A new CD bringing together Scottish and Slovenian musicians and storytellers is to be launched in Orkney on 3 September.
‘Hope’s Beautiful Daughters’, in both folk and rock mood, highlights stories of women who overcome against all the odds, from the artist Frida Kahlo to Inuit women of the Arctic.
It features Scottish musicians and songwriters Karine Polwart, Paul Tasker (Doghouse Roses), Fiona Cuthill (Raintown, Rallion), Seylan Baxter (Tattie Jam), and storytellers Lawrence Tulloch from Shetland, Tom Muir from Orkney and David Campbell from Edinburgh.
The project is an initiative of a Slovenian musical duo, singer/songwriter Katarina Juvančič and guitarist Dejan Lapanja. They brought in additional Slovenian musicians: Matija Krečič (fiddle), Klemen Krajc (bass), Gasper Peršl (drums) and the Salamandra Salamandra Band.
Dejan Lapanja is one of Slovenian’s top jazz guitarists, playing with various leading bands and also in solo concerts.
Katarina Juvančič is a frequent visitor to Scotland, taking part in folk festivals and concerts from Shetland to the Borders, and the concept and collaboration of the new CD has developed out of her Scottish experiences – coupled with her deep commitment to putting on record the stories of women who triumph against all the odds against them.
”It’s built around friendship forged in Scotland and Slovenia, and from the female power, courage, wisdom and love that has shaped the history of our time,” she says.
The CD will be launched in Stromness, Orkney, on the evening of Wednesday 3 September, in a concert in the Town Hall featuring Katarina Juvančič, Dejan Lapanja and Orkney storyteller Tom Muir. It starts at 7.30 pm.
The concert will be an eve-of-Festival event for the annual Orkney International Science Festival, which starts the following morning, and Science Festival director Howie Firth says he is delighted with the link.
He says, “The Science Festival this year will be featuring several speakers from Slovenia, and Katarina and Dejan will be staying on to take part in a special Festival event combining science and music. Their Stromness concert and their wonderful stories are a real treat for us to feature and for everyone to enjoy.”
Tickets for the concert can be purchased here in the Tickets section of the site, or from the tourist offices in Kirkwall and Stromness. Copies of the CD will be on sale at the concert.
There’s more about Katarina and Dejan on their website.