The Spiral Awards 2013 Nomination

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We have been nominated in The Spiral Awards 2013 in the BEST INSTRUMENTAL ALBUM Category.  Thanks Spiral Earth.  You can vote for us but the other nominated cds by Spiro and our sometimes guitar dep (and good friend) Matheu Watson are really good too! Voting closes at noon on 14 March 2013.

Duncan Lyall’s new album, Infinite Reflections

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Treacherous bassist Duncan Lyall has just released a new album, Infinite Reflections, and launched a new website. ( “A soundtrack to an infinite number of stories”, Treacherous fans will love this new offering from our ace of bass and Origins co-producer. The album features an array of brilliant musicians: Duncan Lyall – Double Bass, Bass Guitar, Synths, Programming, Shakers and …

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Spiral Earth bigging us up again

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Spiral Earth – online home of everything folky – are on our side again.  We are very grateful for their support. The Treacherous Orchestra is awesome – and that’s not a term we use lightly – Having just released their debut album in February 2012 they have gone to being one of the best festival acts out there. They were …

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Shrewsbury Folk Festival Stormer

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We had a stormer of a gig at Shrewsbury Folk Festival attested by a couple of reviews that follow: from the Shropshire Star: Blistering set as curtain falls on Shrewsbury Folk Festival A blistering live set from stand-in headliners The Treacherous Orchestra brought the curtain down on Shrewsbury’s most successful folk festival to date. and from Folk and Roots “The Treacherous …

Fantastic Cambridge Folk Festival 2012 review from Virtual Festivals

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‘An electrifying array of musical talent’… With a magical Celtic blend of fairytale nonsense, Treacherous Orchestra march on stage with all the curiosity of a Victorian vaudeville act. Top hats and bagpipes are the order of the night as the twelve piece Scottish-Irish folk band whip the audience up into a wide-eyed frenzied melting pot of happiness. Treacherous Orchestra ease …

Review from FolkWorld

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Treacherous Orchestra “Origins” Navigator Records, 2012 You could fill this review by simply listing the line-up of this 11-piece trad big band, so take your time now … No, I make it short and simple: from the land that brought us Martyn Bennett,[36] Croft No. Five,[30] Peatbog Faeries,[46] Salsa Celtica[26] and Shooglenifty[41] comes another trad fusion outfit. Featuring highly talented Scottish (and Irish) artists, almost …

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Two Valleys Radio @ Shepley Folk Festival

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Ross, Ali & Fraser (and the “Zookeep” Lesley Shaw) did this radio show at the Two Valleys Radio on-site caravan at the Shepley Folk Festival on the Sun afternoon after our gig there the night before.  I haven’t listened to it yet!  Let us know if it’s any good!

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A cracker of a review (and quote) from

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Treacherous Orchestra – Origins by Neil McFadyen on 3 May, 2012 – in Reviews Treacherous Orchestra are an 11 piece band featuring musicians from (amongst others) Shooglenifty, the Peatbog Fairies and Salsa Celtica. Following their hugely successful debut at Celtic Connections in 2009, the band have been bringing their considerable talent together and have, at last, produced a studio album …

Pipehacker Review

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Posted on Pipehacker | April 13, 2012 | by Vince Janoski When you first look at their album cover for Origins, Treacherous Orchestra appears as if it is just the latest thrash metal group or DJ-dance-hall-fusion-electronica band. Never would you suspect an ensemble that pays a great deal of homage to their Celtic traditional roots and puts forth a sound that …