CANADIAN/American musician Devon Sproule will be returning to Shetland with her band this spring – three years after her last visit – as part of a tour for her new album Gold String.
The critically-acclaimed 34-year-old worked on some of the material while staying in Culswick on Shetland’s west side in the summer of 2014. She has previously performed at Mareel, the Garrison Theatre and the Cullivoe and Bixter public halls.
Sproule rounds off a 12-date full band tour of the UK, which also includes her first show in Orkney, with a live performance at Quarff Hall on Friday 7 April.
She says: “I was staying in a tiny house all by myself, on a windy island out in the North Sea. My daily human contact was waving to afarmer while he trained his nine-month-old sheepdog, Jan, for a herding competition.
“I had a little map of the ruins in the area, but I never really felt like it. I was gravitating toward the more modest plants and birds, considering all the people in my life. Everything seemed hyper-connected.
“So I postponed dinner — which is always easy because I can’t cook — and begin to write these long, long lines of lyrics. They were way less laboured than usual, less chiselled into a meter. But I found that if I narrowed the melody to a few notes — almost like a chant — the ideas began to string themselves together. That song became The Gold String.”
Gold String, due for release in late March, is described as “North American music with weirdo roots” and was recorded in three different Canadian provinces – Yukon, Ontario and Nova Scotia – and the short, lush LP features backing from Toronto dream-poppers Bernice.
Become a supporter of Shetland News
Shetland News is asking its many readers to consider start paying for their dose of the latest local news delivered straight to their PC, tablet or mobile phone.
Journalism comes at a price and because that price is not being paid in today’s rapidly changing media world, most publishers - national and local - struggle financially despite very healthy audience figures.
Most online publishers have started charging for access to their websites, others have chosen a different route. Shetland News currently has over 530 supporters who are all making small voluntary financial contributions. All funds go towards covering our cost and improving the service further.
Your contribution will ensure Shetland News can: -
- Bring you the headlines as they happen;
- Stay editorially independent;
- Give a voice to the community;
- Grow site traffic further;
- Research and publish more in-depth news, including more Shetland Lives features.
If you appreciate what we do and feel strongly about impartial local journalism, then please become a supporter of Shetland News by either making a single payment or monthly subscription.
Support us from as little as £3 per month – it only takes a minute to sign up. Thank you.Support Shetland News