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Musicians in 2007

in no particular order

Stephen Quigg

(Our ubiquitous MC)

Stephen Quigg has played at countless venues throughout Scotland, England and Ireland. His solo concerts at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe were packed and received fine reviews.

He has gained a huge following, particularly in the Highlands of Scotland, where his repertoire ranges from sensitive traditional ballads to foot stamping Scottish folksongs.

One of the secrets of Stephen's success is his "way" with an audience. His introductions are relevant and often hilarious, keeping him in demand as a compere at concerts and festivals.

Apart from singing, Stephen plays guitar, banjo and bodhran. In 2001 Stephen was asked to join the internationally acclaimed McCalmans, and has become a popular addition to the band. 


Old Blind Dogs

(Featuring in the Friday Night Feature Concert)

Over the years Old Blind Dogs have evolved and grown into one of Scotland's favourite folk bands.

The present line up includes Aaron Jones, (Bass, bouzouki and backing vocals), Rory Campbell (Border (Reel) pipes, whistles and backing vocals), Jonny Hardie (Fiddle, mandolin, guitar, and backing vocals), Fraser Stone (Drums and percussion).

Check their website for details of their reknowned discography and world wide appearances.


Bruce Davies

(Featuring in the Friday Night Feature Concert)

Bruce is a singer whose style is very accessible, yet unique, blending the words and melodies of Scotland and beyond with harmonic influences that betray his Welsh ancestry. His love of the great folk songwriters of the 60's to the present day is also apparent in his presentation and choice of music and his warm, rich voice and sympathetic 6 & 12 string acoustic guitar technique have received much critical acclaim.

A former winner of the prestigious Edinburgh Folk Club Song-writing competition, Bruce was known for many years as an interpreter of great songs by great writers. However, his own songs now sit happily alongside those of "the greats" in his performances


North Sea Gas

(Featuring in the Friday Night Feature Concert)

North Sea Gas are Dave Gilfillan, Ronnie MacDonald, and Grant Simpson. On occasion within Scotland, North Sea Gas are augmented by the wonderful talents of Gerry McKenna.

North Sea Gas has now been performing for 26 years, during which time they have enjoyed great acclaim for their high standards of professionalism.

Over the years their exciting blend of Scottish and Irish music has appealed to audiences all over Great Britain, Europe, Scandinavia, Australia, Canada and the United States. For nine consecutive years, North Sea Gas has attracted large audiences to concerts held during the Edinburgh Festival.



(Featuring in the Flotilla Tribute Concert)

Robin Watson and Gordon Menzies have been together as Gaberlunzie since the early 1970s and are well known for producing an exciting blend of modern and traditional songs.

Essentially Scottish, with an emphasis on rhythm and harmony, Gaberlunzie has a wide appeal to audiences both at home and abroad. They have travelled extensively in Europe, Canada, United States, and the Middle East, taking with them not only Scottish music but also that other extra special ingredient - Scottish humour.



(Feature band for the Setterday Nicht Ceilidh)

Mak-a-Rak-it are based in the heart of Morayshire in the village of Fochabers and have been playing together since 1993. They are a five-piece ceilidh band playing traditional Scottish and Irish music and song.

The band can be found playing at weddings, festivals and corporate functions throughout Scotland where the emphasis is on fun and enjoyment.


Swingin' Fiddles

a young Shetland band who will be joining us for the festival weekend fresh, and hopefully not too jet lagged, from a tour of Australia.

The Swingin' Fiddles are Maggie Adamson and Laura Lockyear on fiddle, Astryd Jameson on the piano and Brian Nicholson, the more senior member of the group on guitar. They have all being playing since a young age and their lively approach to music has taken them to Norway, America, Canada, Ireland, several British festivals and most recently to Australia.

They play a mixture of traditional and contemporary tunes with a couple of wee "swing" tracks thrown in as you might expect from their name.

The Rapparees

a young leading folk band from Ireland who will be joining us for festival weekend.

The Rapparees are Gerard McNeill who plays the banjo, fiddle and drums, Connor McCaffrey plays the banjo, bodhrun and sings, Joe McKeague main vocals, fiddle and guitar, Damien Mcerlean plays guitar, viola and washboard and Kevin Mawdsley plays the fiddle and tin whistle.

This will be their first time playing their very energetic and lively show in Scotland and if their CD is proof of their performance I can't wait to hear them live!! (NOTE: they were great and they will be back in 2008 - more...)


Calum Stewart

“Calum Stewart is one of Scotland’s leading young traditional musicians. He manages to combine the search for fresh, new and innovative music with a deep commitment to the Scottish Tradition.” Rob Adams

"...impressive, clear, crisp, beautiful flute playing that really captures your imagination." Ceňl Beň Traditional Roots magazine

"...a musician whose technical accomplishments as a performer are matched and enhanced by his passion for the music he plays." Robbie Hannan


Andy May

Performing with Calum Stewart

Andy is from Gateshead, Tyne and Wear.  He studied Jazz at the University of York. Andy is a pianist and also an accomplished Northumbrian Piper. He has won several competitions, and now judges. 

As well as performing with Calum Stewart, and the Calum Stewart 3, Andy performs with English Folk band Jez Lowe and the Badpennies, and with Anglo-Scandinavian group Baltic Crossing. He is also a talented composer.



During the past couple of years Jiggerypipery have earned a well deserved reputation for being a dynamic and exciting live act, as seen at many venues throughout the UK.


The chemistry of the band mixes Robertson’s distinctive 60 years of highland pipe playing, learned from his famous father, Pipe Major "JB" Robertson with the hard core, driving drumming of ex Boomtown Rat, Simon Crowe. Blend this with ex. Waulk Electrik bassist Peter Bingham, fiddle playing from Carl Allerfeldt, the cittern of Tony Bayliss and you have an exciting and listenable concoction of highly charged Celtic Funk.


Isla St Clair

Isla was born in North East Scotland and is one of Britain's foremost traditional singers. She is known to millions for her numerous television appearances and is one of Europe's most experienced broadcasters.

Forming her own production company, Story Shop Productions, Isla produces award winning documentary films, radio programmes and music albums for international release.

She even has an entry in wikipedia the online dictionary 


Elgin Strathspey and Reel Society

The Elgin Strathspey and Reel Society was inaugurated in 1970 and, with Willie McPherson as musical Director and Bill Brian as Leader, it went from strength to strength.

In the last few years the Society members have promoted themselves and their music, nationally and internationally. A travel fund has made it possible to play in Denmark (twice), and Ireland.


Alex Green

Alex Green from Aberdeenshire is the maestro of the tin whistle. He is appreciated by a much wider audience through playing at many Traditional Music and Song Association festivals throughout Scotland. He has released one of the few recordings dedicated to Scottish whistle playing: Whistle O'er the Lave O't.

Sheena Wellington

Sheena Wellington's singing of “A Man's A Man For ‘a That” at the Opening Ceremony of the first Scottish Parliament for three hundred years was by critical and popular acclaim the highlight of that very special day.

She will be performing at the Ballads and Bairns Concert on Friday afternoon and presenting certificates.

Rod Paterson

(Tutor for the Ballads and Bairns project)

(Vocals, Guitar and Mandola with "Jock Tampson's Bairns"

Widely recognised as the foremost male traditional singer in Scotland, Rod has already produced a large body of recorded work to support that point of view as well as stage productions, including The Ship and The Big Picnic, and featured on many radio and TV productions, including The Transatlantic Sessions with Emmylou Harris and Phil Cunningham.

He has two solo albums to his credit together with the three Easy Club recordings, the new definitive series of discs of the songs of Robert Burns (of which Rod is a renowned interpreter), Fergusson's Auld Reekie and many other album recording sessions.

He's also a member of another excellent Scottish band, Ceolbeg, and has written a number of songs and adaptations of traditional material.

Norman Chalmers

(Concertina, percussion, whistles, mouth organ with "Jock Tampson's Bairns")

(Tutor for the Ballads and Bairns project)

An original stylist of the concertina in Scottish music as well as being a fine whistle player, Norman also plays melodeon, clarsach and flute.

A trained photographer, he is the Folk/World editor of the List magazine, and Folk reviewer for Scotland on Sunday.

Very experienced in Scottish Theatre and as a player with The Easy Club, Ossian and The Cauld Blast Orchestra, he is also on the staff of Glasgow's Royal Scottish College of Music and Drama, teaches at Feisean, and runs groupwork courses every summer at Skye's Sabhal Mor Ostaig.

Christine Kydd

(Tutor for the Ballads and Bairns project)

Christine is a full-time professional musician. Her time is divided between performance, teaching, theatre work, promoting traditional and related music and recording/ media appearances. She has an Advanced Diploma in Voice Studies.

Christine is the Scots Song Tutor at the School for Excellence in Traditional Music at Plockton, Wester Ross. Scottish teenagers audition to attend this special project, coming from all over Scotland. Pupils attend the High School and have additional music tuition, record and perform their work.

Christine also teaches privately and travels all over the UK to teach and perform at festivals, clubs and Summer Schools.



A singing duo consisting of Christine Kydd and Barbara Dymock.

Combining power, passion and pedigree, these dynamic, relatively young veterans of the Scottish music world contrast stark harmony vocals with light instrumental and percussive backing. Together they explore and innovate, gracefully twisting the tradition and colluding with the contemporary.

The songs of Sinsheen are a voice for irreverent women everywhere, with a brash sense of humour, but a healthy respect for the roots of traditional Scottish music. Songs vary from self-penned via trad to the odd genre-swapping version of a dyed-in-the-wool Scottish favourite. The subject matter is extraordinarily varied and rich: try work, struggle, love, getting the bairn tae sleep, politics, the blues, and dreams.


Dave Francis

(Manager of the Ballads and Bairns project)

Dave Francis comes from Aberdeenshire, where he cut his teeth playing in dance bands such as the Desperate Danz Band. Since moving to Edinburgh during the 1990s he has become a central figure in traditional music, from performing with Mairi Campbell in the successful duo The Cast, to occupying key positions in the Scottish Arts Council traditional music section and the Edinburgh Folk Festival.

Dave and Mairi released The Cast’s third CD in the Autumn of 2005, and Dave is a member of the renowned Bella McNab’s Dance Band.

Paul Anderson

Paul Anderson, a farmer's son from Tarland, is already a legend and revered virtuoso in the time-honoured tradition of Scottish fiddle Music. Paul began his training with Andy Linklater on a fiddle found under his grandparents' spare bed. He was promised he could keep it if he learnt to play it. It's the same instrument he plays today!

Paul's experience includes leading the acclaimed Banchory Strathspey and Reel Society and playing fiddle with Shetland folk rock band, Rock, Salt and Nails, however his main interest is performance and composition of traditional Scottish fiddle music. Having won most of the fiddle championships in Scotland, his crowning glory was winning the Glenfiddich Scottish Fiddle Championship at Blair Castle in 1993. A regular on Scottish television and radio, Paul has toured extensively and has recorded seven solo albums.

Gaye and Trish (The Scottish Nightingales)

G&T, better known as Gaye & Trish (Gaye Anthony and Trish Norman) sang in Castles for the National Trust for Scotland for several years developing their repertoire and harmonies. They continue to organise and take part in Concerts during the Doric Festival, which celebrates the speech and song of the Grampian area.

At the 1999 Boat Festival they sang songs of the sea and the fishing and made the acquaintance of Nanne Kalma and Ankie Van der Meer of 'Liereliet', who were also taking part in the Festival that year. This led to Nanne and Ankie recommending them to other Festivals, leading to bookings in Poland, Brittany and especially to Workum. It was there that Shanty Jack heard them, leading to appearances in Hull, Portsmouth and so on ...

They have released two albums. 'First Verse', mainly Scottish songs, was released in 1999 and 'Fish and Ships', self-explanatory, in 2001.


Moray Concert Brass

Moray Concert Brass has played in many prestigious events in Scotland and also in France, Germany, Italy and Austria. This year it will be playing to welcome the arrival of the Flotilla.

The band began in 1992 with only 20 members. It now has a membership of over 70 players aged between 9 and 18 involved in 40-50 engagements each year.

Needless to say the band has picked up many prestigious awards along the way and it has made four recordings to date with a fifth in the pipeline.

The band is very popular with members and gives all involved an understanding of discipline, self respect, teamwork and also helps them build lifelong friendships. The band gets essential support from the "Friends of Moray Concert Brass".

More details at


Huntly Pipe Band

The Huntly Pipe Band was formed almost 60 years ago and one of its founder members, Jimmy Horne, now well into his eighties, still plays regularly. The youngest playing piper is 13 years old, with learners even younger.

The band wears the Gordon tartan with green jackets and waistcoats to reflect the fact that the Gordon Highlanders were formed in Huntly in the 18th Century. The band plays at a variety of events throughout the summer and is always up for new experiences.


Buckie and District Pipe Band

The Buckie and District Pipe Band was founded in 1988 and is still going strong today. New recruits are always welcome in the ranks.

The Band attends many events throughout the local area almost every weekend during the summer months, as well as many other events during the rest of the year. These include local galas and fetes, charity events and of course, the annual Highland Games. The band is in regular attendance at the Dufftown, Aberlour, Nethy-Bridge and Grantown Highland Games.

The Band has also been known to travel abroad by invitation, with such events being very successful, although perhaps slightly surprising to foreigners!


Scottish Co-op Band

The Scottish Co-op Band is the only band from Scotland to win the National Championships of Great Britain (twice - in 1990 and 1996) and they were the 2003 Scottish Champions (a title they have held on 26 occasions in their history). The Co-Op Band has toured Australia (including Sydney Opera House), New Zealand, Norway, Germany, Holland and Switzerland.


Turriff Silver Band

A welcome return from the mellifluous Turriff Silver Band