Kinnaris Quintet

Kinnaris Quintet are a Scottish Folk band, founded in 2017, whose music is influenced by Scottish and Irish traditional music, bluegrass and classical. The group takes its name from the south-east Asian mythological creature, the Kinnaris, renowned for their dance, song and poetry.[1] In 2019 they won The Belhaven Bursary for Innovation in Scottish Music.[2]

Kinnaris Quintet
OriginGlasgow, Scotland
GenresScottish folk music,
Years active2017 (2017)–present



The members of the group knew each other from playing in the same sessions and meeting each other at gigs. In 2017 Gobbi invited Wilkie, MacAskill, Salter and Butterworth to her flat to jam and they agreed to form the group. In 2017 Salter and Butterworth released an album together, Bound, under their own names and in 2018 Kinnaris Quintet released their debut album Free One.[3]. Free One was longlisted for the 2019 Scottish Album of the Year Award.[4]


  • Free One (2018)


  1. ^ "Kinnaris Quintet". Shetland Folk Festival. Retrieved 16 January 2020.
  2. ^ "Winners of the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards 2019". Folk Radio. Retrieved 10 January 2020.
  3. ^ "Kinnaris Quintet: Free One". Folk Radio. Retrieved 16 January 2020.
  4. ^ "2019 SAY Award Longlist Announced". The Skinny. Retrieved 18 January 2020.

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