Kinnaris Quintet

Kinnaris : a mythological, traditional symbol of feminine grace and accomplishment, a celestial musician, depicted as half-woman, half-bird, renowned for her music, song, dance and poetry.

Fiona MacAskill (fiddle), Laura Wilkie (fiddle), Aileen (Reid) Gobbi (5 string fiddle), Laura-Beth Salter (mandolin) and Jenn Butterworth (guitar) collectively make Kinnaris Quintet: a new, five-strong band of vigorous, driving, high-spirited musicians.

Nominees for Folk Band of the Year at the Scots Trad Music Awards 2018, the quintet have been fielding rave reviews for their 2018 debut album, Free One. Melding new compositions with traditional Scottish and Irish, bluegrass, old-time and classical music, the group's diverse musical styles form a sound which is uplifting, honest and powerful.

All five musicians are prolific throughout Scotland and the UK's folk scene - between them, they have performed with Shooglenifty, Fiddlers' Bid, Niteworks, The Shee, Salsa Celtica, Ross Ainslie & Jarlath Henderson Band, Fat-Suit and Songs Of Separation. Whilst living in Glasgow brought the quintet together, what makes Kinnaris Quintet’s dynamic, enthralling sound is the marriage of their wide-ranging musical backgrounds, influences and styles.