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Blyde Lasses (Glad Girls) are a dynamic young female duo who showcase traditional Shetland songs and tunes on fiddle and concertina. Their performances are as rich in stories as they are in music. Ethnomusicologist Frances Wilkins has a wealth of archive material at her fingertips, and Claire White grew up in Shetland learning tales behind the tunes she was taught by Dr Tom Anderson. Highlight performances by the duo include a three week tour in 2011 of the UAE and New Zealand, a 2010 Ireland tour, performances at the 2010 Orkney Folk Festival, and a trip to the 2008 North Atlantic Fiddle Convention in St John's, Newfoundland. 
Claire White is a Shetlander, born and bred. She learned the fiddle with Dr Tom Anderson from the age of seven and played as a member of Shetland's Young Heritage in Europe, New Zealand, the USA and Canada. She is now based in Aberdeen and plays regularly in popular ceilidh bands Danse McCabre and Jing Bang. An experienced tutor, she has taught at summer schools and festivals in the UK, USA, and Canada, and In her day job, she brings all sorts of stories to the airwaves as a BBC Producer.  Frances Wilkins first took up the English concertina in sessions in Shetland, and toured extensively in the British Isles, Europe, and Scandinavia with traditional band Solan, before moving to London to study music at the School of Oriental and African Studies. She has performed a wide variety of musical styles with bands, including London-based Klezmer group She'koyokh and Aberdeen roots-infused group The Pictones. However, she is most content when playing Shetland music. As an ethnomusicologist, she travels widely collecting traditional tunes, lecturing, and regularly delves into the archives to find fresh material for Blyde Lasses to perform. 

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  • 287
  • Celtic
  • Dec 22, 1999
  • English

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