My folks have always told me I have more a face for radio than I do TV. I also don’t like associating myself with my writing to any great degree (as I’m no brand – I think I’m still scarred by the kickstarter promotion). So doing a recorded interview is a step toward bravery for me but I just couldn’t pass it up for these two amazing, enchanting and quick of wit folks.
I had the great pleasure and opportunity to bend the ear of the enchanting Julia Jeffery (from Stonemaiden Art) and the captivating Gillian Chadwick (from the band Ex Reverie) about their joint project titled Isobel Gowdie. Its part Prog rock gorgeousness and part captivating Artwork, and it’s no secret I’m a great fan.
Isobel Gowdie is a fantastic character from Scottish folk lore (who they discuss in depth). We meander together through the birth of the album concept, how the collaboration came about – by way of freak weather conditions, broken relationships and Isobel herself taking a tithe — and end in speaking about the relevance Isobel has today.
The interview is layered with tracks from the new album as Julia and Gillian discuss them. It was a delight to hear two lovely people discuss their project so candidly and a delight to listen to. Sadly we never did get round to talking about the fourth part of Isobel’s confession but we would have made the interview a lot less PG rated.
The featured image above is by Julia and its Isobel, taken from the front cover of the album art.
I do end up asking that fatal question “woman of today“. I’d like to clarify that Isobel can be an inspiration to anyone, not matter how you identify. Apologies for my oversight on that one!