reathoraThora was a 36 year-old housewife when we recorded her singing with her friend Rea McLeod at a domestic party.  As a duo they frequently enjoyed performing at local events such as wedding dances and regatta concerts, occasionally wearing special costumes to suit the songs they sang. Thora still enjoys singing and plays guitar to accompany herself.  Like many Whalsay housewives over the years she has supplemented the home income with work in local shops and when needed at Whalsay’s fish factory. In this photo Thora is seated on Rea’s left and they are dressed for a concert.