Released 20 January 2023, Hert is Catriona’s debut album.
Hert (Orcadian Scots for ‘Heart’) is a suite in nine movements for nine musicians. Inspired by George Mackay Brown’s iconic Orcadian writing, Catriona chose seven more Orcadian writers to represent the contrasting perspective making up the rich tapestry of Orkney life – the non-stereotypical characters that may not immediately spring to mind when thinking of a small island community. These include Pam Beasant, George Mackay Brown, Kevin Cormack, Harry Josephine Giles, Yvonne Gray and Margaret Tait. Hert sets work from these poets to music, and also includes two instrumentals inspired by books written by Luke Sutherland and Laura Watts.
Hert encapsulates Catriona’s collaborative nature, and features performances from some of Scotland’s most renowned and respected musicians, including Seonaid Aitken (violin & vocals), Sarah Leonard (viola), Alice Allen (cello), Sarah Hayes (flutes, vocals), Esther Swift (harp, vocals), Tom Gibbs (piano, nord), Andrew Robb (double bass), and Owen Williams (drums).
The album was produced, recorded and mixed by double MPG award winning producer Fiona Cruickshank at Castlesound Studios.