shetland Folk Festival and Heb Celt. There’s also nothing like getting to hear amazing musicians play in small intimate spaces, or after festival performances when everyone plays music together in a session. I can’t wait until all that’s possible again.