John and Sofie first met at the Invershin roots festival in Scotland in 2005 and realised they shared the same musical inspirations. They began performing at various venues, dances and sessions all around the Highlands. In 2006 the newly formed duo moved to Sofie’s native Dalarna in Sweden. Since then, they have been constantly performing and enthusiastically evolving as a duo and as part of a multitude of musical constellations. As a duo, they play both Scottish/Irish material and bluegrass and country, as well as spending their winter seasons playing after-ski gigs in the ski resort of Sälen, Sweden, and spreading their acoustic folk music mix to a large number of people from all over Sweden and abroad.
Together with Ulf Nygårds, as the trio The Albadukes, they have played at Carlshamn Country Festival, Torsby Country Festival, and the Folk & Rock Festival in Segmon, Sweden. They have played at the Swedish national country music championships in Sälen and at the Lida Country Festival with country singer Andreas Silver from Malung, and at the Northern Roots and the Belladrum Tartan Heart festivals in Scotland with Americana trio The Cross-eyed Gals. John and Sofie regularly perform in Scotland, and they also played a few gigs in the US in 2009 and in Prague in 2010.
Performing on a regular basis (around 100 gigs per year) has allowed John and Sofie the pleasure of having the possibility to hone their performance skills and stagecraft, and in 2010 they decided it was time to capture their music on an album. Recorded in December 2010 to January 2011, Western Highways is John and Sofie’s debut CD and reflects their background in Celtic and American music while also introducing some of their own material.
Thanks to Peter Holmstedt at Hemifran