band Lazy Boy Chair was formed back in 2004. It followed an approach
from the Orkney Folk Festival, which was looking for a group that
could fill dance floors at their 'Stomp' events. The first ever performance
was so successful that it was decided to make the line-up a permanent
unit. While the band has moved on a long way from that point it has
never lost sight of that ethos – get people dancing, and have
eight-piece line-up – featuring 2 fiddles, accordion, banjo,
mandolin, guitar, bass, drums and percussion – gives a big
full-blooded sound. The mix of Orcadian, Scottish, Irish and European
tunes are under-pinned by a dynamic rhythm section, drawing inspiration
from diverse styles from rock to salsa and jazz. The result is a
unique sound that is guaranteed to get an audience on the dance-floor.
proved to be a watershed period for the band. Still appearing under
their Lazy Boy guise they picked up a prestigious Danny Award at
the Celtic Connections festival in January. They followed this with
memorable performances at festivals from Shetland to Belgium.
began with a hugely successful weekend of events at Celtic Connections
to mark the release of the album Huinka. It continued to be a phenomenal
year for The Chair, with gigs at the UK's most prestigious folk
music events. Performances at the Hebridean Celtic Music Festival,
Cambridge, Stokes Bay, Shetland and Brampton Live festivals have
seen the lads hailed as highlights by both audiences and critics
culminated in The Chair being named Band of the Year at the 2008
Scots Trad Music Awards. The band has already secured some very
desirable festival bookings for 2009, and is about to return to
the studio to begin work on the follow up to debut album Huinka.
What the media says about The Chair…
Celtic Connections 2008 The Chair played no less than six performances
across three days, culminating in an appearance at the Royal Concert
Hall with Cherish the Ladies. Hi-Arts magazine described it as:
A splendidly red-blooded blast of testosterone."
went on to describe the band as:
Big on both melody and rhythm, stirring in dirty blues riffs and
heavy dub beats along with Celtic and east European tunes, all welded
together by strikingly sharp musicianship."
bands performance on the main stage of the Hebridean Celtic Music
Festival (2008) was described by festival-goers and critics alike
as the highlight of the event. Scotland's premier daily newspaper
The Scotsman said:
for their personal highlight as the weekend drew to a close …
a decided majority of people unhesitatingly nominated Orkney eight-piece
The Chair, who played a blinder … further fuelling the wildfire
buzz kindled by their award at last year's Celtic Connections."
bands appearance at the Cambridge Folk Festival (2008) met with
an equally enthusiastic response. The Chair's debut album Huinka
was among the top selling CDs at the UK's most prestigious festival.
The band's appearance on the main stage made such an impression
on BBC Radio 2 presenter Mike Harding that he immediately interviewed
the lads for a special feature on his show – the BBC's flagship
folk music programme. In his Cambridge Festival blog he says:
of the delights of Cambridge for me was watching The Chair giving
the audience such a good time yesterday on the main stage. A bunch
of fiery musicians from the Orkney Islands, they obviously enjoyed
themselves as much as the audience and their set was a sheer joy."
memorable quotes about The Chair:
energy, sound, talent and interaction with the audience was second
to none." — The Shetland Times.
anarchic energy underpinned by impressively tight delivery: a true
party band with depth, heart and ample collective talent."
— Sue Wilson, Folk Music Critic.
rocked it up triumphantly to close the show, their big, brash sound
embracing everything from dub to zydeco." — The Scotsman