Scotland Trip …

Did I have a wonderful time visiting friends, traveling, camping, sailing, and playing music in Scotland with my daughter Leyla for 18 days this summer? Why, yes, I really freaking did!

Our first day in Scotland we drove to Oban on the west coast with a crowd of my best friends, stayed in a mansion and played a concert to some lovely folks. Here’s us at the top of the hill by Glencruittan House.


Then back to Glasgow for a house concert at my pal Mark’s house.


The next weekend I played Solas fest in Perthshire, a house concert in Edzell Woods. We went camping and sailing …


My sis-in-law Cassandra and I had an evening of song and stitching at the Rio Cafe for the West End Festival. Here’s a pic from the Scotland Herald.



Played the Balmaha Food and Drink Festival, and an acoustic evening with my cousin Eilidh on harmonies …



Here’s Eilidh and I …


I had such an incredible time in my homeland this year.  Leyla and I got to spend such a good time with my family and friends and visit so many beautiful places. Best of all was meeting folks after the gigs – the man at Solas Fest who told me my songs were all about his life, the conversation with my uncle’s neighbor about life and loss and redemption and the songs from the concert that were “important” to him, the lady at my album release who told me through tears about her life and how she could relate to my story, the old friend I met when I played at the rehab center – hearing about her journey was so incredible and inspiring. I am so thankful that I get to play my songs to these folks, and that music opens up the doors for us to share our lives with each other. Super-privilaged I am. (That was a Yoda sentence)



23 thoughts on “Scotland Trip …”

  1. Hi Esther. I bumped into you at the Solas Festival this summer when I was on my way to listen to your new album. You asked if we had met before. My friend Alistair Young in telling me of your background in Dumbarton reckons that our paths may indeed have crossed.

    Anyway….. A note to say that I am really enjoying your music. There is great power and depth in your work. You and Leonard Cohen (what a pair you are!) are the only two to reduce me to tears. Your song Bravest Woman perfectly put into words what I could not say about the death of a colleague earlier this year. Back to Life has some superb songs – you have hit some hard travelling and good to hear that you are back.

    When you are next over – I would love to get a gig going in Dumfries.

    John Sturgeon

    1. Thanks John – yes I remember bumping into you in the tent area at the festival. I’m so glad you like the new cd. Would love to come to Dumfries next summer when I come to tour. I saw you “liked” us on FB. Feel free to contact me with gig ideas for when I’m over next year 🙂

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