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Scottish violinist and composer Catriona Price creates cross-genre music, with a focus on making change through cultural exchange and artistic innovation.

Inspired by George Mackay Brown's poetry from her homeland of Orkney, Catriona Price's debut album ‘Hert’ (Orcadian Scots for 'heart') explores the contrasting perspectives that make up the rich tapestry of Orkney life, drawing light upon the non-stereotypical characters - those that may not immediately spring to mind when thinking of a small island community. Featuring a band of nine musicians, ‘Hert’ draws influence from Scottish folk, jazz, pop and Western classical music. 

Catriona is half of the contemporary duo Twelfth Day (with Esther Swift who you can see here on 14th June), a member of folk band Fara, Co-Artistic Director of string ensemble Thirteen North, and Artistic Director of Routes to Roots - an organisation creating intercultural collaborations to connect communities. Her debut solo album ‘Hert’ was released to critical acclaim in 2023 with a launch at Celtic Connections and a sold out show at Edinburgh International Festival. 

Constant Follower

Constant Follower is the alias of songwriter Stephen McAll whose instantly compelling and moving debut album, the Kramer produced, ‘Neither is Nor Ever Was’ (Shimmy Disc), was shortlisted for the SAY Award (Scottish Album of the Year) in 2022. The album also found its way onto 17 ‘Best Albums of the Year’ lists and received a SAMA (Scottish Alternative Music Awards) nomination. 

In 2023 Constant Follower was also Longlisted for the SAY Award for his collaboration with guitarist Scott William Urquhart on the album ‘Even Days Dissolve’ inspired by the poetry of Norman McCaig. New music will be released in June 2024.

Presented by The Queen's Hall. Supported by Made in Scotland

Catriona Price image credit Diego Ramos
Constant Follower image credit Harri Reid

★★★★ “vivid aural collage”

(The Scotsman on 'Hert')
A white man with a dark beard and wearing dark clothes stands looking at the viewer as light refracts around him

“Deeply human and complex with vivid moments that seem to carry lifetimes within them." 

(Austin Chronicle on 'Neither Is Nor Ever Was')

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