Roary Skaista is a folk singer-songwriter based in Oxford, UK. They perform traditional folk songs as well as their own material on the themes of love, diversity, gender equality, nature and the environment. Roary is particularly interested in informing the listener of important current issues through song and, having studied Biology at university, thought writing a song for World Fish Migration Day was the perfect opportunity to do this.
“Swimming in Circles” follows the lifecycle and migration of the wild Atlantic Salmon, contrasting it with the monotonous lives of farmed salmon. Having a particular interest in ecology, Roary decided to include some details about the dangers that salmon farming poses to wild populations, such as the transfer of diseases and parasites from farmed to wild fish and the damage caused to lake ecosystems by the waste from salmon farms. As Roary describes at the song’s conclusion, however, there are many actions that can be taken to mitigate this damage, so there may be hope for the Atlantic Salmon yet!
“Swimming in Circles” was recorded and filmed in Roary’s living room and local area during lockdown.