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Emily Smith at the 2009 Celtic Connections Festival

Mike Harding | 14:21 UK time, Friday, 16 January 2009

Emily Smith writes:

I'm now up in Glasgow where the Celtic Connections festival is off to a great start.

Nothing can quite prepare you for the madness that is Celtic Connections - it's what gets us Folkies through the winter. Three weeks jammed-packed full of brilliant music at venues all over Glasgow.

This weekend I'm performing with an international female collaboration called
Seaquins. Check out the Seaquins' MySpace page to hear some live tracks. The lullaby set is my favourite.

We play the Old
on Saturday night and after our first day of rehearsals my head is
swimming with Finnish polkas, atmospheric harmony oohs and groovy tunes, which
my fingers have yet to master!

Seaquins was first put together for a performance at Tønder Festival in Denmark last summer, and it's fantastic to have the opportunity to perform the material again for Celtic Connections.

One of the highlights for me is the opening moment where Emma Johansson from Sweden does a bit of cow/sheep/goat calling - real hairs on the back of the neck
raising stuff!

It's really exciting to see how us lassies who come from different countries and
cultures have so easily been able to find common strands within our traditional
music and link them together.

It's also really interesting to see the different techniques that people have to approaching and arranging music.

Most often I'm used to writing and arranging on my own or with hubbie Jamie McClennan.

But, for this week, it's girl power all the way and what a mighty sound
it is!


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