By Stevie Connor.
Chloe Matharu will be releasing her single The Silkie of Sule Skerry on 28th July 2023, in time for her Cambridge Folk Festival debut.
Following the success of her Award winning album, Small Voyages, released in October 2022, Chloe is poised to share her reworking of this traditional Scots ballad. Collaborating with Glasgow based Tomekeeper Productions, she has created an electronic soundscape including field recordings of seal song, sea spray, waves and electronic elements to create an awe inspiring backdrop to her ethereal voice and harp. During this mesmerizing retelling the juxtaposition between electronic and traditional mirrors the contrast between the haunting beauty of this Orcadian ballad and the horror of the story that unfolds.
Chloe is a singer-songwriter and harpist living on the Clyde Coast in West Scotland. She draws inspiration from the natural environment around her, in particular for this song the seals of Skelmorlie on the beach near her home where she has filmed and edited her own music video to accompany this release.
She also draws inspiration from sailing to the remote island communities of Scotland: Orkney, Shetland and the Hebrides, to deliver fuel by oil tanker, during her time as a Navigational Officer in the Merchant Navy.
Chloe Matharu’s purpose in music is to lend a voice to the modern day seafarer; to write a new chapter in maritime folk music.
Chloe is Scottish Indian with cultural roots in the Punjab, Scotland and Wales, and is fascinated by the wealth of traditional music in the UK. She performs original and traditional music in English, Scots and Welsh. Since winning Celtic Music Radio’s Album of the Year in December 2022, Chloe has gone on to win a Danny Award at Celtic Connections in February 2023, has been nominated in the Wales Folk Awards in April 2023, was one of five finalists in Canada’s Goderich Celtic Music Festival Emerging Artist Showcase later that month, and won the Greenock Telegraph’s Live Music Award in May 2023.
16th July Folk on the Lawn, Tintern, Wales
28th July Cambridge Folk Festival, England
29th July EDF, Isle of Benbecula, Scotland
18th + 19th August AMC, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Scotland
10th September Northern Guitars, Leeds, England
7th + 8th October Hartlepool Folk Festival, England
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