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Ceitidh MacLeod

​A Welsh born Tynesider, ​I moved to Newcastle to study on the Bmus Hons Folk and Traditional Music degree at Newcastle University. I started to combine my two musical outlets – cello and voice. I took influences from the degree, benefiting from a high level of tuition and graduated with a first.​ ​It cemented that my musical style diverged from the traditional folk scene and I forged a niche of my own original material; ​alt.folk cello and singer.

With a smoky style and lo-fi studio sound combined with a contemporary electronic edge, my music is embellished by unusual instrumentation. Combining traditional and alternative folk songs, sitting alongside my own original material which explores topics ranging from illuminating everyday experiences to subjects of deeper self reflection.

I have become increasingly involved in the North East music scene, touring extensively with local musicians such as Martha Hill. This paid work has helped fund my own musical project. I’ve taken input from others, whilst staying true to my own vision and maintaining my creative independence.

I make music because it’s my way of communicating and is an outlet, as well as conveying ideas which I hope people connect with. I have given deep thought to the quality and timbre of my sound, which has led to an unusual but intriguing line up of instruments; cello, voice, vibraphone and synth/electronics.​ ​I have sought advice from peers around me and become part of a thriving musical network in Newcastle. I am determined to continue to make my own music and move forward in my musical career in a way that is financially and emotionally sustainable.

Window Scene - Ceitidh Mac

Music video for ‘Window Scene’ by Ceitidh Mac.
Driver: Olivia Ebuné
Featuring: Ceitidh Mac, Diji Solanke, Jon Barnett, Kuba Ryniewicz, Lauren Stone
Song Credits Ceitidh Mac – Cello/voice
Jamie Cook – Synth
Will Hammond – Vibraphone
Recorded at Blank Studios by Sam Grant Mastered by GKG Mastering
Copyright (C) 2020 Ceitidh Mac.

Professional Highlights

  • 3 independent single releases (Ceitidh Mac) with radio play on BBC Radio 6 Music, BBC Introducing as well as local radio.
  •  Session work with Martha Hill including recording at Maida Vale Studios, and performances such as Latitude Festival. (2019)
  •  Session work with Holy Moly and the Crackers, The Dawdler, Me Lost Me and Ruth Patterson.
  •  Nasty Women Residency in Newcastle with Lady Kitt (2018)