Biography (short)

Louise Bichan is a USA-based Scottish musician and photographer who uses both mediums to tell stories old and new. Growing up in the remote but culturally rich Orkney islands, a place where creativity abounds and playing music has been a part of the social fabric for centuries, gave Louise a solid grounding in music.

Masterfully blending traditional and classical arrangements, her music is thoughtful, and complex, curious and playful. She composes in response to her roots and the world around her; weaving through stories of connection, to people, nature, the past and the possibility of the future.

Biography (long)

Louise Bichan is a USA-based Scottish musician and photographer who uses both mediums to tell stories old and new.

Growing up in the remote but culturally rich Orkney islands, a place where creativity abounds and playing music has been a part of the social fabric for centuries, gave Louise a solid grounding in music. She started playing fiddle at the age of 7 after witnessing the magic of live music: “I remember the butterflies in the tummy feeling when watching concerts at the Orkney Folk Fest as a kid, wanting to be a part of it all.” The sense of community and belonging it gave her was infectious; she pestered her parents to let her learn.

In the years since, she has honed her craft, first amongst the cream of Scottish folk at Glasgow’s renowned session scene and performances with talent like Orkney group Fara and award-winning singer-songwriter Rachel Sermanni, before a scholarship to Berklee College of Music, Boston, where she developed her style further.

Masterfully blending traditional and classical arrangements, her music is thoughtful, and complex, curious and playful. She composes in response to her roots and the world around her; weaving through stories of connection, to people, nature, the past and the possibility of the future.

Press

"Sketching with sound in a way that is truly cinematic...stately chamber music, evoking travel and turmoil with savage beauty." ★★★★★ Northern Sky

“Powerful and evocative” ★★★★ Sunday Express

"This is a truly beautiful piece of art." ★★★★ Songlines Magazine

"Wistful and heartfelt." ★★★ The Guardian

"A stand out talent"  Darol Anger

Honours

2022 Freshgrass Festival & Berklee American Roots Program Bluegrass Concerto commission (with Corner House)

2019 Making Tracks Fellowship

2019 Berklee College of Music String Department Chair Award

2017 Berklee College of Music American Roots Award

2015 Berklee College of Music Worldwide Scholarship Tour Award

2015 BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician Award semi-finalist

2005 Ronnie Aim Memorial Prize for composition

Discography

Louise Bichan The Lost Summer (Adhyâropa Records) 2024
Hildaland Sule Skerry (Adhyâropa Records) 2023
Ethan Setiawan Gambit (Adhyâropa Records) 2023
Corner House
How Beautiful It's Been 2022
Corner House
Caribou Party 2021
Between Islands
Between Islands 2020
Bellwether
EP 2020
Making Tracks
2019 Live Tour 2020
Martin Butler
Poems and Songs from the Woodlands Edge 2020
Louise Bichan & Ethan Setiawan
Self Titled EP 2019
Peter Eldridge, Kenny Werner
Somewhere (Rosebud Music) 2019
Corner House
Smart Folks 2019
Corner House Corner House 2018


Various Un-Herd Volume 61  2017
Louise Bichan Out of My Own Light 2016
Orkney Folk Festival
Fiddle Gathering 2016
Fara
EP 2014
God Help The Girl God Help The Girl (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (Milan) 2014
Richy Carey All at Sea 2013
French Wives Dreams of the Inbetween (Electric Honey) 2012
Rachel Sermanni Underneath Mountains (Middle of Nowhere) 2012, Eggshells single (Middle of Nowhere) 2012, Blackcurrents (Middle of Nowhere) 2012, Bothy Sessions (Middle of Nowhere) 2011
Skalder
Cora 2009
Hadhirgaan
Keep it Up 2003

Out of My Own Light

Louise's first release depicts the story of Margaret Tait's 1950 voyage to Canada and back, in order to decide between two suitors. Retracing her steps, some 60 years later, Louise tells the story of her late Grandmother through original music, photography and video.

The Lost Summer

Adhyâropa Records

The 5th of April 2024 will see the release of a new record of instrumentals, featuring Ethan Setiawan on mandolins, Brendan Hearn on cello and Conor Hearn on guitar, with some special guest musicians.

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Booking

Louise is currently booking performances with Ethan Setiawan on mandolin and octave mandolin, Conor Hearn on guitar and Brendan Hearn on cello.

Sassafrashill Productions

louise@sassafrashillproductions.com

Tech rider

Download a stage plot/tech rider for Louise Bichan with Brendan, Conor and Ethan here.

Louise would love the ability to project video and images during the show, should that be a possibility. Ideally, imagery could be projected over the heads of the band, who would all be seated for the performance. A laptop could be provided, to play the videos from, or a USB drive with the necessary files.

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