Jeana Leslie and Siobhan Miller

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Jeana Leslie and Siobhan Miller are two talented young singers and musicians recognised as shining stars on the Scottish folk scene. They are both blessed with lovely, natural voices that blend beautifully, and their performances focus strongly on communicating through traditional, contemporary and self-penned song.

They came to prominence as winners of the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award in 2008, which was followed by both the Hancock Horizon Award and Up and Coming Artist of the Year at the Scots Trad Music Awards in 2009. Adding to these accolades, most recently Siobhan was named Citty Finlayson Scots Singer of the Year at the Scots Trad Music Awards 2011.

Orcadian Jeana and Siobhan, from Penicuik, outside Edinburgh, are both 2009 graduates of the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, where they first met and began working together, developing their shared love for song. Since coming together as a duo in 2008 and experiencing a whirlwind rise to prominence, they have performed extensively throughout the UK and Europe, including many major festivals. Critics and audiences alike have responded warmly to the duo's fresh approach to vocal arrangements, to their friendly and open, communicative personalities onstage, and to their two acclaimed albums – In a Bleeze (2008), and Shadows Tall (2010).

Jeana (fiddle, Hardanger fiddle, piano, vocal) was a semi-finalist in the Scottish Young Traditional Musician of the Year Award in 2004 and 2005. An accomplished fiddler player, she is also an experienced tutor, having worked with the Glasgow Fiddle Workshops, Orkney Traditional Music Project, Celtic Connections, and the RSAMD Musicwork programmes. In 2010 she joined the five-piece line-up of Germany-based Irish group Cara, who are in high demand throughout Europe, and were named Best Group in the Irish Music Awards 2011.

Siobhan (vocal, dance) first appeared at the Traditional Song and Music Association of Scotland's Auchtermuchty Festival when only 13 years old, and won both the children's and women's singing competitions. As a soloist, she has appeared at a number of Scottish festivals, and has played support to a number of acclaimed musicians including Karine Polwart, who since invited her to be part of the all-star line-up of A Scottish Songbook in the main auditorium of the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall at Celtic Connections 2010. Solo projects have included a month’s residency in New York, where she appeared nightly on Broadway in "Peter and Wendy" under the musical direction of Alan Kelly, as well as appearing on Phil Cunningham’s Hogmanay Live BBC television show at the turn of 2010/11.

Jeana and Siobhan also regularly undertake work and tours with Live Music Now, the largest provider of live music to the UK's welfare, educational, justice and health sectors.

  • "As Siobhan Miller demonstrated with a spine-tingling a cappella rendition of the tragic ballad Queen Jane, her extraordinarily assured, vividly nuanced singing is the most salient strength of her award-winning duo with fiddler, pianist and fellow vocalist Jeana Leslie. In fact, though - and while Leslie's voice is also an instrument of no little potency - their real trump card is the radiant, mercurial harmonic chemistry between them, which illuminated a sparkling set throughout, perhaps most sublimely in an intertwined pair of heart-tugging lullabies." *****The Scotsman, January 2011
  • “...they delivered something quite beautiful, their two voices serving up delicious harmonies, with Miller’s crystal clear sound touching your heart. Leslie proved a mean piano and fiddle player, and with guitarist Aaron Jones added extra depth to the songs. For those who think that traditional music can be a dull affair, you need to get out and see these girls…and marvel at their musicianship.”Lancashire Telegraph, April 2012
  • "This talented duo gave a polished and professional performance, which seemed to run seamlessly from one song or tune to the next with a familiarity and ease, which gave a sense of the real warmth and pleasure they felt in what they were doing."The Orcadian, June 2012