The four-piece are the latest product of Shetland’s thriving folk scene, comprising of some of the isle’s most prodigious talents and offering a mix of trad and contemporary tunes and songs in their own unique style. Unlike their fiddling contemporaries, it is banjo, mandolin and guitar that take the lead with strong Irish and Americana influence added to their Scottish and Shetland heritage.
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The Whistlebinkies have entertained around Scotland, and from China to the USA, for over 45 years. They are renowned for their blend of pipes, fiddle, flute, concertina, clarsach, bass and percussion and have recorded albums with Greentrax, Claddagh Records and Klub Records.
WHYTE infuse original and traditional Gaelic song with the newest techniques in electronica. The duo comprises electronic composer, musician and Scottish Album of the Year-longlisted Ross Whyte (Aberdeenshire) and Gaelic singer, songwriter, twice-nominated Hands Up for Trad Gaelic Singer of the Year and Scottish Government Gaelic Ambassador of the Year 2019–20 Alasdair C. Whyte (Muile/Mull).
Wildings are Jennifer Austin (piano), Fiona MacAskill (fiddle) and Sarah Hayes (flute, singing). Multi-layered strings and flutes, fresh reworkings of traditional song, a sprinkling of gothic piano, contemplative, filmic soundscapes, the humour and verve of a dance band; Wildings’ ambitious, heartfelt arrangements draw the ear to a new detail with each listen.
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Combining mastery with mischief, and tradition with modernity, Jennifer and Hazel Wrigley are an internationally acclaimed fiddle and guitar duo from the Orkney Islands. The twin sisters began performing together – Jennifer on fiddle and Hazel on piano and guitar – when they were eight years old. Their universal audience appeal reflects both the calibre of their music and the effervescent charm of their performances.
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Over the course of nine years, Wolfstone dragged Scottish music — sometimes kicking and screaming, but always quite loudly — into the world of rock. They were loud and proud and transferred Seattle’s grunge ethic from the Pacific Northwest to the Highlands, applying it to both traditional and their original music. It all began when fiddler Duncan Chisholm put together a ceilidh band to play dances in the Highlands, adding pipes and bass and drums into the mix — a combination that was well-received. Along with original bassist David Foster, Chisholm brought in Stuart Eaglesham on guitars, his brother Struan Eaglesham on keyboards, and the guitarist/songwriter Ivan Drever to round out the lineup.