These are exciting times for By then she and her group, the
And all this comes on top of the trio winning two awards earlier this year, the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards' Young Tradition title and, just before that, a
If MacPherson sounds breathless, it's little wonder, because although she began singing Gaelic songs at nursery school in Sandwick and is about to go into her third year at the Royal Conservatoire of
She was all set to read psychology and biology at
"Music was just a natural part of life on Lewis," she says, "and there was lots of Gaelic singing, as well as accordion and fiddle clubs, when I was growing up."
Her parents aren't musicians but they're big fans of folk music, with Shooglenifty and Capercaillie being particular favourites. Having shown a talent for Gaelic song at nursery school, Mischa entered her first local mod in Primary 1.
"I was really lucky because there was a woman,
By the time she was in secondary school, MacPherson had taken up the harp and was having lessons from the doyenne of Scottish harp playing,
Having moved on to the
A diversion into the ceilidh trail organised each summer by Feis Rois, whereby musicians are pitched together into bands before going on tour for up to six weeks, found MacPherson, fellow Lewis native, guitarist
They continued playing together beyond the first ceilidh trail, went on a Feis Rois trip to
A quick phone round confirmed that all three agreed they should enter and the application, complete with recording, was filed minutes before the midnight cut-off point. A similar scenario saw them enter and win one of Celtic Connections'
"We were pretty sure that other bands were going to win the
These are exciting times for
By then she and her group, the