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The Wrigley Sisters - Medley of Orcadian Songs [Live at Smithsonian Folklife Festival 2003]
Jennifer and Hazel Wrigley are excellent young fiddle and piano virtuosos from Orkney, a group of islands just off the north coast of Scotland. The twin sisters are preserving Orkney's local musical traditions while at the same time composing important new material. Their Orcadian music is quite distinct, reflecting not only their Scottish heritage but also these islands' strong Norwegian ties. Orkney's geographic isolation has led to a deep sense of self-reliance and independence among its people, who consider themselves Orcadians first and Scots second. Both this independence and pride are happily reflected in Orcadian music. In this video, the Wrigley Sisters perform "Skeldaquoy Point," "The Hawk Reel," and "The Salvation Reel" at the 2003 Smithsonian Folklife Festival. For more music from this part of the world, listen to 'Music from the Orkney Islands (Scotland)' by Allie Windwick and Hugh Inkster, available on CD and digital. Stream/download/purchase: Smithsonian Folkways: Spotify: Smithsonian Folkways: Facebook: Twitter: Instagram: The content and comments posted here are subject to the Smithsonian Institution copyright and privacy policy ( Smithsonian reserves the right in its sole discretion to remove any content at any time.
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