"Characterful new songs and settings, deftly woven ****" – The Scotsman
Salt House has been a mainstay of the folk scene for a decade. Expect new songs that sound as if they’ve always been here, ancient ballads woken up, and poems given the melodies they’ve long deserved. Their songs are strong rooted in place, people and their shared love of the natural world.
The band’s reputation as fine interpreters of words both old and new has been solidified over the past few years with acclaimed album releases and extensive touring both at home and in mainland Europe. Salt House is Jenny Sturgeon, Ewan MacPherson and Lauren MacColl.
2023 marks the launch of their latest studio album Riverwoods – a musical response to the feature-length documentary of the same name made by rewilding charity SCOTLAND: The Big Picture, and recently featured on Channel 5. This, their third release on Hudson Records with producer Andy Bell, is a collection of both songs and instrumentals inspired by the journey of the atlantic salmon and the much-needed biodiversity along our river systems. “I encourage you to immerse yourself in this beautiful album, to ‘feel’ it and, crucially, to hear its message,” says Pete Cairns, Executive Director, STBP.
The Salt House sound is carefully honed – melancholy viola entangled round rich vocals and double-guitar interplay. There’s a strong connection to place in their music – with the band based between the Scottish Highlands and Shetland. Taking their name from a dock in Ewan’s native Liverpool, Salt House draw on a wide range of influence from folk, traditional, and singer-songwriter worlds that they inhabit. Whether it’s on the festival stage or in an intimate theatre, the band share their songs with an empathy that has won them fans far and wide.
The Traverse Theatre is funded by Creative Scotland and The City of Edinburgh Council, and has received additional support from the Scottish Government's Performing Arts Venues Relief Fund and Creative Scotland’s Recovery Fund for Cultural Organisations.
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