When did you begin making music, and did you ever ponder a different career?
My folks tell me I started singing around the same time I started talking, so its been a big part of my life since the beginning. That being said, I didn’t realize I wanted a professional career in music until I wrote my first song at the age of nineteen or so. It was like something inside me shifted, and I knew there was no other life for me.
How would you describe your music?
I call what I do ‘Gaelic Americana’–it’s a mix of my own Appalachian-inspired originals along with elements of Irish and Scottish traditional music. I also sing in Sottish Gaelic, which is a language I learned to a point of fluency while living on the Isle of Skye.
What have you been up to so far and what can we expect over the coming months?
I just recored my sophomore album, ‘North Star’, which will be released in the UK on March 1st. I leave in less than a week to tour Europe for two months and when I return to my home base of NYC this summer, I plan to start writing songs for the next album–called ‘Opal Grey’ due out in 2017.
If you could duet with anybody who would it be and why?
I would love to duet with Kate Rusby. She’s a beautiful singer and seems like a lovely person to boot!
What’s your desert island disc and why would you take this one album?
Hmm, that’s a hard one! I might cheat a little and make a compilation disc of all my favorite Gillian Welch songs. She’s such a fantastic writer and musician, it’s hard to decide which album of hers I love the most. I’ve never come across an artist who has such a palatable ability to write new songs that sound timeless.