It wouldn’t be a 40th celebration without inviting back our favourite Orcadian ‘super-group’ The Chair - an 8 piece riot of fiddles, banjos, accordions and drums – for what will be their sixth appearance at the Shetland Folk Festival! Even if we can only take them for one night, we’re delighted they’re part of our big party and they’ll have a brand new album of material to showcase.
Melodies from their native Orkney are mashed up with blues, dub and klezmer to create their unique sound that qualifies them as a true party band that we’re simply addicted to. The Chair on-stage is an experience that will have even the most reserved audience beating a path to the dance floor.
Formed in 2004 to fill a schedule gap at the Orkney Folk Festival, the group has been bringing its unique frenzy to events the length and breadth of the country ever since. The band members are Douglas Montgomery (fiddle), Kenny Ritch (fiddle), Brian Cromarty (banjo, vocals), Bob Gibbon (accordion), Gavin Firth (guitar), Shetland’s Andrew Gifford (bass), Erik Laughton (drums), and Robbie Thomson (percussion). Collectively, the sound approaches the energy levels of a rock gig yet remains acoustic at heart. The band continue to tour major festivals nation- and Europe-wide, gaining swathes of new fans on each stop. With a new album in the pipeline we are excitedly anticipating some new material while also looking forward to hearing our favourite Chair classics again!