CD A0138: Sugarcane

Harp music audio CD

CD cover: Sugarcane by ShineIf you need proof that less is more, this is it. With just three voices and two electroharps, Shine produce an album that’s breathtaking, haunting, beautiful and innovative and full of a magic that simultaneously encapsulates and challenges the essence of Scottish music.

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Corrina Hewat: Artist profile & catalogue of works

Tracl Listing & Audio Samples

1 Seinn
2 Alasdair og
3 Sugarcane
- Ali Mcnnes:PRS/MCPS
4 Small wars
-Rick Taylor:PRS/MCPS
5 Braighe Loch Iall
6 Tocher
-words by Robert Burns
7 Heidi/Bothan
-Rory Campbell/traditional: PRS/MCPS
8 Fields of Gold
-Sting:Magnet Publishing Ltd.
9 Who Are You
-Lindsey Black:PRS/MCPS
10 Gloomy Winter
-Words by Robert Tannahill
11 Be Siud
12 Ruidhleadh
13 Gloomy December
-Words by Robert Burns
14 Happed In Mist
- Michael Mara: B.A.T.Music Ltd.
Total running time


CD Notes & Credits

Sleeve Notes

Shine has emerged from the vigorous Scottish music scene. Corrina from the Highlands lived with the Scottish folk tradition but went on to study jazz. Alyth was brought up in the Islands amidst the gaelic tradition but went on to study classical music. Mary was raised in Glasgow and Edinburgh, but with roots in the gaelic culture, studied scottish history and taught herself music.

.... Drawn to Shine through a common need of expression, their own diverse individualities; passionate and challenging; blend together and fuse, to create this unique sound which is Shine.



Alyth McCormack - Vocals
Corrina Hewat -Electro Harp/Vocals
Mary MacMaster - Electro Harp/Vocals


Recorded at Kinky Studio, Edinburgh by Nik Kinloch and at the Sound Cafe, Ninemileburn by Dave Gray
Mixed by Nik Kinloch
Produced by Jim Sutherland
Photos/concepts by Craig Mackay
Design/Artwork by Alister Macinnes at Dubhe
Web design by Al Hewat
Indispensible live sound engineer Mark Whyles

Special Thanks to:

Aidan, David and Donald, Donald, Heather and Amy, Mark, Lenka, Tim, Joe, Willie.

Jonnie Angel,Eric Bibb, The Bongo Club and all who sail in her, The British Council, Camac Harps, Nigel Clarke, Mary Cullen, Folkworks, Dave and Moira Gray, Peter Hagen, Caroline Hewat, Jade Hewat, Horse, Colin Hynd, Laoise Kelly, Angus and Mary Mccormack, Duncan Mccrone,Ian A. Macdonald, Craig and Anita Mackay, Heather Macleod, Morag Macleod, Fin Macrae, Peggy Nicolson, Kristeen Nogues, Llio Rhydderch, Peter Seal, Patsy Seddon, Donald Shaw, Steve and Katie Smith, Andy Thorburn, Karen Tweed.

All tracks traditional arranged by Shine unless otherwise stated. Words to all songs available on Shine's website at:

This CD is dedicated to the memories of Joel Garnier and Davy Steele who made our lives so much richer. 
With love.

Album Information

Instruments: Electric Harps & Voices
Genre: Scottish / Celtic / Folk / Traditional
Format: CD
Our Ref: A0138
Label: Chocolate Records
Year: 2001
Origin: UK

Artist Information and Contact Details

Alyth McCormackAlyth McCormack

'the voice at the leading edge of gaelic song'

Alyth McCormack was brought up amidst the Gaelic singing of the Island of Lewis, in the Scottish Outer Hebrides. She began singing when she was very young and, having been immersed in this culture, decided to study music. She went to college in both Edinburgh and Glasgow and in 1994 graduated from the RSAMD with a degree in Music Performance.

'a voice of such heavenly purity . . . '
The years that followed were spent touring Britain and Europe with various bands. She then began to experiment with other musical genre and to develop the style of Gaelic music she now performs. In 1998 she was invited to Canada to represent Scottish Gaelic for the CBC/BBC television production 'Celtic Electric'. Further television appearances include the BAFTA award winning 'Tacsi' as a solo artist in 1999 and 2000, a Scottish/Irish production for 'Tele nan Gaidhlig' and 'Togaidh sinn fonn'.

'. . . yet tinged with worldly sadness'
She has appeared solo on the German Scottish Folk Festival Tour (Jan'00), at Celtic Connections (Jan'01), the Hebridean Celtic Festival (July'99) and Kaustinen Folk Festival (July'99), the Highland Festival(Jun'00) and also The Edinburgh Festival 2000. This year she will be touring with 'Shine' in Greece, England on Folkworks' 'Sharper than the Thorn' tour, Italy, The Highland Festival, Spain & The West End Festival in Glasgow.

Artist Web Site:

Mary MacMaster

'emotion-bearer of the Scottish tradition'
Mary Macmaster is considered one of the most innovative players of the metal-strung harp in the world today. As a self-taught mistress of the bright golden tones of this instrument, and as a fine singer of Gaelic and Scottish songs, she has contributed to some of the best traditional music to come out of Britain this decade.

'inimitable technique on wire-strung and electroharp'
Mary began her career as half of the harp duo, Sileas, with Patsy Seddon, whom she met while studying Scottish History and Gaelic at the University of Edinburgh. With Patsy, she went on to become a founder member of the highly popular four-piece band,The Poozies, in which she also plays the fantastic Camac electro-harp.

'raw, velvet-toned vocals'
She has worked alongside legendary musicians like Dick Gaughan in the band Clan Alba, with The Scottish Chamber Orchestra on Phil Cunningham's Highlands and Islands Suite; with Jo Freya and Kathryn Locke in a performance of contemporary music commissioned for the Byron Festival in Nottinghamshire, with Mike Travis' Uncharted Territory, a jazz/folk fusion project, and following that same theme, in 1999 she took part in the great Geordie event, Bigfest.


Corrina Hewat - Photo © Louis De CarloCorrina Hewat

'mistress of harmony'
One of the leading harp players in the world today, she has toured Europe, the Far East, America and Canada to rave reviews and regularly appears on radio and television (BAFTA award-winning 'Tacsi', BBC2, 'Demo TV', BBC 2 and Channel 4). Few can boast such a wealth of experience in such a diversity of music. She also has a degree in Jazz and Contemporary Music from the City of Leeds College of Music.

"one of the top harpers in the world"
Corrina has taken the Small Harp to a new level of excellence, combining traditional style music with contemporary attitude. She is in demand as a player, composer, arranger and teacher, and her appeal grows larger as more and more people get to hear and meet her. She has worked in Seannachie (1994 - 1996), Bachue (1995 onwards), Chantan (1996 - 1998), and has done touring and session work with Eric Bibb and Horse MacDonald among others.

"a jazz singer's flexibility, a blues singer's economy, a folk singer's heart"
She is also blessed with a stunningly individual voice, which resonates with years of soaking up Scotland's musical tradition, while exploring contemporary elements and jazz. She is also a composer with three commissions under her belt so far: 'Making the Connection' for Celtic Connections' 'New Voices' 1998, 'Songs of Redshank' for the Highland Festival 1996 and 'Photons in Vapour' for An Tobar, Isle of Mull 2000.

Artist Web Site:

Contact Details John Barrow - Stoneyport Agency
Mobile +44-7968 131 737
Tel +44(131)-539 8238 (Heather MacLeod; Tu-We-Th from 2-6pm)
  +44 (131) 346 8237
Fax +44 (131) 313 2083
Artist Web Site