Quinie, aka Josie Vallely, is based in Glasgow. She sings primarily unaccompanied in Scots, with a style inspired by the traditions of Scottish Traveller singers, and in particular Lizzie Higgins (1929-1993). Inspired by Higgins, Quinie’s experiments with composition and vocal techniques create a dialogue between pipe music and voice. Her work evokes a strong sense of place rooted in an imagined Scotland, and explores relationships with land and language.
Quinie's first eponymous album was released on casette By GLARC in 2017, Followed by Buckie Prins, in collaboration with accompanied by Ailbhe Nic Oireachtaigh, Oliver Pit and Neil McDermott. They bring a musicality to the tracks that combines minimalist tension, foundations of drone, stabbing atonal noise, and choppy medieval repetition.
Since these first releases, Quinie has focussed on projects and collaborations, developing her experiments with composition and vocal techniques create a dialogue between pipe music and voice. Some recent notable collaborations include
She has recently performed at festivals including Supernomal, Edinburgh Art Festival, The daughter of the cups of the north (An Tobar), and Counterflows.
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