Shetland Accordion and Fiddle Club

2005 Shetland Accordion and Fiddle Festival

Visiting Artists to the 2005 Festival

Alastair Wood

Has been playing since age 8, has led his band since age 15. He has made 3 albums for the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society, played several times in the Far East including Singapore and Jakarta at St. Andrews events. The band has played on a number of occasions on Take the Floor.

Ben Andre’s Orkester

From the Trondheim area of Norway this group consists of three accordions, guitar, bass & drums. They are visiting Shetland for the first time. Their music is mainly from Norwegian composers but also from Sweden. They were Norwegian Champions in 2002.

Blair Gardiner and his Scottish Dance Band

This is Blair`s third visit to the festival. He has previously performed with Koda and Nicky McMichan. This is the first year the band has broken into the dance band scene and this is the bands biggest achievement so far being asked to play at the festival.

Bruce Peebles and his Scottish Dance Band

The Band first played together in 1993 and broadcast on BBC in 1994 and 1996. They have played twice at the Shetland Festival in the past and the various band members are all "weel kent" visitors to Shetland, playing with various bands and groups on numerous visits north. The band are previous winners of the Ronald Cooper Memorial Trophy at the Perth Festival for the dance band competition.

Cleek Schrey

Cleek Schrey, a top irish fiddle player living in the NY area. He is accompanied by Josephine Keegan who was in Shetland 30 years ago accompanying Sean McGuire.

David Vernon

This incredible accordion player from Edinburgh has delighted audiences in the past with his unique style of playing. David will no doubt treat us to a musical world tour.

Gary Forrest Ceilidh Band

Gary is studying at the RSAMD along with Nicky McMichan who is playing drums with the band. The band have won numerous competitions, recorded a CD called Take the Floor.

Gary Sutherland Ceilidh Band

This band is a family affair with Gary’s brother Alan playing drums and his Dad on keyboard. The band formed about 3 years ago and now play at a number of gigs throughout Scotland. Gary has won the Junior Scottish title at the Perth Festival and also the Traditional Musselburgh Open. The band likes to play lively sets with interesting arrangements and use modern chords to supplement the swingy sound.

Iain Anderson and his Scottish Dance Band

The band has been playing together for the past 5 or 6 years. However this is Iain’s first visit to the festival leading his own band. They have three Take the Floor broadcasts to their credit including a recent outside broadcast from the Albert Halls, Stirling.

John Bone

Accordion player John Bone from Inverallochy is replacing Gary Innes. John has played at the Shetland festival before, about 5 years ago, and we are delighted to have him back.

Larry Gavin

Larry hails form Co. Claire in Ireland. This will be the third Shetland Festival for this excellent two row button box player.

Lauren MacColl & Jane Slater

Lauren from the Black Isle is the current holder of the prestigious BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award, a prize which this year sees her perform at major festivals across Britain, Ireland and Norway. Jane from Perthshire is an extraordinarily talented musician on fiddle and Scots song, but to Shetland brings her piano skills. The duo are currently completing studies in traditional music at the RSAMD in Glasgow, and concentrate on a mainly Highland repertoire.

Matt McGranaghan

Matt took to Shetland so much the last time he was at the festival that he almost stayed. Matt will again delight his audience with his lightening fast fiddle playing.

Philip Clarke

Philip was born and reared in Kilnahard, a townland in the parish of Ballymachugh. He has played with many ceilidh bands and has been involved in tutoring many young musicians as well as adjudicating numerous competitions. We look forward to seeing him at the festival.

Robert Whitehead and the Danelaw Country Band

Robert is no stranger to Shetland having made many visits over the last 10 years. The band has a big following in Shetland and we look forward to seeing them in October.

Roddy Matthews

Roddy is a Northumbrian Fiddler who has played here before. A member of the Danelaw Dance Band which is led by Robert Whitehead, Roddy always brings us something from his native Northumberland & Border Hills which has strong fiddle tradition of its own strengthened by the musical repertoire of the Northumbrian Pipers. Roddy had produced 4 solo CD’s and has recently recorded for the BBC radio. He is no stranger to Shetland & has been encouraged by the thirst for traditional music in the islands.

Ronald Anderson and his Scottish Dance Band

Ronald has led his own band for the last 20 years and the present line up has been together for 5 years. They play mainly in Orkney for weddings and dances. They recorded and released their first CD in 2003. Ian MacKay guested on the CD playing double bass and will be joining the band for the festival.

Sarah Jane Fifield

Sarah is originally from Inverness. She had toured with the Grand Union Orchestra and plays in a trio with a Norwegian singer. She was a finalist in the 2000 BBC Young Traditional Musician of the Year. She is much in demand as a fiddle tutor and her debut CD is due out soon.

Scott Nichol Ceilidh Band

The band was formed last year after competing in several band competitions including Perth and Musselburgh where they achieved encouraging results. Since then they have played at many accordion and fiddle clubs ranging from Montrose to Thornhill Dumfriesshire. The band has also been asked to play at several functions including weddings, birthday parties and monthly dances gaining valuable experience in an attempt to become established in the Ceilidh/Dance Band scene.

Steven Campbell

Another very talented fiddler from Ireland. Steven has performed solo in Shetland in the past but this time he will appear with a small group.