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Scottish Folk Bands and Singers

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Aly BainAff The Cuff - An exciting blend of traditional music and songs for dancing or listening, featuring fiddle, Scottish smallpipes, mandolin, mandola, guitar and bodhran.

Alan Reid and Rob van Sante - two very experienced musicians, Alan from the Battlefield Band and Rob with a wide experience in the English folk scene, together making a very accomplished duo.

Alan Brown - a singer, musician, writer, broadcaster, compere, public speaker and journalist.

The Alans - The Alans perform with flute & whistles, mandolin, banjo and bouzouki, fiddle and bodhran, guitar and mandola, and four voices in harmony to deliver an intoxicating mixture of rousing songs and stirring tunes. The group also supplement their personnel to play as a ceilidh band.

Alasdair Fraser - a master Scottish fiddler, is a consummate performer. His dynamic fiddling, engaging stage presence, and deep understanding of Scotland's music have created a constant and international demand for his solo appearances and concerts with a variety of ensembles.

Allan Y McDougall - Allan Y McDougall is a formidable and creative acoustic guitarist. His playing reflects a keen interest in the songs and melodies of the Scottish and Irish traditions and his recorded and live repertoire displays a contemporary, relevant approach, energetic and sympathetic as appropriate.

Aly Bain - Scotland's supreme traditional style fiddler.

Andrew Gordon - Andrew Gordon has been entertaining audiences since 1994, with his blend of Traditional Scottish and other music. Battle songs, ballads and sing-a-longs.

Anna MacDonald - Anna MacDonald is a singer and songwriter of folk songs that show her celtic roots. A multi-instrumentalist she is able to play the piano, guitar and clarsach which she beautifully intertwines with Scots, English and Gaelic songs. In 2010, Anna released her debut EP "You held out your hand" to critical acclaim from national and music media alike.

Anne Gomez - a singer with a great voice who normally performs to theatre audiences and usually with Trochrague Folk Group

Anvil Ceilidh Band - The Anvil Ceilidh Band offers a traditional Scottish Ceilidh with all the well known dances. They have a friendly professional caller to help anyone unsure of any of the steps. Interspersed between dances, the band plays a range of songs while you rest your feet. On request, the band can scale up by linking with the Morgan Lee Band (MLB) a well-established Eclectic Celtic Folk band, to offer an unique event.

Archie Fisher - one of Scotland’s foremost folksinger/ songwriters who has been recognized for his contributions to Scottish folk music.

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Battlefield BandBalvaig is a group of musicians and singers who gather in the Strathyre Inn on Sunday afternoons to play a wide selection of music. Balvaig is named after the river running through the Village of Strathyre.

Battlefield Band - fusion of ancient and modern instruments - bagpipes, fiddle, synthesiser, guitar, flutes, bodhran and accordion.

Beggars Row - fantastic live performance Scottish Folk band. The band roam around on and off stage as part of a highly energetic performance.

Bill Adair - well known and highly respected singer/songwriter from Glasgow whose music is influenced by his life experiences.

Billy Henderson - ex-Blackeyed Biddy lead singer, back on the road. Home town - Dalbeattie. Singer/songwriter with some humorous Scots poetry.

Blazin Fiddles - Scotland’s award winning group, Blazin' Fiddles, draws the distinct flavour of fiddle music from various regions of the highlands and islands. From solo to ensemble sets, they all come together in a fiery blend that raises the roof.

Bob Ferguson - Bob Ferguson is a singer songwriter and for a few decades now he has, as well as playing solo, played with Beggars Row, Celtic Horizon, The Celtic Hearts and The Triple Scots performing Celtic, folk and contemporary music along with his own compositions.

Bob Knight - an excellent singer/songwriter from the Aberdeen area.

Bookends - Bookends are Peter Parlane from Alexandria and Maureen McNeil from Greenock. They have been singing together for a number of years at folk festivals and folk clubs in Scotland and the North of England. The name bookends they chose and used for the first time at Coldstream "Border Gaithering" Open stage 2012.

The Borland Ceilidh Band - The Borland Ceilidh Band play traditional Scottish music with a dynamism and vitality that people have come to expect from Ayrshire’s premier ceilidh band.

Box Din - Box Din are Elizabeth O Shea and William Robertson. Box Din are now playing in many venues throughout the central belt and also visit many sessions when time allows them to. Folk music is their main source of material but they can diversify into other genres of music when requested.

Boys of the Lough - the first of the full-time professional Celtic bands to arise on the international scene.

Bring In The Spirit - a highly experienced group of Burns enthusiasts playing it as it should be.

Bruce & Walker have been around for a long time as songwriters and performers first singing as a duo in the mid 1980s. Both are excellent solo performers but an exciting and powerful blend emerges when they come together on stage as a duo.

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The CorriesCàirdeas - are a lively, entertaining and highly accomplished trio performing Scottish folk music with personality, fun and an unforgettable stage persona.

Cal - singer and band of the same name, both with a great sound and a wealth of experience in the Scottish folk scene.

Capercaillie - Gaelic musical vocals with an astonishing musical dexterity of the various fiddle, whistle, flute, pipe and accordian.

Carla McLean - a singer songwriter from Glasgow, Carla has been writing songs and playing guitar since the age of 12. She is known for creating interesting arrangements on classic Burns Songs, folk songs from the British Isles and classic folk rock.

Celticburn - Bottle fed on the Corries and such like ilk, Colin and Ronnie have developed a style not dissimilar but at the same time unique to them. They sing about the old battles, ie Flodden and other skirmishes, but like to sit down and do some really nice ballads that tell stories of love and romance. This band are very good at taking old songs and putting there style of music and arrangement to it in order to give a refreshing new sound to old material but retaining the dignity of the old song. As Colin and Ronnie always say, if you like the Corries you will like Celticburn, from the same stable but different.

Celtic Horizon - entertaining band consisting of Bob and Neil, formed in 2000. They perform Scots songs, Irish Songs, traditional folk songs and contemporary Celtic music folk songs and many written by themselves.

Ceol an Aire (pronounced 'Kyol an Arra') was formed in 2010 following the success of the first Argyll Ceilidh Trail. The three founding members of Ceol an Aire all took part in the ceilidh trail which provided a fantastic experience involving a two week tour performing in a great range of venues around Argyll and the Islands.

CherryGrove - With an innovative approach to traditional music, CherryGrove are taking traditional tunes and soulful songs to new contemporary folk heights. Hailing from all over Scotland, they bring together a wide range of musical influences that create an exciting take on traditional Scottish music.

The Chiels are a 'roots' band from Fife who play traditional and contemporary transatlantic music, featuring, among others, songs and tunes from Scotland, Ireland, America, England and Shetland.

Christina Stewart - Christina Stewart's captivating voice echoes her warm devotion to the celtic tradition of her native Scottish Highlands. Highly regarded as an active advocate of Scotland's song traditions, she performs at festivals, concerts and ceilidhs and teaches Gaelic, Scots and English language songs in classes and special projects for all ages.

Christopher James Sheridan is a singer/songwriter from Glasgow, Scotland. Largely influenced by the American and British folk movements of the late 1950s and 1960s, Christopher has been writing and performing his own material since early 2004

Clamjamfrie are a lively five piece, Scottish ceilidh band formed by musicians from the villages of Kilbarchan and Lochwinnoch in Renfrewshire, Scotland. They are equally at home providing music for Scottish ceilidh dancing and foot stomping songs and tunes for your entertainment.

Clutha is Scotland's oldest and most respected traditional folk band. Described as 'an almost permanent institution on the Scottish Folk Scene...' and 'recognised as a major influence in the Scottish Folk Revival'

Coila Ceilidh Band - one of the most in demand Scottish ceilidh bands. The band have played all over the world with performances at international music festivals such as Celtic Connections and The Shetland Folk Festival to Hollywood film premières.

Collins and Collins - from Cardross on the west coast of Scotland are a unique combination of husband and wife team with an enormous capacity for entertaining.

Corralach - are a Highlands of Scotland based Folk Group with an interest in keeping our vocal tradition alive. We sing a wide range of harmony songs drawn from Scotland, Ireland and America both accompanied and A'capella.

The Corries - namely Ronnie Browne and Roy Williamson, were a dynamic Scottish folk singing duo who, for more then thirty years, combined a unique blend of instruments and songs. They didn't come much better than these guys.

Crooked Jack - Scottish entertainment is well served by these two excellent performers. The classic Scottish songs are served up with outstanding accordion playing all tied together in a neat package with some hilarious banter.

Cross The Borders - a very distinctive style and sound with some great musicians. Coming from a mix of rock and blues backgrounds the band progressed effortlessly to folk music.

Culbeag - a great all round band with plenty of talented youngsters.

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Donnie MunroDa Hooley Ceilidh Band - Da Hooley ceilidh band is an energetic band based in Edinburgh. We have more than 15 years of experience of playing ceilidhs for weddings, fundraisers, corporate events and many a celebration.

Dancing Feet Ceilidh Band - an exciting and innovative Scottish band who perform at weddings, festivals and functions across Scotland. This is not your conventional ceilidh band - with flute, fiddle, bagpipes and saxophone, backed on guitar and bodhran.

Dante have spent the last two years working on their first full-length album, 'Wake', with Frightened Rabbit guitarist, Andy Monghan. Drawing on indie and folk influences in unusually equal measure, The Herald has described the new material as a collection of "folk-flecked gems".

Dave Gibb - Left handed, balding, middle aged songwriting folkie from scotland's highest village. One of the finest guitarists and songwriters on the acoustic music scene....and good fun to boot.

Davy Cowan - is a solo Celtic Musician and Songwriter acclaimed over the years for his work with Cult Highland Celtic Rock band Coinneach.

Dennis Alexander - Life is always worth singing about and Dennis will leave you with a smile in your heart. Songs and humour from 25 years of entertaining in Scots, English, Irish and American way. Regular sojourns abroad especially to New Zealand. also sings with Crooked Jack.

Dick Gaughan - with his very unique voice this well known singer has been in the Scottish Folk scene since the 1970's.

Donnie Munro - previously lead singer with Runrig, now solo artist, with a distinctive range of vocals.

Dougie MacLean - Dougie MacLean is one of the foremost folk musicians and singer/songwriters in Scotland.

Douglas Craik - Douglas Craik is a well known name on the folk music circuit in Scotland. The wealth of experience and knowledge Douglas has gained over his many years on the folk scene has helped him recently achieve a position as the National Convener of the Traditional Music & Song Association of Scotland.

Douglas Hinton - A Scottish musician based in France, Douglas Hinton plays acoustic folk-rock music. He regularly plays live in bars and small venues in the city of Brest (in the Brittany region of north-west France).

Duncan Chisolm - the very well known fiddle player with his own individual style, regularly seen performing solo, with other artists or with his band Wolfstone.

Duncan McCrone - Glasgow born singer and songwriter, his most famous composition being 'Always Argyll'. He also spent 18 years with the well known Clydesiders.

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Ed MillerThe Eclectic Ceilidh Club is a Glasgow based, Fiddle Led four piece from different backgrounds who share a love of dance & Celtic music. Ceilidhs should be great fun! But not just for those who are already familiar with the dance steps. Aside from the music, the 'secret' of a great ceilidh is in the dance 'calling' where, in just a few minutes, people who have never danced at a ceilidh before find that they can learn the steps with ease.

Ed Miller - Ed Miller has been hailed as 'one of the finest singers to come out of the Scottish Folksong Revival' and as 'one of Scotland's best singing exports'.

Eddie Walker - a regular at Scottish folk clubs and festivals for around 30 years.

Eilidh Grant - loves to sing Scottish traditional songs and is especially fond of those of Robert Burns, but her feel for and interpretation of lyrics shows when she switches to a more contemporary style.

Elena Piras - specialising in Celtic Folk and Gaelic Traditional singing. Last year she performed at several folk festivals. She won the open stage competition at Girvan and took part in the open mic at the Dougie MacLean's Pershire Amber Festival last October. This year she performed at the open stage at Celtic Connections.

Emily Smith - an increasingly popular folk singer with a knack of taking old songs and poems and bringing them back to life.

Eric Bogle - this famous man from Peebles needs no introduction to most folk music fans. If you don't know who he is you'll definitely know at least one of his songs.

Eric Faulkner - Eric Faulkner is one of the most exciting and thought-provoking singer/songwriter talents on the music scene today.

Ewan McLennan - Winner of several awards including the 2011 BBC Radio 2 Horizon Award Ewan McLennan is an emerging folk artist that has been making headlines. His music combines traditional folk, with an inevitable focus on the music of Scotland, as well as his own self-penned songs that are receiving critical acclaim in their own right.

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Fiddlers BidFake Gods - an acoustic folk-rock duo from central Scotland, formed in 2005. The band's warm and natural sound is a product of an organic music making progress which has been honed over several years.

Fiddlers Bid - One of the highest profile bands current on the Shetland music scene, having played concert halls, arena's and major festivals and events the world over. Just some of these have seen them appear at the Sydney Opera House, the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington DC, Epcot Millennium Celebrations in Florida and the 'Ten Days on the Island' Festival in Tasmania, Australia.

Fiddlers Leap - Formed originally 20 years ago in Jedburgh the line up has changed little over the years, however, Gordon and Ian have recently been joined by Gary Forrest who is an exciting young accordion player from Jedburgh.

Fiery Jack - a unique sound of the Corries mixed with the raw energy of The Clash and The Pistols, no two gigs are the same as their enthusiasm playing Jacobite songs knows no bounds.

Fiona Mackenzie - Fiona J Mackenzie is well known in Scotland as a Gaelic Singer and Song tutor. A Mod Gold Medallist, Fiona has released 3 albums. She is delighted to have just been named as a winner of Burnsong 2009.

Frjemd Folk - Frjemd Folk is a Dutch group singing Irish and Scottish Folk songs.

Fyfe Penni Piece - emerged following a couple of years of Jim and Dave performing as ‘The Rubislaw Quarries’. The more recent band name, a fine blend of Dave Fyfe and Jim Pennington’s surnames, really coins a phrase!

 

 

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GaberlunzieGaberlunzie - 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 Scottish folk songs.

Gibby MacNaught - a multi-talented folk singer, has been entertaining audiences world wide with his special blend of music from clan rallying battle songs to the mellowest of love songs that would melt any heart. Add to this a mixture of funny songs and ditty’s to ensure a perfect evening‘s entertainment.

Gill Bowman - from Edinburgh, regarded as one of Scotland's foremost singer songwriters and a fine interpreter of traditional music, in particular the songs of Robert Burns.

Graham Carter - equally at home singing well known standards, tragic child ballads, sea-shantys, negro spirituals, blues or his own compositions in the traditional style he has an uncanny knack of pleasing an audience which stands him in very good stead for the future.

 

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HaggerdashHaggerdash - a well known Scottish folk band from Lanarkshire, much in demand for festivals and folk clubs as well as having many performances in Europe.

Harry MacFadyen - a great all round entertainer whose one man Scottish and Irish music show is a extremely popular on the hotel and village hall circuit.

Heidrum - are a group of acoustic musicians from Montrose and surrounding areas on the North East coast of Scotland. They met in their local pub, The Black Abbot, and had a session or two, and the rest is history, they've been jammin' and giggin' since.

Hilary Bell - singer, musician and actress, was born and brought up near the Border town of Gretna, and now lives in the inspirationally beautiful Yarrow Valley in the Scottish Borders.

 

 

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Ivan Drever BandIan Walker - Ian started singing in The Glasgow Folk Centre in the 1960s. Since then he has been resident at Kilmarnock, Linlithgow and Quarter Folk Clubs. He sings and plays banjo, autoharp, guitar and percussion. Over the years, his music has attracted awards for traditional singing at the Kinross and Thurso Festivals, for song writing at various clubs and festivals and for excellence from the Music Retailers Association (MRA) in London.

Ivan Drever Band - ex-Wolfstone front-man with his talented bunch of musicians who play their own distinctive brand of acoustic/electric folk rock.

 

 

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Jim MalcolmJayne Sarah - her growing reputation as a talented vocalist and entertainer was enhanced through opening spots for Old Blind Dogs, Rallion along with a performance on the Celtic Connections Danny Kyle Open Stage in January 2007 and several more performances at various folk clubs.

Jesse Ferguson - a folk musician originally from Cornwall, Ontario, Canada. He strives to connect with the past through traditional songs while making them relevant to today’s listeners.

Jim King - songwriter, performer, musician, singer. Well known for many years in the Glasgow folk scene.

Jim Malcolm - was brought up in Perthshire and Angus and by his early twenties was winning songwriting competitions and playing in folk clubs all over Scotland. In January 1999 Jim joined one of Scotland's most popular international folk acts, the Old Blind Dogs from north east Scotland although he now generally performs solo.

Joanne McIver and Christophe Saunière - original songs and music for Scottish smallpipes, Highland pipes, flutes, whistles and harp.

John Carnie - is a guitarist and singer who plays Scottish traditional music on guitar. He is also known for his blues guitar playing and singing and mixing of the two traditions.

John Davidson - is a highly entertaining, melodic folk-singer and musician who is based in Perthshire, Scotland. He works as a solo artist and as a member of the folk trio Tarneybackle. He sings predominantly Scottish folk songs and includes traditional and contemporary material from England, Ireland and the Americas.

John Malcolm - a well known face on the Scottish folk scene as a solo performer and member of Scottish folk band Cruachan.

Jo Philby Band - Originally from the south of England, Jo's early inspiration stemmed from the English and Irish traditions, however over a decade living and working in Orkney now sees her cite singers from the modern Scottish folk scene as equal sources of influence, as well as country and bluegrass musicians and singers. Now, having found and developed her niche, she has gathered together a band of good friends (who also happen to be cracking musicians).

Joy Dunlop - a multi-prize winning Gaelic singer and popular international performer, With talents ranging from singing to television presenting, dancing to award-winning Gaelic journalism.

Julie Fowlis - Gaelic Singer Of The Year & Album Of The Year at the Scots Trad Music Awards 2007 and nominated for the third year in a row as BBC Radio 2 Folk Singer of the Year (the first ever Scottish Gaelic singer to win this prestigious award when given the title in 2008).

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Karan Casey - there's always been a wide overlap between Scottish and Irish folk music and this lady sits right in there. Superb voice, envied by many.Karen Matheson

Karen Matheson - widely recognised as the haunting vocals of Celtic super-group Capercaillie, described by Sean Connery as having 'a throat that is surely touched by God'.

Karine Polwart - previously the outstanding voice of Malinky but now solo, Scots songwriter Karine Polwart combines the economy and universality of the folk storytelling tradition with a probing intellect and compassionate lyricism.

Kilmarnock Edition - Kilmarnock Edition -Scotland's newest and most exciting musical sound - an eclectic mix of Scots, Gaelic and English songs blended with acoustic folk and roots.

Kirsten Easdale - superb singer, previously with Calasaig and now with Bring in the Spirit.

 

 

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Linda DewarLarsa - Dynamically fusing contemporary and traditional influences from Scotland, Ireland, the Canadian Maritimes and beyond, Larsa's tightly driven tunes and soulful songs have been captivating audiences across the UK and Europe since their formation in early 2012.

Lau - modern traditional music band, BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards winners of Best Group 2008 and 2009.

Lauren MacColl - fiddle led, with the driving combination of piano and guitar, The Lauren MacColl Trio take you on a musical journey from rousing Highland strathspeys and reels, to emotive Gaelic airs.

Lilian Ross - Lilian grew up in the "Singing Lands" of Buchan, Aberdeenshire, midst its rich oral culture. There she cultivated her craft of song, lyric and story developing a warm open and generous performance style

Linda Dewar - her rich voice, distinctive guitar styling, and engaging stage presence have made her a popular and familiar favourite among fans. Linda, originally from America, now resides in the cooler climates of Highland Perthshire, Scotland.

Linsey Aitken and Ken Campbell combine vocal harmony with an unusual combination of instruments and pedigrees ranging from Celtic traditional music, contemporary song writing, to classical, baroque and orchestral.

Lori Watson and Rule Of Three - a contemporary folk outfit from across Scotland led by the Borders fiddle player and singer. Joined by Innes Watson on Guitars and John Somerville on Accordion they deliver a sparkling mix of traditional and original tunes and songs.

Luce Women - harmony singing, mandolins, guitars, banjo, concertina... three talented women who really deliver!

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The McCalmansMadelaine Cave - born in the coastal town of North Berwick in Scotland, Madelaine grew up listening to and singing Celtic music and songs.

Mad Ferret - The Mad Ferret Band Folk Duo, Perth, Scotland The Mad Ferret Band are a Scottish duo, known on the folk scene for their hard hitting blend of traditional and contemporary Folk music.

Mairi Orr - raised in the west highland village of Morar and now based near Edinburgh, Scottish singer/songwriter Mairi Orr has been a regular in the Edinburgh and Lothians bluegrass and folk scene since 2004.

Mak-A-Din - a great duo from Grangemouth who have a very easy to listen to sound consisting of Scottish and Irish folk music.

Makinadin - are a high-energy celtic-rock band combining fiddle, highland pipes, guitar, bass and drums. They play hard and fast or soft and haunting scottish tunes with a heavy rock twist.

Malcolm Bushby - young talented and highly regarded fiddle player originally from Australia, now living in UK. Specialises in Scottish and Scandanavian music. Studied and worked with with Anna Wendy Stephenson and Iain MacDonald in Western Isles, Stewart Hardy, Shona Mooney

Malinky - on the go for over ten years now, some of the faces have changed but it's still the same distinctive sound. A great mix of musicians.

Manran - Manran have quite literally rocketed to the top of the Scottish music scene with their powerful combination of Gaelic/English songs underpinned by driving accordion, fiddle, flute and a backline of drum and bass to make any mouth water.

Martin White - A veteran musician of the Edinburgh and East Lothian band scene, Martin has taken his years of electric guitar playing experience and developed with it a unique approach to fingerstyle based celtic/rock acoustic guitar where, technique-wise, anything he can manage to play goes

Mary Kathleen Burke - this Irish lass, who lives in Scotland, never fails to impress her audience with her clear, crystal vocals. You can also hear her on Celtic Music Radio every Sunday evening doing her bit for folk music.

The McCalmans - or the Macs as they are affectionately known, have been performing for over forty years and are Scotland's most well-kent folk trio. A must to see live.

Mick West Band - Mick West is regarded as one of Scotland's finest interpreters of traditional song. Together with his band, they have been described as a must for any fan of Scottish song. Mick West is considered by many to be one of the foremost exponents of Scottish Folk Song in the World.

The Midgierakers are a 5 piece traditional music group based at the University of Glasgow, where 4 of the members are employed.

Morgan Lee Band - is a Glasgow-based group. They are particularly interested in the alternative edge of the folk music scene although they do play some 'oldies'. Their set list ranges from the more traditional Banks o’ the Spey (J. Scott Skinner) through to Dylan as well as an increasing amount of self penned material. Hence they term their music ’Celtic Eclectica’.

 

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North Sea GasNeil Thomson - has been playing in the Edinburgh folk scene since the 80's. Well known as a host in the Royal Oak Folk sessions and the Captain's bar sessions, Neil has been entertaining in pubs on the Scottish Folk scene for many years.

Nick - sings and plays guitar, bouzouki, cittern, flutes and whistles. Mainly traditional Scottish songs and tunes with a few Irish and English for good measure.

North Sea Gas - Thirty years and stronger than ever!! One of Scotland’s most popular folk bands with great vocals and tremendous three part harmonies. Guitars, mandolin, fiddle, bouzouki, whistles, bodhrans, banjo and good humour are all part of the entertainment. They have received Gold and Silver disc awards from the Scottish Music Industry. 'North Sea Gas' are a highly entertaining Scottish folk band who have an ever-growing fan base ranging through all age groups thus giving the 'Gas' show a wonderful atmosphere.

 

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Old Blind DogsOld Blind Dogs - over the years Old Blind Dogs have evolved and grown into one of Scotland's favourite folk bands as well as being a fantastic hit in America.

The Outside Track - a truly diverse line-up, from Scotland, England, Ireland and Canada, the band combine music from all their different cultures to form a distinct and dynamic musical sound.

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Pauline Alexander - a Glaswegian singer/songwriter. In the last few years she has appeared at the Arran Folk Festival, Celtic Connections on the Danny Kyle Stage and the Merchant City Festival. 2012 sees her performing at the Burns An A' that Festival. She has a pure voice that is appreciated by those in the folk community for her honest, earthy and easy on the ear style. There have been some hints to suggest tones of Eva Cassidy or other strong female singers from an era long since left behind.

Pauline Vallance - Pauline is a singer/songwriter and accompanies herself on the clarsach. She was a prizewinner at the Glasgow Songwright Festival in 2009 and has appeared at the Alnwick Phil CunninghamInternational Music Festival, at Linlithgow and Douglasdale Festivals and regularly appears as the featured artist at writers' events. She has just brought out her first CD 'Songs, Spells and Salsa moves' and feedback so far includes 'original and beautifully sung'. She also performs her own arrangements of traditional Scottish, Irish and Welsh songs.

Peatbog Faeries - based on the Isle of Skye, the Peatbog Faeries have become one of Scotlands best known names in contemporary folk music. They have taken their own individual brand of Scottish tunes to audiences around the world, from European Festivals, to Asia, Africa, America and Australia.

Pernille Quigg is originally from Denmark but has been living on the West coast of Scotland for a number of years now. She has appeared as special guest at her husband Stephen Quigg's gigs in Holland, Denmark and of course in Scotland in venues ranging from concert halls to house concerts and everything in between. Pernille has now also started performing solo.

Pete Clark - one of Perthshire and Scotland's top fiddlers. Since the release of his debut recording 'Fiddlecase' in 1996, Pete has recorded a further five albums, the most recent being “Now & Then”(2006), which features music by Gow, Mackintosh and Skinner along with some of Pete’s own compositions.

Phil Cunningham - widely regarded as one of the most exciting and innovative accordion players of the times and currently a household name with numerous TV appearances in recent years.

Poozies - these five talented young ladies give their own special sound which remains unique as they have evolved over the years.

Pure Malt - a Scottish and Irish folk band who play regular gigs throughout Scotland, from the Borders to Skye. They have a loyal following and have just released their 4th CD.

 

 

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Quirky JadeQuirky Jade is a trio of singers from the West of Scotland, Joni, Aileen and Izzi. They sing mainly unaccompanied and cover everything from their own original perspective from traditional and folk from Scotland (including Burns and Gaelic), medieval music and African songs. They have now added contemporary material such as the Proclaimers, Christy Moore and Elvis Costello.

 

 

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RunrigRagged Glory - the band met five years ago at Nitten Folk Club, Newtongrange and had their sell out debut at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2010. This was followed up with two further sell out shows at this years Fringe, earning Ragged Glory a 'Sell Out Garland' for the second year running. The four-piece folk band, who play traditional and contemporary material have also just completed their debut album called Quiet Joys.

Rallion - are a four piece traditional folk group, hailing from Edinburgh and Glasgow. The current line-up is Marieke McBean (vocals, bodhran, djembe, guitar), Stevie Lawrence (guitar, bouzouki), Andrew Lyons (fiddle, cittern) and Fiona Cuthill (fiddle, whistles, recorder). Rallion have been playing together since early 2003.

Randan Ceilidh Band - play for Ceilidhs, dances, functions, St.Andrews Night balls, Burn's Night celebrations etc. They are experienced world wide travellers having played in South Korea nine times for St. Andrews Night balls and Burn's Night celebrations as well as Holland, Germany, Poland and of course the UK.

Rapalje - all the way from the Netherlands, Irish, Scottish (and Dutch) folk music with a difference. Dieb, William, Maceál and David sing and play on instruments like fiddle, tin whistle, gitouki, squeezebox, mouth organ, bodhrán, Highland pipes, border pipes and tea-chest bass

Real Time - are a Borders based band formed in 2002 by Kenny Speirs and Tom Roseburgh (both ex John Wright Band) and Judy Dinning (ex Bad Pennies and Lucky Bags). They have played with a variety of instrumentalists and  now tour with Claire Mann on flute, whistles and fiddle. Their repertoire includes not only many songs and tunes from both sides of the border but also contemporary and self-penned material, and to date they have released four albums to wide critical acclaim.

Red Hot Chilli Pipers - bagpipes with attitude. Drums with a Scottish accent. A blazing rock band and a show so hot it carries its own health warning. The Red Hot Chilli Pipers have been rocking the world from New York to Beijing with musicianship of the highest order and a passion for pipes that will leave you breathless.

Reely Jiggered - terrific three piece band who give you the music and more. Great for weddings, functions, ceilidhs, birthdays, corporate and charity events.

Robin Campbell - For the last twelve years he has returned to traditional folk, mainly in the South East of England. Apart form solo work he is also the vocalist in 'Celtic Krystal', a folk 'n' fiddle trio.

Robin Laing - is a Scottish folk-singer and songwriter. Since becoming full-time professional Robin has created a one-man show on the subject of Scotch whisky called 'The Angels' Share', has released an album based on the show and has toured extensively both in the UK and abroad. He has also released several other outstanding albums.

Runrig - are a six-piece band, originating mostly from the Western Isles of Scotland, who perform a mixture of Gaelic and English-spoken songs, almost all of which are written by the band. They are one of the most famous bands to come out of Scotland and they have a worldwide following.

Ryan O'Meara - Singer songwriter Ryan O'Meara draws on a range of musical influences: acoustic, folk and hip hop beats. Based in Livingston, West Lothian, his unique style brings together voice, guitar, piano, fiddle, tin whistle and more!

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Simply BurnsSangsters - have been entertaining audiences since 1991 with their songs and humour at festivals and at gigs all over Scotland, Europe and Canada.

Schiltrum - terrific entertainment from this well known duo is guaranteed. Not only do they have an extensive repertoire but they also play quite an assortment of instruments.

Scocha - Foot stomping, sing-along, rousing, emotional, heart pounding, a Scocha gig is packed with the feel-good factor. These four guys get the audience jumping.

Scotch Broth - Scotland's newest children's concert for festivals and community events. Traditional Scottish children's songs presented in a fun and entertaining way for all ages.

Selkie - duo of Liz Thomson and Hector Gilchrist. Long term performers on the folk scene. Known for their sensitive treatment of the traditional Celtic folk song and contemporary ballads.

Session A9 - a highly acclaimed band whose name comes from one of the main routes leading into the Scottish Highlands.

The Shee - this slick and professional all-female band have a varied musical background producing a very smooth and easy to listen to sound.

Shepheard, Speirs and Watson - are enthusiasts for the Scottish folk tradition. They have performed at various festivals, clubs etc in Scotland (Stonehaven, Celtic Connections, Auchtermuchty, Montrose, Aberdeen, Kilmarnock, Girvan etc) and at Vic Smith's club Folk at the Royal Oak in Lewes, Sussex and Peta Webb's, Ken Hall and Dan Quinn's Musical Traditions Folk Club in London amongst others.

Shona Mooney - a highly trained and talented Borders fiddle player who is also a member of the all-female band, The Shee.

Shooglenifty - Shooglenifty is one of Scotland's most unique exports. This six-piece band is credited for being the originators of 'acid-croft', a fiery and infectious blend of Celtic traditional music and dance grooves that band members describe as 'hypno-folkadelic ambient trad.'

Silly Wizard - Scottish folk band originated in the 70's and became well known both here and throughout Europe.

Silver Darlings - are an acappella folk trio from Edinburgh, and have performed their own unique close harmony to audiences throughout Scotland and in Scandinavia. Although Scottish traditional music in its many forms is the lynchpin of their repertoire, they take their inspiration from any source which moves them.

Simply Burns - four talented individuals who create an evening of song, poetry and readings in celebration of Scotland's best-loved bard, Robert Burns. Ideal for Burns' suppers and Scottish themed evenings. The artists who perform the show are Douglas Craik (vocals and guitar), Linda Dewar (vocals, guitar), Anna Hepburn (spoken word) and Claire Hewitt (vocals, clarsach).

Sinsheen - a Scottish Folk harmony duo consisting of Christine Kydd and Barbara Dymock - each a fine singer in her own right, now working together. They have built a reputation among roots music lovers for originality, virtuosity, rich harmonies and the livest of live performances.

Skalder - formed in 2006, originally consisting of Orcadians, Jennifer Austin on piano, Louise Bichan on fiddle, Kevin Gray on drums and percussion and Finlay Bichan on accordion. Nice easy listening.

Skerryvore - Skerryvore are a 6 piece traditional band based in Glasgow, Scotland. An all male band, they have been dubbed the ‘boy band’ of traditional Scottish music. The roots of the band come from the West Coast of Scotland and in particular the tiny Island of Tiree, in the Inner Hebrides of Scotland.

Skipinnish - after the formation of 'Skipinnish', more than just a ceilidh band, their popularity snowballed, and they very soon became in demand for festivals, concerts, dances, weddings and many other events throughout the U.K. and abroad. Since their beginnings they have consistently delighted audiences at a huge number of performances in many diverse and sometimes dangerous locations!

The Skunnered - Best known for their song "Good Morning Glasgow Town" (cited in the Glasgow Herald; 1.4m hits on ReverbNation; No.1 on their Celtic charts), The Skunnered are no strangers to festivals while continuing to gig around the West of Scotland.

Sligo Rags - the addition of bluegrass-style flat-picking and world music rhythms to these time-honored songs creates a unique brand of Celtic music that these bandmates are eager to share with . . . well, anyone who will listen.

Soopna are a Folk Trio who play a mix of foot tappin Scottish, Irish and American music all done with a sense of fun and individual interpretation.

The Sorries - The Sorries are a duo who sing, play and banter their way through a show inspired by the music of The Corries; performing a selection of tunes from that well-loved songbook as well as a few satirical comedy songs which cast a sardonic eye on the political and public life of present-day Scotland.

Speyside Sessions - Last midwinter, a group of musicians led by actor Kevin McKidd and best friend James D. Reid, came together in a sprawling old house on the banks of the River Spey, in the Scottish Highlands. With a diverse cast of players and vocalists, they recorded over two dozen traditional Scottish folk songs.

Stephen Quigg has established himself as one of the most popular folk singers in Britain today, with his crystal clear voice. In 2001 Stephen joined the internationally acclaimed McCalmans, and has become a popular addition to the band.

Sugarboat Reivers - traditional Scottish music played with an energetic and exciting twist.

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TarneybackleTannahill Weavers - are one of Scotland's premier traditional bands. Their diverse repertoire spans the centuries with fire-driven instrumentals, topical songs, and original ballads and lullabies. Serious bagpipe playing.

Tarmachan - The Scottish folk and ceilidh band Tarmachan is formed by three musicians living on Loch Tayside. They play a wide range of folk music, from haunting slow airs and traditional ballads to foot stomping jigs and fast-paced reels.

Tarneybackle - one of Scotland's popular folk groups, performing a wide range of traditional and contemporary folk music. The band sing mainly Scottish folk songs, adding in some tunes and material from North America and Ireland. Close harmony singing is Tarneybackle's hallmark.

Tattie Jam - a relatively new duo, comprising Seylan Baxter and Ruaridh Pringle, with a refreshing new energetic sound. They take the traditional and give it a successful twist giving outstanding results. Add to this the collection of new material, mostly written by Ruaridh, and you have an highly entertaining sound.

Ted Christopher - Scottish singer/songwriter based in Stirling playing an average of 250 gigs a year. Mainly in Scotland but frequent trips worldwide. Extremely versatile with many hand knitted (primarily Scottish patriotic) songs and a huge repertoire of covers. Also fronts 'Bannockburn' which effectively adds a full ceilidh band capability to his performance - an ideal party band.

The Travelling People - The Travelling people are a Scottish based folk group who love to play in venues from the smallest folk club to the concert stage. They are quite prepared to admit they are getting on in years. However that adds vintage to their presentation and achieves a performance level and rapport with the audience that eludes many modern bands.

Tomfoolery - Edinburgh-based poet/singer/songwriter Tom Fairnie has a rich background of performance and recorded collaborations with other poets and musicians. His songs are at their most effective when his bruised, Scots Kenny Rogers voice is set against his own beautifully elegant folk guitar style.

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WolfstoneWatt Nicoll - Watt Nicoll was part of the Sixties Scottish Folk Revival and is first to admit he was much more of a story teller and song writer than a vocalist. He recorded twelve albums of his own songs for the Transatlantic label and penned material for others i.e. Hamish Imlach, Corries etc. He hosted his own TV series 'FOLK AFORE US' for Grampian TV and 'Sounds of Scotland' for BBC Radio.

Whigmaleerie Ceilidh Band - is a five-piece Ceilidh Dance Band born and formed in Aberdeenshire, Scotland in the last century which this century, has matured into the perfect Ceilidh Dance Band for every occasion.

Whistlebinkies - The Whistlebinkies have been recording and performing Scottish traditional music - and their own pieces - since the 1970s. They were the first Scottish group to tour China (in 1991)and continue their collaborations with many musicians back in Scotland, including orchestras.

Whiterose - a Scottish/Irish/Jacobite duo with a lot of enthusiasm and experience to back it up.

Wing and a Prayer - Dave Dick and Jim Gilbert, acoustic guitar blues based duo. Both long term performers in the folk scene in south and central Scotland. Have played with many major names in Scottish folk and roots music, including Eddi Reader and Fraser Spiers. Playing folk clubs, festivals, cafes, teahouses and bars.Soulful but exciting music.

Wolfstone - best described by the man who founded it all, Duncan Chisholm 'At the end of the day we are a rock band from the Highlands of Scotland that happen to use pipes, whistles and fiddles in our repertoire'.

Wrigley Sisters - After years of touring, the Wrigley Sisters returned to Orkney and in 2004 set up ‘The Reel’: predominantly a music school but also encompassing a cafe & bar, music shop, venue and exhibition space. The school now has in excess of 600 students, allowing the lasses to put something back into Orkney.

 

 

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Yard Of AleYard Of Ale - Scotland's favourite folk n' fun band. If you like your music folksy, country, traditional or contemporary with plenty of close harmony and cheeky banter, Yard of Ale are the band for you. They play and sing Scottish, Irish, American and, if it takes their fancy, some English music. Acoustic guitars, banjos, fiddle, mandolin, harmonica, whistle, washboards, kazoos, in fact anything they can rattle a good tune or rhythm out of will be pressed into service. You can hear them at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Folk Festivals, concert halls, pubs, clubs and hotels.

 

 

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