Reviews

‘SHIFT AND CHANGE’ CD REVIEWS


The power of her singing …..stately and measured….unspools in a suspended cameo of heartbreak...faintly echoing traveller singer Lucy Stewart.  READ MORE…
THE SCOTSMAN, February 2019

I looked forward to this record, and it didn’t disappoint. The brilliant Christine Kydd has been kept busy of late, with yet another project, this time materialising as a solo album titled Shift And Change: Songs from Scotland. It is as an eclectic a collection as ever, made up of traditional pieces, original writings and takes on the work of contemporary artists. READ MORE…
FOLKING, Christopher James Sheridan

This is a collection that showcases one of Scottish folk music’s timeless treasures, who can tackle a variety of sources with confidence and aplomb. My favourite new album of the year so far- and I don’t expect to hear better. READ MORE…
LIVING TRADITION, Grem Devlin

In a wide variety of fine performances there is love, clearly, in her way with two traditional songs The Back of Reres Hill and Braes o Balqhidder, ranging through settings of poems by Violet Jacob to Scots songwriters like Alistair Hulett, Alison McMorland and the the album’s opening track which is also the finest, a lovely interpretation of that beautiful song Just Another Rolling Stone one of the magnificent compositions of Michael Marra.. READ MORE…
AROUND KENT FOLK, Vic Smith


‘DARK PEARLS’ CD REVIEWS


A beautiful recording, alternately chilling and cheery, well balanced, exquisitely sung and altogether enjoyable.  READ MORE…
LIVING TRADITION

 

CONCERT REVIEWS


It was an excellent night which was enjoyed by all, and you know you would be very welcome to come back any time
Gifford Lind, Dunfermline Folk Club 2015

The songs she loves are, in the main Scots Folk, ancient and modern with more than a passing nod to Burns. You’ll catch Mary Chapin Carpenter and Springsteen in her sets but her respect for the tradition remains undying, with energy and zest levels as high as her style is faultless. Christine Kydd is relevant – you need to see and hear her.
Clive Pownceby, Bothy Folksong Club, Southport 2012

That song is regaining its popularity after years of instrumental dominance can be nothing but a good thing, and Sylvia Barnes, Karine Polwart, Julie Fowlis, Christine Kydd, Mike Heron, Stanley Robertson and Billy Joe Shaver are some of the great stylists appearing…
Norman Chalmers, The List

The Battlefield Band’s Alan Reid on “Kellyburn Braes,” Christine Kydd on “The Slave’s Lament,” and Old Blind Dogs’ Ian F. Benzie on “What Can a Young Lassie Do Wi an Auld Man” round out this album’s highlights
Dirty Linen

Just got my copy of the Smithsonian Folkways cd, Scotland the Real, at the radio station yesterday. Thrilled to find your vocal with Chantan doing “Slave’s Lament” included on the set. It’s my favorite cut on this cd. I hope it brings even more people to an appreciation of your music
Mike Luster, Louisiana Folklife Festival

SONG REVIEWS


…Kydd’s fine singing, and some of her own compositions, like ‘Coming on Strong’ and ‘What is it that we’ve just done?’ were particular strengths
Kenny Kemp, THE SCOTSMAN

Christine Kydd’s own songs are truly beautiful and well written. I have always liked her singing, but I think her own songs are her true forte. When I first heard her singing them in her own house, playing piano, I thought they were stunning and very moving. I hope she brings out a CD soon
Maureen Jelks, singer

honest-to-goodness poetry, straight from the heart, poignant and fragile, beautifully set and beautifully sung
Tom Clelland, singer songwriter
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