SINSHEEN is the Scottish harmony singing duo of Barbara Dymock and Christine Kydd. Each a fine singer in her own right, as Sinsheen they have a reputation among roots music lovers for originality, virtuosity, rich harmonies and the livest of live performances.
Christine, award-winning singer and guitarist, toured and recorded with Janet Russell and, later, with Chantan. She was Scots Song Tutor at the National Centre for Excellence in Traditional Music in Plockton in the West Highlands from 2001-2010. In 2009, Christine sang for the Scottish First Minister, Alex Salmond, in Edinburgh Castle at the programme launch of the Homecoming year and is a highly respected educator and facilitator over a range of ages and abilities including schools and community, through her projects Ceilidhmakers and Kist o Sangs.
Barbara, Scotland's finest best kept secret, who was the original singer with Scots folk-band Ceolbeg back in the early 1970's (Ceolbeg broke up several years ago but was highly regarded with several albums to its name), is regarded as one of the finest traditional singers around and has worked with Fon a Bhord and Palaver.
Barbara and Christine (nominees for Scots Singer of the Year nominees in the MG ALBA Trad Awards (2012/13) were both singers and performers from their early teens, originally meeting in
Dundee in the 1980’s, and singing together briefly in the all-female a cappella group “Fair Game”. Barbara was then the lead singer with the highly respected band Ceolbeg, and had
already emerged as one of the leading exponents of Scottish ballad and song. Christine was about to embark on singing adventures, playing and touring with a number of harmony
combinations including a successful duo with Janet Russell, and latterly with Chantan (Elspeth Cowie and Corrina Hewat).
On Christine’s return to north east Scotland in the early 2000's, the two met again to enjoy each other’s company and songs. Barbara, who was singing with folk divas Palaver and occasionally with tradition-bearer Maureen Jelks, is a bit of a musical “hing-oot” and just enjoys singing with anyone who asks. Christine (equally generous with her musical favours) sang with a variety of weel-kent musos, including the fine traditional band Calluna. Combining power, passion and pedigree, these dynamic veterans of Scottish music contrast stark harmony vocals with light instrumental backing exploring, innovating, gracefully intertwining traditional with contemporary.
It is hard to tell whether being women, or living and working in rural Angus, has impacted on the duo's music more, but it is clear Sinsheen transform the music from a regional genre into a truly international musical language.
The songs of Sinsheen are a voice for the irreverent everywhere, with a brash sense of humour, but a healthy respect for the roots of traditional Scottish music. Songs vary from self-penned via trad to the odd genre-swapping version of a dyed-in-the-wool Scottish favourite. Expect fun and seriousness in equal measure, a performance extraordinarily varied and rich, songs about work, struggle, love, getting the bairn to sleep, politics, the blues, and dreams.