Shine are back!
After a 10 year break during which Mary Macmaster set up a new duo with Donald Hay and continued to work successfully with the Poozies; Corrina Hewat was to be seen fronting power house The Unusual Suspects and conducting choirs and Alyth McCormack joined The Chieftains and conquered the USA, Shine are back together with new music and song for one simple reason… the girls missed it!
Recent gigs include award nominated venue ‘Douglas’s House’ in Edinburgh, a beautiful ‘Here come the Girls’ night sharing the stage with another all girl band, The Shee, and a ‘return to form’ gig at last year’s Celtic Connections. Since then they have re-released their much loved album ‘Sugarcane’ and are currently working on a new single, EP and album.
Originally formed in 1998, Shine combines Corrina, Mary and Alyth’s distinctive voices with two electro-harps, and now in 2015 they continue to lead the field with hauntingly timeless yet arrestingly modern arrangements of traditional, contemporary and original material.
“…their gorgeous harmonies and mixture of traditional Gaelic and self-penned songs meant prior plans to check out various other gigs that night were ditched and instead I treated myself to an uninterrupted set of entrancing music.”
Jo Frost, Songlines
“Bewitchingly arrayed harmonies…alternating otherworldly spookiness with sparkling lighter interludes”.
Sue Wilson, The Scotsman
“Shine shone vocally, their twin electro harps used effectively but minimally in a set that entwined the voices in brave, original arrangements of songs from centuries-old Burns to recent Michael Marra.”
Norman Chalmers, The List
“Gentle patterns on clarsachs overlap and blend with their vocals… weaving of complex, beguiling lines… in waves that seem to come billowing out from the stage.”
Alastair Mabbott, The Scotsman