Saltfishforty | Bere

Go To Artist Page

Recommended if You Like
blazin fiddles kris drever the gloaming

More Artists From
UK - Scotland

Other Genres You Will Love
Folk: Scottish Contemporary World: Celtic Moods: Type: Acoustic
Sell your music everywhere
There are no items in your wishlist.


by Saltfishforty

Songs and tunes inspired by the people and islands of Orkney, with a sprinkling of our favourites from further afield given the Saltfish treatment. Our fifth album, and back to the studio after 2013's live release.
Genre: Folk: Scottish Contemporary
Release Date: 

We'll ship when it's back in stock

Order now and we'll ship when it's back in stock, or enter your email below to be notified when it's back in stock.
Continue Shopping
available for download only
Share to Google +1

To listen to tracks you will need to update your browser to a recent version.

  Song Share Time Download
1. Whisky
4:41 $0.99
2. Odin
3:15 $0.99
3. Mad
4:53 $0.99
4. Tender
4:35 $0.99
5. Eileen's
3:30 $0.99
6. Tired
1:54 $0.99
7. Birds
2:55 $0.99
8. The Snipe
5:21 $0.99
9. Picky
3:45 $0.99
10. Waltzes
3:50 $0.99
11. Boss
3:12 $0.99
12. Woe
3:45 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes

Millbrae - R.Cooper
Mince in a Basket - C.McLaughlin
Reel for Dave Fleetwood - F.Driver
A Whisky Kiss - I.MacLeod

Four of our favourite Scottish reels.


The Odin Stone – B.Cromarty

In December 1814, Willie Mackay of Barnhouse in Stenness decided to destroy the standing stones on his land. He was stopped on Christmas Day, but not before he had brought down the Odin Stone.


The Mad March o’ Millquoy - D.Montgomery
The Swanney Brothers - D.Montgomery
The Battle Of Passchendaele - D.Montgomery

The Mad March is so mad it is actually a strathspey. Robert, Peter and Danny Swanney were Douglas’s Great Grandfather and his brothers, all renowned fiddlers. The third tune is a tribute to Douglas's great grand uncle Peter Duncan, lost in 1917, only 19 years old.


Tender Is The Night – C.R.Luedecke (SOCAN) Published by Mummy Dust Music Ltd II

Old Man Luedecke wrote this heartfelt cry for home, a song that speaks to anyone who's spent time away from loved ones.


Miss Eileen Linklater – B.Cromarty

Eileen is getting used to the Cromarty family's legendary punctuality. A wedding day present, finished for the first anniversary x


You're Tired Of Me - Buddy DeSylva  /  Mel Leven

We love a bit of swing – thanks Duncan!


The Whaap – B.Cromarty
Cattieface – B.Cromarty
The Teeo – B.Cromarty

Sooth twitchers might recognise these better as The Curlew, Short-eared Owl and Lapwing.


The Jack Snipe – B.Cromarty

In the 1960s, a retired trawler skipper made a deathbed confession, revealing the fate of the Orkney schooner Jack Snipe and her crew in 1907.


The Cat's Meow - J.Madden
Gerry O'Connor's Jig – Unknown
The Humours Of Trailbane – M.McAuley

A set of jigs all with Irish connections. The second one is from an old Boys of the Lough record.


Linda May's – B.Cromarty
Cruikie's – D.Montgomery

A waltz each, one for Brian's mam, the other for old friends of Douglas's family.


The Boss - D.Montgomery
Gogo’s Girls - D.Montgomery
Brussels to Bruntland – D.Montgomery

A reel and two jigs written for friends.


Woe Is Me – P.Stott
The Ferry Crossing – D.Montgomery

A beautifully depressing song by Peter Stott and Douglas's tune for loss and remembrance

All tracks arranged by Saltfishforty
For song lyrics and all the stories behind our music, visit

Douglas Montgomery - fiddle,viola, oct fiddle,guitar, mandolin, stomp
Brian Cromarty - vocals, guitar, octave mandolin, mandolin

Additional vocals from Marie Montgomery and Jenny Keldie

Recorded, mixed and mastered at Castlesound by Stuart Hamilton
Additional recording by Brian

Photography by Louise Bichan and Colin Keldie
Design by Colin

Douglas plays a violin and viola made by Colin William Tulloch
Brian plays a guitar made by Scott Brown, a Thomas Buchanan octave mandolin and a Jim Hilburn

This album is for all our friends and family

Special thanks to Eileen, Joe and Lucy, Marie, Lily, Magnus and Tom for their love and support"Outstanding musicianship. . . their mix of traditional, contemporary and original tunes and songs, stirred together with Scottish, country, blues, Balkan and rockabilly influences, deliver a wealth of lyricism and finesse" (The Scotsman)

"A brilliance and drive that makes them the envy of many a larger ensemble, coupled with a real sense of exuberance and joy in execution" (NetRhythms)

"A fresh and hugely exciting live act" (

"A class act from start to finish" (Living Tradition)



to write a review