Opening the evening was celtic harpist Josie Duncan, a young singer-songwriter from the Isle of Lewis now based in Glasgow and studying Scots Song at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Her début EP ‘Typewriter’ launch was a sell-out here in Edinburgh and she’s a returning Fringe performer. I have very few reference points for comparing Josie’s skill and technique on the harp, I just found it quite fascinating how composed she remained as she sang her way through a selection of original material and a couple of popular covers thrown in for good measure.
Josie’s accent and Island charm shone through between songs and amongst her lyrics, self penned “Recuperate” for example sings of being busy, this is simplicity ‘persongified’ and rather catchy. Another of her original songs “I Knew A Man” has a more smooth and maybe a ‘love song’ sound. “Man On A Mission” is a bit more upbeat, lyrically this is a busy one and matched with a more dramatic tempo. She also performed “Fishing Net” from the new EP and not missing a trick managed to squeeze an extra song in at the end to everyones delight.
Josie Duncan will be performing at the Hebridean Celtic Festival in July, launching her second EP and returning for her Fringe Gigs – Thursday 27th at St Mary’s Cathedral and other days playing at The Tron and The Cowshed.