Orkney Strathspey and Reel Society

Celebrating their 70th anniversary in 2018, the Orkney Strathspey and Reel Society is rightly regarded as one of the county's most respected dan established musical groups.

Founded in 1948, with leader George Stewart, it originally boasted an impressive membership of 28 accordion, guitar and fiddle players. In the years since, members of the society have included many “weel kent” Orcadian musicians such as Pat Shearer, Ronnie Aim, Hugh Inkster, Davy Munson,  Tommy Mainland,  Jennifer and Hazel Wrigley, Erika Shearer, and Eric Linklater.

The Society currently has around 35 members, including a junior section, and regularly performs throughout the county. They have also released a number of recordings – most recently, Itchy Fingers, in 2012.