Bal­lad style singing

The Courier & Advertiser (Dundee Edition) - - COMMENT -

The next Cap­pu­cino Con­cert at the Wighton Her­itage Cen­tre in the Cen­tral Li­brary, Dundee, takes place on Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 20 and fea­tures Jan­ice Clark, one of Scot­land’s most re­spected tra­di­tional singers.

Jan­ice was born and brought up in Aberdeen and from an early age took an in­ter­est in the tra­di­tional mu­sic and song of the North East of Scot­land. Her bal­lad singing style was in­flu­enced by some of the great lo­cal source singers like Jeannie Robert­son, Lizzie Hig­gins and Stan­ley Robert­son.

She also has an in­ter­est in blues mu­sic and per­formed for many years with Aberdeen based blues band, Off The Tracks. Her more re­cent mu­si­cal col­lab­o­ra­tions have been with Lois and the Ses­sion Clarks. She also per­forms with her flute player hus­band, Mal­colm Reavell, long­time mem­ber of ceilidh band Ha­lyracket and cur­rently of Strae­foot.

Jan­ice be­gan teach­ing singing work­shops at folk fes­ti­vals through­out Scot­land and later taught gui­tar ac­com­pa­ni­ment for Feis Rois. Since that time Jan­ice has been a reg­u­lar tu­tor at the Adult Feis, teach­ing tra­di­tional song and har­mony and an any­thing goes “Song Ex­trav­a­ganza”. The con­cert be­gins at 11am.

“I was in­ter­ested to read the re­cent pieces about Mon­treath­mont,” says reader Alex Dun­can. “I en­close a pho­to­graph of my granny with her sis­ter and my great-grand­par­ents taken in July 1915. It looks like a spe­cial out­ing. I won­der how they got there from Arbroath?”

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