New BBC documentary explores Scotland’s most revered female artists

16 Jun 2021


A new BBC documentary explores the journeys travelled by the country’s most revered female musicians to discover just how hard the struggle was – and is – to have their voices heard in what is still a male-dominated world.

Annie Lennox, Barbara Dickson, Sharleen Spiteri, Eddie Reader, Clare Grogan, Lorrain Mckintosh, KT Tunstall, Emma Pollock, Amy McDonald, Lauren Mayberry, Be Charlotte and newly emerging talent Kitti all feature in the new programme presented by Fiona MacKenzie.

Hear from Barbara Dickson as she recounts the transition from folk hero to pop star and the rise to fame that followed. International megastar Annie Lennox talks life on the road as she reflects on the pressures and challenges behind her incredible career.

Discover the excitement and thrill of life as a music star with 80s pop heroes Clare Grogan and Lorrain McIntosh as they reflect on this great period and the pressures of maintaining image and style, while Sharleen Spiteri describes her rise to stardom through the 90s.

Scotland’s female bard, Eddi Reader recalls her fascinating career, KT Tunstall describes her path to fame and Amy MacDonald considers the image pressures that face women as they try to break into the music industry. While Emma Pollock shows just what it takes to not conform and run your own label while surrounded by the powerful major record companies. Chvrches’ Lauren Mayberry reveals the challenges of working in the current musical landscape of streaming and social media where women are often unfairly put under the microscope.

Watch on BBC iPlayer


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