Hesu, translates to 'Spirit' or 'essence of music' from Ewegbe; spoken in parts of West Africa. The band formed in 2005 as the first resident band of Pan African Arts Scotland
and recorded an album after their name sake. Hesu currently operates with a core of
three musicians with an additional two musicians; to create a flexible repertoire of fusion music. Our music comprises a rich blend of traditional and contemporary African,
Scottish and Irish music with a hint of jazz and calypso. Hesu brings diverse cultural experience to bear in creating uplifting rhythms, melodies and harmonies from the combined sound of bazouki, hang, saxophone, guitar, vocal harmonies, mbira, djembe, sogo and other African percussion instruments.
Previous gigs have included;
BBC Children and Need, Stirling St Andrew's Church, Edinburgh Festival
May Day, Glasgow Green Glasgow Mela and Edinburgh Mela
St Andrew's in the Square, Glasgow Tramway, Glasgow
Auld Kirk Museum and Canal Boat Festival Irvine Folk Club... and many more
To find out about performances, book Hesu, or buy a CD please go to: Contact me
More recently I have been performing regularly with harpist and fellow singer/songwriter Pauline Vallance, as the duo 'Witches Brew'. We formed in November 2012 after we collaborated on the song 'Spirit of Lochwinnoch' written by local playwright and author Franzeska Ewart. We discovered a mutual love of Scottish and Irish traditional song, rich harmonies, quirky arrangements and songwriting skills. Witches Brew has performed at the Star Folk Club, Houston Folk Club, Danny Kyle Open Stage at Adelaide's in Glasgow and the Speigle Tent Paisley, and local venues during Lochwinnoch Arts Festival; where we recently supported Largs Gaelic Choir.
We are looking forward to more performances using a variety of instruments including; guitar, flute, bazouki, clarsach and a range of traditional and modern African instruments.
"A night of brilliant folk music by local duo Witches' Brew."
Councillor Andy Doig, Gryffe Advertizer
'Very professional stage presence and great audience rapport...' will always work , and work well no matter what country they are in.' 'Great musicality and work well on their own or as a duo.'... ' Very interesting material and good delivery.'
Danny Kyle Open Stage judges
For performance information or to book Witches Brew please go to: Contact Me