Birichen is the creation of singer Catriona Sutherland, a regular performer across the Highlands. Having headlined the Ice House Jazz Stage at the Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival in both 2017 and 2018, Hush is not only the first commercial release from Catriona but also represents the debut of a different sound.
Hush is the product of several sounds and influences. Brought up listening to Guy Clark, the cover of L.A. Freeway points to the enormous influence that country music has had on Catriona. Gonnae Get Good, a cheeky nod to Scots and written by Catriona, is a joyful contemporary folk song that blends the various influences over recent years on the artist.
Smile In Your Sleep is a raw and touching lullaby evoking the lasting trauma of the Highland Clearances that Catriona grew up singing. The song intertwines with the history of Birichen, and Catriona’s family itself.
Holding On To Each Moment is a poignant and moving song, written by Robert MacDonald. It has been given fresh life with the addition of fiddle, played by Iain-Gordon Macfarlane. This easy-going song evokes a myriad of emotions and allows Catriona’s natural voice to shine through.