Celtic Connections 2013 Danny Kyle Open Stage award winners Gria are; singer Ceitlin L R Smith, Gemma Telfer on accordion, Louise Bichan on fiddle, Lana Elaine on piano and accordion.

Hailing from Shetland, Orkney, Lewis and Northumberland this brand new, Glasgow-based folk group "Gria" form a fantastic cultural mix. Combining traditional, contemporary and self-penned tunes, Gaelic song and songs from the rest of the UK and beyond, with haunting harmonies and weaving melody lines, Gria create an exciting and unique sound.

Lana, Ceitlin and Gemma are students of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (formally the RSAMD) and Louise is a graduate of the Glasgow School of Art, now working as a musician and photographer. All four girls are well rounded performers with a wealth of experience and achievements between them.
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This May, we will be dusting off our football boots ahead of the Orkney Folk Festival’s 'Orkney vs the Rest of the World' football match in Stromness. Training for this has already begun and although it may divide us as a band (Louise will of course be playing for Orkney) we believe a bit of competition isn’t a bad thing, and will try not to be sore losers when we hand over the cup to Orkney…

Oh, and we’ll be playing a few gigs there too!

(Photos by Louise, from the 2010 Orkney Folk Festival. And, yep, that’s festival Director Bob Gibbon, slacking off from the game, on his mobile phone, letting the side down!!!)

We recorded this recently


RCS Scottish Music course students

Ceitlin and Lana’s year at the RCS



A song I recorded recently with Gria

We recorded a song or two for Bees Knees Media in the Arches in Glasgow this evening!

Sound check for the Danny Kyle

Gria with fellow Danny winners, Orcadian duo Graham Low and Jack Kirkpatrick.

Read the article in the Evening Times here.

Gria on the Danny Kyle Open Stage

Celtic Connections Danny Kyle Open Stage winners concert 2013