Fine 'n' Rosy... a terrific joy to listen to and one that radiates sheer class.
Liverpool Sound and Vision
Fine 'n' Rosy is an album of fine song writing and a deeply personal offering. A brave and beautiful album.
From the moment this album opens, you're held in its grasp. From there on every single song pulls at your feelings, moves your heart and touches your soul, an experience leaving you bound up in her music.
Big Wide World, written and performed by Liza and friends, is her song for #COP26 and a plea to cherish and look after our wonderful world and all living things that call it home. A dreamy, meditative reflection on the wonders of nature and our fellow creatures, the song and accompanying video urge the listener to get out there and really look at what we have around us.
These are critical times for our planet, when the environment and vital ecosystems are under threat and species extinction is already happening. Big changes are needed to protect this beautiful Big Wide World and it is hoped political leaders will not only start to set bold new carbon reduction targets and initiate environmentally friendly policies, but also implement those policies and targets with a sense of urgency.
Liza's song Big Wide World, with video, can be heard at YouTube above, purchased from her Bandcamp page and is available for audio only on usual streaming platforms.
(Earth image by permission of NASA)
FINE 'N' ROSY
Filmed by Conor O' Hara
Location: Inverness, Scotland
Liza learned classical piano from an early age and later took up the piano accordion. Her career has included a wide variety of work, from Glasgow's piano bars to supporting the late American comedian, Bill Hicks, on his British theatre tour. She has played on over a dozen albums, worked across Britain, Ireland and France, and collaborated with many diverse artistes including Gaelic singers Fiona Mackenzie and Brian O h-Eadhra, Blazin' Fiddles' Bruce MacGregor, Davy Cowan and the Stormchasers, cellist Christine Hanson, the Elephant Sessions' Alasdair Taylor, Martin Stephenson of The Daintees, actor/director/writer Hamish MacDonald, blues guitarist Andy Gunn, the Deaf Heights Cajun Aces, Peyote Family, the Cross-eyed Gals, female-fronted, indie-folk band, Dorec-a-belle and others.
Celtic Connections 2017 saw the premiere of the cross-artform show, Stand And Stare, created and produced by Liza, bringing together a cast of acclaimed poets, writers, musicians, actors and visual artists in response to the poem, Leisure, by WH Davies, and its message to take time to observe and celebrate the natural world and its smaller creatures, flora and forms. It is hoped to tour this project at a future date. Details of this collaboration can be found in our Projects page here.
Liza is Musical Director and Composer on the art, story, music and film project, Elphen Chronicles, of which you can learn more here.
Since 1991, she has tutored with numerous fèisean including Barra, Skye, Eigg, Gairloch, Ardnamurchan, Inverness and Nairn, worked with Artsplay Highland delivering Early Years music sessions in Highland schools and currently tutors in Highland primaries for Fèis Rois with the Scottish Government-funded Youth Music Initiative.
Below is a selection of videos...more coming soon!
Liza's music has featured on several short films, including Took My Breath Away , the soundtrack to the video celebrating 40 years of the work of Scottish Women's Aid.
Proceeds from the digital download of this song go to Inverness Women's Aid.
Speaking Out: 40 years of Scottish Women's Aid
BOOK TRAILER SOUNDTRACK
Punch by Barbara Henderson Cranachan Publishing
Liza plays with Dorec-a-belle at their album launch in CaVa Studio,
Playing with Davy Cown and the Stormchasers on the Grassroots stage at Belladrum Festival 2013
Liza's song How Many More Willie McBrides? Written during the war on Iraq and inspired by Eric Bogle's Green Fields Of France / No Man's Land