We know, that’s a big claim, but here on LMBCITWAIF (that’s “Let’s Make Big Claims In The Wednesday Afternoon Instrumental Feature” as we’re sure you’ve already realised) we are not afraid of The Big Claim. And take a listen to this exciting spin on a traditional sound and we’re sure you’ll be agreeing with us – once you’ve finished an impromptu jig. ‘Tehi-Tegi‘ is taken from the album ‘Headstrong’, the second release from Heisk which will hit the streets on January 26th, following an album launch show at Celtic Connections on the 25th.
Heisk tell us that “Tehi-Tegi is inspired by a witch from Manx Folklore. Her story, often told through the male gaze, depicts the powerful witch as an enchantress. This track celebrates her power in a different light and is a homage to all the magical women in our lives.”
Heisk you’ll have noticed by now is a six piece band – Becca Skeoch (electro harp); Catriona Hawksworth (keys); Lauren Macdonald (kit); Megan MacDonald (accordion); Sally Simpson (fiddle); Isla Callister (fiddle). Their eponymous debut album came out of a mentoring programme in music aimed at developing opportunities for underrepresented young women and gender minorities in traditional music. It supported not only Heisk themselves but was a collaboration with an ensemble of exceptionally talented women, ranging from musicians and engineers to PR specialists, photographers, agents, and managers.