New Scottish music: Rhona Macfarlane

Rhona Macfarlane

Rhona Macfarlane

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Rhona Macfarlane may have roots in classical music, but the violinist can write pop music, too

MONTROSE-based multi-instrumentalist Rhona Macfarlane has been garnering attention as a violinist with the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland and for her solo work. The latter has seen her invited to perform at Celtic Connections and on Radio Scotland’s Janice Forsyth show, as well as playing dates as part of the nationwide Hit The Road tour for emerging artists. Last month she released the Remembrance EP, with the title track demonstrating an aptitude for penning a pop ballad, while simultaneously appealing to the trad community with a combination of acoustic guitar and fiddle. On 31 October she is set to play the Perthshire Amber Festival, while a month later she will appear at the Balmakewan Beer Festival in Laurencekirk. With another EP in the pipeline, Macfarlane is an act to look out for. Listen at http://rhonamacfarlane.bandcamp.com

• Olaf Furniss and Derick Mackinnon run the Born To Be Wide music industry seminar and social evenings. Their next event is at Edinburgh’s Electric Circus on 5 November. www.borntobewide.co.uk

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