Gilly took us by storm on her first visit and she and Ian have been back ever since.
Growing up in Ayrshire, Gilly had
ample opportunity to soak up Robert Burns poetry, music and culture. With
an Irish father and Scottish mother she sympathises with both Irish and
Scottish traditional song. Her Irish grandfather played fiddle and piano,
and her mother sings and plays piano.
Gilly has sung traditional and contemporary folk song in the Edinburgh area since the late 1910s, and accompanies herself on 5-string banjo. She has appeared at folk festivals all over the U.K., regularly being asked back to Sidmouth International Folk Festival in Devon since 1988.
Her first album "From Down tae Boon" was produced in 1981, and her second album "An Honest Lass" was released in 1996 It consists of 11 songs of Robert Burns, of which a few are unaccompanied, and on others she is joined by an array of well known instrumentalists. She sings Burns songs in a style which is not bawdy but not drawing room, and pours out the feeling which she learned from the songs and the count enriched by her own experience as a traditional folk singer.
Watch out for Jillie in our special feature Saturday afternoon
Celebrating the Tradition
"From Down tae Doon" Jigs Music JIGS 981 Recorded at Fireside Studios.
Seventeen Burns' songs with accompaniment including flute and whistle from Cathal McConnel
"...the arrangements are extremely subtle
and very tasteful...solid, well crafted material allied to a rich new
voice promising much makes Gilly Hewitt's entry to the big league a very