Folk duo be­gins High­land tour

The Oban Times - - Leisure -

FOLK SINGERS So­phie Ram­say and Sarah Smout be­gin their Ar­gyll and Lochaber tour of ‘new and old folk songs about na­ture, love, loss and home’ later this month.

The duo, tak­ing turns to present their songs, are billed as ‘lend­ing each other har­monies on voice, cello, vi­ola and gui­tar, re­sult­ing in a con­ver­sa­tion be­tween two dis­tinc­tive voices, each com­ple­ment­ing and of­fer­ing con­trast to the other’.

Perthshire born and bred So­phie is a singer-song­writer whose ‘un­de­ni­ably beau­ti­ful’ mu­sic and ‘freshly po­etic lyrics’ are de­scribed as ‘deeply mov­ing’.

Her third al­bum of old Gaelic and Scots songs, ti­tled The Seas Be­tween Us, is praised as ‘at­mo­spheric, el­e­gant and be­guil­ing, … an ex­cit­ing new voice to carry Burns on­wards’. It fol­lows her first al­bum of tra­di­tional songs called Ca’ the Yowes, and her sec­ond of orig­i­nal com­po­si­tions of love and grief, The Glassy Moun­tain.

Sarah Smout is a cel­list, singer and song- writer from York­shire, who has toured the world play­ing with acts like Michael Chap­man, Rachel Ries, Gren Bart­ley and King Cre­osote. But as a singer and poet in her own right, it was only a mat­ter of time be­fore she be­gan a solo ca­reer.

2016 saw the re­lease of her EP, De­ci­sion to Leave, fea­tur­ing ‘songs with cello which are orig­i­nal, beau­ti­fully crafted and hugely touch­ing, ex­plor­ing themes like home, land, love and cli­mate change’.

So­phie and Sarah met at a Rachel Ries con­cert at the Green Note in Cam­den, where Sarah was play­ing. They got talk­ing about na­ture, beaver rein­tro­duc­tion and prob­a­bly cli­mate change, and al­most im­me­di­ately be­gan dream­ing up fu­ture mu­si­cal jour­neys.

Their tour be­gins at Locha­line Vil­lage Hall on Tues­day April 25 at 7.30pm, fol­lowed by per­for­mances at Craig­nish Vil­lage Hall on Thurs­day April 27 at 7.30pm, and at The Oys­ter Catcher in Ot­ter Ferry on Fri­day April 28 at 8pm.

Sarah Smout has teamed up with So­phie for their tour.

So­phie Ram­say will join her singing part­ner on tour.

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