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Kinnaris Quintet (SCO)

The Kinnaris Quintet comprises five women who have each won a leading role on the Scots folk music scene by dint of their eminent musical talent and creativity. The quintet numbers Jenn Butterworth, guitar; Laura-Beth Salter, mandolin and tenor guitar; Aileen Reid, 5-string fiddle, Fiona MacAskil, fiddle, and Laura Wilkie, fiddle. When they hit the stage, they cause a power surge of intensity and contagious energy. Kinnaris Quintet formed in 2017, and the following year released their debut Free One album, which resulted in nominations at both the MG Alba Trad Music Awards and BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. In 2019, the quintet were awarded the desirable Belhaven Bursary for Innovation in Music, given to Scots folk musicians who show special innovation and distinction in their field. With their confident foundation in Scotland’s folk music tradition, the five women blaze new trails inspired by bluegrass, classical music, Nordic folk music and oldtime. In 2022 Kinnaris Quintet’s second album This Too appeared. Focus is now on tone and harmonies in intelligent, dynamic arrangements. Kinnaris Quintet have performed alongside many well-known musicians, such as Karine Polwart, Julie Fowlis, Dreamers’ Circus and Frigg.