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Award-winning fiddler, tutor and composer Marie Fielding will release her impassioned fourth album on June 26.
With the majority of its 10 tracks played in full for the first time during the recording process, The Spectrum Project, celebrates being ‘in the moment’ and captures the raw energy and emotion synonymous with the music making process, while allowing Marie’s intuitive and versatile playing to take its rightful place centre stage.
The Spectrum Project is a complete story from start to finish, with Marie revisiting the opening track from an altered perspective at the album’s close, allowing the journey to feel circular with a spectrum of moods and emotions expressed by Marie throughout.
The organic approach to making this album has allowed Marie to fully articulate her creative authenticity, bringing her distinct storytelling fiddling to the fore.
‘I recorded this album in an attempt to be as true to myself and my sound as possible, thereby discovering more about my ability, limitations and stamina as a soloist,’ she said.
‘Throughout the process, I focused on mood and response, rather than rehearsing, planning and aiming for perfection.’
Various compositions in the collection are inspired by places Marie has explored musically and captured artistically through her paintings and photography, such as Aran Islands and Connemara Reel.
While others are dedicated to people that have touched her life. Marie also revisits Brattfors i Brunt, from her debut album, Executive Club, sharing the melody with Tom Orr on piano for a fresh approach.
A lecturer in fiddle and performance at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Marie can be heard playing fiddle, five-string fiddle and hardanger fiddle on the album, and is responsible for composing the majority of the tunes, as well as mixing and producing the record.
Having been immersed in traditional music from an early age, Marie has collaborated with many celebrated musicians over the years and guested on countless albums, radio and TV programmes.
She is joined on The Spectrum Project by Tom Orr on harmonium and piano. The fresh energy of Luc D McNally can be heard on guitar, while the recognisable style of Donogh Hennessy on guitar can be heard on Gracie’s Lullaby. The Spectrum Project was recorded over two days at Castlesound Studios by Stuart Hamilton.
The organic, flowing feel of this album is also expressed through its artwork. A painting by Marie using acrylics and textures brings the journey of this body of work to life visually.
The Spectrum Project will be released on June 26 and will be available to download, stream and on CD.