The Halton Quartet
03 May 2012 (19:30 - 22:30)
Comprising the collective talents within two of Scotland’s most innovative and captivating duos, The Halton Quartet may be more familiar to audiences as Angus Lyon and Ruaridh Campbell, and Wingin’ It. They make music which is both rich in tradition and boldly forward-looking, with arrangements that expand and develop melodic ideas with imagination, subtlety and brio.
The four met on board the mv Halton during the 2007 Orkney Folk Festival and have since gone on to make music which is both rich in tradition and boldly forward-looking, with arrangements that expand and develop melodic ideas with imagination, subtlety and brio. Influenced by Argentinean tango master Astor Piazzolla, The European classical school, New York Jazz and Scottish tune forms – this is music with genuine heart and soul.
“The Halton Quartet is steaming steadily into the territory mapped out by Fraser Fifield and Lau, where world music merges with jazz and minimalism, a voyage in search of beauty aided by superb musicianship. On the evidence of an all-too-short set, in which the breathtaking dynamic and tonal colour range of Campbell’s fiddle work was particularly noteworthy, plain sailing seems assured.” - Old Fruitmarket, Glasgow – 27 January 2011