"My heart lifted my feet,

and I danced"

Nathan of Nemirov

"This coming together of musicians and dancers, grounded in a deep respect for each other’s artform, produces a combined joyfulness and shared poignancy perfectly attuned to each song’s requirements. "

The Scotsman ****


Footprints is a collaboration between High Heart and traditional musicians Emily Smith and Jamie McClennan. 8 artists hailing from the UK, Iceland, Australia and New Zealand have made Scotland their home, and bring together their shared talents to explore and celebrate the songs, music and rhythms that have journeyed into today’s culture.


"fizzing fiddle music, enough to make our own feet itchy for a dance"

The Herald ****


Footprints brings them together to dance and play in a new work based on their own identities and the shared identity that the music creates. Using exisiting music and song already in their repertoire, award winning Scots’ singer Emily Smith (BBC Young Traditional Musician of the Year, USA Songwriting Competition, Scots Singer of the Year) brings her earthy, Dumfriesshire vocals to a mix of old and new songs, while musician Jamie McClennan and band complete the musical programme with sets of both thoughtful and lively tunes. The dancers, from varying backgrounds of training, link styles ranging from classical to capoeira to demonstrate the versatility of the music and demonstrate how to have fun with tradition whilst maintaining artistic excellence. This mixing of past and present, music and dance has been applauded by critics for its ingenuity and artistic integrity, as well as for its fun and playfulness...


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Footprints will premier at the West End Festival as part of The Cottier Dance Project, and will run at the Edinburgh Fringe as part of the Made in Scotland Showcase.













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A joyful fusion of dance and traditional Scots music




Emily Smith, Jamie McClennan and band