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The Wrigley Sisters perform a medley of Orcadian songs at the 2003 Smithsonian Folklife Festival

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. Here, the Wrigley Sisters perform "Skeldaquoy Point", "The Hawk Reel" and "The Salvation Reel".To find more music from this part of the world vist: http://www.folkways.si.edu/searchresults.aspx?sPhrase=United%20Kingdom&sType='phrase'To learn more about Smithsonian Folkways visit http://www.folkways.si.edu To find out more about the Smithsonian Folklife Festival visit http://festival.si.edu/The content and comments posted here are subject to the Smithsonian Institution copyright and privacy policy (www.si.edu/copyright/). Smithsonian reserves the right in its sole discretion to remove any content at any time.
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