Our first auditions went very well. Alison, Jonny Quick and I auditioned six performers - most of whom had travelled from London or further to Rossendale for the privilege (!). All were very good, but we ended having to make a decision between two we felt to be quite exceptional. In the end we chose Jordanna O'Neill, who travelled from Edinburgh but who is originally from Shetland. Jordanna also plays fiddle, so who knows - maybe some fresh takes on the music this year too?
At the end of this week it's more music - Loz Kaye and I travel up to Glasgow to meet up with Mairi Morrison to try and find her replacement. This is going to be interesting - anyone who saw Angus - Weaver of Grass last year will know how much Mairi stamped her personality and style on the songs and narrative in the show. We're seeing five singers in one day. Keep your fingers crossed for us - I'll report back.