Just over two years ago, celebrated Scottish singer-songwriter Siobhan Miller released her fourth solo studio album All is Not Forgotten, just as COVID lockdown tightened its grip.
Despite all the obstacles, and not being able to tour the release, it was testament to the quality of the album that it gained widespread acclaim and success.
Now the stunning voice of Siobhan returns for her fifth album, Bloom on September 16th, a release that shakes off the shackles and bursts out of darker times like a flower in the desert. To celebrate it’s release. Siobhan performs the following shows in September and October
September 21 – CentreStage – Kilmarnock
September 23 – Tarland Food and Music Festival – Tarland, Aberdeenshire
September 24 – Tolbooth – Stirling
September 26 – Junction – Cambridge
September 29 – Kings Place – London
October 2 – Howard Assembly Room – Leeds
October 4 – Liverpool Philharmonic – Liverpool
After two years without the fun, energy and community of folk festivals and sessions, Siobhan thought it high time to try to recapture that life-affirming feeling – pulling together some of the Scottish folk scene’s finest musicians.
The sheer joy of reuniting a band after all that time fuels this feel-good album, bringing back together the all-star line-up from her award-winning second album Strata (2017) – including Orcadian singer/guitarist and long-time collaborator Kris Drever (Lau), iconic Scottish songstress Eddi Reader, Louis Abbott (Admiral Fallow) and guitarist Ian Carr (Kate Rusby Band).
“After Strata’s release I realised how much I enjoyed reworking the songs I love – over the last five years they have become live favourites.” So Siobhan set out to revisit more of the songs she grew up listening to but had never sung or recorded, putting her own stamp on them while staying true to what makes them timeless.
“I wanted to capture the energy of performing with these incredible musicians – the energy that happens when you’re in a room together making music and feeding off each other. I love the storytelling aspect of traditional songs and wanted to perform every song in the studio as if I were in a room full of people. I really feel that joy comes across on Bloom more than on any other album I’ve made.”
Just seven years after launching her solo career, Siobhan Miller finds herself at the forefront of Scottish folk music. With her arresting, effortless voice the multi-talented Midlothian-born performer has won the MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards ‘Singer of the Year’ title an unprecedented three times alongside a 2018 BBC Radio 2 Folk Award (Best Traditional Track).
Bloom is released on September 16