Outstanding performers at Montrose Folk Club

Scottish folk super group Salt House will guest at Montrose Folk Club on Friday, March 20. (Picture by Archie MacFarlane).
Scottish folk super group Salt House will guest at Montrose Folk Club on Friday, March 20. (Picture by Archie MacFarlane).

Scottish folk super group Salt House will be the guests of Montrose Folk Club in the Links Hotel, Montrose on March 20 in a special one-off Friday evening concert.

Salt House consists of four members who are all outstanding individual performers in their own right.

They are Siobhan Miller on vocals and harmonium; Ewan MacPherson on guitar, banjo, mandolin and vocals; Lauren MacColl on viola and fiddle and Ewan Burton on double bass.

The membership of Salt House boasts previous winners of the BBC Young Folk Awards, a Scottish Jazz Award Winner in Ewan Burton and many prizes at the Scottish Trad Music Awards.

The sound of Salt House is earthy, deep-rooted, yet progressive, built from Grassroots Folk Music with contemporary influences. 2014 saw the release of their debut CD entitled ‘Lay Your Dark Low’.

Siobhan Miller is probably the foremost female Scottish singer of her generation, a fine performer of both contemporary and native Scottish song, as well as being a talented songwriter.

She is a graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and was voted ‘Scots Singer of the Year’ in the Scottish Trad Music Awards of 2011.

More recently, she has been performing with former Love and Money guitarist and singer, James Grant.

In addition, she released in November 2014 her first solo album of entirely contemporary material, entitled ‘Flight of Time’.

The album has received tremendous critical acclaim and was performed by Siobhan at Celtic Connections in January.

Fiddle player Laura MacColl won the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award in 2004. This led to the release of her first album ‘When Leaves Fall’ which was named as a classic album at the 2008 Celtic Connections festival.

More recently, Lauren was named as Instrumentalist of the Year at the Scottish Trad Music Awards in 2010.

This is the only occasion during the current season when Montrose Folk Club will take place on a Friday evening rather than the normal Thursday.

Everyone who enjoys quality music and singing should make the effort to hear Salt House at Montrose Folk Club before they move onto performing only at much larger venues.