Sarah-Jane Summers & Juhani Silvola
A critically acclaimed duo blending tradition and experimentation, Sarah-Jane Summers & Juhani Silvola display an inspired virtuosity, inventiveness and interplay in their music which explores the sonic and expressive possibilities of their instruments to the maximum. Their sound is based on Scottish traditional music from the Highlands, augmented by influences from Scandinavian traditions and experimental music. Like a conversation effortlessly flowing between light and dark, the music possesses an exceptionally wide emotional range, complemented by an open and improvisatory approach where both instruments take the lead as well as merge into one sound. Their album was released in autumn 2013, receiving glowing reviews across the board, including 5/5 and the prestigious Top of the World award in Songlines Magazine. The duo has toured extensively including a headline gig at Celtic Connections 2015. Their second album, Widdershins, was released in autumn 2016 to great reviews.