Proud to see Heather using her Harmony seat as she launched her debut album “Nae Sweets for Shy Bairns” at the Piping Centre as part of Celtic Connections 25th Anniversary festival. The tracks she played from the album also featured percussion and guitar from Tia Files and guest vocals and harp from producer Corrina Hewat. Playing to a packed audience Heather enthralled with an exquiste mix of rhythm and harmony, her music bringing a twist to tradition. The mix of instrumental and vocals brings a new dimension to the music emphasising the diversity of the instrument. Heather is due to tour with her album in June this year.
“you’d be as well to sit and listen as her harp gets seriously groovy. The final track on the intriguingly-titled Nae Sweets For Shy Bairns is a collage of recorded fragments, balmy night sounds and eerie vocals, over which Heather plays a gentle soothing air, almost a lullaby. Not the ending I expected, but there is almost nothing predictable about this CD: it will open your eyes and amaze your ears. A must-have for harp fans.” Review by Alex Monaghan http://www.livingtradition.co.uk/
“In her debut album; Nae Sweets For Shy Bairns, Heather holds nothing back in her fresh, feisty approach to her harp playing. The album features self-penned tunes and songs such as the dark ‘Stalky Nightmare’ and rhythmic ‘William The Conqueror’ as well as a gentler sound in ‘Under The Stars’ which features a soundscape created from a field recording on a recent trip to Europe. Heather also honours the traditional with her arrangement of ‘Neil Gow’s Lament For The Death Of His Second Wife’ and her ‘harp take’ of Piobaireachd with Donald MacLeod’s ‘Field Of Gold’. The album also features percussion and guitar from Tia Files and guest vocals from producer Corrina Hewat.” http://folking.com/heather-downie-announces-her-first-solo-album/