Inge Thomson, Musician

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Originally from Fair Isle but now based near Edinburgh, multi-instrumentalist and singer Inge Thomson is one of those artists whose music stops you in your tracks. Hailing from a family with deep roots in folk and traditional music, Inge first became involved with a piano keyed accordion from an early age and never looked back.

She cut her gigging teeth in the 1990s touring with folk-pop quintet Drop the Box before recording with contemporary trad quartet Harem Scarem, winning major acclaim for her singing and song-writing. A striking debut solo album, Shipwrecks and Static, followed in 2009, while her most recent project, Da Fishing Hands, is a celebration of Fair Island’s strong attachment with the sea.

Inge continues to tour extensively as one third of the Karine Polwart Trio. Look out for gigs at Edinburgh’s Queen’s Hall during the Fringe, plus a variety of other dates in the UK – including the Eastgate Theatre on 4 Oct.  

Inge played an intimate solo set as part of a candlelit house party at Jo Powell’s Lovely Barn to close the recent Airs & Gracenotes weekend of live music. We were delighted that Inge gave us a quick interview before the event.