Quinie (Josie Vallely) is an unaccompanied singer based in Glasgow, Scotland. She sings primarily in Scots, influenced by a range of song traditions from folk revivalist campfires to Scottish traveller singers. Her vocal style is informed by the singing of Scottish traveller Lizzie Higgins (1929-1993) in particular. Supported by Counterflows, Quinie has developed a body of work, partly drawn from archival recordings of the School of Scottish Studies Archives, that explores the influence of the pipes in Lizzie Higgins’ singing. Quinie’s new ‘Piping Sangs’ bring together reinterpretations of traditional songs and new compositions based on the Scottish mouth music traditions of diddling, cantering and canntaireachd.
Counterflows 2020 – Quinie Commissions: