As part of our commitment to supporting local talent in Orkney, earlier this year we joined forces with The Old Library in Kirkwall to help them design a cover for their CD which features modern folk music performed by four outstanding local musicians – Billy Peace, Stewart Shearer, Andy Cant and Eric Linklater.
The stunning image of the Hoy Hills at sunset on the cover of the CD is the work of Orkney based photographer Kendra Towns – a true Viking Soul whose beautiful images of Orkney’s landscapes and seascapes caught our eye on Instagram earlier this year. We asked Kendra to take over our Instagram account for a week in July – with amazing results – so we were delighted to collaborate with her again on this CD.
About the musicians
Billy Peace hails from South Ronaldsay and is a familiar local musician with a national reputation as an accomplished accordionist and pianist. Following a professional touring career in the 90s, Billy is now based in Aberdeen but stays true to his Orcadian roots, coming home regularly ‘to have tunes’.
A member of the successful Orkney trad rock band, Three Peace Sweet, Stewart Shearer from Stronsay plays an astonishing array of instruments including guitar, mandolin, dobro, lap steel and banjo. Along with Billy and Andy, Stewart collaborated with Ivan Drever of Wolfstone fame for Glasgow’s 2016 Celtic Connections Festival.
Four-times winner of the Ronnie Aim Memorial Trophy (an Orcadian traditional tune writing competition) Andy Cant plays pipes, fiddle and whistle and penned the tune In Remembrance which he played live on television during the 2017 Battle of Jutland commemorations. A member of the Kirkwall City Pipe Band since he was 16, Andy has played and performed with local group, Hullion, for over 25 years.
At just 24, Eric may be the youngest contributor to the CD but is an impressively accomplished fiddle player and vocalist. Following four years at the Royal Conservatoire in Glasgow studying traditional music, Eric has recently returned to his hometown of Kirkwall to perfect his craft.
Visitors to our distillery will enjoy listening to Spirit of Orkney being played in the distillery shop over the festive period and, from November, you can purchase the CD (priced at £13.00) online, from our distillery shop or from The Old Library.