Josie Duncan at Edinburgh FC / EFC
Josie Duncan is a captivating folk-inspired songwriter and an award-winning singer from the Isle of Lewis. With a voice that radiates warmth and vulnerability, Josie effortlessly weaves together soulful melodies and heartfelt lyrics, enthralling audiences worldwide.
Growing up surrounded by the rich musical heritage of Lewis, Josies passion for music was ignited at an early age. Inspired by the folk traditions passed down through generations, she immersed herself in the captivating stories and melodies that defined her homeland's cultural tapestry.
Josie's extraordinary talent and dedication to her craft have not gone unnoticed. In 2017, she received widespread recognition when she won the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award, this accomplishment solidified her position as a rising star in the contemporary folk scene. She has since gone on to receive AirPlay on prime time radio and in 2020 created a brand new work for Celtic Connections prestigious New Voices Commission followed by an album of self-penned songs.
Embracing her creative spirit, Josie fearlessly dives into explorations of self-discovery in her songwriting. With lyrics that resonate deeply, her introspective compositions capture a kaleidoscope of emotions, from longing and introspection to joy and empowerment. Her authenticity and vulnerability shine through in every note, leaving listeners spellbound. Whether performing on stage or in an intimate setting, Josie's powerful stage presence and evocative storytelling transport audiences to a place of pure musical bliss.
With flawless vocal control and a true connection to her art, she expertly navigates through a diverse repertoire. Josie Duncan's magnetic artistry, combined with her innovative storytelling, continue to captivate audiences. With her unwavering dedication to crafting exquisite music, there is no doubt that she is destined to leave an indelible mark on the folk music landscape.
Josie Duncan (****), better known as a traditional singer, presented a sequence of catchy folk-pop songs, couched in nicely textured accompaniments from a fine eight-piece band, including mellow strings from Lauren MacColl and Alice Allen, Admiral Fallows Louis Abbott on drums and saxophonist Matt Carmichael. Theres no lack of ambition evident when you title your opener The Universe, a catchily cosmic little number. Duncans thoughtful, conversational lyrics wound on in Evil Plan, with its thumb piano chimes from percussionist Signy Jakobsdottir, and closed, appropriately enough, with the upbeat exuberance of The Finish Line. (Jim Gilchrist, Scotsman, Celtic Connections 2021).
Proms in the Park, Glasgow Green
The evenings stand-out vocalist, however, was also probably its youngest: Josie Duncan from Lewis, winner of the 2017 BBC Radio 2 Folk Award alongside Spanish guitarist Pablo Fuente. The duo were joined by Kinross fiddler Charlie Stewart in a brief but dazzling trio arrangement of Bonnie House of Airlie, topped off by Duncans effortlessly pure, supple vocals. It felt like a fresh breeze of simplicity blowing through the evenings more opulent offerings. (Scotsman, Sept 2017)
Ukrainian Community Centre (View)
14 Royal Terrace
Edinburgh EH7 5AB
|Kid Friendly: Yes!|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|
UCC has relatively easy access for wheelchair users. There's a portable ramp to enable the wheelchair to get past 3-4 steps from the street to the main door. Once inside everything is on the same level (ground floor) - performance room, bar and disabled-friendly toilets.