Matthew Maclennan is a professional accordionist who live in Edinburgh. Originally from the Highlands of Scotland, Matthew started playing the accordion at the age of 7 and played for his first paid performance at 12 years old.
Matthew Maclennan has been brought up in Scottish dance music from an early age and started playing for dances at 15. Since 2010 Matthew Maclennan has been a full time professional musician. In 2009 Matthew Maclennan and his band sucessfully passed the audition for BBC Radio Scotlands flagship Scottish Dance music prgramme, Take the Floor and has broadcast regularly since then.
2014 was a big year for Matthew Maclennan when the debut album "Traditionaly Inspired" was released. The same year they were nominated for Scottish Dance Band of the year at "Na Trads" Trad Awards in Inverness.
Matthew Maclennan has performed all over the UK and beyond for many different groups of people from Weddings to Music Festivals, Scottish Country Dancing to foot-stomping barn dances, either with his own band or as part of other bands as a freelance musician.
Since 2017 Matthew Maclennan has joined the "A Taste of Scotland Show" at the Prestonfield Hotel in Edinburgh which performs throughout the summer season - https://www.scottishshow.co.uk/
With many years experience as a solo accordionist and a Scottish Dance Band, Matthew Maclennan can provide top class, professional entertainment for your function anywhere in the world.
LINDSAY WEIR BAND / HIGH DRIVE CEILIDH BAND
Originally from the Black Isle, Lindsay has been steeped in the traditions of Scotland all her life. She has been playing the accordion since the age of six. Her love of all things Scottish is as strong as ever and there is nothing she likes better than playing with her ceilidh band, High Drive, throughout Scotland and beyond.
Initially popular for old-time and ceilidh dancing, the band have also been in demand for Scottish country dancing throughout the UK and as far afield as Vancouver. Lindsay considers herself fortunate to have been consistently busy with band work over the years and for having the opportunity to:
- Perform at thousands of functions ranging from village hall dances/ceilidhs, corporate entertainment, weddings, cruise ships, Scottish tourist shows, accordion and fiddle clubs and CeilidhKids events.
- Make various commercial recordings, the most recent being the well received “Reels N Heels” album capturing the revamped, dynamic band sound – Gemma Donald (fiddle), Colin Garvin (keyboard/2nd accordion), Alan Irvine (drums), Alan Kitchen (keyboard) and John Sinton (bass)
- Regularly record band sessions for BBC Radio Scotland.
BIORACHAN BEAG CÈILIDH DUO
We - Niall & Sadie Gordon - are a married couple who now mainly play in care homes, although we have entertained at many ceilidhs and gatherings, both as a duo and part of a larger group.
We are not young BUT we feel we have much to offer in the field of Scottish Dance Music and ceilidhs in care homes, where we are usually a big hit. We no longer lug around heavy gear and PA equipment but are pleased to hire where necessary. We have been hit especially hard by the Covid situation regarding playing anywhere. We continue to practice and develop our own material - which includes box tunes, songs in English and Scottish Gaelic and one in Irish!
We have sold some 50 initial pressings of a music book and are well on the way to selling a second batch of the same quantity. A 2nd one is perhaps projected for the future. Above all else, we still enjoy our music!
Based in Fife, Will Marshall works as a freelance musician, musical director, composer and tutor. Throughout the year he works on various projects including touring musicals, pantomimes, cruise ships, ceilidhs and recording music.
He also loves teaching both the accordion and piano and enjoys his work within the education setting. He is heavily involved with various schools teaching Scottish music within primary schools.
Will also works for Feis Rois as a music tutor as well as teaching privately. Another love of his is arranging music. He has just finished arranging strings for an upcoming album with the Glasgow Baron Orchestra with lead singer Norrie MacIver. Throughout lockdown he arranged and produced several Scottish songs for Feis Rois and their schools projects.
As a composer he has created compositions for the media industry. Credits include BBC, Sky TV, ITV, RTL, Visit Scotland, and Imagine Theatre. Currently he is writing a book for an American publisher based on teaching the Scottish accordion.
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