Jennifer Wrigley & Laurence Wilson

Orkney’s multi award-winning folk fiddler, Jennifer Wrigley is highly respected globally as a cultural ambassador for the music of Scotland and her homeland of Orkney.

She is one of the finest traditional musicians playing anywhere in the world today. Her distinguished career began when, at the age of eight, she started having lessons at home in Deerness, Orkney, subsequently becoming a young member of the Orkney Strathspey and Reel Society, going on a few years later to release her first album, Dancing Fingers, at the tender age of sixteen, recorded at Attic Studios in Finstown.

Then in 1996 she won the UK’s national premier accolade for emerging folk talent, the BBC Young Trad Award, which kickstarted a hugely successful international recording and touring career. Performing with celebrated duo The Wrigley Sisters and six-piece progressive Scottish folk band Seelyhoo, over the years she has recorded over a dozen albums, undertaken three world tours and visited 47 countries, including 15 trans-Atlantic trips. In addition to all that she devotes a large portion of her time to the conservation and promotion of Orkney’s traditional music, teaching, mentoring and encouraging the next generation of Orkney musicians to grace our stages.

Jennifer also continues to represent Orkney as Associate Artist at Scotland’s national music academy in Glasgow, the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, where she is a central part of its creative community – collaborating with its traditional music degree students and sharing their work with audiences.

Joining Jennifer, providing a distinctive toe-tapping accompaniment, is fellow Orcadian, musician and kindred spirit, Laurence Wilson. Laurence appeared briefly on Orkney’s music scene in the mid-late 1980s when as a talented youngster he joined Ronald Anderson’s Dance Band and was a regular pianist at Kirkwall’s Ayre Hotel Sessions. After a lengthy break from music to pursue a worldwide backstage career, Laurence has begun taking the stage again. In addition to performing with Jennifer he has recently worked with celebrated Scots fiddler Alastair Savage at Orkney’s St Magnus Festival, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and a mini-tour of Scotland’s central belt.

Together this highly competent duo will delight you with their unique and exciting blend of Orcadian, Scots, Irish, Scandinavian and North American influenced Reels, Jigs, Marches, Strathspeys and Airs, featuring many of their own compositions and arrangements.