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Kathie Touin

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Spring 2020...

Facing The Falling Sky

Kathie's latest album Facing The Falling Sky is reviewed in the Spring 2020 edition of The Musician.

They say: "Orkney-based Californian Touin draws on the inspiration of her remote island home to create this powerful, reflective album. Birdsong, barking dogs and seals all meet the man-made intrigues of Theramin, Stylophone and wooden frog."

Meanwhile Kathie's version of Satie's Gymnopedie No.3 from her album Soliloquy Deluxe is getting regular plays on the Netherlands' Classic NL Chill Out. The track has reached number three in the station's top numbers of both the last seven days and the last 30 days.

While many of us are at home here is Kathie Touin playing Mozart Menuetto to brighten our day. And for those who are essential workers and therefore not at home - thank you. There are more pieces on Kathie's YouTube Channel...

New Year 2020...

In January 2020 Kathie releases the second single from her Facing The Falling Sky album - I Met You On A Sunday...

Facing The Falling Sky - Kathie Touin's new album - gets a 4-star review in the January/February 2020 issue of RnR Magazine, describing it as "a fine selection of songs"...

RnR magazine review

At the start of the year, Kathie presents a programme of her Musical Milestones on BBC Radio Orkney, including Rush, Keith Emerson, JS Bach, The Beatles and Kate Bush (and special thanks to programme producer, and Radio Orkney Big Cheese, Dave Gray)...

Autumn into Winter 2019...

Poster for Facing The Falling Sky album

Facing The Falling Sky - the first new album from Kathie Touin in 10 years - is available now from this website, or to download or stream from all the usual outlets.

The 15-track album features 13 of Kathie's songs plus two instrumentals which bookend the collection. The album's title reflects the courage Kathie found in facing up to ill health and loss, even when it seemed as though the sky was falling in.

Kathie says: "I never intended for there to be such a big break between releases but a lot happened in the intervening time. The biggest loss was my good friend who was also my biggest musical inspiration. It made working on music too painful for a time. Along the way I had scary health issues, culminating with a serious spinal operation on my neck."

This is Kathie's fifth album, and the third of her own songs. During the recording she experimented with sound, for the first time using samples, loops and her own ambient recordings. There are also appearances by a theremin, a Stylophone and even a kazoo.

The first single from the album is Waiting For The Silence. Other songs on the album include: Selkie Of Skaill Bay, Kathie's own take on an Orkney myth of seals adopting human form; The Aftermath, about the loss of her friend; Between Heaven And The Sky, with a string trio; and The Stirring Of Ghosts, featuring guitarist Arron Storey.

Kathie says: "Life is happier and healthier now and I'm delighted to have finished these songs and to release them into the world."

Facing The Falling Sky was produced, recorded and mixed by Kathie Touin at her own Starling Recording Studio in Orkney.

You can order a signed copy of Facing The Falling Sky on the Buy Music page of this website.

Meanwhile, read about the album on Kathie's blog, and on the Orkney News website, and listen to Kathie on BBC Radio Orkney's Around Orkney programme on the day the album was released, 1 November 2019...

The single Waiting For The Silence has been played on BBC Radio Scotland, Vectis Radio in the Isle of Wight, by André van Os on Radio Caroline and featured on Neil Vessey's The Folk Pilot on Kent-based Deal Radio.

Waiting For The Silence also became the sixth song of Kathie's to be featured by DJ Steve Conway in his A-Z Of Great Tracks series on

Then, on Christmas Day on, Steve Conway revealed Conway's Christmas Gifts - 17 albums he loves and would gift to a friend. Everyone from Kate Bush to Paul Weller and PJ Harvey - and Kathie's Facing The Falling Sky. Steve said: "It's a brilliant album. It is so good." He chose Love & Hope to play.

Nic Perrins, Pat Edison and other DJs on Radio Caroline have been playing the song Live In The Wind. The track also got a spin on Glastonbury FM's World Beat programme.

Across the Atlantic, the album was playlisted by CFBX in Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada.

Back in the UK, Alan Waring, breakfast presenter on Biggles FM in Bedfordshire, featured tracks from the album. Alan particularly likes the bonus track, A Dog Like You.

And on Tempo 107.4 FM, broadcasting in Wetherby, West Yorkshire, Tony Haynes on the New4U show also played A Dog Like You as well as The Aftermath. You can hear Tony's show with Kathie's two songs here...

Summer 2019...


To mark 25 years since Kathie released her first CD, Soliloquy, the track Silver Song is available for free download for a limited period.

To get your free download please visit Kathie's CD Baby store.

And read more about the silver anniversary on Kathie's blog.

Tania Opland and Mike Freeman

Kathie promotes a concert by Tania Opland and Mike Freeman who bring their unique and eclectic mix of songs in several languages to Stromness for the only Orkney date on their UK tour. The duo, who have been touring the world together since 1995, play acoustic music on more instruments than any sane duo would take on their travels: hammered dulcimer, guitar, recorders, cittern, violin, Native American flute, ocarina, hurdy-gurdy, percussion...

Tania and Mike feature traditional and contemporary material from many cultures as well as original compositions, all presented with wit and style - guaranteed to provide an evening of great music and entertainment for all, especially those seeking something a little off the beaten track. Mike's irreverent sense of humour and Tania's stunning vocals provide the springboard for a rollercoaster ride across several continents and back again.

The concert was on Sunday 9 June at Stromness Town Hall. Find out more about Tania and Mike on their website

New Year 2019...

In February Kathie's song The World And You (Green Man) from her Dark Moons & Nightingales album features in The Folk Pilot episode 54 with Neil Vessey on Deal Radio - thank you Neil!