String Sisters

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String Sisters
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Background information
Origin Ireland, Norway, Sweden, USA, 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, USA, 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]

Recording career[edit]

It wasn't 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. Almost seven years later, the group commenced a Norwegian tour, recording its début album and DVD, Live.

String Sisters toured throughout 2009, and are currently working on a new album.

Band members[edit]



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





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