Since forming in 2011 all girl band Dorec-a-belle have taken their unique sound to many parts of Scotland, including major festivals, and are now set to perform in the Islands for Isles FM at the Woodlands, Stornoway on June 13th.
This is the first time the four piece band have performed together on Lewis, member Liza Mulholland has island connections through her mother’s family, with a granny from Calbost, South Lochs, and Shen from Melbost, Point.
She said: “I have many happy childhood summer holidays spent with grandparents and other relatives, including the late Melbost Bard, Murdo MacFarlane (my grandfather’s first cousin but brought up as brothers).
She added: “I have also worked on Lewis making Gaelic-language documentary programmes for BBC Scotland, in my Inverness-based production company, Metagama Productions, including a profile documentary on the life and work of Murdo, the Bard.
“However, this visit is all about music and we’re all really looking forward to sharing our songs with folk on the island in the lovely Woodlands Centre.”
In October 2014 the girls released their Creative Scotland-supported debut album, Listen.
And the band’s songs have been getting airplay on BBC Radio Scotland’s Iain Anderson Show, Moray Firth Radio, Amazing Radio, Celtic Music Radio, Dunoon FM, Loch Broom FM, Nevis FM, UK Country Radio, and online stations.
With all the girls being classically-trained musicians, and serving musical apprenticeships in country, cajun, folk, jazz and blues line-ups, each of the band members: Imke Henderson - Cello and Vocals; Bev Fraser - Sax, Flute and Vocals; Liza Mulholland - Accordian, Piano and Vocals and Maryann Frew - Guitar and Vocals, each bring diverse influences and experience to their potent melting pot of music.
They have forged a sound that is vocally beautiful, musically intricate and strikingly textured, coupled with catchy, memorable songs that soar from gentle and delicate, to powerful and immensely danceable.
Now, with additional freelance drummer and double bass player to further enhance their sound, Dorec-a-belle are poised to take the next step in their development.
Catch them if you can at the Woodlands Centre on June 13th at 8pm.