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Twelve women from the Galloway Hills have found the recipe for success. The a capella group, Damsel Jam, have released their debut Compact Disc entitled "Frost and Promise".
The group members have been together for four years; what started off as a bit of fun has developed into a very talented close harmony group. Their average age is 42, and they have a total of 29 children.
Alison Burns, their musical director, writes most of their original material and arranges the traditional Scottish songs that they sing.
The group aim was to record a CD of their work. They gained support for this from the internationally acclaimed and respected Scottish singer Christine Kydd, who agreed to produce their CD.
A £ 4,000 Sterling grant from Groundbase assisted with the financing of an intensive weekend of voice training and then with the recording and marketing of the CD. Damsel Jam have gone on from this success to undertake a number of concerts around the UK, promoting their unique brand of unaccompanied singing.
The picture below shows Damsel Jam in action at the Orchardton Festival in July 1997.:-