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ROD PATERSON (Vocals/ Guitar)

Widely recognised as the foremost male traditional singer in Scotland, Rod has been involved with stage productions, including ‘The Ship’ and ‘The Big Picnic’, and has featured on many radio and TV productions, including ‘The Transatlantic Sessions’ with Emmylou Harris, Guy Clark, and Kate & Anna McGarrigle. Rod was a founder member of one of  Scotland’s most influential and respected traditional bands, ‘Jock Tamson’s Bairns’.  Alongside his many recordings including those with ‘Jock Tamson’s Bairns’ and ‘The Easy Club’, Rod has made 3 solo albums, ‘Two Hats’ (Greentrax), ‘Smiling Waved Goodbye’ (Greentrax) and ‘Songs From The Bottom Drawer’ (Greentrax). As a renowned interpreter of Burns, he  also appears on several volumes of  ‘‘The Complete Songs of Robert Burns’ (Linn).  Rod has written a number of songs and adaptations of traditional material and is a tutor at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.


“One of the most beautiful and agile voices in Scotland “    The Scotsman


“Rod is arguably one of Scotland’s finest singers”    Folk Roots


“Rod Paterson’s ability to wonderfully interpret Robert Burns and traditional Scots songs is matched by his knack for combining wry observational lyrics to the rhythmic strumming of a guitar: a skill that has earned him the accolade of “Birkie’s answer to Cole Porter.” Traditional Arts and Culture Scotland












KIRSTEN EASDALE (Vocals/ Bodhran)


Founder member of top Celtic band ‘Calasaig’, Kirsten is renowned for her beautiful and powerful voice.  She has toured and performed at international festivals and events, and on TV and radio worldwide, including recently on BBC Radio Scotland’s live Hogmanay show 2016.   Kirsten appears on many releases, including a solo album ‘Be Not Afraid’  (REL), and on 4 of the 12 volumes in the series ‘The Complete Songs Of Robert Burns’ (Linn). As a highly regarded Burns’ singer, Kirsten is much in demand and has given performances for ‘The Centre for Robert Burns Studies’ at the University of Glasgow, and  has  toured in Dr Fred Freeman’s live production of ‘The Complete Songs‘. A ‘Creative Scotland’ award winner in 2015, Kirsten also enjoys the work she does with ‘Music In Hospitals’, and regularly gives performances for them  throughout Scotland.


”....A God given voice that knocks you sideways.”    The  Glasgow Evening Times


"...clear comely singing - naturally colloquial...effortlessly big-hearted..." The Glasgow Herald


"...a voice to die for, pure enunciation, clarity of tone and the ability to squeeze the last drop out of every note - sheer undiluted magic…” Celtic World Magazine


“The word breathtaking has never been more in place”    Greenman Review

GREGOR LOWREY (Accordion)

Gregor is regarded as one of Scotland’s finest accordion players.  As a “musicians’ musician”, he has travelled and performed throughout the world in many diverse line ups including ‘Blackeyed Biddy’ and ‘Ceilidh Minogue’.   Gregor has recorded on numerous albums and  as a guest artist on recordings such as Gavin Marwick’s recently released album ‘The Long Road and the Far Horizons’ (Journeyman).  Along with Kirsten Easdale, Gregor was the co-producer of Lionel McClelland’s solo album ‘To Wyle Us Hame’ (Actually),  He has also recorded soundtracks, and performed on radio and TV shows  such as Radio Scotland’s ‘Hogmanay Show’,  the BBC television series ‘Monarch of The Glen', and  most recently  in the film ‘What We Did on Our Holiday’.

”Quite stunning, both in musicality and breadth….all with enormous verve and style.” Music In Scotland


PETE CLARK (fiddle)

The superb fiddle of Pete Clark appears on numerous recordings, and he has performed  with many notable musicians over the years.  Pete has also recorded several solo albums and is a renowned authority on the legendary 18th century fiddler Neil Gow (1727- 1807) and is the Director of the annual ‘Neil Gow Fiddle Festival’ in Dunkeld.  Pete has been on the adjudication panel of the annual ‘Glenfiddich Fiddle competition’ at Blair Castle, Perthshire, and  is a tutor on the Scottish Music course at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

MARC DUFF (Whistles/  Bouzouki/ Bodhran)

Extraordinarily talented multi- instrumentalist Marc Duff was a founder member of Scotland’s premier Gaelic band  Capercaillie with whom he recorded 7 albums which have sold over a million copies. His four year performance degree at the Guildhall School of Music in London added to Marc's eclectic taste in music, and he has been a nominee for BBC Alba's Trad Music Awards, 'Traditional Musician Of The Year'. Marc has recorded and performed with many prominent artists, including Carlos Núñez.  In addition to live performance Marc is also a tutor at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. 

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