Regarded as an “engaging talker and magnetic performer” (NARC magazine), Heather Ferrier is an accordionist, clog dancer and composer from Stockport. She has recently released her debut solo concept EP, From the Ashes, a work that intertwines virtuosic alt-accordion composition with lush electronic soundscapes and through its powerful, folk-influenced melodies and bold contemporary arrangements, explores the emotional processes we undergo during times of uncertainty. From the Ashes has been favourably reviewed, as well as being played on BBC radio Newcastle and other grassroot radio stations.
This year sees Heather expanding her solo sound by joining forces with guitarist Alasdair Paul (Pons Aelius, Jordan Aikin and Quercus) and drummer Adam Stapleford (Ponyland, Yes Grasshopper). In their forthcoming EP Engine for the Sound, the trio have created music that is an explosion of groove and melody that embellishes Heather’s signature alt-folk style. The combination of Ferrier, Paul and Stapleford’s medley of influences and genre-bending collaborations transcends the limits of contemporary instrumental folk music, employing Heather’s distinct compositional style to create emotive and upbeat arrangements.
As well as her solo work, Heather is also a keen collaborator within the North East. She performs as part of contemporary folk duo RŪNN, who create music that transcends contemporary folk by using tight knit texture and harmony to create a powerhouse of sound. More recently, she has worked with BBC 2 young folk award nominee Jon Doran as part of the Northern Assembly and with Quercus, fronted by Newcastle bagpiper and whistle player Jordan Aikin. Previously Heather has worked in projects including Scots Trad music award nominee’s Balter, and with world renowned Northumbrian piper and fiddler Kathryn Tickell.