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.Full Bio / Links
2017 saw the release of the single Live Forever that provided the soundtrack for the Scottish tourism promotional campaign ‘Wild About Argyll’ and saw the single hit No.1 in the iTunes World Music chart. This was followed by the launch of the Live Forever Tour that has the band performing over 70 shows in the UK, Italy, Spain, Denmark, Netherlands and the United States.
2018 will bring the release of SKERRYVORE’s 6th studio album accompanied by a global tour that will include a headline performance at the legendary Tonder Festival, Denmark and of course Speyfest in Fochabers!
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.Full Bio / Links
Their large and growing fan base is such that all Skipinnish gigs in 2017 sold out in advance. From Eden Court Theatre in Inverness to The Queens Hall in Edinburgh and from the Albert Halls in Stirling to the famous Barrowland Ballroom in Glasgow, every show has been full and audiences have been going wild! The Barrowland show, which was the band’s biggest gig to date, sold out completely four months before the concert and all gigs announced so far for 2018 are on the way to capacity ticket sales already.
As well as their own stand-alone performances, Skipinnish are one of the hottest acts on the vibrant music festival scene at the moment. Having headlined some of Britain’s biggest festivals in 2017, they have some exciting but limited festivals appearance in line for 2018 and we are delighted to welcome them to Speyfest
“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.Full Bio / Links
With two heralded albums, a third due for release in June 2018, and extensive international touring, RURA continually affirm their position as one of Scotland’s most powerful groups. Their exquisitely rugged yet refined blend of fiddle, Highland pipes, flute, bodhran, guitar and voice has won a devoted following in many corners of the globe, amongst audiences and critics alike.
The group’s fire first ignited in 2010, as award-winners at Glasgow’s world-renowned Celtic Connections festival, where they have now appeared on a remarkable seven occasions – taking just one year off from their formative award win. Since then, Jack Smedley, Steven Blake, David Foley and Adam Brown’s powerful, entrancing instrumentals have been a main stage highlight of many of the world’s leading folk festivals – including Cambridge, Tønder, Winnipeg, Vancouver and HebCelt, amongst countless others across more than 20 countries. Their media profile is similarly huge, with numerous national radio and television appearances, including BBC1’s Hogmanay Live, broadcast live to the world over New Year 2016/2017 from Glasgow’s Old Fruitmarket.
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.Full Bio / Links
They started off as a young Rag-Tag British 6 Piece Busker Band – and have been whipping up audiences ever since.Full Bio / Links
They started off as a young Rag-Tag British 6 Piece Busker Band - and have been whipping up audiences ever since.
Best described as good times music inspired by American and world folk, swing, jazz and blues, original Roots Inspired Dancing Tunes
Described as 'Genuinely innovative, creative and contemporary' CC Smugglers have developed a reputation for unique original compositions and red hot live shows, they whipped up a storm at Speyfest last year and we are delighted to welcome them back!
Martin Stephenson and the Daintees
Martin has been one of the UK’s best-loved musicians for over 30 years.Full Bio / Links
Always popular on the circuit, Stephenson’s “must see” live performances are an exuberant tour-de-force combining heart-in-your-mouth intimacy with playful humour and warm self-deprecation. The Daintees’ critically acclaimed 1986 debut BOAT TO BOLIVIA opened up an always interesting story. It showcased Stephenson’s songwriting, poetic romanticism and spiritual depth – so marking him out as a soulful cream of the leftfield crop during the self-obsessed 1980s. Never pandering to a particular scene, Stephenson’s lightness of touch on a varied mix of musical styles was immediately apparent. His path was destined to be a lifelong journey through the music he loved: folk, ragtime, jazz, rockabilly, show tunes, punk-pop and country, continuing his tradition for eclectic roots songwriting, adding to a discography now amounting to over 40 albums.In 2016 he re-recorded his classic debut BOAT TO BOLIVIA, with The Daintees, the band he’s intermittently fronted through a string of albums – and hundreds of gigs – since his teens in the North East.His latest release is another one with the Daintees, BAYSWATER ROAD is a gem of a piece recorded at Sheffield's Yellow Arch. Featuring some lovely artwork by Martin's daughter Phoebe; it depicts various characters Martin has encountered over the years. Featuring ten new tracks it is a gem not to be missed. We are delighted to welcome this legendary artist and his band to Speyfest.
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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Widely recognised for his high energy, captivating performances, Adam has drawn together a genre-spanning quintet to showcase his all-new original compositions. Solidly under-pinned by John Paul Speirs and Iain Copeland on bass and drums, Adam's melodies are aided in texture and shape by John Somerville Music on accordion, Marc Clement on guitar and Hamish Napier Music on keys.
Winner of Composer of the Year at the Scots Trad Awards 2017 and never afraid to wear his influences on his sleeve, Sutherland's unique arrangements range from frenetic Scottish reels, through early 20th century jazz shapes to subtly Balkan diversions. This six-piece combine to deliver an evening of musicality that ranges from heart-warming to heart-rending, spine-tingling to spellbinding.
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.Full Bio / Links
Pons Aelius, who met on the Newcastle folk scene, have since been touring in the UK and Europe to support the album’s release leaving nothing but stunned audiences behind.
Pons Aelius are an ambitious young instrumental sextet exploring the traditional and contemporary folk musics of Britain and beyond. With bold arrangements and an arsenal of instruments, the band melds age-old traditions with a fresh and innovative attitude.
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.Full Bio / Links
In 2013 he recorded his debut album Heirs and Graces with legendary producer John Wood (responsible for seminal albums by John Martyn, Nick Drake, Richard Thompson and Sandy Denny amongst many others). It was mastered by Simon Heyworth, co-producer with Mike Oldfield of Tubular Bells, and was launched to great critical acclaim in January 2014.
In April 2014 the album was nominated for Scottish Album of the Year and in December was also nominated for Best Album at the Scottish Traditional Music Awards. It reached a high of number 5 in the iTunes singer/songwriter chart and tracks received national and international airplay from stations throughout the UK, mainland Europe, the US and Canada.
Second album, Brighter Still, with guest vocalist Eddi Reader was released in June 2016 and this brought another Scottish Album of the Year nomination. In 2016 Adam also took part in an album/live collaboration with Martin Green of Lau, Adrian Utley of Portishead, Becky Unthank of The Unthanks and Dominic Aitchison of Mogwai with songwriting contributions from Anais Mitchell, Aidan Moffat and Karine Polwart. This resulted in the astonishing album “Flit” which toured the UK and Australia with visuals created by the BAFTA award-winning film animators White Robot. Adam’s highly anticipated third album Midnight Milk was released on Gogar Records
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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From his days in Langley’s Bare Facts to forming Tiller’s Folly, Coughlan presented himself as a versatile singer and songwriter. He simply hadn’t found the right outlet for his talent, Tiller’s Folly, on the other hand, was surprising. A Celtic-derived folk group, it was a trio devoted to the roots genre. Coughlan researched Canadian history, largely, and wrote songs based on his findings. For someone with such a broad reach, Tiller’s Folly could be as limiting as it was defining, “Tiller’s Folly is like a three-legged stool, right?” Coughlan asks, referring to the all-for-one and one-for-all nature of the band. “I felt I’d like to step back and be me.”
With some time on his hands, an album started taking shape that was more personal than what he’d been doing with Tiller’s Folly. It included Yesterday’s News; a song first recorded when Coughlan was 15. He’s in his 50s now, “Until I was 50, I thought all music was about me,” he says. “I went through most of my career with a chip on my shoulder. I thought I deserved better.”
The album, Waiting For Rain, will reflect his transformation, which started with humbling but eye-opening performances at hospitals and care homes. If the first part of his professional life is about aspiration, this album will be more about affirmation — who he is now, his identity. And Tiller’s Folly will go on with him as part of that three-legged stool.
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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The Alistair McCulloch Trio featuring Aaron Jones of Old Blind Dogs, and former Capercaillie whistle wizard Marc Duff, regularly tours and Alistair is also a long standing member of the well known ceilidh band Coila and the Iain Cathcart Scottish Dance Band. Recently he has toured in Australia and New Zealand with Australian fiddle champion Catherine Fraser and in the USA with guitarist Eamon Sefton. This year he will be returning to the USA in March and September.
To date Alistair has performed in over 20 countries, also including China, Kazakhstan, Qatar, Nigeria, Venezuela, Canada and throughout Europe. To date, he has released three solo albums, most recently 'Four Seasons in One Day' – says the Scotsman "As the mountain of fiddle CDs rises even higher, this one can climb straight to the summit ridge".
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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Ron Jappy - Born and brought up in the small, coastal village of Findochty in the North East of Scotland, Ron began fiddle and violin lessons from a young age in primary school before later learning the acoustic guitar. Having toured extensively through the UK and Europe since graduating from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in 2011, Ron has performed with a number of successful artists including Jamie Smith’s Mabon and Skerryvore and appears regularly with the National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland and the Scott Wood Band.
Rachel Hair - From the Highland village of Ullapool, a prominent performer in the Scottish Traditional Music scene and a much sought after performer, composer and tutor of the lever harp, Rachel has released 4 critically acclaimed albums and toured extensively throughout Europe, the USA and beyond, both as a soloist and with the “Rachel Hair Trio”. Now based in Glasgow, a Scottish city renowned for its melting pot of musical and cultural style, Rachel is passionate about promoting the harp, Scotland’s most ancient instrument. She strives to open up fresh horizons for it, removing it from its stereotypical, stuffy ballroom image, whilst always remaining true to her Highland roots.
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
Musicologist Dr Adèle Commins is Head of Department of Creative Arts, Media and Music at Dundalk Institute of Technology. She has contributed to the Bunch of Keys Volume 3 (2014) and as lead soloist on ‘Wake up the World’, included on Journey to Your Heart compilation CD. Growing up in Louth, Adèle developed a deep love of local heritage and of traditional music under the influence of her teacher Rory Kennedy. Playing both piano and piano accordion, she began composing at a young age, with many of her tunes inspired by the people and places around her, as well as her experiences of playing in local céilí bands.
Ethnomusicologist and geographer Dr Daithí Kearney is co-director of the Creative Arts Research Centre at Dundalk Institute of Technology. An All-Ireland champion musician, he has toured and recorded as a musician, singer and dancer with a number of groups including Siamsa Tíre, The National Folk Theatre of Ireland, he recorded the critically acclaimed album Midleton Rare with accordion player John Cronin in 2012. Both Adèle and Daithí have contributed to The Companion to Irish Traditional Music (ed. Vallely, 2012) and the Encyclopaedia of Music in Ireland (ed. White and Boydell, 2013).
Jane Meehan is a fiddle player from Dundalk, Co. Louth. Jane has performed at music festivals and international conferences, as well as facilitated workshops, in the Czech Republic, Scotland and Norway, performing with A Louth Lilt at the Rauland Winter Music Festival in Norway in 2017 and at Speyfest in 2016. Calvin McManus is a guitarist and drummer from Cootehill Co. Cavan, Ireland. He moved to Dundalk to study the BA (Hons) Applied Music at Dundalk Institute of Technology where he became part of the local music scene, principally with the crossover band ‘Priorland’. He has also previously performed with A Louth Lilt at the Rauland Winter Music Festival in Norway in 2017. Another member of Priorland, Conor Bogue is a banjo and guitar player from Drombanna, Co. Limerick Ireland. Caoimhe McKiverigan is a fiddle player from Rostrevor Co. Down. She is also a member of the up-and-coming band ‘Draíocht’ and an active member of the Warrenpoint branch of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann with whom she also teaches and directs youth ensembles.
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
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Talk to professional fiddlers, and you’ll soon see the range of what they do. There’ll be solo performing, of course, band work, tuition, recording, film and TV contracts, judging competitions, composing, researching, and maybe even instrument-repairing. A few fiddlers, though, will tell you how they also move into other genres, perhaps to back a rock or jazz singer. Some will have had (or still have) a career in classical music as well; Irish fiddler Mairéad Nesbitt, formerly of the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, comes to mind. One Scottish fiddler who fits exactly into this ‘mixed genres’ category is Douglas Lawrence. He’s a man who’s been a long-serving member of the Scottish National Orchestra, he’s performed with Yehudi Menuhin, and he’s accompanied David Essex and Belle and Sebastian. He’s played with the Whistlebinkies and in traditional music festivals across Scotland he’s won almost every fiddle competition he’s entered: he was actually banned from one for winning it too often! He’s been described as ‘one of Scotland’s living treasures’ for the quality of his playing, yet isn’t known very well even at home. This is because of his having been out of the scene for quite a while, following a serious illness. Thankfully, he’s on the mend – and this is his story.
One of Scotland’s finest fiddle players, Charlie McKerron won the Daily Record Golden Fiddle Award. He first joined Capercaillie in 1985 and has toured extensively throughout the world with the band.
Charlie McKerron Music Camp – www.inshriachmusic.co.uk
An accomplished composer Charlie’s music has been widely recorded and he has contributed to the film “Rob Roy” and more recently “Four Men and a Malt” and “Gruth is Uachdar” (Crowdie and Cream) which he co-wrote with Donald Shaw for which they received 2 RTS awards. Charlie also co-produced the album “Big Sky” which involved some of Scotland’s top contemporary Celtic musicians.
Having been brought up with traditional fiddle music Charlie has started his own record label (RAJ Records) and mobile recording studio to concentrate on more fiddle based projects. In the past couple of years he has been recording various artists for their own releases and Charlie’s latest project Session A9 have released the album “What Road?” to great critical acclaim. He hopes to be able to release his own album in the near future when he can get time between other recording/composition projects. Session A9 released another album in 2005.
Charlie can also been seen performing with Marc Clements, Finlay MacDonald Band, Maggie MacInnes and has been involved in projects with Kevin MacKenzie and Aidan O’Rourke.
Already something of a legend in the time honoured fiddle tradition of Scotland; Paul Anderson is the finest Scots fiddler of his generation. Although only in his forties, he is already something of an icon in Scotland, a fact duly recognised by two specially commissioned portraits of him, a life size one in Aberdeen Art Gallery and a study which is in the care of the National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh.
In the tradition of many of Scotlands great fiddlers, Paul is a composer of some repute, having composed over 300 pieces in the Scots style. His music provided the theme tune for the film âRed Roseâ about the life of Robert Burns, Paul composed and recorded the theme music for the PBS television show, âTartan TVâ in the USA and in 2008 he was the musical director for HMT Aberdeens critically acclaimed production of âSunset Song by Lewis Grassic Gibbon. In 2008 Paul performed at a private reception for Prince Charles at Fyvie Castle to celebrate Prince Charles’ 60th birthday and in June 2010 he performed at an 80th birthday party in Edinburgh Castle for Sir Sean Connery at the request of the Scottish Government. In 2011 Paul performed at Scotland House in Brussels for members of the EU parliment and at a Burns Supper in the British Embassy.
During his competitive career Paul won most of the traditional fiddle championships in Scotland and in 1995 won Scotlands premier fiddling event, the Glenfiddich Scottish fiddle championship which is held each year at Blair Castle.
A regular on Scottish T.V and radio, and in 2011 he presented a series of features on traditional Scottish music and song for the BBC Scotland programme “Landward.” Paul has toured extensively and recorded eight solo albums and over forty albums with artists like Pallas, Rock Salt and Nails, The Cutting Edge and the Banchory Strathspey and Reel Society. Paul regularly recites the poetry of Robert Burns and in 1993 he played the part of the young James Scott Skinner in the play “The Strathspey King”.Paul was brought up on the family dairy farm at Tarland near the Cairngorm National Park in the heart of rural Aberdeenshire, where at the age of five he discovered an old fiddle under his grandparents spare bed, an old French violin which he plays to this day.
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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.
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.Full Bio / Links
The six piece band are challenging the borders of musical fusion, bringing together the traditional sounds of Scotland and Ireland with modern elements to create their own unique blend of folk pop. Having formed only just in 2016, the group have already debuted their first single 'Still Standing’ along with Against The Light in November 18. And it is clear they are only just getting started...
Lead Vocals- Iain Wilson
Guitar- Charlie Galloway
Fiddle- Benedict Morris
Flute/Keys- Savannah Donohoe
Drums- Ruaridh Neil
Bass Guitar- Samuel Hurt
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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Long before that weather event, the album’s roots ran from sea to sea along I-10, home to a slew of bars and nightclubs where bands earn gas money between major cities. For decades, these venues have fostered the uniquely American art form called roadhouse music: a big tent under which blues, country, zydeco, and even jazz come together—often in the same band. Roadhouse legends such as Delbert McClinton, Marcia Ball, Omar and the Howlers, Mason Ruffner, and Lee Roy Parnell all came through Langlinais’ hometown of Lafayette, Louisiana, where he cut his teeth in bands playing this crowd-pleasing music.
“Back then, the job was—and still is—to make people drink and be happy,” explains Langlinais. “It was about playing songs people know. I covered Wilson Pickett’s catalog, which led me to a lot of lesser-known Stax artists like William Bell. I ended up in blues bands with horns, groups that became more soul than Mississippi Delta blues.”
Horns loom large in Langlinais’ history. His father played saxophone with Swamp Pop legends The Shondells, and Brian double-majored in college in trumpet and vocal performance. Ultimately, it was the singer that won out. Langlinais eventually landed in Nashville, where he strayed from his roadhouse roots long enough to record two acclaimed Americana records: Rock & Fire and Tonight I Might. But with Right Hand Road, those roots have called him back.
Langlinais had been considering returning to Lafayette to record, when his friend, producer/guitarist D.L. Duncan asked him to go there for a day and cut some tracks with Grammy-winning engineer Tony Daigle (Sonny Landreth, Derek Trucks, James McMurtry, Jon Cleary). They would just lay down a couple of covers, and see if they liked working together. Brought along from Nashville were a bassist, Ron Eoff (Cate Brothers, Jo-El Sonnier, Levon Helm) and a keyboard player, Patterson Barrett (Gurf Morlix, Buddy Miller), with drummer Brian Brignac (Sonny Landreth) picked up in Lafayette.
“We weren’t sure it would turn into a record” Langlinais recalls. “It was just to see how much fun we could have. We were planning on going back to Tennessee the next day, but there was an ice storm in Nashville. None of us could get back, so we ended up tracking for three full days.”
In addition to the stellar quality of the playing and singing, what distinguishes the resulting Right Hand Road is its level of songwriting. The tunes tell timeless stories, while adding new twists. William Bell’s classic “Every Day Is a Holiday” has been covered by everyone from Warren Haynes to RZA, but few since Bell himself have brought the well of authentic Southern soul feeling Langlinais and company evidence here.
“Wilson Pickett’s ‘Green Grass’ has become a Zydeco standard, but not like we did it,” says Langlinais. “Brian and Tony came up with a groove that went in a different direction, and Ron did a tic-tack thing on bass that made us feel this could be the beginning of a great record.”
Though the singer had more covers in his iTunes library, producer D.L. Duncan felt they should write some tunes of their own. “D.L. had some scratch lyrics for a couple of songs,” says Langlinais. “We would come up with a groove, take a little break, D.L. would come back with a lyric that he thought would fit, and I would start singing it. We wrote ‘Louisiana Love,’ ‘My One Desire,’ and the two acoustic songs, ‘Right Hand Road’ and ‘Our Love Is Slippin’ Away,’ in the studio while we were tracking.” Their work sits comfortably next to the covers, displaying the same simplicity mixed with emotional depth that makes this kind of music so enduring.
Back in Nashville, Langlinais and Duncan decided they needed two more songs to round out the record, so “Tucumcari Tonight” and “You Can’t Say I Didn’t Love You” were recorded at the Dog House with Lynn Williams (Delbert McClinton, Marcia Ball) on drums, Steve Conn (Sonny Landreth, Keith Urban) on keys, James Pennebaker (Delbert McClinton, Lee Roy Parnell) on guitar, and Eoff on bass.
“To me, the record symbolizes getting to go back home,” Langlinais says. “If you are from New York and say, ‘I need a sandwich from Katz’s deli,’ people from New York can taste that sandwich. Likewise, if you’re from Lafayette and I say, ‘I’m hungry for a Old Tyme Grocery po’ boy,’ you know the flavor. Going back to Lafayette meant working with people who have the same set of references. I have worked with people who can play a second line groove, but with these musicians it was so much easier to express the minutiae that make a groove specific.”
It is this kind of attention to detail that renders Right Hand Road special. You don’t have to be a music scholar or musician to feel in your heart and bones how getting the specifics right adds to the music’s impact. This recording could only have come from someone with Louisiana music in his DNA.
“I was born and raised there and my family was one of the first families to get land grants there,” says Langlinais. “My bloodline is only Acadian and French. Going home to Lafayette and doing the music that I’m about was a full circle.”
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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They are currently working on their 3rd EP which the band are really excited to finish and say that it is a continuation of their musical journey. Their sound has developed and evolved with each EP so far as they develop as a band.
The depth of Edgar Road’s sound comes from the combination of Keyboards, 2 Electric Guitars, Drums, Bass, Vocals and Backing Vocals with the occasional use of Acoustic Guitars and Samples. Their song writing manages to utilise all these instruments and blends them together so well that so many say that a high degree of originality is formed in the delivery of these anthemic and melodic songs. The bands sound has a very current and feel god vibe to it which is enjoyable to listen to.
To date in their career Edgar Road have won a significant battle of the bands competition in Scotland which gained them an excellent review in the Scottish Sun newspaper by Jim Gellatly, have had many of their songs charted in the New Music Scottish Chart Top 40, played various festivals and are breaking into the Glasgow / Edinburgh music scene with gigs that have included a support slot for The Amazon’s.
Edgar Road are definitely a band that you need to listen to and if you get the chance, try to catch them live as their energy and charisma on stage just adds to the whole experience.
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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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.
Let Dougal’s Jumper wrap you up in their infectious mix of their own songs and some foot-stomping tunes.
2018 began with Dougal's Jumper playing on the Danny Kyle stage at Celtic Connections.
2017 festival appearances have included headlining the Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival’s Free Range Folk stage, Speyfest and Jocktoberfest. Other performances have included the Speyside Whisky Festival, live sessions as the house band for Moray Firth Radio's breakfast show and various beer and gin festivals. Dougal's Jumper are rapidly gaining a reputation for their energetic and entertaining performances and make it their business to get the crowd joining in during their show. Since forming in 2016, Dougal's Jumper's music has been played on radio stations from Fort William to Hawaii and many places in between.
Dougal's members have played at many different events including T in the Park, Celtic Connections, the Tall Ships festivals and the Carrickfergus Waterfront Festival. They have performed at international venues including The World Stage at Disney’s EPCOT Centre - Florida, Hilton Hotels - Paris and Glasgow, The Rainbow Room - Los Angeles and the Thor - Nice. Other U.K. venues have included The Halfmoon and Kashmir Klub (London), King Tut’s (Glasgow) and The Music Hall and The Lemon Tree (Aberdeen).
“Even with just an acoustic guitar, Maria is a force of Nature.” The Daily Record. Scotland
“Stunning.” Musical Discoveries, New York
In the spring of 2018, Dougal’s Jumper will be recording an EP of their material.
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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He first picked up a Guitar not long after finishing High School, after witnessing a Red Hot Chilli Pepper concert and being amazed at how incredible a live show the band (and more notably ex-Chilli Pepper guitar player John Frusciante) put on.
Buying his first Electric Guitar, he learned a handful of chords and songs before joining his first band. He has played guitar in various bands (playing both Original material and Covers) since first starting out, playing many different styles of music (from pop to punk, rock to heavy metal) learning from the other musicians around him and enjoying being part of a group.
Bands over the years have included 'Exit', 'Side Effect', 'Next Question', 'Fat King George' and (more recently) stepping up to the Mic and being the singer and guitar player of 'Christie Row'.
Danny has been writing music for a while but never had the confidence in showing anyone what he had been working on, something that would change in the upcoming years. Leaving Elgin to go backpacking (a 3 and a half month trip all over the USA and Canada in 2009 and a 3 month trip around Europe in 2012) He had a lot of time to fill on Bus and Train Journeys so began writing lyrics that one day he might use.
In the Autumn of 2013, Danny had to take time out from playing with the cover band he was in, due to illness and it was during this time that he needed something to keep himself busy, and so, started writing his own music, using the Lyrics from his Travels.
This would eventually become the foundations for his new Bands debut Album, "Headlights At Midnight" by Christie Row.
Joined with his friends, 'Christie Row' created an album with an abundance of variety that showed each members influences throughout.
The Album was released in early 2015, and fronted by the opening track "Backdown", things were going well with the band; gaining local support and radio air-play, filming a music video (for the track 'Backdown') supporting and playing alongside local bands (including Neon Knights, Edgar Road and Silver Coast), they achieved quite a lot for a such a small amount of time, with many highlights (including a headline slot at the Aberlour Games and playing at Elgin's Christmas Light Switch On last year).
After deciding to part ways with Christie Row after the Christmas Lights Gig, Danny began writing more music with the plan of making his solo debut.
Taking influence from one of his idols Jim Adkins (of Jimmy Eat World) and his series of EP's he released on his own accord, Danny began working towards his first six-song release which was released as "Out Of The Blue". The first single released "Stay With Me" was well received, with the music video gaining high praise. The single received airplay not only locally, but also in England, Germany, France and Australia.
Wreckage Radio credited the track;
"Solid, chunky riffs with harmonised leads and a solo to die for mix with a rolling bass line and simple yet effective drum beat to make for a musical triumph. Add his expansive vocal range and you have all the ingredients for a song that will fit perfectly in anyone's play list."
"Out Of The Blue" was released in September 2016. Danny was out promoting his new CD everywhere and anywhere he could play, and in one instance, playing 3 gigs in one day!
Live radio sessions and interviews followed, as well as live performances (both on acoustic and with a full backing band) and even more so after the release of follow up Single, "Waiting".
The follow up single received more radio Airplay and in November, managed to reach the number 38 spot in the Scottish New Music Charts. The accompanying music video was released too, a retrospective look at Danny's musical adventure, including footage of first bands, first gigs and in the studio footage during the writing and recording process of Out Of The Blue.
In November 2016, Danny and his band managed to secure a slot at the annual Christmas Light Switch On in Elgin High Street, playing a variety of Material from Out Of The Blue, as well as covers, including a poignant cover of Prince's "Purple Rain".
This performance prompted local press to do 2 feature stories on the Singer and Guitar Player. More gigs towards the end of 2016 and unexpectedly Danny found out that the closing track from Out Of The Blue, "Go, On" had reached number 28 in the Scottish New Music Chart - a major accomplishment. 2017 has seen Danny have his busiest year. This year seen him play all over Scotland, including making his Perth debut at the Green Room and live Radio sessions on Radio West Fife and Moray Firth Radio. The majority of 2017 has been spent writing and recording the follow up to "Out Of The Blue". Danny debuted a new song "The Best In Everything" in February and since has become a staple in his live setting.
The Track was brought to life with the Band, when they played it at the numerous festivals and gigs. Festival slots included a return slot at Speyfest, moving up onto the huge Whisky Stage, the first ever Wolfstock in Banff and also a slot on the Main Stage at NXNE Scotland. The band played various songs from "Out Of The Blue", new songs from the upcoming release "Anything But Silent" and blowing off the cobwebs off of a few Christie Row numbers. The recording of "Anything But Silent" was a very long learning process. Recorded at both Unity and Danny's own "Through The Sound" Studio, it took longer than expected to record. "The Best In Everything" was one of the first songs recorded as it had made many appearances before entering the Studio, and as such it was the first single to be released. Coinciding with Danny's 30th Birthday, the song was released as a Free Download alongside the accompanying Music Video. The full backing band were invited to be part of the Video, and was filmed in front of Photography screens - taking influence from the Winery Dogs Video "Oblivian".
The song even made its way into the Scottish New Music Charts in September, reaching the exciting number 15 slot. Various new songs have made their way into the setlist, including the Title track from the New EP "Anything But Silent" and "Through The Sound".
In September, Danny entered into the Soundwaves Music Competition, a nationwide Competition that is on the lookout for upcoming bands and artists. After getting through the first two rounds, he was invited to a live audition in Glasgow in front of the Judging Panel. Receiving very positive feedback from the judges, it was nearly a month until the results came through. Progressing through to the next round, where the top 22 from each City were selected was a huge accomplishment in itself, especially considered that there were a thousand applicants made. On the 30th of November he received a call to say he had made it through to the Final Round of the Competition, and was invited to play at the O2 ABC in Glasgow.
The Trad Project
Bringing you driving, upbeat tunes mixed with his original Celtic-Folk-Rock songs.
Taking things to the next level.
Taking the songs of Calum Mackenzie Jones and mixing them up with terrific tunes, phenomenal pipes, furious fiddling, dangerous drums, a disappearing pianist and an awesome chick who rocks the bass in her high heels. All performed with skill, enthusiasm and a lot of laughter.
Be one of the first to catch this new band live - you won't be disappointed.
Calum Mackenzie Jones - Guitar & Vocals Angus Montgomery - Cajon / Drums Shannon Marley - Bass Guitar Jack Guthrie - Pipes & Whistle Ewan McPhaill - Fiddle Donald Barker - Keys