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The Shandoneers

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Overview

  • 4-5 piece ceilidh band
  • Experienced caller

Location

This band are based in Edinburgh but regularly play across Scotland and the rest of the UK.

Standard Set Times

  • Two 60 minute sets + breaks

About this Act

This Edinburgh based band was formed in December 2007 and consists of 4 young talented Scottish musicians. The band has played all over Scotland in venues ranging from small hotels to town halls. What makes The Shandoneers special is the versatility of their sets. They host a lively ceilidh with clear calling and energetic playing, perfect for any celebration.

William Oke - Bass Guitar

William is a versatile bass guitarist and a former pupil at the City of Edinburgh Music School. He has worked with musicians and bands from the Rock/Pop, Folk, Jazz and Indie scene all over Scotland. In his school years he performed in Jazz and Wind orchestras and took part in shows such as "Little Shop of Horrors" and Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night". Recently he has been working with musicians and solo artists, recording, performing and touring around the UK. He has also performed with "The Sensational Jimmy Shandrix Experience" in Bergen (Norway) and at Celtic Connections in 2008.

David Toner - Fiddler/caller

David is a fiddler, guitarist, singer and caller (explaining) of the dances.

He started playing ceilidh music as a fiddle player with his Dad at the age of 9 years old and then later joined in his band “Clamjamfry”. He grew up going to ceilidhs all the time, both as a dancer and a player, and loves ceilidhs now as much as he did then.

He played the fiddle in various orchestras (inc. Edinburgh Youth Orchestra and the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland), and loves playing folk music

 

“You can't beat a good reel, and playing with the Shandoneers is just great. I really enjoy calling the dances too, making sure everyone's having a good night. It's really fun getting everyone up to dance, especially people that haven't done ceilidh dancing before and don't expect to like it - “don't worry, we soon win them round! “

Colin Macgregor - Drums

Colin has been a drummer since the age of 12. He studied music at Perth College for 3 years, and since then he has been teaching drums at schools and doing music workshops for the past 4 years. Colin plays a variety of styles - i.e rock, swing and latin - and has played in numerous covers and original bands.

Andrew Mill - Guitar

Andrew has played the guitar since the age of 12 and has been writing songs for 5 years. He studied Physics with Music at Glasgow University, specializing in Popular Music, Blues, and Jazz with. After changing course, he graduated in Product Design Engineering (BEng Hons) last year, at Glasgow School of Art, and is now pursuing a career in music. Andrew has hosted "Unplugged", Glasgow's largest open mic night at Queen Margaret Union.

Set List

Gay Gordons
Dashing White Sergeant
St Bernard's Waltz
Circassian Circle
Canadian Barn Dance
Flying Scotsman
Virginia Reel Waltz (Pride of Erin)
Strip the Willow
Britannia 2 Step
Swedish Masquerade
Cumberland Square Dance
Military 2 Step
Last Waltz
Auld Lang Syne

Lineup

  • The 4 piece band consist of a guitar, fiddle/caller, bass guitar and drums with the option of adding an accordion player on request.

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