In 2013, Orkney fiddler and photographer Louise Bichan embarked on a unique musical and sentimental journey, between her native northern isles and coast-to-coast Canada, in the footsteps of her late paternal grandmother Margaret, née Tait (1925-2008). The result – originally premièred at Orkney Folk Festival in 2015, and now captured as an album – is Out of My Own Light, a suite of beautifully wrought, brilliantly captivating chamber-folk compositions, inspired by Bichan’s travels and wider family recollections, together with Margaret’s own diaries and correspondence.
“I’m so darned restless and unhappy these days just can’t make a decision one way or another. If only I could get right away for a while I’m sure it would help. I’ll never get out of my own light while I continue here.”
Margaret S Tait, 1950
Louise Bichan fiddle, vocals
Jennifer Austin piano, vocals
Signy Jakobsdottir percussion, vocals
Su-a Lee cello, vocals
Duncan Lyall double bass, moog, vocals
Mike Vass fiddle, tenor guitar, vocals
All tracks composed by Louise Bichan and arranged by Louise Bichan with Jennifer Austin, Duncan Lyall, Mike Vass, Su-a Lee, Signy Jakobsdottir and Angus Lyon.
Recorded and produced by Angus Lyon at Watercolour Studio in Ardgour, GloWorm in Glasgow and Grans House in Biggar.
Mixed by Angus Lyon at Grans House.
Mastered by Iain Hutcheon at GloWorm Studio
Manufactured by Golding Products
Photography and layout by Louise Bichan
Group photo by Mike Guest
Funded by Creative Scotland and S&JD Robertson Group Ltd