Congratulations to Siobhan Miller who have been nominated in Album of the Year sponsored by Birnam CD, Citty Finlayson Scots Singer of the Year sponsored by TMSA in the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards 2020. Vote here! Vote now!
We asked Siobhan Miller the following questions.
Tell us about yourself
I am a singer-songwriter based in Glasgow. I brought out my fourth solo album this year called ‘All Is Not Forgotten’ it is a mixture of newly written songs and some of my favourite traditional songs.
My band includes acoustic guitar, fiddle and double bass and I have been touring the UK and internationally for many years.
Why are you involved in Scottish music?
I have been involved in Scottish music since I was very young as my parents have a love of folk music. I was taken to many festivals and concerts growing up and many traditional singers from the older generation have passed on their songs to me over the years. The passing down of our culture through the generations is very important to me and one of my favourite things about the Scottish music scene that I grew up with.
Any particular career highlights?
Recent highlights include spending a month last December singing in a show in Boston called ‘A Christmas Celtic Sojourn’. Following this I spent five and half weeks touring Australia with my band at the start of the year playing ‘The Festival of Small Halls Tour’ and various festivals across the country. It was my first time in both of these places and I felt very lucky to have had the opportunity to share my music with people there and work with new musicians from both places. I treasure these memories and opportunities even more now with the way this year has turned out.
Last November I played a series of concerts in the Blue Arrow called ‘Three Albums, Three Nights’, celebrating five years since the release of my first solo album ‘ Flight of Time’. With my band and special guests from each album, we played each of my solo albums start to finish. It was a lot of fun putting these shows together and a great memory test for me with all the song lyrics!!
I have spent the last couple of years playing the opening set for Eddi Reader, she is one of my favourite singers, it has been a brilliant experience to tour with her and her band and I always love having the opportunity to sing with her.
What are your plans for the future?
It’s very hard at the moment to have any fixed plans for the future. I am currently trying to reschedule my tours from this year in the hope that they can go ahead next year. Playing live is so important to me and I am really missing singing to live audiences.
I hope to do some new collaborations next year and get back into the studio for some new recordings too.
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The MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards, Na Trads 2020, will be broadcast on BBC ALBA on 12th December 2020 at 9pm where the award winners will be announced along with specially recorded music performances. During the day on Saturday the 12th, you will be able to watch from 1pm til 9pm a day of live Scottish trad music including Kinnaris Quintet, Dallahan, Inyal, Paul McKenna Band, Ryan Young and Jenn Butterworth and many more here https://youtu.be/amByvVzxl5E. Keep up to date with all the latest information by joining the Hands Up for Trad newsletter at https://handsup.link/Newsletter or use the hashtags #natrads #HUFTonline.
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