Christina Harrison Award Winning Folk/Celtic/Singer/Songwriter Maryland State Arts Council 2007 Individual Artist Award Recipient for Music Composition
“Christina Harrison is petite but probably has more voice and presence per cubic inch than anyone else on the planet...” Ian Bruce, Scottish artist. Christina is a singer/songwriter from Glasgow, Scotland, with Irish and Scottish parentage and has sung before live audiences most of her life. Before extending her music career to the USA she was the lead singer in both a traditional bluegrass and a jazz band in London. She received classical voice training from Bill Ibbotson, the pianist for the great conductor, Sir Malcolm Sargent and his orchestra and Isabel Bailey, the Opera star. She studies periodically under Cari Cole in New York City, who recently made the nominee ballot for best female vocalist for the 2004 Grammys. She has received applause in dozens of cities internationally including, London where she appeared in musicals at the Westminster Central Hall and the famous Royal Albert Hall, London. In her youth Christina formed her own folk band, 'The Mustard Seed', which performed throughout Britain. As a soloist she did a twenty-seven-town tour in Norway and sang in Germany, France, Switzerland, Spain, Sweden and Austria. Christina produced, directed and played the lead role in an original musical, "Sitting on the Fence", which received applause in theatres and schools in dozens of U.K. cities including, Glasgow, Manchester, Birmingham, Liverpool and London. Her repertoire is beautifully versatile featuring original, contemporary and traditional folk songs from Ireland, Scotland and America. Christina tours Europe and Canada. Christina is on radio internationally and currently performs as a headliner at many major Celtic festivals, theatres, folk clubs, coffee houses and concert venues in the USA, Canada and Europe. She is one of the few female soloists, and one of the favourite’s on the Celtic circuit. She also performs in concert for children. Her song selections excite the ears of Pre-school to High school youngsters. Christina’s has released 7 recordings on her own independent record label, “Glenanne Music” . Her most recent release in January is Mrs. Paterson’s Daughter: An authentic compilation of self-composed songs about her childhood in Scotland; recorded and produced in Scotland by Ian Bruce and graced by some of Scotland’s best and most renowned musicians. Previously she recorded her traditional Scottish cd “Lassie Wi’ The Lint-white Locks”, again with some of Scotland’s finest and famed musicians; Marc Duff founder of Capercaille, Tony McManus, Iain Fraser and Ian Lowthian. This followed her cd of originals, (many of which scored highly in the Billboard Song Contest, of 1999) “Someday I’m Going Home”; recorded and produced by Rich Adler at Suite 2000 in Nashville, with some of the world’s finest backing musicians, including Eric Rigler who can be heard playing the Uilleann pipes on the soundtracks of Braveheart, Devil’s Own and Titanic. Her superb voice can also be heard on radio internationally and on her earlier recordings, “Exiles”, “Bonnie Scotland I Adore Thee”, “Wee Folk Songs”, and “Fragments.” Favorable reviews of these recordings in publications like Scots Magazine (Philadelphia), Dirty Linen (Baltimore) and Folk Roots (U.K.) and the support of a wide network of fans have enabled her to open for acts and perform on stage with great acts such as: THE CHIEFTAINS, CHARLIE BYRD, CHERISH THE LADIES, TOMMY MAKEM, GENE VINCENT, and SEVEN NATIONS. Christina’s original arrangement and recording of Skye Boat Song appears on the movie soundtrack of “The Tartan Apple: The Scots in New York City,” and in 2003 she was chosen as musician of the day to appear on WFMZ TV, PA while performing at the Bethlehem Musikfest, PA.