10 Questions for… Morna

1: Tell us about yourself. 

I’m originally from a wee fishing village called Burghead – a born and bred Moray fisher quine! I have always loved singing and playing instruments, I compose regularly and I’m currently working on my first solo album of folk music.

2: What is your weirdest quirk?

I always read the last chapter of a book first…

3: How did you get involved with the Speyside Sessions?

I was performing as a musician for Out of the Darkness Theatre Company of which Kevin is patron. He was visiting the company one day I was playing and asked me to contribute. I happily accepted!

4: What is your proudest moment?

Possibly the opening night of a show I performed at in Edinburgh. I was singing before 2000 audience members watching in absolute silence – it was magical.

5: What Speyside Session tracks did you perform on?

Charlie is Ma Darlin, Barnyard O Delgatty, Raggle Taggle Gypsy, These are my Mountains… and pretty much everything that got cut! 😉

6: What is your favourite track on the album?

There are my Mountains – this track epitomises the album and the beauty of Scotland. Kevin also sings it gorgeously.

7: What is your abiding memory from the sessions?

There were so many magical moments during recording. The group songs like Mhairi’s Wedding were wonderful – looking around the room and seeing so many talented people working together was incredibly special.

8: What is your favourite album of all time?

The Cranberries, No Need to Argue.

9: Do you have any regrets?

I regret not being able to sing on the album because of a throat infection! My favourite quote is…” I’d rather regret the things I’ve done than regret the things I haven’t done” (Lucille Ball) – good advice!

10: What is the most extravagent thing you’ve ever done (or bought?)

Probably giving up everything to return to Scotland and write a play – I haven’t decided yet if I’m very brave or very stupid! Buying wise, it would be my instruments – a fiddle, flute, harp, bodhran, whistles and guitar – I reckon that’s a mortgage down-payment right there.

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