Bursting relatively recently on to the folk music scene and creating quite an impression, Kinnaris Quintet are a talented band of vigorous, driving, high-spirited musicians.
The three fiddles, mandolin and guitar of Kinnaris Quintet come together to meddle between new compositions, traditional Scottish and Irish music, bluegrass, old-time and classical. Their musical resumé is impressive, with band members having individually performed with Shooglenifty, Fiddlers’ Bid, The Shee, Salsa Celtica and Phil Cunningham to name a few.
Their dynamic and compelling sound is the result of the marriage of their diverse backgrounds, influences and styles - the combination of which is uplifting, fresh, honest and powerful. Their recent outstanding performance at the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards resulted in a well-earned standing ovation.
The band members are Fiona MacAskill (fiddle), Laura Wilkie (fiddle) Aileen (Reid) Gobbi (5 string fiddle), Laura-Beth Salter (mandolin) and Jenn Butterworth (guitar).
Jenn and Laura will be performing as their duo on the first day of the Festival, showcasing material from their two albums. Both originally from England, they were brought together by the close knit and progressive Glasgow folk music community, spending lots of their time jamming an eclectic mix of folk music from across the globe. The years of playing together brought a deep affinity between the two artists: their rhythms lock tightly and their voices blend so closely that it's often hard to thell them apart. As outlined by The Scotsman "....fresh, imaginitive arrangements, displaying instrumental finesse and near uncanny mutual attunement" is what our audiece members can look forward to.