Out of My Own Light

by Louise Bichan

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Qouyburray 03:20
For Myrtle 06:41
We love her still, we miss her sore No other fills her place; We feel her spirit near, although We cannot see her face. Sunshine passes, shadows fall, Love and memory outlive all.
Ian 04:55
The Ascania 02:31
CBC Winnipeg 06:18
Melville 01:32
Swanbister 03:06


“Vividly expressive and evocative. . . a wonderfully engaging, absorbing illumination of past lives and family ties” (Scotsman)

In 2013, Orkney fiddler and photographer Louise Bichan embarked on a unique musical and sentimental journey, between her native northern isles and coast-to-coast Canada, in the footsteps of her late paternal grandmother Margaret, née Tait (1925-2008). The result - originally premièred at Orkney Folk Festival in 2015, and now captured as an album - is Out of My Own Light, a suite of beautifully wrought, brilliantly captivating chamber-folk compositions, inspired by Bichan’s travels and wider family recollections, together with Margaret’s own diaries and correspondence.

“I’m so darned restless and unhappy these days just can’t make a decision one way or another. If only I could get right away for a while I’m sure it would help. I’ll never get out of my own light while I continue here.”
Margaret S Tait, 1950


released December 2, 2016

Louise Bichan fiddle, vocals
Jennifer Austin piano, vocals
Signy Jakobsdottir percussion, vocals
Su-a Lee cello, vocals
Duncan Lyall double bass, moog, vocals
Mike Vass fiddle, tenor guitar, vocals

All tracks composed by Louise Bichan and arranged by Louise Bichan with Jennifer Austin, Duncan Lyall, Mike Vass, Su-a Lee, Signy Jakobsdottir and Angus Lyon.

Recorded and produced by Angus Lyon at Watercolour Studio in Ardgour, GloWorm in Glasgow and Grans House in Biggar.
Mixed by Angus Lyon at Grans House.
Mastered by Iain Hutcheon at GloWorm Studio
Manufactured by Golding Products

Photography and layout by Louise Bichan
Group photo by Mike Guest


Funded by Creative Scotland and S&JD Robertson Group Ltd


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Louise Bichan Scotland, UK

Taught by top Orkney fiddler Douglas Montgomery, Bichan has been playing since she was seven. While studying Visual Communications at Glasgow School of Art, she honed her musicianship amid that city’s world-famous session scene, performing with rising stars Rachel Sermanni and Fara, before winning a scholarship to Berklee College’s pioneering music programme in Boston. ... more

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