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Freda Leask & The Shoormal Band

Freda Leask & The Shoormal Band

Freda Leask is a hugely talented singer and songwriter whose solo material is a blend of contemporary and traditional music where carefully arranged, well-known songs mix with original self-penned material. A keen promoter of the Shetland dialect, many of her own compositions are sung in dialect but range in style from contemporary folk to country and gospel. Her songwriting was recently featured on Iain Anderson's BBC Scotland Radio show.

Originator of the highly acclaimed Shetland folk group Shoormal, Freda Leask is perhaps best known for her performances with this band. As a singer and writer she has released two early solo albums and a further three with Shoormal, one of which brought a nomination for the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. Her compositions have received regular airplay in Scotland and internationally. More recently, Freda has been the driving force behind the musical element of the very successful Beacon Christmas Card CD, rallying Shetland musicians to come together in different combinations to produce a top quality product, which has now sold over 80,000 copies worldwide.

Her fellow Shoormal musicians are: Trevor Smith (guitar), Gregg Arthur (keyboards, accordion & vocals), Alice Mullay (keyboards & flute), Jonathan Ritch (bass & vocals) and Archer Kemp (drums).

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