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Aberfeldy were formed in May 2002 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Riley Briggs (singer/songwriter) met Ian Stoddart (drums), Ken McIntosh (bass) and Sarah McFadyen (fiddle/vocals) in the famous Edinburgh folk music venue The Royal Oak where he served his musical apprenticeship playing three nights a week for the great Scottish public.

Together they began working with producer Jim Sutherland ( to record some of Riley’s own material and were joined by Ruth Barrie (keyboard/vocals) after spotting her singing in the Bongo Club cafe. Jim had originally tried multi-tracking some of Riley’s songs but felt the recordings lacked the special quality of Riley just sitting with his guitar. Jim hit upon a technique of recording around a single microphone that captured the real in-the-moment dynamic
of the band, helping to achieve the fresh sound that perfectly sets off the five piece's beautiful boy-girl harmonies and gentle acoustic sensibilities.Aberfeldy spent the next year honing their sound, setting up a weekly residency in the Forest Arts Café, playing regularly in Edinburgh and touring the North of Scotland. In the midst of their busy schedules the band were working hard to develop and record their debut album with Jim.

Demos of the songs began to attract considerable interest and the band received airplay on Radio One. In January 2004 the band were picked to play at Scottish International showcase Celtic Connections at the Glasgow Barrowlands. There the band were spotted by a radio plugger who sent their fledgling album straight to Geoff Travis at Rough Trade Records. A few days later Geoff flew up to meet Aberfeldy and the band were signed to the great independent UK label.

Aberfeldy released their first single, a limited edition 7 “ promo “Vegetarian Restaurant” in June 2004. This was followed by the release of their critically acclaimed album, “Young Forever” in August 2004. Amongst a batch of great press the album was given 9/10 in the NME, alongside a “Single of the Week” accolade for first proper single
"Heliopolis by Night" released in September 2004, which reached number 66 in the UK charts.

Their second single Love Is An Arrow and accompanying flash music video featuring lovelorn Eskimos (link to video), was released on February 14th 2005, Valentine’s Day, reaching number 60 in the charts. Seeing themselves rather as the pop-tortoises of the race, Aberfeldy plan to continue their slow but steady ascent.

Aberfeldy have played all over Scotland and the UK since their signing to Rough Trade. The band were chosen to play at the 2004 Edinburgh’s Hogmanay Festival – the World’s biggest street party – supporting New York’s finest – Blondie and the Scissor Sisters.

A recent trip to play SXSW festival in Austin Texas in March 2005 earned Aberfeldy rave reviews ( and a severe addiction to cheese-dip. Luckily the band were working hard to lose the extra weight, playing four showcase gigs, doing interviews and playing sessions for the BBC. The band also found time to stop by in New York on their way home to record a demo track with producer Roger Greenwalt at Shabby Road studios.

The band will be concentrating on gigging over the summer and plan to begin
recording their second album in the autumn.


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