Shetland Accordion and Fiddle Club

2012 Shetland Accordion and Fiddle Festival

Visiting Artists to the 2012 Festival

Andrew Gibb Trio

This young, energetic trio consists of Andrew on accordion, local lass Maggie Adamson on fiddle and Scott Nichol on piano.  Andrew first teamed up with Maggie at the age of 12 to compete at competitions and they have played together since.  He is happy to be the one crossing the North Sea to get to a gig for a change!  Scott Nichol completes the trio; Andrew has known Scott for many years since playing in the youth band KODA together.  This will be Andrew’s fifth Shetland Festival and his second as an artiste.

Andy Kain

Andy has been playing the violin for thirty years and he teaches both classical and Scottish music in the public and private sectors.He has his own ceilidh band, travelling the length and breadth of the UK and further afield.  The band won guest artiste of the year 2010 at the NAAFC awards.  Andy is very much looking forward to visiting the Shetland Festival again.

Archie MacPhee and the Bogroy Band

The band was formed several years ago for Archie’s son’s wedding.  Archie plays piano accordion, Carol Irvine on fiddle, Jacqui MacDonald on keyboard and George Bremner on drums.  They play traditional Scottish much and play mostly at accordion clubs, social dances and various other functions.  They won the BAFFI guest artiste of the year in 2009 and were runners up in 2010.  They recorded their first cd ‘A Different Beat’ in October 2011.  Archie and the band appeared at Tradstyle in Perth in June and will be appearing at Eden Court in Inverness in November for the Highland Accordion and Fiddle Annual Concert.  They have a Shetland connection in the band as Carol’s parents are Shetlanders who stay in Sumburgh.

Barbara Anderson

Barbara Anderson is from Huntly, self taught at the age of 14 she played for many years with the Strathbogie fiddlers.  She now plays with the Strathspey fiddlers, travelling in Great Britain, Europe, Texas, USA and Canada.

She graduated in 2005 LLCM in Scottish fiddle music teaching from Aberdeen College and teaches as a self employed tutor.  She has taken part in various competitions including the Oban Masters and the Glenfiddich fiddle championships.

She will be accompanied by Gordon Middler a well accomplished musician.

Charlie Kirkpatrick Scottish Dance Band

Charlie, originally from Iona, is no stranger to Shetland audiences having appeared several times over the years both as a musician and compere.  He is accompanied by his son Niall Kirkpatrick on accordion, Derek Hamilton on keyboard, Kenneth McLean on fiddle and Gordon Young on drums – a good West Coast sound! 

Cuckoos Nest Trio

This group from Ballymena, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland are returning to the Shetland festival after a gap of 5 years. Rose Murray on piano, Dominic MCNabb on fiddle and James McElheran on accordion they are regular performers at the Maine Valley Accordion and Fiddle Club in Ballymena. They play for weddings, ceilidhs and concerts and Rose Murray also plays for traditional Irish Dancing competitions

David Cunningham Scottish Dance Band

David and the band have been playing together for 30 years, and have recorded over 100 album tracks.  The band play mostly for Scottish Country Dance functions and have played throughout Europe and Canada, America and Australia.

David Vernon

This fantastic accordionist needs no introduction to Shetland. He is a master of the instrument and will entertain with his unique style and mixture of tunes from all over the world not to mention his well known stage banter which is always appreciated by the audience.

Duncan Hutchison

Time served joiner, but recently come back home to farm and starting joinery on his own.  Duncan is a former pupil of Keith Dickson having played in the band KODA at various venues including Iceland, Germany, Prague and T in the Park (Kinross).  He now plays in his own band at weddings, birthday parties and other different occasions.

Gary Blair

A welcome return to Shetland for accordionist Gary, who has over 30 UK championship wins in classical, polka, Scottish traditional, etc.  He has performed around the world as far afield as Las Vegas, Leavenworth, Kimberley, Quebec, etc.

Gerard McGranaghan

A duet of banjo and guitar, Gerard and Graham play a selection of Irish jigs, reels and O'Carolan pieces. This is Gerard’s fourth visit to the Festival.  Gerard has been playing banjo for 21 years now, and though originally from Donegal, now lives and plays in Dublin.  A native of Co.Down, Graham is a regular session player on the Dublin traditional music scene. Graham has traveled and performed around the world, most recently recording with Irish fiddler Brendan O’Sullivan (ex-Grada) and Uilleann piper Eoin Dillon (Kila). He is the founder of ‘The Red Hand Bottling Company’ Recording studio, where he records all and sundry musicians from Prog-Rock to Gospel and all in between.

Graeme Mitchell Scottish Dance Band

Graeme Mitchell came to Shetland first in the mid 1970s where he spent many an informal music session in the company of Ronnie Cooper.  Ronnie’s style of unobtrusive accompaniment and musical tastes were to become a great source of inspiration to Graeme.  Both he and Ronnie had a common respect for the playing of Bobby Macleod or as Ronnie used to say, ‘Maclood’.

Graeme formed his band in the early eighties after graduating as a school teacher and two of these members, Brian Cruickshank and Gordon Duguid are still with him today.  In the 30 odd years, quite a lot of change has been witnessed, but Graeme continues to follow the musical thinking that seemed so natural for him, at the time he was having informal tunes with the likes of Ronnie Cooper.

The band in the 30+ years have played all over Scotland, and have covered the whole spectrum of gigs available for such a band – dances, ceilidhs as they have now become, accordion clubs, broadcasts, LPS, DVD, tapes, CDs, television, stage shows and foreign trips.  Having done all that, Graeme is of the opinion that there is nothing to beat sitting down and playing for a good going dancing crowd in a good hall.  The band is very much looking forward to do just that in Shetland and renewing acquaintances with old friends.  It is also working noting that Graeme and the band played at the very first Shetland Festival in 1988.

Granberg and Dyrud's Quartet

Narve Granberg and Aksel Dyrud have played accordion together for 40 years now in October, so this trip to the festival will be their jubilee. They play Norwegian folk music.

Guitarist Eivind has been involved in stage performances for 60 years. Willy, who plays bass, has played for 35 years, so there is plenty of experience.

The group has released a total of 4 CDs, and was in 1982 on tour in the United States. All the musicians have played together on radio and television channels.

Kate McNamara

The McNamaras are a musical family from Tulla, East Clare in the west of Ireland. Playing in the rare traditional East Clare Style. Kate, who appeared in the 2009 festival with Seamus Bugler, is a well known concertina player in the area having travelled and taught at festivals world-wide. Her sister, Amy McNamara, an accomplished fiddle player has been playing in groups and bands in the area for years and has travelled to Shetland and Norway in recent years as part of several musical exchanges. Her brother, Gearoid McNamara, a tinwhistle and button accordion player has travelled with Amy on these exchanges and is well known in County Clare for his abilities on both instruments.

Leonard Brown Trio

Leonard, who hails from the North East of England is establishing himself as a Guest Artiste throughout the Accordion and Fiddle clubs in Scotland and beyond.  Leonard, who regularly plays with percussionist Malcolm Ross is delighted to be joined by Craig Paton on piano and Andrew Gibb on drums who are both ‘young’ well kent faces in the Scottish music scene.  Leonard looks forward to his first visit to Shetland.

Lisa Laird Trio

Lisa originates from Forfar and started playing the accordion at the age of 8.  In 2008 she joined Steven Carcary’s young accordionists along with Ewan Barrack on keyboard and they have since released 2 cds, as well as being two members of The Rosely Ceilidh Band who have appeared as guests at local accordion clubs/festivals and ventured as far as France.  They are joined by Alan Sutherland from Fife who is a well known drummer on the Scottish Dance band scene.

Lynne Christie and Tom Orr

This is Lynne’s 20th visit to the festival.  She has been a guest artiste several times in the past.  Lynne has her own broadcasting band having done four ‘Take the Floor’ broadcasts but on this occasion is appearing as a solo accordion and is accompanied by Tom Orr on piano. 

Matthew MacLennan Scottish Dance Band

Matthew’s band comprising Matthew (lead), Craig McFadyen (2nd box), Nicky McMichan (drums), Ian Anderson (fiddle), Alasdair MacLeod (bass) and Dennis Morrison (piano) was formed about 7 years ago.  They had been playing for dances, weddings and corporate events all over Scotland and beyond.  This is the band’s first festival together although the members have been many times before playing with other bands/acts.  Matthew has attended the festival since 2004 and the band has completed 3 ‘Take the Floor’ broadcasts since 2009.

Paul Anderson

From Tarland in Aberdeenshire, Paul first received lessons from Andy Linklater at school before joining the Banchory Strathspey and Reel Society.  He was taught the Scots fiddle tradition by first Angus Shaw and then Douglas Lawrence, the most acclaimed pupil of Hector MacAndrew.  A winner of most of Scotland’s fiddle championships, Paul won the Glenfiddich Scottish Fiddle Championship in 1995.  Paul has toured all over the world including 32 states in the USA.  As well as being an acclaimed performer, Paul is also a highly respected composer and teacher having composed some 400 pieces in the traditional style and teaching two Glenfiddich champions.

Recent credits include performing on the No 1 selling world music album ‘The Speyside Sessions’ with Scottish actor Kevin McKidd, a performance for HRH Queen Elizabeth II, Celtic Connections 2012 and NAFCo 2012 in Derry and Donegal.

A life size portrait of Paul hangs in the Aberdeen Art Gallery.

Raemond Jappy

Raemond Jappy was born in the coastal town of Buckie in the North East of Scotland and moved to neighbouring Findochty at an early age, where he received his first few violin lessons with the highly regarded fiddler, James Alexander, at the village school.  On leaving school Raemond went to the University of Aberdeen where he studied Accountancy with Music, graduating in July 2006 with first class honours.  Whilst at university, Raemond received fiddle lessons from Paul Anderson, past Glenfiddich winner, and since graduating, has received further, invaluable insight into the ‘North East Style’ from Douglas Lawrence, highly regarded as one of the country’s finest exponents in recent years.

Raemond is a Glenfiddich Fiddle Champion, having won this most prestigious competition at Blair Atholl in October of 2008.  He is very much looking forward to attending the Shetland Accordion and Fiddle Festival for a second time, and will present a programme of fiddle music from the North East of Scotland.

Raemond will be accompanied by his brother Ronald, a recent graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

Shane Rooney and Brian Sweeney

Shane Rooney (piano accordion) and Brian Sweeney (guitar) are from the north west of Ireland and have been playing Irish traditional music for years. This year they played at the Spideal gathering, Holland and Estonia with our new band ARU, Ballyshannon Folk Festival, the all Ireland Fleadh. They both run sessions in Donegal, Sligo, Fermanagh all year round, which is were most of their music comes from. What they enjoy most about their music is having tunes and meeting people interested in music and the craic.

Susan MacFadyen Trio

This trio was formed 9 years ago to guest at the Dingwall Accordion and Fiddle Club. The group has gone from strength to strength over the years playing at festivals and functions all over the country. Susan and her band have done several “Take the Floor” broadcasts and they have been to the Shetland Festival many times, both as a trio and as a full band.

The Donohoe Family

From Co. Cavan in Ireland Martin Donohoe on accordion needs no introduction to Shetland. This year he brings his family with him. Keenan on Banjo, Zoran on Concertina, Savannah on Saxaphone/Flute and Kavan who was here three years ago on Harp and Uillean Pipes.

The Glencraig Scottish Dance Band

The Glencraig Band are no strangers to Shetland having first played at the Festival in 1992 and at every Up Helly aa since 1993!

Nicol McLaren formed the band in 1983 to play at a "kirk social" and from then, gigs blossomed. Although the band personnel have changed a little over the last 29 years, Nicol, Gordon Howe (fiddle) and Dave Bell (drums) are still stalwarts from the original band, and Isobelle Hodgson (piano for 15years), Neil Caul (2nd accordion for 20 years), and John Sinton (double bass for 7 years) demonstrate a grand, tight sound appreciated across the country - and beyond! (Australia, Bahrain, Moscow, Tbilisi, Abu Dhabi, Corsica, Germany and even England!)

This visit to the Festival also sees the launch of their latest CD "Ah'm Dancing' ", their 4th CD on the Greentrax label.