”…beautiful…” – Folk Radio
After releasing the gorgeous Tanera Talisman, Mairearad Green has shared a second track Blessing In Tanera as a free download taken from her upcoming album Summer Isles, out on February 26th 2016 viaBuie Records.
Having grown up in the Scottish Highlands and performed in various folk bands, The Summer Isles and the folk tradition are deeply rooted in Mairearad Green’s composition. As a result, Mairearad has produced a beautiful new solo album, Summer Isles, a seamless and exciting progression from her previous work.
2014 saw Mairearad spend many weeks researching stories from the islands; as she located publications and poetry to help set the direction for Summer Isles. The album is an exquisite collection of acoustic, folk and cinematic vignettes that create an overwhelming listening experience. Each track tells a story of the islands’ history, embracing a contrasting emotion from track to track.
Mairearad (piano, accordion, bag pipes, vocals) is joined by a number of guest musicians including legendary singer/songwriter King Creosote, Hector McInnes (vocals), Ross Saunders (bass), Scott MacKay (drums),Jo Nicolson (clarinet), Pat McGarvey (banjo), Mike Vass (fiddle), and Annie Grace, Jeana Leslie andHamish Napier (backing vocals). Combining each musicians’ stylistic background, producer Iain Hutchinsonhas created a refined and inventive sound that faultlessly captures Mairearad’s vision.
Living in an area steeped in culture and local traditions, Mairearad was introduced to folk music at an early age. Renowned for her deft and lyrical accordion style, as well as her dextrous piping, Mairearad is in great demand, not only as a performer, but also as a composer. She regularly performs alongside multi-instrumentalist Anna Massie and has previously toured with Eddi Reader and Karine Polwart to name a few. Mairearad has also been dominating the folk festival world; performing at Celtic Connections Festival, Cambridge Folk Festival,Hebridean Celtic Music Festival, and Tonder Folk Festival.
Next year looks to be an exciting time for Mairearad and her music, watch this space for an exciting new single release in the run up to the album after the new year.
Summer Isles is out on February 26th 2016 via Buie Records.