Treacherous Orchestra

Treacherous Orchestra

 Glasgow, Scotland, GBR
BandFolkCeltic

The new generation of tune'n'groove-led instrumental Folk music has arrived. Hot melodies, chunky grooves, a mighty wall of acoustic driven sound that'll leave your chest bone throbbing, this band have the sonic ammunition to finish off any festival. You have been warned, miss them at your peril.

Biography

“NOTHING ON THE FOLK SCENE QUITE COMPARES TO THIS.” SUNDAY MAIL

"A YEAR DOMINATED BY BIG BANDS AND EXPANDED LINE-UPS WAS TOPPED BY SCOTLAND'S EXTRAORDINARY TREACHEROUS ORCHESTRA." THE TELEGRAPH

“THE TREACHEROUS ORCHESTRA’S MIGHTY AURAL RAMPAGE BRILLIANTLY CAPTURED AND REDOUBLED THE MOOD OF CELEBRATORY EUPHORIA.” THE SCOTSMAN

Emerging from the vibrant melting-pot of Glasgow’s 21st-century folk scene, Treacherous Orchestra take Scottish dance music into a thrilling new dimension. Comprising ten of Scotland’s, and two of Ireland’s, finest young instrumentalists (or should that just be mentalists?), this truly turbocharged collective have incited merry mayhem at every one of their previous appearances, from remote Hebridean islands to Rudolstadt’s World Music Festival in Germany, from sell-out shows at Celtic Connections to the world-renowned Cambridge Folk Festival. Now they enter a new chapter with the long-awaited release of their debut album, launched in February 2012 on Navigator records.

The band’s members hail from the length and breadth of Scotland –plus two from Ireland – and together represent the leading edge of the country’s ongoing folk revival. Having grown up under the influence of such pioneering fusion acts as Shooglenifty, Martyn Bennett and Wolfstone, they draw simultaneously on deep traditional roots and the full gamut of contemporary influences, interweaving these strands organically in a repertoire consisting almost entirely of original tunes. Along with boundless youthful energy, they bring to bear a vast range of experience from other innovative Scottish outfits, featuring past or current members of Croft No. Five, Salsa Celtica, the Peatbog Faeries, Session A9, Old Blind Dogs, Box Club and Back of the Moon, among others.

Already well acquainted through Glasgow’s dynamic session circuit, the nucleus of the band was formed at the inaugural Sound of Rum festival in 2005, staged on a tiny island just south of Skye. The instant high-octane synergy and sheer visceral excitement of that performance has continued to evolve over their subsequent rendezvous. Recent gigs have included back to back sell-out shows at Celtic Connections in 2010, 2011 and 2012, finishing off the mainstage at Cambridge Folk festival, Rudolstadt World Music Festival in Germany as well as numerous other festival appearances including Wickham Festival and the Hebridean Celtic Festival in Lewis. In 2012 their debut album 'Origins' was nominated for Album of the Year at the Scot's Trad Music Awards and the band were nominated in the Best Group category at the BBC Radio Folk Awards.

In addition to their dazzling instrumental skills, many in the Treacherous Orchestra’s ranks are superbly gifted tune composers, providing for a musical mix that plays fully to the line-up’s copious strengths. Featuring bagpipes, whistles, flutes, fiddles, accordion, banjo, guitars, bass, drums, bodhrán and percussion, their tightly crafted arrangements far transcend mere force of numbers, aligning richly layered, radiantly colourful melodies with muscular yet sophisticated rhythmic interplay, forging an irresistibly danceable sound that equally delights the ears.

Treacherous Orchestra are:

Ali Hutton (bagpipes, whistles)
Ali’s abundant multi-instrumental have already earned him an impressive list of band and session credits, including Back of the Moon, the Mick West Band, Dougie MacLean, Capercaillie and the Scottish Fiddle Orchestra. He currently performs with Old Blind Dogs and the Mick West Band while also playing guitar with the Ross Ainslie and Jarlath Henderson Trio. Besides his performing credits, Ali has recently produced a number of records including Maeve McKinnon’s ‘Don’t Sing Love Song’s’ (along with Duncan Lyall) which was part of the Celtic Connections Classic Album’s series and the latest Old Blind Dogs cd, ‘Wherever Yet May Be’.

Ross Ainslie (bagpipes, whistles)
Ross is one of Scotland’s most outstanding young pipers. Best known for his dazzling duo partnership with Irish piper Jarlath Henderson, he also performs with the Dougie MacLean Band, Salsa Celtica and India Alba. Ross was commissioned to write the score for Perth Theatre’s Christmas Concert ‘The Snow Queen’ in 2009 and has more recently been teaching and performing with Scottish and Indian musicians for a musical collaboration that is part of the Cultural Olympiad in 2012. This project also involved being part of the 2011 Opening Concert at Celtic Connections, performing alongside Zakir Hussain in his Pulse of the World show.

Adam Sutherland (fiddle)
Adam’s brilliantly adventurous fiddle playing currently features in two of Scotland’s most inventive folk bands, the Peatbog Faeries and Session A9, and previously with such outfits as Croft No. Five, Cuillin Music and Salsa Celtica. Adam has travelled the world with his music, including performances in Sri Lanka for the 2014 Commonwealth Games announcement and in Borneo

Discography

Treacherous Orchestra - EP

Origins (2012)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rdzG4AShB-o - Showreel
http://youtu.be/Q75kT02Qb1o - BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tN_PfcVMLeM - Scots Trad Music Awards
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-mePtUCCutI - Ironworks, Inverness

Set List

Intro

Sea of Okhotsk
The Shimmering Sea of Okhotsk Adam Sutherland 8 mins

Look East
Wade on the Watter Innes Watson 5 mins
Look East John Somerville 5 mins

Gordon Duncan Jigs
PM Sandy Spence Gordon Duncan 3 mins
Roll Out the Snake Gordon Duncan 4 mins
Trip to Modena Gordon Duncan 3 mins

Rutherglen Road
Rutherglen Road Kevin O’Neill 4 mins
The Dirty Bee Ross Ainslie 4 mins

Sea of Clouds
Sea of Clouds Kevin O’Neill 9mins

Superfly
March of the Troustmen Adam Sutherland 3 mins
Sheepskins Beeswax Trad 2 mins
Taybank Shenanigans Ross Ainslie 3 mins
Superfly Kevin O’Neill 5 mins

Sausages
Ben Williams of Tiree John Somerville 4 mins
Garry Porch of Avernish Adam Sutherland 4 mins
Phit Dae a Dae Innes Watson 4 mins
Maverick Angels Brendan R