Since the release of their 2013 debut album ‘Lay Your Dark Low’ The Scottish band Salt House has established itself as a strong force on the British Folk scene. By now well-known for their combination of new writing along with skilful reworking of old words, their sound is rooted in the rich British song-writing tradition. Beautiful new and original compositions of “startling freshness” (fRoots) laced with echoes of Pentangle, a touch of Dick Gaughan, and vocals resembling the ones of Scottish Folk icon Karine Polwart promise an evening of sheer beauty!
“A gentle, lulling delight.” – The Guardian
“They are a seriously talented group of musical raconteurs.” – Bright Young Folk
“Wonderful… a trio of exceptional talent.” – Folk Radio UK
“One of the most interesting and exciting bands to emerge in the last few years.” – Mike Harding
“Imaginatively creative songs and startling freshness to traditional material.” – fRoots
“A significant new collective!” – The Herald
Salt House is Jenny Sturgeon, Ewan MacPherson and Lauren MacColl. The group’s meticulous attention to detail, shared passions and care for their craft gives this Folk trio a very special cohesion. Songs are central to Salt House. New songs that sound as if they’ve always been here, ancient ballads woken up, poems given the tunes they’ve long deserved. Songs about place, politics, landscape and birds delivered and interpreted with subtlety that captures the audience’s attention effortlessly.
2017 saw the arrival of singer, guitarist and harmonium player Jenny Sturgeon who sings with beauty and power. Her strong interest in wildlife – Jenny holds a PHD in the study of seabirds – finds expression in her songs and the beautiful linocuts that she produces in her second persona as printmaker.
Lauren MacColl is a prolific and award-winning soloist as much as an experienced key member of the quartet RANT and The Rachel Newton Band. As fiddler, viola player and vocalist Lauren’s arrangements hold a rich, deep, darkness flecked with gold. Her elegant, delicate bowing conjures up images of the Highlands.
The third in the pack is singer and guitarist Ewan MacPherson. His wealth of understanding and experience gained with the highly respected bands Fribo and Shooglenifty finds entry into his writing for Salt House. His songs are poetic and layered, his plaintive voice perfectly complementing the female vocals.
The band’s most recent album Undersong (2018) was recorded in the stunningly restored Telford Church on the island of Berneray, capturing the building’s vibe of tranquility beautifully. No better space to recreate this experience than in the intimacy of the Grade 2* listed Hermon Chapel!
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Jenny Sturgeon – vocals, harmonium, shruti box, guitar
Lauren MacColl – fiddle, viola, vocals
Ewan MacPherson – guitar, mandola, vocals, jaws harp
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