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Stephen and Pernille Quigg

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Stephen and Pernille Quigg

Stephen Quigg has long since established himself on the Scottish folk scene and after more than thirtyfive years of singing, he is still dedicated to the music and the songs of Scotland.  Stephen accompanies himself on guitar and bodhran (occasionally also the banjo when he remembers to bring it) and with an outstanding voice, you can watch him capture the attention of any audience. Through wit, charm and an obvious love and respect for the music he delivers, Stephen has gained many constant followers, who travel regularly to his gigs in Scotland and beyond.

The songs Stephen sings range from pin-dropping traditional ballads to footstomping songs of battle (as he’ll point out, he only sings about the battles Scotland won, which possibly doesn’t leave a whole lot).  With effortless ease he also blends the traditional material with songs of a more contemporary date keeping the material fresh and the performer enthusiastic.  In 2001 Stephen joined the internationally acclaimed folk group the McCalmans and has since then added to his solo career a busy touring life in Scotland and mainland Europe.  The group called it a day in 2010 after many successful years.   Stephen , however, continues his solo career in Scotland and abroad renewing old friendships and making some new ones along the way. 

Stephen has performed at countless venues from major festivals and top theatres to the smallest of Highland village halls.  There is, however, one fine thread running through his performance whether the numbers in the audience are counted in tens or thousands – that is the quality of his singing, and the value of the music he lives through and continues to pass on.

Pernille Quigg is originally from Denmark but has been living on the West coast of Scotland for a number of years now. She has appeared as special guest at her husband Stephen Quigg’s gigs in Holland, Denmark and of course in Scotland in venues ranging from concert halls to house concerts and everything in between. Pernille has now also started performing solo.

American folk music was one of her earliest influences through the often political folk songs from singers such as Pete Seeger, Joan Baez and Bob Dylan. Danish folksingers were few at the time, so the influences were mainly from English speaking parts of the world, although today Pernille keeps a song or two in her native tongue in her repertoire. 

Pernille’s debut album “Driftwood” has just been released. The album is acoustic folk, the style is simple but effective, and it comprises a mix of traditional, contemporary and self-penned songs. Pernille sings and accompanies herself on guitar and the selection of songs display a wide interest in folk music although a common theme may be, that they all have a story to tell.