-review from the United Nations FAO CASA GAZETTE, Rome, Italy.
"Christina Harrison is petite but probably has more voice and presence per cubic inch than anyone else on the planet..."
-Ian Bruce, Scottish artist.
Christina is a singer/songwriter from Glasgow, Scotland and has sung before live audiences most of her life. Before extending her music career to the USA she was the lead singer in both a traditional bluegrass and a jazz band in London. She received classical voice training from Bill Ibbotson, the pianist for the great conductor, Sir Malcolm Seargent and his orchestra and Isabel Bailey, the Opera star.
She has received applause in dozens of cities internationally including, London where she appeared in musicals at the Westminster Central Hall and the famous Royal Albert Hall, London. Her repertoire is beautifully versatile featuring original, contemporary and traditional folk songs from Ireland, Scotland and America.
Christina tours Europe and Canada and performs as a headliner at many major Celtic festivals in the USA. She is one of the few female soloists, and one of the favourite's on the Celtic circuit and has released 5 cds on her own label "Glenanne Music" label.
In June 2000, she recorded her latest traditional Scottish cd, "Lassie Wi' The Lint-white Locks" in Auchterarder, Perthshire, Scotland with some of Scotland's finest and famed musicians; Marc Duff founder of Capercaille, Tony McManus, Iain Fraser, Ian Lowthian and Ian Bruce (producer).
Previously she released her cd of originals, (many of which scored highly in the Billboard Song Contest, of 1999) "Someday I'm Going Home"; recorded and produced by Rich Adler at Suite 2000 in Nashville, with some of the world's finest backing musicians, including Eric Rigler who can be heard playing the Uilleann pipes on the soundtracks of Braveheart, Devil's Own and Titanic. Her superb voice can also be heard on radio internationally and on her earlier recordings, "Exiles", "Bonnie Scotland I Adore Thee", "Wee Folk Songs", and "Fragments."
Favorable reviews of these recordings in publications like Dirty Linen (Baltimore) and Folk Roots (U.K.) and the support of a wide network of fans have enabled her to open for acts such as: THE CHIEFTAINS, CHERISH THE LADIES, CLANDESTINE, GENE VINCENT, CHARLIE BYRD and SEVEN NATIONS and she shares the stage with acts such as Frances Black, Delores Keanes, Natalie MacMaster, The Clancy Brothers, Sharon Shannon, Black 47 and Bonnie Rideout.
LASSIE WI' THE LINT -WHITE LOCKS:
RADIO TAY SCOTLAND
"A delightful album of folk orientated songs. Christina has a very distinctive voice and brings a clear and bright edge to a well chosen programme. Her choice of backing musicians is first class with a number of fine solo flourishes adding to the overall quality of the album. A lot of thought and attention to detail makes this album a refreshing addition to the folk music collection."
"US based Scottish singer with a powerful and striking voice and some well chosen songs comes home to record with some of Scotland's finest (IanIanIan), Tony McManus, Marc Duff."
"Admire the detail in her tone like you admire a great painting. She can wave a tale that bristles with magic. Truly heartwarming. Highly recommended."
"I've long enjoyed the singing of Christina Harrison and always felt she was destined for greater heights. Her sprightly voice, her commitment to the songs, her ability to communicate with listeners - these are things which have always appealed to me. On this album she's combined these elements, the added something special extra to create her best release to date."
THE SCOTS MAGAZINE
"Christina's vocal skills take us back to the days of Mary Queen of Scots..."
"Harrison is a bright-voiced vocalist who can sound as intense or as playful as her material. Her honest and unaffected singing is backed by notable friends."
"You can't but listen to her voice if you hear it, and you can't but love her voice if you listen to it. That is because Christina, having grown up in the idiom, is so able to use it expressively."
THE SANTA FE GUITAR QUARTET
"You are like good wine, always getting better over the years..." Eric Slavin
RAMBLES Cultural arts Magazine
"Spinning Christina Harrison's latest work, Lassie wi' the Lint-white Locks, is like bringing a piece of Scottish heritage right to your ear. With Ian Bruce on percussion and backup vocals, Iain Fraser on fiddle and viola, Ian Lowthian playing the accordion, Tony McManus on back up guitar and bass, and Marc Duff with his bodhran and various whistles and recorders, a splendid collection of twelve songs are presented for the sheer pleasure of the listener."
Liner Notes written by Ian Bruce - Scottish artist and producer.
"Christina Harrison is petite but probably has more voice and presence per cubic inch than anyone else on the planet. During my many trips to U.S.A., where she now resides, I've come to know her, and her husband Bill, rather well. We often trade ideas over 'moderate' quantities of food and drink. It was the slightest suggestion from Chris that I produce, for her, an album and record it in her native Scotland, that had me jumping in with my size elevens. Within a couple of bites of spare rib we had agreed the time and place: End of June and into July 2000, The Old Dairy, Auchterarder, near Perth, Scotland.
I arranged a band of the finest Scots' musicians to come and do the business. The songs were chosen, arranged and finally, in a three-day recording spurt, digitally recorded. It was all done 'live' in the studio, except for the odd overdub. The energy created by this method, over the very ploddy multi-tracking option, will just set your speakers alight.
When you have Tony McManus on guitar and bass, Ian Lowthian on accordion, Marc Duff on whistles, recorder, bouzouki and bodhran, Iain Fraser on fiddle and viola and Chris on vocal, you can be pretty sure that something quite special is about to emerge. (By the way, I forgot to mention that I did backing, and some lead, vocals, guitar and djembe.) My already high expectations were surpassed.
Thank you for buying this CD. You have endorsed all our efforts. Fear not, you WILL be rewarded. PLAY IT NOW, and again, and again and........
One of Chris' previous albums is called "Some Day I'm Going Home". Well.....this time she's done it.
Ian M. Bruce "
Check out the artist's website:
1. Captive Song of Mary Stuart
2. Women of Dundee
3. Norland Wind
4. The Bonnie Wee Lassie's Answer
5. Hills of Admorn
6. Yowie' Wi' the Crookit Horn
7. Jute Mill Song
8. Blue Bleezin' Blind Drunk
9. Orkney Anthem
10. Sheath and Knife
11. Rantin' Rovin Robin
12. Lassie Wi' the Lint-white Locks