Since her time under the tutelage of the hugely respected Donald Riddell (Summers was one of his last students), she has played with Scots-Norwegian folk band Fribo and is now studying for a masters degree in Norwegian folk music in Oslo. The fiddler, from just outside Inverness, has formed a trio – with Finnish guitarist Juhani Silvola and Norwegian double bassist Morten Kvam – that's as familiar with the Scotch snap of a strathspey as it is with the polska.
After a slightly tentative start, the Sarah-Jane Summers' Norwegian Trio coalesced to produce an enjoyably vigorous, and at times intricate and musically far-reaching set, with guitarist Silvola contributing both an introduction to a Summers composition that suggested a taste of Tangiers and his own Lumberjack, a tune that would have fitted in on Fairport Convention's Full House.
Kvam's psalm-like Sang En allowed some fairly free improvisation over its chord sequence, and the trio also worked well together on arrangements that focused equally on Summers' playing of the standard fiddle and its Norwegian cousin, the Hardanger fiddle with its resonating sympathetic strings.
A pleasing variety of tempos highlighted Summers' lightly expressive touch, especially on a nicely slowed down Prince Edward Island reel, as well as for harder-edged attacks, and although giving compositions titles isn't, she says, her strongest suit, The Twisty Tune lived up attractively to its billing.