Having performed together for over 10 years Catriona McKay, Scottish harp and Chris Stout, Shetland fiddle have evolved and developed a sound and style operating at a rarefied level of expertise (The Herald) and recorded their first duo cd Laebrack in 2005.
The crafting of their voice as a duo which blends elemental intensity with graceful eloquence (The Herald) has drawn them to explore new music and new ideas for this partnership of traditional instruments - sensual, throaty fiddle lines...harp is deliciously angular and haughty (Irish Times)
Their repertoire draws from Shetland, Northern Isles, Scotland, Europe and further afield, while their style dips into the many genres they explore as working musicians.
rooted in their traditions, brimming with contemporary influence A lesson in harp and fiddle playing, and a delight to the ear. Scotsman on Sunday
Fiddlers˚ Bid are internationally respected as leading exponents of their unique musical heritage and rich fiddle tradition and are global ambassadors for Shetland. A dynamic four fiddle front line joins with a powerhouse of piano, bass, guitar and Scottish harp to create a display of stunning virtuosity. Since their formation in 1991, the "flying fiddles and furious talent" of Fiddlers Bid have astounded audiences all over the world with their expressive, high energy music and performance. "Beware: Fiddlers Bid is infectious and habit-forming." www.fiddlersbid.com
Catriona McKay and Olov Johansson have been enjoying playing Scottish harp and nyckelharp since having a few tunes back stage before a gig by Fiddlers Bid and Väsen (their respective bands) in the popular meeting place for folk musicians Nybrokajen 11, in Stockholm in 2002.
Catriona had learnt the tune Spelmansglädje from a recording by the composer of this wonderful tune Eric Sahlstöm on the cd Fiddlers from Five Provinces, a tune that jumped out at her and she just had to learn. At the end of the rehearsal Catriona asked Olov 'Do you know this one?' and played 'Spelmansglädje', not realising it was a famous nyckelharpa tune that Olov had played for many years. They were both amazed by the sound and possibilities of the nyckelharpa and harp combination.
The wonderful musical connection began that afternoon and since that lucky meeting, they have been looking for opportunities to explore further the combination of Scottish harp and Nyckelharpa.
In January 2007 they had the opportunity to play a duo set at the Fiddlers Bid International concert at Celtic Connections 2006. During the festival they made time to record 2 sets for Olovs latest solo album I Lust Och Glöd. (www.drone.se)
In 2007 they performed together at Olovs album launch in Uppsala Concert Hall and at Folkmusikens Hus, Rättvik. In January 2008, Olov was a musician in Catrionas new piece FLOE - a Celtic Connections 2008 commission. Catriona wrote Olovs Polska as part of FLOE especially for Olov. Thetoured Sweden in summer 2008, playing again at the Folkmusikens Hus as well as the Erci Sahlström Institute, Konsthallen in Hishult and the tremendous Korrö Festival!