From Shetland but now based in Perthshire, Vicky Gray has just released a gorgeously evocative video by JJ Jamieson for Teif On Da Lum, the lead track from her acclaimed EP, Atlaness. Primarily a fiddler, Vicky sings in Shetland dialect on this track to great effect against an atmospheric contemporary backdrop.
The EP was recorded between Vicky’s home studio in Scotlandwell, Perthshire and Slate Room Studio in Pencaitland. Vicky studied music at the University of the Highlands and Islands, Perth College and although originally from the Shetland Islands, has made Perthshire her home.
The video is a collaboration with Shetland film-maker, JJ Jamieson and features beautiful shots of the islands' underwater seascapes. This follows great critical acclaim for the fiddler/composer's solo debut, which received wide-ranging support from the likes of The Skinny, Scotland on Sunday, and BBC Radio 6 Music.
Vicky blends her traditional roots with contemporary approaches to record production. She has toured extensively in the UK and Canada as a professional musician, performing at a host of major music festivals including Winnipeg Folk Festival, Glastonbury, and HebCelt. She is also a founding member of indie-folk-rock band, Dante, who received critical acclaim from BBC 6Music (Steve Lamacq & Tom Robinson), The Herald, The National, Artrocker and The Scotsman.
Atlaness, her first solo release, is a partly a reworking of the tunes she learned from her late grandfather, the notable tradition-bearer and fiddler, Gilbert (Gibby) Gray. Of the record, she states:
“I still love listening to the old recordings of my Grandad Gray playing the fiddle and am fascinated by the history of the old tunes and the stories that go with them. He was a great storyteller and had an infectious rhythm to his playing.
By making a new recording of these tunes, I didn’t want to try to replicate them, but retell them. The four track EP moves from a fiddle-only arrangement, to the last track (Tief On The Lum) which has no fiddle on it at all.”