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Saltfishforty

Orkney Folk Festival Spotlight

Scotland Unwrapped

Sat 17 Feb
Folk

Saltfishforty

Orkney Folk Festival Spotlight

Scotland Unwrapped

Saltfishforty are a fresh and dynamic duo hailing from the Orkney Islands. Douglas Montgomery and Brian Cromarty combine the rich traditional music of Orkney with contemporary and original material, cross-fertilised with influences from Americana to East European folk, with a whiff of heavy metal. If ever a duo was more than the sum of its parts, this is it!


The powerhouse partnership has won a devoted following throughout the UK and beyond, brilliantly transcending the duo format’s conventional confines. 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. The result is a sound of equally thrilling raw attack and multi-dimensional richness.

A partnership forged back in 2002, more by accident than design, Douglas and Brian have known each other since early school days, playing together in sessions and various bands – until they were booked in a four-piece for a charity gig, and only they turned up. “We decided to go on and just make as much noise as two people possibly could – which is kind of how it’s been ever since” they say. Over twenty years later, Saltfishforty have delighted audiences at many of the world’s top folk festivals including Celtic Connections, Cambridge, HebCelt, Shetland, Lorient, and Canada’s Celtic Colours, as well as touring to the US and throughout Europe.

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This event will last approximately 1 hour, including an interval.


Orkney Folk Festival 

Amongst Scotland’s longest established folk festivals, the Orkney Folk Festival has been a world- renowned stage for over four decades, proudly showcasing the islands’ famed home-grown talent and local folk scene alongside leading artists from around the globe – See more about Orkney Folk Festival.

Date:Sat 17 Feb
Start time:12pm (Doors: 11.30am)
Venue:Hall Two

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