Scots Trad Music Awards

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I was delighted to find out that Dòchas have been nominated as “Scottish Folk Band of the Year” in the 2006 Scots Trad Music Awards. If you would like to vote for Dòchas, you can do so by one of the following options – Option 1: Go to and take part in the online vote. Note that there is … Read More

Take the Floor to a Big Big World

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I was doing a live session for BBC Radio Scotland’s “Take the Floor” last night with the James Ross Trio, featuring James, myself and Duncan Lyall, on double bass. Bruce Macgregor was filling in for Robbie and done a great job. The show goes out in the next of couple of weeks. Tonight i’m playing with Angus Lyon & Ruaridh … Read More

Dòchas Tour

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Just finished a string of dates with Dòchas that took us as far north as Strathy, all the way down to London and then over to Denmark for a few days. It was great catching up with the girls. We had to make time for a bit of shopping, but that’s only to be expected :-)

Proms in the Park and Box Club Tour

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Had a busy few weeks recently. Box Club hit the road for our first ever tour. I have to say I’ve not had this much fun in a long time. What a great bunch of people to go on the road with. The tour went really well. We were a bit nervous after the first gig in Oban, as there … Read More

Tonder Festival

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Had a great time in Tonder with the Shona Mooney band. This was my first time at the festival and I had a blast. The gigs went well and we got great feedback (the nice kind) afterwards. I had the pleasure of playing a few sets with Croft No.5 which was cool. This was one of their last ever gigs, … Read More

The first rule of Box Club is…

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Tell everyone about Box Club!!! So, I’m lucky enough (I think) to be involved in the new phenomenon that is Box Club. “4 accordions, 1 big exciting sound”. Yip, you better believe it. We have Mairearad Green, Gary Innes, Angus Lyon & John Somerville on accordions with Mike Bryan on Guitar, Duncan Lyall on Double Bass and myself on Drums … Read More

Happy Days

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Well, a few adventures since I last checked in. Had an absolute blast over in Canada at the Goderich Festival in Ontario. I was out there doing gigs with Brolum and Shona Mooney. The gigs went well and we played our last ever Brolum gig in Kitchener before heading back across the water. Was great to catch up with Andy … Read More

Cambridge Folk Festival

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I was lucky enough to be performing at the Cambridge Folk Festival this past weekend as part of the Julie Fowlis band, with Eamon Doorley of Danu on Bouzouki, Ross Martin of Daimh on Guitar and John McCusker on Fiddle. It was an amazing weekend and I got the chance to meet a few musical heroes. The highlight of the … Read More

Website Launch

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Hi folks, well I decided it was about time I had my own little part of cyberspace, so here it is. Thanks for dropping by.