The voice of THQ Nordic’s ‘Black Mirror’ trailer and with soundtrack and on-screen appearances in Netflix’s ‘Outlaw King’ (due to be released late 2018), it is unsurprising that Kim Carnie, with her ‘velvet-voiced authority’ (The Scotsman) has been marked as one to watch. At home on stage and in front of a camera, Kim is currently a children’s TV Presenter on BBC Scotland’s Dè a-Nis?. And while she graduated in summer 2016 with a First Class Honours Degree in Scots law, 2017 saw her turn to her voice and the release of her debut EP ‘In Her Company / Na Cuideachd’.
‘In Her Company’, and the live line-up, features some of the best names in the folk scene including guitarist Innes White; fiddler Megan Henderson; double bassist Euan Burton; pianist John Lowrie and singers Mischa MacPherson and Siobhan Miller.
“Burton’s production perfectly showcases Carnie’s sweet contralto voice, a soft, slightly husky vocal that is rich in colour and expression […] Carnie sings three traditional Scottish Gaelic Songs on the EP and she imbues them with a tender, sensuous quality by lingering on certain notes and phrases.” (Paul Matheson, fRoots Magazine).
Carnie’s 2018 started off with a bang, with 8 appearances across Celtic Connections, from performing at the Hydro to 8500, singing as a part of Òrain nan Gàidheal celebrating Gaelic song and the ‘crème de le crème’ of contemporary Gaelic singers backed by none other than the BBC SSO; to a sold out show with her own five-piece band. Other career highlights of the 23-year-old singer include performing at Orkney Folk Festival, Hebridean Celtic Festival, Oban Live, Cambridge Folk Festival and Farsund Folk Festival.
To reiterate the Living Tradition, ‘she is definitely a voice to watch out for’ (Fiona Heywood, The Living Tradition)