Fellow Pynins return to Borders to trace their Scottish roots

Fellow Pynins.
Fellow Pynins.

Oregon’s contemporary folk duo – Fellow Pynins – bring their latest tour to Haining House, Selkirk, tomorrow (Friday).

Following the release of their critically acclaimed ‘Hunter & the Hunted’ album, the pair, hailed as “spine tingling” by the BBC, return to the UK to trace their Scottish roots with the promise of new material, stories and their unique twist of the traditional.

The duo announced a string of UK dates for August which saw them play cities, including London, Cambridge and Maidenhead, before heading to Scotland and Ireland.

The duo, comprised of Dani Aubert and Ian Van Ornum, performed in their former years as a seven-piece folk orchestra called Patchy Sanders, which took them far and wide through the journey of songwriting and touring. After the folding of Patchy Sanders, the duo decided to take their love of songwriting and performing down to the bones, and used their acoustic instruments and voices to write the material for their first album, ‘Hunter & the Hunted’. They quickly received accolades for this 2016 release from the likes of BBC, fRoots Magazine, and Country Music People. Lisa Dunn, of the BBC, commented: “Fellow Pynins will transport you into their haunting and beguiling world of love tales and spine-tingling harmonies… They will have you travelling far and wide to hear them again.”

Their first tour through Europe in 2016 brought them from Spain to Ireland – hitting small towns, far-reaching islands,and the greater metropolitan areas.

Fellow Pynins travelled with a nanny and Eowyn, their five-year-old budding fiddler daughter, playing at cultural centres, pubs and popular concert series.

This trip was a reconnaissance for the Americans as they discovered their family history in Ireland and Scotland and began to collect the traditional songs of the people. This spark of song collecting re-inspired their love of storytelling and performing intimate, acoustic concerts and infiltrated their repertoire of original songs with a smattering of uniquely interpreted traditional songs.