Saltfishforty

Scotland

Saltfishforty is a fresh and dynamic duo hailing from the Orkney Islands in the north of Scotland. Douglas Montgomery (fiddle/viola) and Brian Cromarty (songs/guitar/mandola) combine the rich traditional music of Orkney with original compositions. Brilliantly transcending the duo format’s conventional confines, this powerhouse partnership has won a devoted following throughout the UK and beyond, delighting audiences at many of the world’s top folk festivals including Celtic Connections, Cambridge, HebCelt, Shetland, Lorient in Brittany and here at Celtic Colours, as well as touring the US and throughout Europe. Linchpin figures in the currently flourishing revival of Orkney’s traditional music, they unite these deep-rooted sources with an exhilarating breadth of influence and expertise, catalysed by a creative empathy born from decades of friendship. Their focus on Orkney music takes in traditional, contemporary and original material, boldly cross-fertilised with influences from Americana to East European folk, plus a high-octane whiff of heavy metal. The result is a sound of equally thrilling raw attack and multi-dimensional richness.

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