Elspeth McVeigh primarily sings early music of the Renaissance and Baroque period. She is noted for her sensitive interpretation of anonymous traditional broadside ballads, and is often asked to give concerts exploring this genre.
Her performances have been described as "having a haunting quality of purity" and " informed" historical interpretation and explanation.
She grew up in Scotland where she learned numerous traditional songs and ballads from her grandmother some of which are rarely performed today. Elspeth is an accomplished singer of tradtional early Scottish and European Baroque music. She is also frequently asked to perform the music of Robert Burns.
She now lives in Vancouver, Canada, but frequently returns to her beloved Scotland to perform the songs learnt from past generations.
She usually sings with lute and baroque fiddle accompaniment but is also interested in experimental work.
She has recently worked with the classical oriental "oud" - the precursor to the European lute.
The fusion of sound ( with baroque fiddle) is an exciting development and has given audiences great pleasure.
She has also explored the lyrical music of the 1930's and 40's which she sees as having similar qualities to that of Renaissance song.
Elspeth is returning to the Edinburgh International Fringe in August 2017, where she will be giving two concerts of French and early Scottish music with lute and baroque fiddle accompaniment.
She is also performing for a week at Surgeons Hall, accompanied by the clarsach, an early Scottish harp.
The programme will be Scottish and European 17th cent popular songs.