Christine has been at the heart of some of my favourite folky albums over the past twenty years or so.
Trad Music Award nominee Christine Kydd was born and raised in the city of Glasgow, where she played in folk bands from the age of 11. Best known for her recordings with Janet Russell, as a soloist and with Chantan, Sinsheen, and on appearances on the cream of compilation and single project albums, she is not only a passionate advocate for traditional song, but a lover of all good songs, a songwriter and an accomplished performer.
Now a veteran of the folk world, she grew up musically in the vibrant Edinburgh scene. Her career has offered her great variety, where she has not only worked solo, or in bands with the finest of players who now feature in top – flight groups including Jock Tamson’s Bairns, Blazing Fiddles, Shooglenifty. but also in highly-acclaimed groundbreaking projects- her extensive touring and recording work with Janet Russell; in Chantan with Elspeth Cowie and Corinna Hewat and in Calluna with Charlotte Peterson, Rebecca Knorr and Anna Wendy Stevenson. With Barbara Dymock in Sinsheen, the duo’s debut album “Lift” was produced in 2009 by the late great Michael Marra, to great critical acclaim.
Christine‘s solo work reveals an artiste of empathy, range and passion whether with the fun and energy of a street song or children’s ditty or her fine interpretations of traditional ballad, self-penned and contemporary song.
“Solo or accompanied, Christine’s clear voice and feisty delivery imbue ballad and song with the emotional intensity many singers miss”
Highly- regarded solo recordings Heading Home and Dark Pearls and her recent involvement in a number of projects and compilation CDs include The Complete Songs of Robert Burns on Linn Records, Gentle Giants, Greentrax, on Tom Clelland’s From a Garden of Songs (Robert Louis Stevenson) and most recently on No Pasaran! on Greentrax
…there’s a smile in the voice at certain times- you know she’s going for it.
Pete Heywood, Dark Pearls Review…on Travelling Folk
Christine has shared the stage with fellow singers such as Sheena Wellington, Karen Mathieson, Jean Redpath and in various combinations has supported many artistes such as Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Richard Thompson, while as soloist, artistes she has supported include Capercaille, Guy Clark, Christy Moore and Altan. Now, with many touring recording and performance credits under her belt, she is a singer as respected and loved by fellow musicians as she is by her audiences.
Her work has taken her all over the UK and Europe, to North America, and Russia. 2007 saw her gain an award as Creative Ambassador for Angus, and 2008 ended with a solo performance for the Scottish Government’s launch of Homecoming 2009, singing for Scotland’s First Minister and a celebrity audience. Nominated for Scots singer of the Year in the MG ALBA awards 2012, Christine graduated in 2014 with an M.Litt in Ethnology and Folklore from the University of Aberdeen’s Elphinstone Institute, her research focussing on South Ronaldsay Boys Ploughing Match, a calendar custom continued on Orkney. Returning from study to song and stage, 2015 and 2016 have seen Christine working in various combinations including themed projects with Ewan McVicar, solo work in clubs and festivals across the country.
Christine Kydd brings warmth and style to her work and a unique ability to communicate instantly with an audience or workshop group
Aberdeen Alternative Festival