JUNO nominated neo-folk band Aerialists are in a permanent state of graceful tight-rope walk, balancing their love of folk tradition with their desire to experiment with form. Their 2017 album, Group Manoeuvre, combines the influence of Scottish Gaelic, Norwegian, and Irish folk music with a unique post-rock bent, and 2020’s Dear Sienna digs deeper into their distinctive prog-trad sound, inviting collaborators from Brooklyn to Gothenburg. Aerialists was formed when Adam Iredale-Gray (guitar), Elise Boeur (fiddle) and Mairi Chaimbeul (harp) were studying at Berklee College of Music. Each player had a unique musical background—Boeur had completed an intensive study in folk music at a Norwegian college, Chaimbeul had established herself as an acclaimed Scottish harpist steeped in the Gaelic tradition, and Iredale-Gray had spent years touring North America with indie folk band Fish & Bird. The project became their musical meeting point, where each was able to synthesize their influences into an entirely unique whole. Aerialists are ethereal yet precise, technical yet visceral, and every song feels like a new beginning. At turns both melancholy and bright, their latest album Dear Sienna cements Aerialists’ reputation as one of contemporary music’s most innovative collaborations.