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Feminist folksters Heisk to bring festival vibe to Universal Hall, Findhorn

By Garry McCartney

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Heisk's sound incorporates funk, soul and pop.
Heisk's sound incorporates funk, soul and pop.

A BAND formed to “amplify the voices of women and gender minorities in the traditional music scene” is playing Findhorn.

Heisk, a six-piece folk band who infuse Scottish roots with contemporary energy, will share their love for traditional music and desire to foster greater gender representation at Universal Hall on Thursday, March 21 from 7.30-9.30pm.

Their debut self-titled album features collaboration with talented women, ranging from musicians and engineers to public relations specialists, photographers, agents, and managers. New album ‘Headstrong’ is also a statement of female empowerment.

The band - Lauren MacDonald on drums and percussion, Megan MacDonald on accordion, Becca Skeoch on electro-harp, Isla Callister on fiddle, Catriona Hawksworth on keyboard and Sally Simpson on fiddle and viola - was formed when they noticed a lack of female representation at the Celtic Connections festival.

Heisk live aim for a festival party vibe. As well as traditional influences from Europe, their sound incorporates funk, soul and pop.

Their most recent project involves a mentoring program to develop opportunities for young women and gender minorities. It encompasses areas of the music industry, from recording and producing to mixing, instrumental performance, marketing, business, and live shows.

It follows the production of Headstrong, from recording to release, showcasing their dedication to empowering the next generation of musicians while breaking new ground in traditional Scottish folk music.

Universal Hall is their local stop on a UK tour. Entrance is £16 general admission, £14 concessions and £6 for under-16’s.

Tickets are available at https://www.wegottickets.com/event/600929/ and in person at the Phoenix Shop, Findhorn.

The front two rows of seating will be reserved for attendees who wish to dance.

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