Band Bios


SKERRYVORE create a unique fusion of folk, trad, rock and Americana that represents all the different personalities and upbringing of the 8 band members who hail from different regions of Scotland.

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Skipinnish are riding an ever-growing wave of popularity and 2017 has been the biggest year for the band since they began way back in 1999 when co-founders Andrew Stevenson and Angus MacPhail joined forces.

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“One of the most exciting bands on the Scottish folk scene” (Songlines) RURA are a multi award-winning act, and one of Scotland’s most sought-after folk-based bands.

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The flutes of Brian Finnegan and Sarah Allen, the guitar of Ed Boyd and the bodhran of John Joe Kelly weave and spin traditionally rooted tunes into the breathtaking sound of the groundbreaking band Flook.

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CC Smugglers

They started off as a young Rag-Tag British 6 Piece Busker Band – and have been whipping up audiences ever since.

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Martin Stephenson and the Daintees

Martin has been one of the UK’s best-loved musicians for over 30 years.

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Adam Sutherland Band

Adam Sutherland (Treacherous Orchestra/Session A9/Croft No 5) is one of Scotland’s most singularly gifted fiddlers.
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Pons Aelius

Since winning a prestigious Celtic Connections Danny Kyle Award in their early days, Pons Aelius have spent the last two years tirelessly honing their sound on stages both at home and abroad, quickly earning themselves a reputation as one of the most exciting new names on the circuit.

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Adam Holmes and the Embers

Adam Holmes crafts lyrics that resonate like old folk songs, set to melodies rooted in haunting slow airs. John Martyn’s strum and sting, laced with slices of Celtic soul and folk. The 26-year-old Edinburgh-born singer/songwriter is one of the brightest rising stars on the UK music scene, with influences from either side of the Atlantic mixing together to form his own brand of soulful Americana with a hint of Scotland.

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Bruce Coughlan

Regular attendees at Speyfest will recognise Bruce as the frontman of Tillers Folly, after nearly 20 years; Bruce Coughlan is stepping out from behind Tillers Folly.
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The Alastair McCulloch Trio

Alistair McCulloch hails from Ayr in Scotland and is one of the country’s best known fiddle performers, teachers and composers with many appearances on radio and television.
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Rachel Hair and Ronald Jappy

More intimate than a band, Trad duo, Rachel Hair & Ron Jappy, embody a special chemistry. Purveyors of Scotland’s most ancient and contemporary instruments (clarsach, Gaelic for Scottish harp, and acoustic guitar, respectively) these two halves created a whole
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A Louth Lilt

A Louth Lilt comprises of multi-instrumentalists Adèle Commins and Daithí Kearney. Performing primarily new compositions that draw influence from Irish and other traditional musics and traditional repertoire from Louth and the surrounding Oriel region
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James Alexander and Friends

We are excited to announce a very special feature to our Friday Concert – James Alexander and friends! James will be joined with Dougie Lawrence, Charlie McKerron and Paul Anderson along with a few more special guests TBA. We hope you can make it for a Fiddle Frenzy Friday at Speyfest 2018

Full Details to follow

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Ceol Oirghialla

Based at Dundalk Institute of Technology, and bringing together musicians from across the Institute’s community, the Ceol Oirghialla Traditional Music Ensemble is a prominent performing group in Dundalk.
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The Hur

The Hur are an energetic 6 piece Folk/Pop band based in Glasgow. The band have recently released their second single Against The Light which has had a huge response.

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Brian Langlinias

This is American blues, roadhouse style, at its absolute best. What’s more, it’s roadhouse across the past century. These are timeless blues moves that stand the test of time
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Edgar Road

Edgar Road are an original band from the North of Scotland, who started playing together in 2013. The band consists of five musicians or as some might say, three musicians a bass player and a drummer.
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Dougal’s Jumper

Bringing together Scottish smallpipes and bagpipes, fiddle, accordion, guitar, mandolin, bass guitar and vocals, Dougal’s Jumper manage to fashion their own brand of cosy Celtic pop.
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Danny Mortimer

Danny is a young Singer/Songwriter and Guitar player from Elgin who has been playing with local bands for nearly 10 years now.
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The Trad Project

This brand new band, brought together by Calum Mackenzie Jones, is set to hit the festival scene running in 2018.
Bringing you driving, upbeat tunes mixed with his original Celtic-Folk-Rock songs.
Taking things to the next level.
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