Shona Brown is a musician and solo performer based in Glasgow. She uses looping technology to layer her flutes and vocals with ambient electronic sounds to create atmospheric songs and soundscapes.
Shona grew up in Motherwell and began playing the flute at age 12. At the age of 13 she recorded with Mogwai on their album “Young Team”. This experience taught her that she definitely wanted to become a musician. She went on to study classical flute and won many awards including a Donald Dewar Arts Award, a Masters with distinction from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and was a semi-finalist in the BBC Young Musician of the Year.
After her studies she continued to work with many notable artists and groups including the National Theatre of Scotland, Barbara Thompson, Eddie McGuire and Cora Bissett. She set up SoundRoutes, an organisation through which she runs a 400-strong community choir and other workshops and recording projects. In 2012 she created a groundbreaking project called “Changing Key” which enabled prisoners of HMP Addiewell to release a 4-track EP which raised thousands of pounds for Shelter Scotland.
She released her debut EP of folk/world inspired acoustic songs and instrumentals “Gather the Ocean” in 2011. Since then she has had a change of direction, setting out with the goal of engineering her own music and working with a more ambient and electronic sound. She now performs solo with a more electronic set, which she successfully debuted with five shows at the Edinburgh Fringe 2014, receiving favourable reviews.
Through her ambitious 10in10 project Shona released 10 recordings in 10 months (on the 10th of every month), from November '14 to August '15. Releasing EPs and double A-sides amongst singles, the sum of 10in10 was 15 tracks in 10 months and featured regularly in The Herald Arts News. Her first release was 3-track EP The Narrow Road and the project ended with single You Are My Music. Shona celebrated completing 10in10 in August 2015 with her second successful run of shows at the Edinburgh Fringe.
Shona was delighted to perform live on BBC Radio Scotland, STV Glasgow and Celtic Music Radio and at iconic venues Glasgow Barrowlands with Mogwai, King Tuts, The Garage, Glasgow's West End and Merchant City Festivals and Ceòl is Craic's Gaelictronica event at CCA. She looks forward to more appearances this year as she continues working on her debut album.