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Songs of Separation win Best Album at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards

  • April 6, 2017

Songs of SeparationWe were delighted to see the Songs of Separation collective take home the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for Best Album last night, winning against some stiff competition including Jarlath Henderson (Hearts Broken, Heads Turned), Jim Moray (Upcetera), Martin Green (Flit) and Shirley Collins (Lodestar). The group were also nominated in the Best Traditional Track category which was won Daoiri Farrell for his version of Van Diemen’s Land which he also performed on the night.

The Songs of Separation project, which reflects through song, the issue of ‘separation’ in its many forms, features ten of England and Scotland’s most celebrated female contemporary folk artists, Eliza Carthy, Karine Polwart, Rowan Rheingans, Mary Macmaster, Hannah Read, Kate Young, Jenn Butterworth, Hazel Askew, Hannah James and Jenny Hill (who conceived the project).

Recorded in the fairy-tale setting of the Isle of Eigg (in the Scottish Inner Hebrides) and set in the context of a post-referendum world, ‘Songs of Separation’ is not simply a beautiful collection of traditional and self-penned songs, but also aims to prompt new thinking about the issue of separation as it occurs in all our lives. The process of developing the music was documented and shared with audiences each day, through a range of videos.

The Songs of Separation album is available now on Propermusic, Amazon, iTunes, Spotify and from all good record stores.

Songs of Separation nominated for two Folk Awards

  • February 9, 2017

Songs of Separation

Congratulations to Songs of Separation, who it’s just been announced, have been nominated for two BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, Best Album and Best Traditional Track for Echo Mocks The Corncrake. In the best album category, they’re up againt Jarlath Henderson for Hearts Broken, Heads Turned, Jim Moray for Upcetera, Martin Green for Flit and Shirley Collins for Lodestar whilst the best tradional track category sees them facing off against Jarlath Henderson for Courting Is a Pleasure, Daoirí Farrell for Van Diemen’s Land and Julie Murphy for Willie Taylor.

Songs of Separation Nominated for the Scots Trad Album of the Year 2016

  • November 2, 2016

Songs of SeparationUPDATE 2 NOV: More congratulations are due as it’s been announced that the Songs of Separation album has now made the shortlist for the MG ALBA Scots Trad Album of the Year.

Congratulations to Songs of Separation who have been nominated in this years MG ALBA Scots Trad Album of the Year.

The awards are now open to a public vote with the winners set to be announced at a glistening ceremony held at the Caird Hall, Dundee, on Saturday 3rd December.

The Scots Trad Music Awards is an annual event that takes place every December. Held at different venues around the country, the aim of these Awards is to highlight Scotland’s wonderful traditional music in all its forms and to create a high profile opportunity which will bring the music and music industry into the spotlight of media & public attention.


Listen: Songs of Separation on the Kings Place podcast

  • August 1, 2016

Songs of SeparationIn this recently recorded podcast for the upcoming Kings Place Festival (9 – 11 Sept), Jen Hill and Mary Macmaster from Songs of Separation talk about the ideas behind the SoS album and what the music is about, the podcast also includes star violinist Thomas Gould and family songwriter and performer Nick Cope.

Songs of Separation will be performing at the festival on the 9th September, you can buy tickets here.


Songs of Separation Reviewed

  • January 29, 2016

Songs of SeparationWith the new album out today, we thought it’d be a good time to share some of the stunning reviews that have been coming in for the Songs of Separation album.

You can read some highlights for the online reviews and click site name to be taken to the full review or read the print reviews below (click the images to enlarge).

The Songs of Separation album is available now on Propermusic, Amazon, iTunes, Spotify and from all good record stores.

“a superlative and essential record, from its initial concept through to the final result; it’s a huge accomplishment by anybody’s standards and all involved have every right to feel justifiably proud of their achievement.”
Folk Radio

“As an introduction to the breadth of female folk talent in England and Scotland you can’t get much better than this album.”

“It’s a wonderful album, soaked in history and tradition but bang up to date… The singers and players excel themselves”
Blabber ‘n’ Smoke

“The harmonies are gorgeous and the lyrics thought-provoking.”
The Telegraph