Accordion | Grant McFarlane
A graduate of the Scottish music course at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Grant McFarlane is a dynamic accordionist who performs and teaches extensively around Scotland and further afield. He is also promoting traditional music on an international scale having been part of musical collaborations in India, Australia and the USA.
Chanter/Pipes | David Shedden
David is a regular competitor at solo piping events throughout Scotland and enjoys considerable success. He has played with many of Scotland’s top bands such as Boghall and Bathgate Pipe Band and Scottish Power Pipe Band. David has had many opportunities to perform in various countries around the world including France, Italy, Germany, Belgium, Spain and China.
Clarsach | Sarah MacNeil
Sarah was born in Falkirk in 1991 and began learning to play harp at age 11. After four years of studying music Sarah is now a graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland where she has obtained a First Class Honours degree.Sarah has had the honour of playing at some fantastic festivals, venues and events including, The 2012 London Olympics, The Papal Visit & Interceltique Lorient Folk Festival France.
Drama | Debbie MacKay
Debbie Mackay is a freelance drama artist from Inverness. She first started running drama workshops in 2007 and has worked at numerous Fèis events throughout the country. Some of her most recent acting work has been with Young Films on BBC Alba’s newest drama, Bannan, where she plays the lead role of Mairi.
Drumming | Allan Craig
Allan Craig is a successful pipe band snare and drum kit teacher with over 30 years experience. He teaches all over Europe and the USA; offering his tutoring services to bands for one to one teaching/workshops and drum score writing. Allan is Leading Drummer of the successful Lomond & Clyde Pipe Band.
Fiddle | Ron Jappy
A graduate of the RSAMD, Ron is an accomplished guitar, fiddle and piano player. He is currently in the backing band for the NYPBS, part of the Live Music Now scheme and is a member of “Folk Band Of The Year” nominees The Scott Wood Band. Along with numerous gigs overseas, Ron has performed for a number of high profile individuals including Sir Sean Connery, Karen Gillan & Sir Patrick Stewart.
Guitar | Innes White
Innes White is a guitar player who studied at the National Centre for Excellence in Traditional Music. An accomplished musician and tutor, he has taught at various Fèisean across Scotland and performs regularly across Scotland and internationally.
Singing | Joy Dunlop
Crowned Traditional Singer of the Year & Traditional Dance Champion at the 2015 Pan Celtic Festival, Joy Dunlop is a Gaelic singer from Argyll, Scotland. Through her singing, she showcases Gaelic music and song in a contemporary way that always remains true to its roots. A fluent Gaelic speaker, Joy presents shows on BBC ALBA and makes frequent appearances on Radio nan Gàidheal.
Whistle | Scott Wood
Born and raised in Erskine, Scott began playing whistle at the age of 12. He is a graduate of the Scottish Music course from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. In 2014, the ‘Scott Wood Band‘ was formed. In their first year together they played many festivals and were nominated for ‘Folk Band of the Year’ at the MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards. He has toured extensively worldwide including Europe, America, Australia and South America.
Ukulele | Jessica Burton
Born and raised in Orkney, Jessica immersed herself in traditional music from a young age. She began playing piano at the age of 9, followed by the clarsach at 11. A graduate of the Scottish music course at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, she was recently a finalist in the BBC Young Traditional Musician of the Year competition. As well as teaching at the Junior Conservatoire at the RCS and the Glasgow Academy, Jessica delivers traditional music workshops, including ukulele, for Fèis Rois across Dumfries and Galloway.