Band Bios

Red Hot Chilli Pipers

Since their formation the Red Hot Chilli Pipers have combined guitars, keyboards, drums and their bagpipes to create ‘bagrock’ sound. The Red Hot Chilli Pipers perform a fusion of traditional pipe tunes and contemporary pieces.

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Findlay Napier

Findlay Napier is one of the most highly-regarded performers and creative forces on the Scottish music scene – thoroughly active and truly energised with a heart-warming zing.

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Claire Hastings Band

Claire Hastings is a folksinger/songwriter originally from Dumfries. A graduate of the Scottish Music degree at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Claire is currently living and working in Glasgow.

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Scott Wood Band

Much has changed since their first EP as a trio in 2012. The Scott Wood Band have embraced their musical and personnel change, and created their ground-breaking debut album:  Upsurge.

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Blazin’ Fiddles

Blazin’ Fiddles, formed in 1998, comprise some of the finest fiddle players from the Highlands of Scotland. Like rare single malts, each member of Blazin’ Fiddles showcase the Highlands and Islands distinct regional traditional fiddle styles. The group have been described as “The Led Zeppelin of the folk world” – The Scotsman.

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Elephant Sessions

The quintet formed in the Highlands of Scotland in 2012. Creating a neo-trad sound through engulfing guitars, fiddle, bass and drums, their music combines a new flavour of music to the Scottish traditional music scene.

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Manran

Mànran is one of the best-known and best-loved Scottish bands on the scene today. The 2011 launch of their debut single, “Latha Math” heralded a meteoric rise to the top of the Scottish music world that quickly saw them playing many of the most prestigious festivals in Europe despite having only been in existence a few short months.

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Nordic Fiddlers Bloc

We are also delighted to announce that The Nordic Fiddlers Bloc will be making their debut appearance at the festival. Comprising Olav Luksengård Mjelva (Norway), Anders Hall (Sweden) and Kevin Henderson (Shetland Islands), each regarded as leading exponents of their respective traditions, they have found themselves in great demand.

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CoCo and The Butterfields

Coco and The Butterfields make a welcome return to Speyfest Saturday Stomp this year. They kicked off last years Friday Night Stomp and won over the entire audience with their  Fip Fok self named style. A genre combining Folk, Pop and Hip Hop, they hail from Canterbury, Kent, and formed in 2011.

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Bombskare

Bombskare, Scotland’s 9-man ska juggernaut that has been tearing up stages the length and breadth of the British Isles will be making a return to Speyfest. Reaching zero to sixty skanking miles an hour in the space of three chords, they combine top quality dance-along songs with well crafted album tunes.

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CC Smugglers

CC Smugglers are a six-member americana, roots and swing band. They describe themselves as a “rag-tag British six-piece busker band” and we couldn’t have put it better.

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Talisk

Talisk are one of the fastest rising bands on the British folk scene. Mohsen Amini (concertina), Hayley Keenan (fiddle) and Craig Irving (guitar) create a captivating, energetic and dynamic sound that, in just a couple of years, has earned them multiple award wins and nationwide media and audience attention.

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