Millbrae – R.Cooper
Mince in a Basket – C.McLaughlin
Reel for Dave Fleetwood – F.Driver
A Whisky Kiss – I.MacLeod
Four of our favourite Scottish reels.
The Odin Stone – B.Cromarty
In December 1814, Willie Mackay of Barnhouse in Stenness decided to destroy the standing stones on his land. He was stopped on Christmas Day, but not before he had brought down the Odin Stone.
The Mad March o’ Millquoy – D.Montgomery
The Swanney Brothers – D.Montgomery
The Battle Of Passchendaele – D.Montgomery
The Mad March is so mad it is actually a strathspey. Robert, Peter and Danny Swanney were Douglas’s Great Grandfather and his brothers, all renowned fiddlers. The third tune is a tribute to Douglas’s great grand uncle Peter Duncan, lost in 1917, only 19 years old.
Tender Is The Night – C.R.Luedecke (SOCAN) Published by Mummy Dust Music Ltd II
Old Man Luedecke wrote this heartfelt cry for home, a song that speaks to anyone who’s spent time away from loved ones.
Miss Eileen Linklater – B.Cromarty
Eileen is getting used to the Cromarty family’s legendary punctuality. A wedding day present, finished for the first anniversary x
You’re Tired Of Me – Buddy DeSylva / Mel Leven
We love a bit of swing – thanks Duncan!
The Whaap – B.Cromarty
Cattieface – B.Cromarty
The Teeo – B.Cromarty
Sooth twitchers might recognise these better as The Curlew, Short-eared Owl and Lapwing.
The Jack Snipe – B.Cromarty
In the 1960s, a retired trawler skipper made a deathbed confession, revealing the fate of the Orkney schooner Jack Snipe and her crew in 1907.
The Cat’s Meow – J.Madden
Gerry O’Connor’s Jig – Unknown
The Humours Of Trailbane – M.McAuley
A set of jigs all with Irish connections. The second one is from an old Boys of the Lough record.
Linda May’s – B.Cromarty
Cruikie’s – D.Montgomery
A waltz each, one for Brian’s mam, the other for old friends of Douglas’s family.
The Boss – D.Montgomery
Gogo’s Girls – D.Montgomery
Brussels to Bruntland – D.Montgomery
A reel and two jigs written for friends.
Woe Is Me – P.Stott
The Ferry Crossing – D.Montgomery
A beautifully depressing song by Peter Stott and Douglas’s tune for loss and remembrance
All tracks arranged by Saltfishforty
For song lyrics and all the stories behind our music, visit www.saltfishforty.co.uk
Douglas Montgomery – fiddle,viola, oct fiddle,guitar, mandolin, stomp
Brian Cromarty – vocals, guitar, octave mandolin, mandolin
Additional vocals from Marie Montgomery and Jenny Keldie
Recorded, mixed and mastered at Castlesound by Stuart Hamilton
Additional recording by Brian
Photography by Louise Bichan and Colin Keldie
Design by Colin
Douglas plays a violin and viola made by Colin William Tulloch
Brian plays a guitar made by Scott Brown, a Thomas Buchanan octave mandolin and a Jim Hilburn
This album is for all our friends and family
Special thanks to Eileen, Joe and Lucy, Marie, Lily, Magnus and Tom for their love and support”Outstanding musicianship. . . their mix of traditional, contemporary and original tunes and songs, stirred together with Scottish, country, blues, Balkan and rockabilly influences, deliver a wealth of lyricism and finesse” (The Scotsman)
“A brilliance and drive that makes them the envy of many a larger ensemble, coupled with a real sense of exuberance and joy in execution” (NetRhythms)
“A fresh and hugely exciting live act” (Folking.com)
“A class act from start to finish” (Living Tradition)