Scottish singer records album, performs show

Twenty-year-old Scottish singer/harpist Maeve Gilchrist has been on-island this week, recording her first international solo album, at the Steelgrass Ranch in Kapa‘a.

The recent rainy weather didn’t stop Gilchrist from taking in the sites of the North Shore, visiting the caves in Ha‘ena, perhaps for inspiration.

Gilchrist already has a number of albums out, but only as collaborations with the Maeve Gilchrist Trio.

For this solo album, she is collaborating with classical guitarist and producer Stephen Webber.

Tony Lydgate, producer of the “Power of Music” series, took this opportunity to approach her about a show.

“We invited her to perform a show at the Church of the Pacific while she’s here,” he said. “She’s in the studio recording vocals right now, and will only be here through Sunday.”

But, rain or shine, she and Webber will be performing a show at the Church of the Pacific in Princeville tomorrow at 7 p.m.

Born and raised in Edinburgh, Scotland, Gilchrist was accepted into the prestigious Edinburgh Music School, where she studied classical piano, clarsach and pedal harp when she was only 7 years old. As she grew older, she added jazz vocals to her list of skills.

She has played at events such as the Celtic Connections Festival, at the opening of the Scottish Parliament, and the International Edinburgh Harp Festival.

Gilchrist is currently on break from her studies in folk, jazz and world music at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, to record her album, which is expected to be released next month.

For more information on the show, call 821-1857, or visit www.power-of-music.org.

 Lanaly Cabalo, lifestyle writer, may be reached at 245-3681 (ext. 237) or lcabalo@kauaipubco.com.

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