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 & Ruaridh Campbell, and Wingin’ It. 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.
Angus Lyon & Ruaridh Campbell
Accepted as one of Scotland’s most creative fiddle and accordion duos, Lyon & Campbell racked up numerous accolades for their 2006 album 18 Months Later including Glasgow Herald’s Folk Album of the year and was chosen as Celtic Connections Classic Albums alongside John Martyn’s Solid Air and Dick Gaughan’s Handful of Earth.
So recognised are the duo that in January 2010 they appeared alongside ten-times Grammy award winner and world-renowned vocalist Bobby McFerrin (Don’t Worry, Be Happy) during his concert in Glasgow.
Adam Bulley and Chas Mackenzie are gaining credits for their dextrous, almost lyrical arrangements on mandolin and guitars and in 2012 were comissioned to write and perform an original piece of music for The Gordon Duncan Memorial Trust concert in Perth.