Our new musician in residence, Kate Young, of Kate in the Kettle is spending time with the physic garden plants this summer. Her new project explores herbs and she partook in our foundation in plant medicine course in 2014, where her monograph on betony, a lesser scientifically studied plant, but fairly revered in traditional medical herbalism, took her to perform a piece on the betony herb in its bed at the physic garden.
Since then, Kate has undergone a large commission of music composition from Celtic Connections where she wrote a new repertoire of music – songs and string quintet arrangement entirely inspired by medicinal plants, and the folkloric history which surrounds them. She dug deep into texts of different herbalists, stories and accounts of plant uses in Scotland, and wove in her own experiences with the herbs.
She performed this live in Celtic Connections (New Voices concert) in Glasgow Royal Concert Halls in January 2016, and then again in Sweden with a string-only line-up. Some of this music is sampled here
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d6wYPzIlxxI www.kateyoungmusic.com http://www.twitter.com/kateyoungmeaw
(@kateyoungmeaw) https://t.co/Z8V8D4T5YA (review in Scotsman)
Interview about the commission in The Herald http://m.heraldscotland.com/news/14226339.A_firework_of_nature__interview_with_Kate_Young__Celtic_Connections_New_Voices_composer/