Three voices, two Camac electro-harps, one sensational, vibrant, contemporary sound.
Shine began in 1998 and grew out of the vibrant and diverse Scottish music scene. The three members Corrina Hewat, Mary Macmaster and Alyth McCormack had previously performed together in other projects. Corrina commissioned by Celtic Connections to compose a piece for their New voices series, recommended Alyth to sing in the resulting ‘Making the connection’. The following year, the 3 of them worked together in Andy Thorburn’s suite for 12 voices, ‘Tuagh gu Deas’ and at a second performance of this piece for the Bongo Club in Edinburgh, the three girls were asked to open the evening. Shine was born. In 2000 Mary was asked by Ros Rigby of Folkworks to suggest an interesting and complementary opener for the first British tour of the Bulgarian Voice Choir, Angelite, and the work on creating Shine’s distinctive harmonic, minimalist and melodic sound took off. During this time, then sound engineer, Mark Whyles, also became an integral part of the group’s sound.
After a 10 year break which has involved Mary setting up new duo Macmaster|Hay and continued Poozie success, Corrina fronting the power house The Unusual Suspects and conducting choirs and Alyth joining The Chieftains, Shine are back together with new music and song for one simple reason the – girls missed it. They’re very happy to be back playing Celtic Connections for the re-release of their much loved album ‘Sugarcane’. www.shine-trio.com
Corrina Hewat (Voice/Electro harp): One of the leading harp players in the world today. Born in Edinburgh and growing up in the Highlands of Scotland, she was immersed in the traditional and folk music scenes from an early age. She has a degree in Jazz and Contemporary Music from the City of Leeds College of Music and is in demand as a player, composer, arranger and teacher. Corrina is also blessed with a stunning individual voice, which resonates with years of soaking up Scotland’s musical tradition, while exploring contemporary elements and jazz.
Mary Macmaster (Voice/Electro harp): Is considered one of the most innovative players of the metal-strung harp in the world. A self-taught mistress of the bright golden tones of this instrument, and a fine singer of Gaelic and Scottish songs, she has contributed to some of the best traditional music to come out of Britain. She began her career as half of the harp duo Sileas with Patsy Seddon, whom she met while studying Scottish History and Gaelic at the University of Edinburgh. Mary was also commissioned by Celtic Connections festival to write for their New Voices Series, Three Days, her first major composition (for five electro-harps and drum kit), was highly acclaimed.
Alyth McCormack (Voice): From The Hebrides off the northwest coast of Scotland, Alyth grew up immersed in the vibrant oral and musical tradition and culture of these islands. She expanded on her traditional background by studying classical singing and drama at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. She extensively tours Europe, the Americas, and the Far East with acts such as Paddy Moloney and The Chieftains, Trace Adkins, Ry Cooder and her own band Alyth and has also performed with the symphony orchestras of Cincinnati, Seattle, Atlanta, Nashville, Washington DC and the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland. Whether folk, jazz, classical or contemporary, Alyth is an artist who excels crossing boundaries.
“There was a justly warm welcome back for the newly reunited Shine, the vocals/harps triumvirate of Mary Macmaster, Corrina Hewat and Alyth McCormack, who’ve been on hiatus for over a decade, but rekindled all their former magic – and then some – with their bewitchingly arrayed harmonies, in a mix of traditional Gaelic songs, contemporary covers and original material, alternating otherworldly spookiness with sparkling lighter interludes.”
January 20th 2014.
Contact: Mark Whyles