Trad Events


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“Outstanding musicianship. . . their mix of traditional, contemporary and original tunes and songs, stirred together with Scottish, country, blues, Balkan and rockabilly influences, deliver a wealth of lyricism and finesse” (The Scotsman)

From their island home in Britain’s far north, the powerhouse partnership of Douglas Montgomery (fiddle/viola) and Brian Cromarty (songs/guitar/mandola), jointly known as Saltfishforty, have won a devoted following throughout the UK and beyond, figuring greatly in the currently flourishing revival of Orkney’s traditional music

It first ignited back in 2002 – more by accident than design, as Cromarty recalls: “We’d known each other since primary school, and played together loads in sessions and various bands, but then we were booked in a four-piece for a charity gig, and only us two 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.”