Blyde Lasses means ‘glad girls’ in Shetland dialect, and Claire and Frances have been playing together as a duo since 2006. Blyde Lasses'' performances are as rich in stories as they are in music, and their material offers a glimpse into Shetland’s aert-kent musical tradition. Over the past few years they have enjoyed touring the UK, Ireland, New Zealand, and the UAE. In April 2013, after countless requests for recordings, they released their debut album of traditional, contemporary and self-penned Shetland songs and tunes.
I’ve been playing the fiddle since I was eight and learned most of what I know from the late Dr Tom Anderson, an awe-inspiring teacher. Through him I joined my first musical family, Shetland’s Young Heritage, with whom I grew up and travelled worldwide enjoying musical adventures. So began an ongoing, serendipitous journey of sessions, fiddle lessons, ceilidh bands and concerts. Songwriting and singing are recent pursuits, inspired by my love of stories and a desire to weave more words into Shetland’s living musical tradition.
I fell in love with the music of Shetland while living there in the 1990s, and taught myself many Shetland melodies on concertina. I had a lot of fun playing in local sessions and with my first band Sølan, and have travelled to many parts of the world performing the music of Shetland and Scotland. I am now based on the mainland, and through my work both as a performer and ethnomusciologist I have collected a number of traditional tunes and regularly delve into the archives to find fresh material for Blyde Lasses to perform.
“Fiddle/concertina/vocals duo Blyde Lasses comprehensively charmed everyone they met" ~ Sue Wilson, THE SCOTSMAN
“The much-anticipated duo did not disappoint, with the standout song in their set being Box Social – a touching tale based on the social event that brought together Claire’s grandparents." ~ THE ORCADIAN
“Thoroughly Refreshing" ~ ABERDEEN ART GALLERY