Hi everyone,

So, 2020, what have you in store for us? It’s dreich out there, a grey January in Edinburgh and I’m home today, fire on, computer linked up to the sound system and working on the tracks for the Pendulum Band gig in Edinburgh on 15 February. It’s a flittish day if I’m honest. From one minute to the next it changes… so many projects to hold together. Think I need a system, but I’d not stick to it.

The week before Xmas I was on Lismore with Kath Burlinson starting work on the new show which feels very juicy already. For the new show, I’ll have a new Canadian pendulum made by Otis Tomas with the stone we found on Kelly Mountain in Nova Scotia when I was over for Celtic Colours in October. Otis, Deanie and I had a great afternoon picking stones from here and there and we found this beauty.

I’m also learning a beautiful song, written by composer and harp player Phamie Gow, an ode to the Lammermuir Hills to be performed with the RSNO as part of Celtic Connections on 30 January. It’s great to see Phamie’s work being supported at the festival and it’ll be a lovely night.   

So, it’s a bumper edition this month. Keep reading for more about the Pendulum Band gig, the new Lismore CD which is now on sale, Storm, ALS on Burns Night, and three new workshops for 2020. Plus, there’s a free track as a wee post-Christmas gift! 

Wishing you all the best for the year ahead! 

Mairi x

Read the full January 2020 newsletter here