“Heron Valley - Erie Storm” Press Release
In the quiet, furthest reaching parts of Scotland; authentic, skilful, energetic celtic music has been passed down from generation to generation. Heron Valley capture the iconic sounds of the bothies, village halls and kitchen ceilidhs.
Inspired by their previous three tours of the USA, the band have been developing their sound, shaped by the people they have met and the beautiful lands they have encountered.
The history of the Great Highland Bagpipe, the Irish banjo, the West Coast fiddle mixed with the driving accompaniment of the piano and guitar are just some of the aural delights you will experience, captured in their latest release, “Erie Storm”.
With a mixture of traditional Scots and original songs, Abigail Pryde tells stories from the places we were born. From the rugged Atlantic islands of the Outer Hebrides, to the mystical hills of Argyll.
These musicians are passionate about their heritage and showcase the culture, language, sounds and stories of their homeland in their music. Let Heron Valley transport you to the heartlands of Scotland, through their dynamic performance of the ancient sounds of their home.
Heron Valley are an energetic, traditional band from Scotland who have serious enthusiasm for the music they play. Their roots lie in Scottish and Irish traditional music, including traditional Scots song and Scottish piping tunes and irish banjo. The five-piece, energy fuelled group comprises Abigail Pryde on Fiddle and Vocals, Keith Morrison on Keys, Nick Hamilton on Banjo and Guitar, Kyle Howie from the Red Hot Chilli Pipers on Bagpipes and Whistles, and Callum Cronin on Bass and Guitar.
Their inception as a folk band began in 2014, after spending the first few years of their musical careers perfecting their craft as a young ceilidh dance band. In 2018 they formed the line up you now know, when they embarked on their first tour of the USA.
Coming from vastly different areas of Scotland ( Dundee, Lewis, Argyll, Glasgow and Stirling ) you are sure to hear an excellent story or two from Heron Valley, and maybe even some Scots language lessons!
In 2015 the band released their first single and music video, a set of tunes, ‘Pressed for Time’. The storyline takes the band from performing out on a moving boat on the beautiful Loch Fyne in Argyll, to their journey to and performance at a gig in a local dance hall. This was extremely well received and racked up 85K views, with people all over the world purchasing the single.
A year later, they released their second single and video ‘Home’. This time, they set off at 3AM to climb up Beinn an Lochainn, a hill in the west coast of Scotland residing beside the Rest and Be Thankful, a stunning area with many a story itself. The video sees this journey from bottom to top and shows them playing on cliff edges in the beautiful area where Abigail grew up.
From this, the band set of to the USA and EU and continued to release more music including their debut album ‘Roam’, single ‘Take You There’, single ‘Springburn, just shy of Ireland’, and EP ‘ Erie Storm’.
The five-piece, energy fuelled group comprises:
Abigail Pryde - Fiddle/Vocals
Keith Morrison - Keys
Kyle Howie - Whistles/Bagpipes
Callum Cronin - Bass/Guitar
Nick Hamilton - Banjo/Guitar