Gilly took us by
storm on her first visit and she and Ian have been back ever since.
Now that's dedication as I have it on good authority that Edinborough
is not just around the corner!!
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
giving it wellie with our Lynne"
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.
Apart from her Burns repertoire Gilly has a love for Irish ballad
singing, particularly songs from the north of Ulster she knew well
as a child. She also chooses songs from more contemporary writers
who have something to say, and sings with rare sensitivity of feeling.
She supported the Poozies while they were on their Scottish tour,
and went down a storm at the iron Folk Club in Edinburgh.
"From Down tae
Doon" Jigs Music JIGS 981 Recorded at Fireside Studios.
"An Honest Lass" Smiddy Made SMD 607 / CSMD 697
songs with accompaniment including flute and whistle from Cathal
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 successful one."
- Rock 'n' Reel Magazine
Watch out for Gilly's hubby Ian -pipe, kilt and a wicked sense of
humour. Just ask for the story of him meeting a well happy local.
A regular band member
in his native land, Ian will be one of our team of Concert MCs.