Dubbed the ‘Scottish Superwoman’ of music, one of Lewis’s finest musical exports is readying herself for a return to the Hebrides this month.
Elsa Jean McTaggart (36), is a multi-instrumentalist, songster and storyteller, and a great grand-daughter of the renowned Scottish painter William McTaggart.
She grew up in Aberfeldy, before her family moved to Lewis. Elsa is a self-taught musician – she is an accomplished vocalist, fiddler, guitarist, and also plays the penny whistle.
Her inspiration comes from life itself, the people she meets and lessons learned. The sister of Miss Irenie Rose, herself now a successful musician, Elsa has always had a distinctive style and sound.
She has performed in a wide variety of venues and musical genres, concerts, theatres, festivals, charities and intercultural events.
Living in Ireland for 10 years provided exposure to an endless supply of talented musicians in the folk and traditional music scene, and Elsa completed an MA in Traditional Irish music in Limerick.
She has also appeared in numerous local television programmes in Ireland and Spain on the strength of her musical talent, for her compositions on the violin and her songwriting.
Her new show is entitled ‘Lassie Will You Go’, and features well-known songs and tunes as well as Elsa’s original music with her anecdotes. She will be accompanied by Gary Lister on piano and piano accordion.
Some reviews of Elsa work are as follows:
“Take songs that stop conversations, a voice that could stop wars and a fiddle that stops at nothing and you have the icon Elsa McTaggart, a talent of live musical charisma and intrepid song-writing.”
“A distinctive voice with the range of a cruise missile (but with more impact), she sends out haunting notes and ethereal harmonies – music peopled by angels and lovers. Elsa’s own commanding lyrics are beautifully soulful, and bursting with considered emotion; her fiddling is vigorous and dynamic. This girl is an incredible talent – big time.”
Catch Elsa at Taigh Dhonnchaidh, Ness on June 14, the Woodlands Centre, Stornoway on June 15, and Carloway Community Hall on June 15.
Tickets can be bought here , or on the door. Shows open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start, and all are welcome.