skimmerin' (2009)


Skimmerin' is a Scots word listed in Chambers's Scots Dictionary as having eighteen different meanings including "shimmering or glittering".

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strange rainbow | skimmerin' | 2009 Mirror Image Recordings | available from


The team who came together to make skimmerin' are -

harp - Catriona McKay

live electronics - Alistair MacDonald

sounds - Battlehill Woods, the Deveron & Bogie rivers, Dummuie wind farm, the North Sea and forests in far away places

photography - Robert Dow & Lucy Kendra

design - Lucy Kendra

text - Angus Peter Campbell

titles - George MacDonald

filming - Seamus Egan

team support - Deveron Arts, Huntly


strange rainbow |salted with fire| skimmerin'

STRANGE RAINBOW is a project by Scotland's dynamic and innovative traditional style harpist Catriona McKay and electronic music guru Alistair MacDonald.

STRANGE RAINBOW play in imaginary worlds where the familiar dissolves into the unfamiliar.

This is a very deliberate meeting of traditions. Catriona McKay plays a customised clarsach (Scottish Harp) with sounds processed by Alistair MacDonald's laptop, along with soundscapes drawn from the environment.

As a duo they make music that seems at once dislocated and greatly concerned with roots and connections; a rendering of traditional language refracted through contemporary performance technique, and then again through the transformations of live electronics to explore new, unimagined colours.

Catriona McKay 2020