Josie Vallely

Location: Scotland
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Quinie, aka Josie Vallely, is based in Glasgow. She sings primarily in Scots, with a style inspired by the traditions of Scottish Traveller singers Lizzie Higgins (1929-1993) and her mother Jeannie Robertson (1908 –1975). Quinie’s experiments with composition and vocal techniques create a dialogue between pipe music and voice. Her work has a strong sense of place rooted in an imagined Scotland.

Recent work includes ‘Thyme Piobaireachd’, which will be released on Cafe Oto’s Takuroku Label in April. The piece builds on her work exploring the vocalisation of piping traditions. Working in collaboration with percussionist Laurie Pitt on snare drum, the work is an exploration of the solo voice in dialogue with the compositional structure of the Piobaireachd.


Things that happen every year in a cycle

Exploratory Scottish folk artist Quinie (Josie Vallely) bursts her practice wide open, exploring and investigating the cultural context of Nawken (Scottish Traveller) song, her own cultural context in the rhythm of a year, and the dialogue between traditions that produces new work. Read more
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Q&A Quinie & Roshni Gallagher with Alasdair Campbell


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