Combining a benignly hedonistic version of Viking berserker spirit with a formidable breadth of musicianship, Orcadian eight-piece The Chair deliver a turbocharged mash-up of folk, blues, rock, and more. Collectively the sound bursts with the energy of a heavy rock gig—a rampant ruckus of fiddles, banjo, accordion and drums—yet remains acoustic at heart. The Chair formed for the Orkney Folk Festival back in 2004, and has been bringing its unique ‘Orkney Stomp’ frenzy to festival tents and concert halls throughout the UK and Europe ever since.
Orkney Monster is The Chair’s long-awaited third album, following on from two acclaimed releases: the band’s debut Huinka in 2008, and The Road to Hammer Junkie in 2013. Recorded live in the studio during an intense two-day session, Orkney Monster captures the sizzling energy of a band whose unique brand of stomp music has placed them firmly at the vanguard of where-it’s-at.