Collective goes hall the way

Salt House
Salt House

Acoustic four-piece Salt House have merged their musical minds to bring an amalgamation of earthy, deep-rooted, yet eagerly progressive soundscapes to Etal Village Hall later this month.

Brought together through the Scottish music scene, they released their debut album, Lay Your Dark Low, in 2013 and have been heralded by the Guardian as a seamless team, boasting between them winners of BBC Young Folk Awards, a Scottish Jazz Award and titles at the MG ALBA Scots Traditional Music Awards.

Award-winning bassist and composer Euan Barton, double bassist in the band, has toured and recorded with jazz heavyweights and leading folk, pop and rock musicians and has recently released the critically-acclaimed, Occurrences.

Black Isle-born Lauren McColl, fiddler and violist, is considered by many as the most expressive fiddle player in Scotland, her traditional style oozing her Highland heritage. She released her first album, When Leaves Fall, in 2004.

The dynamic and versatile Ewan MacPherson plays the banjo and mandolin as well as vocals and guitar and has been attributed with founding a unique sound, fusing Scottish, Norwegian and World music in his earlier works.

Considered one of the foremost Scottish singers, Siobhan Miller takes vocals and harmonium. She has performed at several major folk festivals and worked on Broadway productions. Her distinctive voice adds a myriad of texture to the reworkings of old ballads.

Blending the original with the traditional, their union is a happy and accomplished one.

The gig takes place on Saturday, March 26, 7.30pm to 10.30pm, at Etal Village Hall. For tickets, £12, contact Steve or Helen 01890 820566 or 07583 353510. Visit www.ford-and-etal.co.uk