The Scottish folk and ceilidh band Tarmachan is formed by three musicians living on Loch Tayside. They met at a folk session in Killin and now regularly perform together. The band is named after the classic walking route just north of Killin and Loch Tay. The usual line-up includes Marieke McBean on guitar, vocals and bodhran, Willie Chisholm on accordion and Ewan McBean on fiddle. They play a wide range of folk music, from haunting slow airs and traditional ballads to foot stomping jigs and fast-paced reels.
Willie has been squeezing from as young as 11. He remembers his dad bringing a hohner 8 bass button piano accordion down from the loft, and it was pretty obvious even at that stage that he fell in love with it. The accordion remains in great condition and is now living in Killin! Willie's musical style can be quite diverse and range from haunting slow air's to foot stompin jigs and reels. He is no stranger to the ceilidh scene, having played in many sessions and festivals up the West Coast, Wales and Ireland. Only in the latter 2-3 years has Willie sought out tuition on the old squeeze box from Colin Dewar and Neil Sinclair. Willie started off as a classically trained pianist, but there aren't many pianos you can fling round your shoulder or squeeze.
Marieke was born in The Netherlands, but moved to Scotland in 2001 due to her love of traditional Scottish music. She was an active participant in the Edinburgh session scene for several years. It was at one of those sessions that she met her husband Ewan - the third member of this band. They moved to Loch Tayside in 2008 and can be seen playing music at various venues throughout the area. Marieke is the founding member of the successful Scottish contemporary folk band Rallion. Rallion has performed at festivals, folk clubs and theatres throughout the world, with memorable performances in Canada, Italy and Norway. They have two cd's ("For no-one and Everyone" & "One for Sorrow") available. In 2009 Dr. Fred Freeman invited Marieke to record a song for "The Complete Songs of Robert Tannahill - Volume 2". She also performed at its launch concert during Celtic Connections 2010. Other recordings on which Marieke's singing and playing are featured are "You & I" by Dithis (2002) and "After the Festival" by Ian Main & Andrew Lyons (2009).
Ewan was born and brought up in Edinburgh, but is now based on Loch Tayside where he lives in a self-built house with wife Marieke and their two young kids. Ewan started playing and studying violin at school. After a break from playing he has been performing Scottish traditional music for more than 15 years. Early in his playing career he received tuition from Marie Fielding and Mhairi Campbell. Ewan played and travelled widely including performances in America, Norway, Spain and various festivals in the UK. He also played for three years running at the prestigious music festival T in the Park. His main influences are Scottish traditional and modern folk music including the Gaelic tradition, piping addition and Cape Breton style of playing.
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