Treacherous Orchestra
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Treacherous Orchestra

Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom | Established. Jan 01, 2009 | INDIE

Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2009
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"Guardian Album Review"

An album of rousing fusion work from the vibrant Scottish folk scene, where every musician seems to play in a variety of very different bands. Treacherous Orchestra are a brave and, at times, very loud 11-piece folk big band, with members who also work with the likes of Salsa Celtica. It's a largely acoustic lineup that includes two pipers, two fiddlers, two percussionists (drum kit and bodhrán), along with accordion, banjo, acoustic and sometimes electric guitar. They are influenced by rock as well as traditional Celtic styles, and the opening March of the Troutsmen sounds like an acoustic heavy mental anthem that segues into a fiddle and pipe tune. Elsewhere in this all-instrumental set they switch from riffs to a reggae stomp, or to the grand and lyrical Celtic melody of Easter Island, driven on by pipes and whistles. I suspect they sound even better live. - The Guardian

"the bright young folk review"

When it comes to bands and performers who know how to deliver the goods in a live situation, there can’t be too many who can step up to the plate and match Treacherous Orchestra. Contenders may try to hold a candle but might find the flame ignominiously blown out in a frenzied whirlwind of Celtic based tunes breathlessly merging into one another. - bright young folk

"Grind Album Review"

Treacherous Orchestra live up to their name. Constant shifts and the playing with form are thrill‐a‐minute exhilarating rather than outright dangerous or devious, they are genuinely symphonic and Grind is conceived on a grand scale. Yet this music is also played with intricate attention to detail, an intimate knowledge of the instruments of choice and a total trust in each others ability. They have it all and then some and Grind is pure, unadulterated, delirious joy. - FRUK

"FATEA Grind Review"

Anyone who has seen Treacherous Orchestra perform will know that they are a phenomenal live band. - FATEA

"Herald Grind Review"

Treacherous makes a very Scottish trance music with fevered banjo and accordion motifs, highly charged bagpipe licks, and driving and sometimes charmingly wayward fiddle lines. The sound is very industrial, as well as industrious, yet there's much joyfulness and emotional release as well as reflective links and gentler acoustic passages for contrast. The result is a strong, focused statement that's almost a metaphor for Scottish self‐sufficiency, in musical terms certainly, and as a listening experience, it's quite a journey. - The Herald

"Living Tradition Grind Review"

Treacherous Orchestra has succeeded in forging another link in those flexible chains between traditional and contemporary music ‐ pure dead brilliant - The Living Tradition


Origins (NAVIGATOR062) Released Feb 2012
Grind (
REVEAL045CDX) Released Feb 2015



The Treacherous Orchestra story is one of many strands, a tale told spanning the length and breadth of Scotland.  An un-definable collective force fusing people, concepts, styles and influences, shaping a musical supergroup that defies description.  From the North to the South, East to the West they came, converging in the musical melting-pot of Glasgow, trading ideas over beers and playing music with ferocity, verve and passion.  This is a tale of musical origins…

These roots and strands – the essence of the band – are the stories of the members themselves, all emerging from their own musical habitat and adding their own distinctive identity.  The band is composed of seasoned musicians who are already treading notable paths and reaching international recognition with other bands as performers, arrangers and composers.  Those bands that have gone before them, the likes of  Martyn Bennett’s Cuilinn Music, Wolfstone, Peatbog Faeries, Shooglenifty and Salsa Celtica tell the tale of a country full of bright musical minds, ideas, innovation and evolution.  It is a tale that continues with the rise of this epic Orchestra. 

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