The powerhouse partnership of Douglas Montgomery (fiddle/viola) and Brian Cromarty(songs/guitar/mandola) aka Saltfishforty – 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.
Saltfishforty have delighted audiences at many of the world’s top folk festivals including Celtic Connections, Cambridge, HebCelt, Shetland, Lorient in Brittany, Canada’s Celtic Colours, and the Orkney Folk Festival, as well as touring to the US and throughout Europe. 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.