Lucy Cathcart Frödén writes and performs music under the name raukarna, a Swedish word for the odd-shaped geological formations off the island of Gotland in the Baltic Sea. raukarna is a series of themed collaborative projects, the first of which was called FLIGHT and was a collaboration with the Refuweegee initiative and a number of other songwriters. The second project is called CLOSE and involves working with tenement neighbours to create a collaborative album. This project has received funding from Creative Scotland and is scheduled for release in 2021.
At the moment Lucy is doing a PhD based at the University of Glasgow and Vox Liminis, exploring the potential for collaborative music making in social integration, particularly among people with convictions and people who have been forcibly displaced. She is also part of the Research Team of the Distant Voices project. She makes a podcast, an audio scrapbook of the PhD journey, called Our Chance of Becoming Human.
Lucy has also been in bands like The Social Services (Stockholm) and Tall Tales (Glasgow). She has helped develop site-specific collaborative music performances as part of Zoetrope, bringing together a collective of bands and artists for unique performances at festivals around Scotland. She recently moved to Malmö in the south of Sweden, and is looking forward to developing new connections and collaborations.