Musicians P Q R

PADDY CALLAGHAN

Paddy Callaghan is a multi-instrumentalist from Glasgow. In common with many from the West of Scotland, Paddy has family origins in Ireland- the Tyrone/Derry & Donegal regions in particular. The most common line-up Paddy performs in is the Paddy Callaghan Trio with Adam Brown and Danny Boyle. When not playing accordion Paddy is in demand for trad discos as DJ Paddy Callaghan.

paddycallaghan.com

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PATSY REID

Patsy Reid is a musician and composer from Scotland. She is a one woman string quartet, contributing violin, viola and cello to albums by Donald Shaw, Duncan Chisholm, Bella Hardy, Treacherous Orchestra, Tim Edey and many more. Patsy combines skills and techniques from both her traditional and classical backgrounds.

patsyreid.com

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PAUL MCKENNA BAND

Scotland’s Paul McKenna has long been ranked among our finest younger singers and songwriters, armed with a powerful yet intensely emotive voice and passionate social conscience, often expressed through his songs, a combination that’s brought frequent comparisons to the great Dick Gaughan.

paulmckennaband.com

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PEATBOG FAERIES

Hailing from the Isle of Skye, the legendary Scottish trailblazers have created a glorious mixture of traditional sounds and dance-floor grooves that have been embraced worldwide. Drawing upon a dazzling myriad of influences from jigs and reels through dance music, jazz, African, and more, they bring the sound of Scotland fresh-faced and breathless to the new audiences around the world. Their mainly instrumental music allows the band to develop exciting themes and soundscapes, as well as locking into their trademark hypnotic sound that no-one can resist dancing to!

peatbogfaeries.com

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PEAT & DIESEL

The story began when three Stornoway Cove’s (Innes, Uilly and Boydie) met up in the house to have the craic on a Saturday nights playing music with just the Dog and the Cat watching. After a few tunes getting thrown across the room Boydie stated muttering a few sentences. As he is a man of few words not attention was really given to him until he shouted ‘Quick, line me out!’ Not a second to spare a set of old broken headphones were cable tied to a guitar amp and out came a few cobwebs followed shortly after with a sound nobody had ever heard before. What came next was five gallons of lyrics, Verse after verse, Song after song – PEAT & DIESEL WAS BORN! The songs won’t make much sense to the average person, but the person behind the lyrics isn’t your average man so if you have a listen and you can relate to it you are a special breed! 

peatanddiesel.band

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PHIL CUNNINGHAM

Edinburgh-born musician Phil Cunningham is best known for playing accordion with Silly Wizard. Phil is also in a long-standing duo with fiddler Aly Bain. In 2002, Phil was appointed an MBE for services to Scottish music.

philcunningham.com

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PIPPA REID-FOSTER

Pippa Reid-Foster is an innovative contemporary Scottish harp player. A graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, she combines a minimal compositional style with strong references to her Scottish roots. Pippa is not only an accomplished performer and composer but is also passionate about passing on her skills to a new generation of musicians and composers.

pippareidfoster.com

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📷 Photo by Nigel Reid-Foster


POOZIES

The Poozies first burst onto the folk scene in 1991, when folk music wore elaborately patterned woolly jumpers and was only seen in dingy back rooms and very late at night on BBC2 – yet from the word go they were breaking out and happily exploring the musical universe.

poozies.co.uk

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PROJECT SMOK

Project Smok is the neo-trad trio of Ali Levack, Ewan Baird and Pablo Lafuente. Known for their ability to effortlessly blend trad music with contemporary new-age pop influences, Project Smok are at their most comfortable pushing boundaries, making listeners stop and re-evaluate their musical expectations. They do away with any perceived limits of genre from the first note.

projectsmok.com

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RACHEL HAIR

Widely regarded as one of the world’s finest exponents of Scottish Harp (clarsach) playing, Rachel is a prominent performer in the Traditional Music scene and having toured extensively throughout Europe, the US and beyond, she has released 5 critically acclaimed albums.

rachelhair.com

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RACHEL HAIR & RON JAPPY

Take the oldest Scottish instrument, the clarsach (harp), and the newest addition to the traditional music arsenal, the guitar, and throw them in the musical blender of Glasgow and out comes Rachel Hair and Ron Jappy. Superb instrumentalists with a shared passion for traditional tunes, they perform as if sharing one mind. Both from fishing villages rich in musical tradition, they sought to expand their understanding and studied music in Glasgow, training formally during the day and attending the famed night-time sessions of the city.

ronjappy.com

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RACHEL NEWTON

Singer and harpist Rachel Newton specialises in interpreting traditional folk songs in both English and Gaelic as well as writing and arranging her own music. Rachel plays fiddle and viola in addition to harp, and works across a range of performance platforms including theatre and storytelling. A skilled collaborator, Rachel is a founder member of The Shee, BBC Radio 2 Folk Award 2017 Best Group The Furrow Collective and is a part of the Lost Words: Spell Songs.

rachelnewtonmusic.com

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RACHEL WALKER

Rachel Walker is a singer, songwriter, arranger and educator based in the heart of Lochaber in Scotland’s beautiful West Highlands. At home with both Gaelic and English, she encountered the Gaelic tradition at a young age, after her family moved from Lincolnshire in England to the small village of Kinlochewe in Wester Ross. It was her school-teacher there, Meg MacLean, who encouraged Rachel to take her first steps on stage, engaging in Gaeldom’s unique system of artist development – competing at local Mòds and performing at at local cèilidhs. A regular participant at Fèis Rois, she soon fell in love with the songs, language and culture of the Gael.

rachelwalker.co.uk

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RANT

RANT is the meeting of 4 of Scotland’ s finest fiddle players, two from the Shetland Islands and two from the Highlands. Bethany Reid, Jenna Reid, Lauren MacColl and Anna Massie join forces to create a sound which is both rich and lush, yet retaining all the bite and spark synonymous with a Scottish fiddle player. Using just their fiddles, they weave a tapestry of melodies, textures, layers and sounds. Known for their work as soloists and with various bands, this is a celebration of the instrument they all have a passion for. 

rantfiddles.com

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REBECCA HILL

Whether subtly approaching the traditional music of her native Scottish West coast or exploring contemporary compositions of her own, Rebecca Hill approaches the lever harp with consideration and elegance. Rebecca was award Up and Coming Artist at the 2020 MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards.

rebeccahillharp.com

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ROBYN STAPLETON

Scottish singer Robyn Stapleton was awarded BBC Radio Scotland’s Young Traditional Musician of the Year in 2014 and has quickly become one of Scotland’s most sought-after folk singers. With a uniquely pure tone, wonderful control and an empathy and sensitivity for traditional song, she is described as having one of the fines voices in Scottish music. Robyn sings the songs of her Scottish and Irish heritage, in the Scots, English and Gaelic language.

robynstapleton.com

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RON JAPPY

A Graduate of the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama Ron Jappy is an extremely accomplished musician, highly sought after as an arranger, guitarist, fiddle player, pianist and producer. He has always had a passion for performing and teaching and from a young age has made the best of opportunities presented to him. Influenced by a broad range of fantastic musicians and teachers, Ron has had a number of experiences presented to him through the rich and vibrant music scene of his current residence, Glasgow.

ronjappy.com

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ROSS AINLIE

Ross Ainslie is one of Scotland’s finest traditional musicians and composers, playing pipes, whistles and cittern. He is renowned for his highly acclaimed solo material, and as a skilled performer and prolific collaborator who performs regularly with bands Treacherous Orchestra – of which he is a founding member – Salsa Celtica, Dougie Maclean, Ali Hutton, Jarlath Henderson, Charlie Mckerron, Tim Edey, Hamish Napier, India Alba and has performed with Kate Rusby, Blue Rose Code, Zakir Hussain, Trilok Gurtu, Capercaillie, Shooglenifty, Carl Barat, Papon, Karsh Kale, Flook, Breabach, Soumik Datta and Patsy Reid.

rossainslie.com

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ROSS AINSLIE & ALI HUTTON

Ross and Ali met at the Vale of Atholl pipe band when they were 12 years old. The boys were guided by one of the most influential pipers in the last 30 years Gordon Duncan. Gordon instilled a great passion in the guys for playing pipes with other instruments and they have gone on to play in many leading Scottish bands including Treacherous Orchestra, Old Blind Dogs, Salsa Celtica, Dougie Maclean, Shooglenifty, Capercaillie. After all the years playing in different bands and line ups the guys decided to concentrate on music together.

rossandali.co.uk

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ROSS AINSLIE & JARLATH HENDERSON

A unique blend of Scottish and Irish newly arranged and composed music for Uilleann pipes, border pipes, whistle and song, that is a up- to-date, contemporary reflection of the state of acoustic traditional music in the 21st Century.

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📷 Photo by Stuart Curnow


ROSS & RYAN COUPER

Ross Couper is a well-known fiddler and is a member of Peatbog Faeries, while brother Ryan lends guitar skills to local Shetland outfit Vair.

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ROSS COUPER & TOM OAKES

Ross Couper from Shetland (Glasgow) and Tom Oakes from Devon (Edinburgh) are a fiddle and guitar duo deeply rooted in the traditions of Scotland and Ireland but with a vital modernity that chronicles their many musical journeys so far. Expect a highly dynamic mixture of power and fragility with a warmth and humour that leaves audiences exhilarated and entertained.

rossandtom.com

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ROSS MILLER

Ross hails from Linlithgow, West Lothian where he is the official Town Piper. He studied Bagpipes, Scots Song and Whistles at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. In July 2017 he graduated with a First Class Honours Degree in Traditional Music – Piping. Ross was a finalist in the 2019 BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year competition.

rossmillermusic.com

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📷 Photo by Martin Venherm


RURA

RURA are a multi award-winning act and one of Scotland’s most sought-after folk bands. With three heralded albums, RURA affirm their position as one of Scotland’s leading instrumental groups.
Their exquisitely rugged yet refined blend of fiddle, Highland pipes, flute, bodhrán and guitar has won a devoted following in many corners of the globe, amongst audiences and critics alike.

rura.co.uk

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📷 Photo by Samuel Hurt


RYAN YOUNG

Ryan Young’s fiddle playing is brimming with fresh melodic ideas, an uplifting rhythmic drive and a great depth of dynamics and precision. Ryan’s sound is very distinctive and he always manages to take the listener on an adventurous and emotional journey in any performance.

ryanyoung.scot

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📷 Photo by John Burton