Award-Winning Fiddle Player Jenna Reid to Play Perth Theatre this April
Award-winning fiddler player Jenna Reid, of Blazin’ Fiddles fame, will play Perth Theatre on Monday 29th April 2019. Accompanying Jenna will be Harris Playfair and Mr McFall’s Chamber.
Having released her brand-new album Working Hands at the prestigious Celtic Connections festival in January this year, Jenna will tour the album this April.
Working Hands is an album of reflection and celebration and for Shetland-born fiddler Jenna, this is her most accomplished album to date.
Jenna said: “Working Hands has been a true labour of love and I can’t wait to take it on tour this April. Perth Theatre is a somewhere I love to perform, I’ve played it many times with Blazin’ Fiddles and other projects so it will be really brilliant to play a solo gig there.”
Featuring predominantly original compositions, the album grew out of lessons Reid took with Robert McFall, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra’s experienced second violinist and leader of the revered and genre-defying string ensemble Mr McFall’s Chamber. Already extremely proficient and expressive, Reid wanted to work on her technique and hone her sound and delivery and from working on these finer points with McFall she decided to make a recording that was different to her previous albums such as With Silver and All and Morning Moon.
Working Hands showcases the slower paced, more reflective music that has resulted from taking more time and listening more intently to the sound Reid produces on her instrument. She has explored this aspect of her playing solo and with her long-time accompanist, the deeply expressive and marvellously responsive pianist Harris Playfair.
Many of these compositions are dedicated to the musicians involved. McFall’s March is an at times exuberant, at times keening tribute to McFall’s Chamber, a group Reid has followed and has wanted to work with for many years. ‘Su-a Song’, for McFall’s cellist Su-a Lee, is Reid at her most tenderly sensitive, and ‘Metronome Man’ was written for Reid’s husband, the percussionist Iain Sandilands.
Also included are three of Reid’s favourite traditional Shetland tunes, two airs and a jig taken at a slow and delicate pace. As with most of the tracks here, these were worked up in the relaxed atmosphere of Castlesound studio by Reid and Playfair, a musician for whom Reid’s admiration and respect are boundless, and then arranged to incorporate McFall’s Chamber by Reid in response to the duo’s treatment of them.
The ruggedly exuberant title track celebrates the strength and dexterity of the tools musicians use every day and is a real earworm, one of these tunes that get into your head and refuse to leave. Its galloping quality gives every indication that, while the hands depicted in the album artwork are very much working hands, their owners approach that work with enthusiasm and sheer love of the craft of making music.