String Sisters

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String Sisters
String Sisters.jpg
Background information
Origin Ireland, Norway, Sweden, United States, Scotland,
Genres Folk, Irish Traditional, Celtic
Years active 2005–present
Labels Grappa (Norway)
Compass Records (USA)
Associated acts Altan
Members Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh
Annbjørg Lien
Liz Knowles
Catriona MacDonald
Liz Carroll
Emma Härdelin
Notable instruments

String Sisters (or The String Sisters) are a Grammy long-listed folk supergroup made up of six of the world's leading female fiddlers.[1][2]



In January 1998 at the world-renowned Celtic Connections festival in Glasgow, Scotland, Shetland fiddler Catriona MacDonald was commissioned to assemble the world's leading female fiddlers. Macdonald brought together friends and collaborators from Ireland, United States, Norway and Sweden to perform the festival's biggest concert of that year. Catriona arranged the concert set with fellow fiddle players Annbjørg Lien, Liz Knowles, Catriona MacDonald, Liz Carroll, Emma Härdelin and Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh, who also provides vocals for the group.[3][4][5]


It was not until 2005 that the name String Sisters was penned. Until then, the group members could not be together at once due to their solo careers, Mairéad's work with Altan and Liz Carroll's work with John Doyle. Thus, only almost seven years after their début concert, the group commenced a Norwegian tour, recording their début album and DVD simply entitled Live.

In 2009, String Sisters were working on a new album, yet to be released. The band toured throughout 2009 and in 2010.

String Sisters performed on 25 August 2016 at the Tønder Festival in Tønder, Denmark, their first show as a band since 2010.[6]

Band members[edit]



  • David Milligan — piano (Scotland)
  • Tore Bruvoll — guitar (Norway)
  • Conrad Molleson — bas (Scotland)
  • James Mackintosh — drums (Scotland)





  1. ^ MIC Norway
  2. ^ String Sisters Facebook
  3. ^ Biografi
  4. ^ String Sisters at Compass Records
  5. ^ EU Irish
  6. ^ "String Sisters – Tønder Festival". July 2016. Retrieved 28 July 2016. 

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