Jenna Reid, Jenna Reid Music, Jenna Reid Fiddler, Scottish Music, Scottish Folk Music, Scottish Fiddle Music

Working Hands – Live Dates

I’m on the road for some solo shows this Spring with Harris Playfair on piano and Mr McFall’s Chamber featuring founder and violinist Robert McFall, Su-a Lee on cello, Brian Scheile on viola and on bass, Rick Standley.
Fresh from launching my new album at this years Celtic Connections festival I’m delighted to be teaming up with these amazing musicians again to replay the brand new music for fiddle, piano and string quartet.
 
Working Hands is a collection of tunes that I composed for friends, family and musicians and it was inspired by the tools our trade; our working hands.  I included three of my favourite traditional Shetland tunes within the album so I very much hope you have enjoyed listening. 
 
If you’re yet to hear the new sounds you can download the album on the website, thank you for stopping by.
 
LIVE SHOWS with Jenna Reid, Harris Playfair and Mr McFall’s Chamber.
6th April Glassell Hall, Aberdeenshire  8pm SOLD OUT 
7th April The Queens Hall, Edinburgh 8pm  www.thequeenshall.net
27th April The Tollbooth, Stirling 8pm  www.culturestirling.org 
28th April The Kings Place, London 7.30pm  www.kingsplace.org 
29th April Perth Theatre, Perth  8pm  www.horsecross.co.uk
 
This is the one and only time I’ll be touring this music, join us if you can.
 
Till next time X

Memories of Celtic Connections

January’s Celtic Connections festival seems like the dim and distant past now, but thankfully great memories linger.

Reuniting with Deaf Shepherd was a really special moment, playing music from past albums and from our more recent times, including some tunes written by Malcolm Stitt and stunning songs from John Morran. It was a great feeling to stand alongside Clare, John, Mark, Finlay and Malcolm and revisit the sets we used to play. It had been 9 years since the last ‘Deafies’ gig so the invitation to come together again sparked excitement and nerves in equal measure. We had so much fun, I’m sure we’ll it’ll not be another 9 years before we take to the stage again.
 
The anniversary gigs kept coming and with Blazin’ Fiddles turning 20 in 2018 we played the Kings Theatre to mark the end of an amazing year of concerts across the UK and of course our tour with Karen Matheson in the summer of 2018.  
Karen joined us for the our first ever performance in the Kings – what a venue. Usually known more for panto than folk music, it was quite a treat to be behind the scenes in this iconic venue.
 
Last but not least was the launch of my new album ‘Working Hands’.  This was the culmination of 18months work, writing, rewriting, late nights…..my deadline was simple, my daughters birth in October 2017.  I knew time would be non-existent following her arrival and therefore I had to complete the writing, recording and rehearsal.
 
A Celtic Connections date is a very real deadline and we made it. Playing this music for the first time ever in the New Auditorium, with Harris Playfair and McFall’s was exhilarating.  I am so thankful to everyone who came out to listen and support me, playing in that room to such a huge crowd was thrilling and completely unforgettable.
Jenna Reid, Jenna Reid Music, Jenna Reid Fiddler, Scottish Music, Scottish Folk Music, Scottish Fiddle Music

Working Hands

Back in 2012 I had taken some lessons with violinist Robert McFall, a member of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and founder of Mr McFalls Chamber, a group known for working in every genre know to man and playing some of the most inspiring music you could ever hear.
Classical violin lessons were a completely new thing for me. I had always wanted the chance to work on sound production and general technique and I guess this is where the idea began, to compose music for string quartet accompanying me on fiddle and with fellow Shetlander Harris Playfair on piano.
Fast forward a few years and life had become pretty busy. Newly married and having become a mum for the first time, and my second baby on the way, my allowance of time to write was pretty tight.
So I set about it most evenings, and I was determined to complete it before my daughter was born. Looking back I probably spent 6-8 months writing new fiddle tunes and the string arrangements that would complete the album.
Harris and I recorded for a day when I was probably about 8 months pregnant – I had to sit down for that recording session. It was such a lovely day, so peaceful and relaxing, just the two of us in the studio and no rushing or stressing. Harris is a joy to work with.
What followed was the tricky bit, pinning down McFalls Chamber for studio dates. We managed 9 hours.
They are the busiest and best I know.
My husband Iain added percussion and our friend Stuart Semple played drums, I’ve always wanted to get them playing on a session together. They’re great friends and fantastic musicians.
So, this my 5th album is complete. It’s different to everything else I have done and I’m delighted to present it to you.
For our hands that are our most precious tools; ‘Working Hands’.

Celtic Connections Gigs

The month of January can be quiet, the bright lights of Christmas have passed and the new year celebrations have died away.  Celtic Connections is Glasgow’s winter festival, filling up the dreary month of January and I am thrilled to be part of the programme for 2019.
I have my own album launch, taking place in the New Auditorium of the Royal Concert Hall on Sunday 20th January. I’ll be joined by McFall’s Chamber, Harris Playfair and Iain Sandilands. I’m excited for this. It’s 4 years since my last solo release and it’s such a privilege to have the chance to launch it at this incredible festival.
I’ll also be with Blazin’ Fiddles and Karen Matheson on the 31st of January. We’ll be in the Kings Theatre and it’s a follow on from our summer tour of 2018 where we teamed up with Karen and spent week on the road in Scotland. We had a wonderful time and I was truly star struck to be on stage with Karen.
We’re over the moon to be revisiting the music for Celtic Connections.
Last but not least is the brilliant team of folk that is Deaf Shepherd. I still remember the day when the call came to fill in for Clare McLaughlin whilst she went on maternity leave.  I was still studying and I couldn’t believe it!  I went onto join the band and although it’s been a few years since we played it’s a joy to be together again to celebrate 25 years since the band began.
We’re in the Strathclyde Suite in the Royal Concert Hall on the 19th January.