Peebles born and raised but now based in Edinburgh, Esther Swift is a classically-trained harpist, singer, songwriter and composer – not to mention one of the hardest working young musicians we know.
Some will have seen Esther perform at the recent evening reception for winners of the Song of Peebles writing competition, when she played a couple of solo tracks from Fiere, a collaborative album that put the words of several prominent Scottish poets (including Jackie Kay) to music. Jackie said it might just be the best thankyou she has ever received.
Others might have come across Esther in one of her many other guises: as one half of the folk duo Twelfth Night – rising stars on the UK folk circuit – the creative driving force behind the Clouds Harp Quartet, or simply as a solo artist (she released her first solo Cd, The Mairches, earlier this year).
Either way, Esther Swift is a name to watch – and we’d highly recommend you check out The Devil Makes Three, the recently-released second album from Twelfth Day. Combining traditional folk with classical elements and quite beautiful vocals, it’s a wonderful listen.
For much more on Esther Swift, see our blog post here