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Saltfishforty plus Spiers & Boden at The Lemon Tree

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Saltfishforty plus Spiers & Boden

Saturday 3 July doors 7.30pm, onstage 8pm

12 + bf

The Lemon Tree

Two of Britain's most dynamic young folk duos team up for this very special Tune Up tour. Having performed together at last year's Orkney Fest, Spiers & Boden and Saltfishforty will play their own sets and collaborate in what is sure to be a hi-octane show. Not having toured Scotland in five years, Spiers & Boden are hugely excited to be returning, all the more so considering the success of their initial collaboration with Saltfishforty. As broadcaster Lesley Riddoch noted, "the four lads played together as if they'd been in the same band all their lives. Could this be the start of something big?" Find out this summer, as the duos hit the road together.

Tune Up - Music Touring Across Scotland - 2009/10

Tickets available from Aberdeen Box Office, 01224 641122


The stars that shone brightest were the deadly double act Saltfishforty barnstorming their way through a sizzling set While traditional Orcadian tunes are sprinkled throughout their set they playfully throw hints of jazz, blues and country into the mix, but the overall impression was of a footstomping feast of fun. Brian Ferguson, Living Tradition

Every note is in place, every word is clear, every touch is totally professional A class act from start to finish Alex Monaghan, Living Tradition

An eclectic hybrid of styles, rooted in traditional folk but also drawing on bluegrass, blues, jazz and cajun An impressive instrumental combination. Kenny Mathieson, The Scotsman *****

Their sound reveals a fluency across [a] range of styles, and a dab dual hand at knitting them all together, all propelled by a punchy drive An alchemic blend of superb musicianship and empathy, adding up to a fiery new force. Sue Wilson, The Sunday Herald ****

Spiers & Boden:

Technically they stand head to head with the best of their generation...Jon Boden plays fiddle with an earthy vigour that's utterly compelling and sings in a frantic breathless manner as if the hounds of hell are taking lumps out of his backside, while John Spiers harmonises and plays urgent driving melodeon to a very high standard indeed...halfway to reinventing the style without even realising it" fRoots Magazine

"Dynamics, drive and passion" BBC Radio 2 folk website

Anyone who needs convincing that the current folk revival is becoming as intriguing, varied and experimental as it was back in the 1960s should check out the remarkable career of John Spiers and Jon Boden. In just a few years, they have established themselves as the finest instrumental duo on the traditional scene, and the contemporary equivalent of Martin Carthy and Dave Swarbrick. The Guardian

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