Between Islands: Heb Celt

Wed 19 July

Between Isalnds Louise Bichan, Maggie Adamson, Jane Hepburn

An Lanntair are delighted to announce the second musical project under the Between Islands banner. This time fiddle players Jane Hepburn, (Outer Hebrides), Louise Bichan (Orkney) and Maggie Adamson (Shetland) are the inter-Island trail blazers, and their collaborative concert will feature as the opener for this year’s HebCelt Festival.

The performance will be followed by a Cèilidh.

Louise Bichan grew up learning the fiddle in Orkney, under the tutelage of Douglas Montgomery. Over the years she has performed as far and wide as Canada, Norway, Denmark, France, Lebanon and Oman, at festivals and events including BBC TV’s Hogmanay Live show, Celtic Connections and Tonder, Shetland and Lorient festivals. She has had the privilege of performing in many line ups, including Skalder, Rachel Sermanni, Alasdair Ogilvy and Fara. Her debut solo album ‘Out of My Own Light’ was released in 2016 to great acclaim. 

Maggie Adamson has played with several groups including Swingin’ Fiddles but is perhaps best known for her collaboration with Shetland guitarist Brian Nicholson.

She has won several awards, including Shetland Young Fiddler of the Year (2007), Danny Kyle Open Stage Award at Celtic Connections (2008) seven prizes, including best overall junior fiddler and original composition at the National Association of Fiddle and Accordion Clubs’ festival (2008) and was nominated for Up and Coming Artist of the Year at the Scots Trad Music Awards in 2009.

Born and brought up in Stornoway, Jane Hepburn‘s love affair with music is deeply rooted in the very heart of Gaelic culture and her Hebridean heritage. Her musical inspiration and style stems naturally from Scotland’s west coast; the land and the people. While a number of Jane’s own compositions animate key Outer Hebridean locations, her other pieces aptly express the emotions that are so often found in the hearts of islanders – ‘Cianalas’ (‘Longing for Home’), for instance, being one of her most recently written slow airs. 

Jane has performed far and wide – from Horgabost in Harris to Ho Chi Minh City- and has enjoyed playing at a wide number of festivals with her good friends in Face the West. A project between islands? What could be better suited for a true Hebridean island girl, based on the very edge of the known world.