Get ready to dance.
Lively music is headed our way.
In the fun mix of music coming to the Montana Folk Fest this weekend is the oh-so-lively Scottish folk band Heron Valley.
They stop in Helena and Butte on their initial U.S. tour.
You can catch them on various stages in Butte July 13-15 and for a more intimate concert 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 19, at The Myrna Loy.
The Myrna concert should be much like the lively pub sessions they like to do in their home base of Glasgow, Scotland.
The band of friends, ages 19 to 26, hail from various parts of Argyll. They came together in 2014 through their love of music.
Their name derives from their local area, Strachur, meaning Valley of the Herons, said band member Arlene Mackechnie.
“We want to keep the name of our band close to home.”
Although most of them are classically trained, their tunes are rooted in Scottish and Irish traditional music. They’re also influenced by folk, country and bluegrass and are fans of jazz and blues.
You can expect to hear a lot of original tunes from their debut album, “ROAM.”
Band members joining Mackechnie, who plays piano; are Nick Hamilton, drums and banjo; Abigail Pryde, vocals, guitar; Euan McNab, bagpipes, whistles and guitar; and Callum Cronin, bass guitar.
“Coming together and dancing is a huge thing in Scotland,” said Pryde.
Much of their music is inspired not only by traditional influences, but their love of the wild Scottish landscape.
If you check out their musical videos on their website https://www.heronvalleyband.co.uk/, you’ll see why.
You’ll see them performing on Beinn an Lochain and at Loch Fyne.
“Quite a few of our new songs are influenced by my home,” said Pryde, who is from the Glencoe area of the Scottish Highlands.
“Our sets are based mostly on traditional pipe tunes,” she added.
“Our songs are more modern. In Scotland there is a modern folk scene going on.” Heron Valley’s songs “are not quite poppy, but not quite traditional either.”
“We like that young people enjoy our music,” said Mackechnie, which is also evident when you tour their website.
Festival crowds love them, according to Folk Radio reviewer Reviewer Johnny Whalley of their performance at the Tiree music fest in 2016.
The effect of their music “was electric.”
They and another Scottish band at the festival had folks “jumping, dancing (and) singing.”
Heron Valley’s “mix of traditional and self-penned songs and tunes was received even more enthusiastically by a much larger Big Top audience later in the weekend,” he wrote.
They built up the energy ”incrementally in a series of waves, taking the audience along with them every step of the way.”
Reviewer Gordon Potter on Living Tradition website, wrote of the group’s album “ROAM,” “the band’s love of what it is doing is patently clear in the crisp, fresh arrangements.”
The mix of songs ranges from “energetic, driving tune sets to thoughtful songs,” he writes. “Their technical ability is beyond good, and everything gels together into a natural-sounding maturity that belies their years. If this is what they’re sounding like now, then the future can only hold great things for them.”
Tickets are $18 and available at the box office 15 N. Ewing St., or call 443-0287 or visit TheMyrnaLoy.com.