A Fantastic Cultural Mix

Glasgow-based folk group hailing from Shetland, Orkney, Lewis and Northumberland

Celtic Connections 2013 Danny Kyle Open Stage award winners Gria are; singer Ceitlin L R Smith from Lewis, accordionist Gemma Telfer from Northumberland, Louise Bichan from Orkney on fiddle, Lana Elaine from Shetland on piano and accordion.


Hailing from Shetland, Orkney, Lewis and Northumberland and meeting in the middle, Glasgow based, all female four piece Gria, form a fantastic cultural mix. Combining their traditional and contemporary Scottish, Gaelic and English influences, self-penned tunes, and songs and tunes from the rest of the UK and beyond, with haunting harmonies and weaving melody lines, Gria create an exciting and unique sound.

Lana, Ceitlin and Gemma are students of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (formally the RSAMD) and Louise is a graduate of the Glasgow School of Art, now working as a musician and photographer. All four girls are well rounded performers with a wealth of experience and achievements between them.