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Silver City Stramash: Siobhan Miller
Fri 30 June 2017, 20:30 – 23:00 BST
One of the best Scottish traditional singers on the planet’ fRoots
Two-time winner of Scots Singer of the Year, Siobhan Miller is widely regarded as one of the foremost vocalists in Scotland. Her soulful and stirring renewal of traditional song effortlessly stills and silences all spaces, from the most vast concert halls to the bar sessions afterwards. She will be joined tonight by some of Scotland's top musicians: Euan Burton (Bass), Tom Gibbs (Piano), Megan Henderson (Fiddle) and Aaron Jones (guitar/bouzouki).
Following her well-received and Scots Trad Music Awards nominated debut album, Flight of Time – produced by James Grant – her hotly-anticipated follow-up, Strata was released in February 2017 to wide critical acclaim. Strata’s carefully chosen material – eleven songs that Miller grew up listening to and performing in her youth – showcases the many influences on her formative musical years. Songs passed down by Scotland’s source and revival singers – such as The Unquiet Grave and False, False – sit alongside titles from contemporary writers including Bob Dylan’s One Too Many Mornings and Pound a Week Rise, penned by Ed Pickford.
Siobhan’s award-winning style has been honed through collaborations and studies with many of Scotland’s top musicians. She is part of the all-star cast and a featured solo singer within Far Far from Ypres, directed by Ian MacCalman, has performed on Broadway, New York, and in 2014 was a guest singer with National Theatre of Scotland in their Alternative Burns production. A recipient of the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award, alongside Jeana Leslie – with whom she went on to release two acclaimed albums and tour internationally, Siobhan is also a former member of folk group Salt House, whose album was heralded as “seamless” by The Guardian.
Nationwide television appearances, performances for royalty and heads of state, appearances on the US/UK TV drama Outlander, and outings at many of the UK’s major folk festivals – including Cambridge, Cropredy, Towersey, Underneath the Stars, Orkney, Shetland, and The Great British Folk Festival – illustrate just why she has been lauded as “the finest young interpreter of Scots traditional song” (Scotland on Sunday).
‘assured and precise… Siobhan Miller’s vocals are bright and unforced.’
‘One of the finest young voices on the Scottish folk scene’
‘a writing talent that’s as impressive as her velvet voice’
‘one of the most exciting new traditional singers in Scotland.’
Donald Shaw, Celtic Connections Artistic Director