Bio

The Quiggs

“The Quiggs” is a Scottish/Danish duo consisting of the married couple Stephen and Pernille Quigg.

Stephen Quigg is a well-established folksinger who has made a living playing music for over 40 years. Stephen grew up on the west-coast of Scotland where music played a key part in his formative years. Stephen has through all the years performed solo but for 10 years he was also part of the legendary folk group The McCalmans until they finished up in 2010. Stephen toured with the group all over Europe and it was from Denmark (Viking raids revisited) that he brought with him home his future wife and singer/songwriter Pernille.

 

Pernille grew up in a very small village in the East of Jutland, where the old folk still recall a certain songbird sitting in the neighbour's apple tree singing the Danish version of 'I'm a Rambler I'm  Rover'. As a young adult she moved to Ireland following in musical footsteps and later on to Scotland where love and music combine in perfect harmony – most of the time ;-)

The Quiggs tour regularly with great success in Denmark, Germany and The Netherlands and of course there are many concerts on Scottish soil. Stephen and Pernille share a common feeling for the tradition of folk song, and thrive on a strong connection to the audience reaching far beyond the frontrow. 

The combination of the two voices in close harmony in songs whether traditional or contemporary interspersed with anecdotes and a touch of humour has received much praise from both audiences and organisers. A concert with The Quiggs is a chance to hear folk song in its original form - simple, yet highly expressive, beautiful harmonies and songs that seek the audience's participation.

The duo has previously released the album "River of Time" in 2015, which received fine reviews and airplay on BBC Radio and other European radio stations. In March 2017 “The Quiggs” released the CD „Seeds I Didn't Sow”, which featured as album of the week on Celtic Music Radio and was described by Folkradio.uk's Mike Davies as, “Unquestionably one of the best folk albums of the year.”

Stephen Quigg: vocals, guitar, banjo and bodhran
Pernille Quigg: vocals and guitar

Songs from Scotland and beyond – an evening in the element of folk song. Whether the song is traditional or contemporary the distinguishable mark of the Quiggs is the commitment to melody and storyline. Songs to stir and soothe the soul.

"The indicators of true quality extend to the individual and collective strengths of the Quiggs themselves, for both are fine singers with a nice line in close harmony, and both are natural experts in the art of choosing excellent songs..." David Kidman, The Living Tradition.

“The Quiggs are blessed with a rare musical talent “ Kenneth Ferguson, Corstorphine folk


“Pernille and Stephen Quigg are a duo who pack a real punch with their sparkling harmonies and no nonsense musicianship.” David Jones

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