Strange Rainbow

Catriona McKay (harp) and Alistair MacDonald (laptop/live electronics)

-- Recordings -- Sounds -- Gigs -- Contact -- Software --

in Stereo
Strange Rainbow play in imaginary worlds where the familiar dissolves into the unfamiliar.
This is a very deliberate meeting of traditions. Catriona plays a customised clarsach with sounds processed by Alistair MacDonald's laptop, along with soundscapes drawn from the environment.
As a duo they make music that seems at once dislocated and greatly concerned with roots and connections; a rendering of traditional musical language refracted through contemporary performance technique, and then again through the transformations of live electronics to explore new, unimagined colours.


HARPONIUM electrosessions



invisible from land and sea





listen to unreleased studio recordings on soundcloud


Gigs you missed:

:: Celtic Connections (Glasgow, Tuesday 23 January, 2018)
:: Performance and workshop at Edinburgh International Harp Festival, Saturday April 5th 2014, 11:00 am
:: Glasgow (Tuesday 18 March 2014, 8pm) at Tchai-Ovna
:: Glasgow (Saturday 1 March 2014, 7.00pm) at CCA with Margaret Bennett and Aileen Campbell for Ceol's Craic
:: Glasgow (Friday 28 January 2011, 9.30pm) at The Old Fruitmarket in A Night of Celtronika at Celtic Connections
:: Aberdeen (1 November 2009, 8.30pm) at The Tunnels in the Sound Festival with Chris Stout.
:: Huntly (1 November 2009, 2.30pm) at The Huntly Hotel in the Sound Festival with Chris Stout.
:: Glasgow (29 June 2009) at The Arches in What Happened.
:: Huntly (20/21 June 2009) at the SLOW DOWN Walking and Cycling Festival
:: Edinburgh (8 June 2009) at the Traverse in Noisy Nights.
:: Glasgow (27 May 2009) brain surgery presents: The One Ensemble Orchestra + Strange Rainbow + RM Hubbert at STEREO, Renfield Lane, Glasgow.
:: Glasgow (25 April 2009) at the Behaviour closing party at STEREO, Renfield Lane.
:: Woodend Barn, Banchory (31 October 2008) in the Sound Festival
:: Christ Church, Huntly in the Sound Festival (2 November 2008) for Deveron Arts
:: Glasgow (24 October 2008) at the GIO festival

Contact: info (at) strangerainbow (dot) co (dot) uk

Software: Make your own strange rainbows!: download software here