Kitty McPherson: The Rising Star of Scottish Folk Music
Kitty McPherson is a young singer-songwriter from Edinburgh who has been making waves in the Scottish folk music scene. Her debut album, Wildflowers, was released in March 2023 and has received rave reviews from critics and fans alike. The album showcases her distinctive voice, poetic lyrics and skillful guitar playing, as well as her influences from traditional Celtic music, indie rock and pop.
McPherson started singing and playing guitar at the age of 10, inspired by her grandmother who was a folk singer in the 1960s. She began performing at local pubs and festivals when she was 15, and soon gained a loyal following. She caught the attention of producer Angus Macdonald, who offered to record her first album at his studio in Glasgow. McPherson said she was thrilled to work with Macdonald, who has produced albums for some of her favorite artists, such as Julie Fowlis, Karine Polwart and Frightened Rabbit.
McPherson’s songs are a blend of personal stories, social commentary and folklore. She sings about love, loss, identity, nature and politics with honesty and passion. Some of her songs are based on Scottish legends and myths, such as The Selkie, The Kelpie and The Fairy Queen. She said she likes to explore the connections between the past and the present, and the magic and mystery of her homeland.
McPherson is currently on tour across the UK and Ireland, and plans to perform in Europe and North America later this year. She said she loves to share her music with different audiences and cultures, and hopes to inspire people with her songs. She said she is grateful for the support and encouragement she has received from her family, friends and fans. She said she is living her dream and hopes to continue making music for a long time.
One of the highlights of McPherson’s album is the song Wildflowers, which is also the title track. The song is a tribute to her late mother, who passed away from cancer when McPherson was 18. She said the song was inspired by a memory of her mother taking her to a field of wildflowers when she was a child, and telling her to always follow her dreams. McPherson said the song is a way of honoring her mother’s legacy and expressing her gratitude for her love and guidance.
Another standout song is Freedom, which is a protest song against the oppression and injustice that many people face in the world. McPherson said she wrote the song after witnessing the protests and violence that erupted in Hong Kong in 2022. She said she was moved by the courage and resilience of the protesters, who were fighting for their rights and democracy. She said she wanted to show her solidarity and support for their cause, and to call for peace and freedom for all people.
McPherson has been praised for her originality and talent by many prominent figures in the music industry. She has been nominated for several awards, including the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, the Scottish Music Awards and the Mercury Prize. She has also been featured in several magazines and podcasts, such as Rolling Stone, The Guardian and Folk on Foot. She said she is humbled and honored by the recognition and attention she has received, and hopes to collaborate with some of her musical heroes in the future.