Autumn Antidote

Seonaid Aitken Papillon artwork‘Papillon’, the new single from award-winning Scottish violinist, vocalist and composer/orchestrator Seonaid Aitken, is released Friday 2nd October 2020. Described as a joyful, vivacious antidote to the onset of Autumn and with an evocative, cinematic orchestration, the original composition, written for solo violin and the Scottish Session Orchestra, is the first lead track from her recently released debut solo jazz album ‘What Is This Thing Called Love?’. The instrumental was inspired, the musician says, “by the emotions – butterflies’ – felt at the start of a new relationship”… hence the French-inspired title ‘Papillon’.

Seonaid has collaborated with emerging Dutch artist, and fellow Gypsy Jazz musician, Irene Ypenburg on an animated video for ‘Papillon’. The release ties in with Bandcamp’s Music Friday promotion, supporting the many independent music artists currently unable to perform during COVID-19 restrictions on live music. For aspiring players, the sheet music for ‘Papillon’ is available via an exclusive download from Seonaid’s Bandcamp page.

Nick Prentice – Media Room

“I wanted to meld Classical sensibilities with the freedom of Jazz and to try and do it in three minutes! I hope the result is as refreshing for listeners as it was for the musicians performing it!”


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“Absolutely gorgeous stuff”

Celtic Music Radio

“Warmth and soul”

The Scotsman

“A voice that ranges from crystal clear high notes to a low, silky purr”

Acoustic Magazine

“Superb singer”

The Scotsman

“Truly exceptional as both a vocalist and Grappelli-style violinist”

fROOTS Magazine

“Seonaid Aitken’s bright vocals and breezy virtuosity are simply a pleasure to behold”

Herald, Scotland

“Stupendous gypsy jazz player”

The Scotsman

“Violinist extraordinaire”

Herald, Scotland

“Dynamic, on fire…highly musical”

Herald, Scotland

“Sizzling violinist”

Buffalo Times, NY


The Scotsman

“Terrific violin playing”

BBC Radio Scotland

“A vivacious presence”

Herald, Scotland

“Dynamic violin playing and clear, natural singing”

Herald, Scotland

“Aitken brought the house down with an intricate violin solo”

Buffalo Times, NY

“The fiddler’s toe-tapping style brought the audience to their feet”

Evening Times

“Beautifully resonant singing”

PMP Network Radio, MA

“Aitken scores with a scat version of Birdland”

Los Angeles Times, CA

“Remember this name: Seonaid (pronounced Shona) Aitken, a competent singer and sizzling violinist from Scotland”

Buffalo Times, NY