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ROBBIE GREIG

  • "Atmospheric, and performed with panache" - fRoots
  • "Stunning...thoughtful, creative perfectionism" - Bright Young Folk
  • "This album sparkles from start to finish" - Folkwords

About

I grew up in the North of Edinburgh and was really lucky to have music and Gaelic culture in my life from a young age – my Dad played and taught 5-string banjo and mandolin, as well as being a Scots singer and a lover of Gaelic song and piping. I grew up listening to him play as well as listening to records by singers like Ishbel MacAskill and Cathy-Ann MacPhee. I went to the Gaelic-medium primary school in Edinburgh at the time, Tollcross, where I was encouraged into Gaelic singing by music teacher Gillian McLuskey (MacKenzie). Around the same time, I started learning classical violin through the Suzuki method with a hugely influential and enthusiastic teacher, Elizabeth Peploe, who also had a vast amount of respect for Shetland fiddle playing and Jazz. It was at her suggestion that at age 9 I take up traditional music with renowned fiddle player Gregor Borland, which gave me a fantastic grounding in Scottish music, and so I ended up having two fiddle lessons every week for a while – something I feel very privileged to have had. I also owe a lot to Fèis Rois, the Edinburgh Youth Gaitherin’ and Fèis Dhùn Èideann, where I received top-notch tuition – like so many others – during the school holidays.

A few years later, I started attending the RSAMD Junior Academy, where I was very fortunate to receive lessons from Sarah-Jane Summers, Lauren MacColl, Rua MacMillan and theory lessons from James Ross. It was around the same time that I was introduced to the vibrant Edinburgh session scene, and it was also around then that I began guitar accompaniment lessons with one of my inductors into the sessions, Tom Oakes, something that gave me a totally new take on playing music with other people.

At age 16, I moved up to Uist in order to study for an HNC in Music Performance with renowned tutor Anna-Wendy Stevenson at UHI. It was a fantastic place to live and study music, an experience I would recommend to anyone thinking of studying music. Whilst I was there, I developed a taste for Irish music, being drawn in by the intricate ornamentation and incredible improvised variation I heard on records by players like Tommy Peoples, Paddy Glackin and Cathal Hayden. Being in Uist also gave me the chance to meet other like-minded people, and I was lucky to share the experience with some amazing friends and players.

After a year in Uist, I decided to study for a Diploma in Gaelic Media from Sabhal Mòr Ostaig (Scotland’s Gaelic college) in Skye, a place just as rich in music and culture, a year which I thoroughly enjoyed. Since then, I have been lucky enough to work as an apprentice for the Traditional Music Forum in a number of settings, as well as touring in Scotland, Switzerland, France and Austria with bands Canach, Manitoban, Huradal and various cèilidh bands.

Since leaving school, I’ve been very lucky to get involved in teaching, having taught at various workshops for Fèis Rois, Fèis Dhùn Èideann, Feis na h-Òigridh, Scots Music Group and Liniclate High School. I was also invited to adjudicate the 2014 Col. Jock Fiddle Competition in Portree.

More recently, I’m delighted to have been on a 6-week North American tour with The Paul McKenna Band, and asked to step in for a few gigs with Scots-song stalwarts Malinky, Radio 2 Young Folk Award Winners Talisk and exciting new band Tannara, as well as being a founder member of new band INYAL, and a finalist in the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2016 competition.

More recently, I was delighted to be the inaugural winner of the 2017 Niel Gow Scottish Fiddle Award at Blair Castle.

More info on the bands I’ve played with, or depped for, can be found here:

Canach

Huradal

INYAL

Malinky

Simon Kempston

Talisk

Tannara

The Paul McKenna Band

News

Celtic Connections

So this month, everyone’s favourite winter trad festival is in full flight and in prime position to momentarily get rid of the Hogmanay hangover and replace it with the Celtic Connections one. I’m very lucky to be doing a few different things, gigs with Fuaran nan Eilean (28th Jan), Canach (3rd Feb), TMSA Young Trad Tour (4th Feb) and a super exciting commission from the University of Glasgow’s Gaelic Initiative for INYAL, where we’ll be premiering 3 newly arranged Gaelic songs with a guest singer (yet to be announced – check the INYAL facebook for details soon!), and a string section. The gig is on 28th Jan in Glasgow’s Old Fruitmarket, where we’ll be appearing alongside legendary bandolim player Hamilton de Holanda, and the seemingly unstoppable Niteworks.

 

celtic

Apart from doing gigs, I’m also taking part in a masterclass led by world-renowned American fiddle-player Mark O’ Connor, on the 29th Jan, at the City Halls. Even if you can’t make it to any of these things, there is so much amazing music happening in Glasgow at the moment, and I strongly suggest you check some of it out!

Looking to the next few months, INYAL are playing at the Highland Annual in Edinburgh on 10th February, and also at the FilmG awards in the Old Fruitmarket on the 17th February. It would be sweet to see some folk there!

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Gigs

Coming Up

30th May, 2017

Helensburgh
The Tower (with TMSA Young Trad Tour)

31st May, 2017

Glasgow
David Foley's Folklub (with The Paul McKenna Band)

6th June, 2017

Lismore
Lismore Public Hall (with TMSA Young Trad Tour)

7th June, 2017

Fort William
The Nevis Centre (with TMSA Young Trad Tour)

8th - 11th June, 2017

Gate to Southwell Festival
Southwell, ENG (with Tannara)

8th June, 2017

Edinburgh
Queen's Hall - Paddy Bort Memorial Concert (with Malinky)

15th June, 2017

Edinburgh
Summerhall (with TMSA Young Trad Tour)

17th June, 2017

Glasgow
CCA - Ceol's Craic Gaelictronica 2 (with INYAL)

6th - 9th July, 2017

Rudolstadt Festival
Rudolstadt, GER (with Kist O' Riches House Band)

19th July, 2017

Glasgow
Drygate Brewery (with TMSA Young Trad Tour)

21st July, 2017

Hebridean Celtic Festival, Stornoway
(with INYAL)

28th July, 2017

Cambridge Folk Festival
Cambridge, ENG (with Tannara)

31st July, 2017

Stromness
Stromness Town Hall (with TMSA Young Trad Tour)

27th August, 2017

Folk at the Froize
Suffolk, ENG (with Tannara)

Past Gigs

23rd March, 2016

The Malt Shovel
Edinburgh

29th March, 2016

The Star Folk Club
Glasgow (with Tannara)

6th April, 2016

Folklub
The Hug and Pint, Glasgow (with Tannara – support for Pons Aelius)

14th April, 2016

Plockton High School
(with The Paul McKenna Band)

16th April, 2016

Kardomah 94
Hull (with The Paul McKenna Band)

22nd April, 2016

An Lanntair
Stornoway (with Owen Sinclair and Lea MacLeod's Honours Projects)

23rd April, 2016

Private Function
Perthshire (with Tannara)

29th April, 2016

Biggar Corn Exchange
Biggar (with The Paul McKenna Band)

30th April, 2016

Girvan Folk Festival
(with The Paul McKenna Band)

2nd May, 2016

Tradfest
Edinburgh (with Huradal – support for Siobhan Miller)

6th May, 2016

Isle of South Uist Folk Club
South Uist

28th May, 2016

Ireby Folk Festival
Cumbria, UK (with Talisk)

4th June, 2016

Private Function
Cheshire, UK (with Grouse Cèilidh Band)

15th June, 2016

Taos Mesa Brewing Co.
Taos, New Mexico, USA (with The Paul McKenna Band)

16th June, 2016

Wildwoodsounds House Concerts
Del Norte, Colorado, USA  (with The Paul McKenna Band)

Pikes Peak Celtic Festival
Colorado Springs, USA (with The Paul McKenna Band)

Festival of Small Halls
Prince Edward Island, CA (with The Paul McKenna Band)

Stan Rogers Folk Festival
Canso, CA (with The Paul McKenna Band)

Common Ground
Maryland, USA (with The Paul McKenna Band)

10th July, 2016

Mendocino Music Festival
USA (with The Paul McKenna Band)

14th July, 2016

The Backroom
Berkeley, California (with The Paul McKenna Band)

15th July, 2016

The Plough and Stars
San Francisco, California (with The Paul McKennna Band)

16th July, 2016

Bay of Pines Restaurant
Monterey, California (with The Paul McKenna Band)

17th July, 2016

Don Quixote’s
Felton, California, USA (with The Paul McKenna Band)

18th July, 2016

An Cridhe
Coll (with Tannara)

20th July, 2016

House Concerts at the Crib
Arcata, California (with The Paul McKenna Band)

21st July, 2016

The Astoria Armory
Astoria, Oregon (with The Paul McKenna Band)

23rd July, 2016

Dave Dunnet Community Theatre
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada (with The Paul McKenna Band)

30th July, 2016

Lock 25
Edinburgh (with Nicky Kirk)

4th August, 2016

WM Christie’s Bar
Edinburgh (with Conor Markey)

13th August, 2016

Lock 25
Edinburgh (with Owen Sinclair)

18th August, 2016

An Cridhe
Coll (with Tannara)

20th August, 2016

Private Function
Forres

25th August, 2016

WM Christie’s Bar
Edinburgh (with Darragh Quinn)

27th August, 2016

Summer Isles Festival
Achiltibuie (with Tannara)

28th August, 2016

Edinburgh Fringe
The Queen's Hall, Edinburgh (with INYAL)

1st September, 2016

The Swallow Theatre
Whithorn, Borders (with Talisk)

8th September, 2016

Blas Festival
Portmahomack (with Tannara)

9th September, 2016

Blas Festival
Resolis (with Tannara)

10th September, 2016

Eyemouth Hippodrome
(with Tannara)

11th September, 2016

The Convent
Gloucester, UK (with Tannara)

23rd September, 2016

The Drouthy Cobbler
Elgin (with Talisk)

29th September, 2016

York Irish Culture Night
De Grey Rooms, York (with Talisk)

30th September, 2016

Corstorphine Trust
Edinburgh (with The Paul McKenna Band)

6th October, 2016

Oxtered to the Bothy Album Launch
Stereo, Glasgow (with INYAL)

13th October, 2016

Celtic Colours Festival
Calvin United Church, Cape Breton (with Fuaran nan Eilean)

15th October, 2016

Celtic Colours Festival
St. Mary Parish Hall, Cape Breton (with Fuaran nan Eilean)

3rd November, 2016

Perthshire Amber
(with Tannara)

4th November, 2016

Kunsthuis Oal Eer
Godlinze, The Netherlands (with Simon Kempston)

5th November, 2016

De Smuggler
Barth, Germany (with Simon Kempston)

6th November, 2016

House Concert
Langeskov, Denmark (with Simon Kempston)

7th November, 2016

Cafe Instinkt
St. Peter Ording, Germany (with Simon Kempston)

8th November, 2016

LU 99
Leipzig, Germany (with Simon Kempston)

10th November, 2016

McCallion’s Irish Pub
Kaufbeuren, Germany (with Simon Kempston)

11th November, 2016

Kirchen Germeinde Dennach ‘Acoustic Experience’
Dennach, Germany (with Simon Kempston)

12th November, 2016

Le Viertel
Trogen, Switzerland (with Simon Kempston)

13th November, 2016

House Concert
Rupperswil, Switzerland (with Simon Kempston)

13th November, 2016

Kultur im Roessle
St. Maergen, Germany (with Simon Kempston)

14th November, 2016

Trachtenvogl
Munich, Germany (with Simon Kempston)

15th November, 2016

Rottstrasse 5 Theater
Bochum, Germany (with Simon Kempston)

16th November, 2016

Der Weinlaender
Wiesbaden, Germany (with Simon Kempston)

17th November, 2016

De Bunker
Gemert, The Netherlands (with Simon Kempston)

19th November, 2016

Scots Fiddle Festival
Edinburgh (with Niall Hanna and Ewan Baird) (recital beginning at 12 noon)

2nd December, 2016

Ross and Tom’s Winter Trad
Summerhall, Edinburgh

8th December, 2016

House Concert
Edinburgh (with Tannara) Please get in touch for details!  

23rd December, 2016

Ironworks
Inverness (with INYAL as part of The Elephant Sessions' Christmas Party)

31st December, 2016

Private Function
Irvine (with Ross Miller and Ally Forsyth)

1st January, 2017

Edinburgh’s Hogmanay
High:Land Stage (with INYAL)

28th January, 2017

Celtic Connections
World Beat Bothy (with INYAL)

28th January, 2017

Celtic Connections
with Fuaran nan Eilean

30th January, 2017

Glenfarg Folk Club
with Tannara

2nd February, 2017

Falkirk Folk Club
with Jack Badcock

3rd February, 2017

Celtic Connections
with Canach

4th February, 2017

Celtic Connections
with 2016 Young Trad Tour

10th February, 2017

Highland Annual
Edinburgh (with INYAL)

14th February, 2017

Private Function
Edinburgh (with The Bread and Butter Ceilidh Band)

18th February, 2017

Glencoe
with Tannara

26th February, 2017

Old Bridge Inn
Aviemore (with INYAL and Tannara)

4th March, 2017

Halkær Kro
DK (with Malinky)

7th March, 2017

Svendborg, Arne B
DK - Organised by Folk for Folk (with Malinky)

8th March, 2017

Ærø
DK (venue TBC) Organised by Folk 4 Folk's Sake - Ærø Folkemusikforening (with Malinky)

9th March, 2017

Idom-Råsted, Plexus
DK (with Malinky)

10th March, 2017

Haslev Library
Haslev, DK - Organised by Haslev Folk Club (with Malinky)

11th March, 2017

Kulturhuset Aksen
Asnæs, DK -  Organised by Musikforeningen Drauget (with Malinky)

30th March, 2017

Mulligans
Amsterdam, NL (with Darragh Quinn and Murray Willis)

31st March, 2017

Mulligans
Amsterdam, NL (with Darragh Quinn and Murray Willis)

1st April, 2017

Mulligans
Amsterdam, NL (with Darragh Quinn and Murray Willis)

27th April, 2017

Stornoway
An Lanntair (UHI Final Recital - 3pm)

29th April, 2017

Aviemore
Private Function (with Grouse Ceilidh Band)

5th May, 2017

Sehnde, GER
Gutshof Rethmar (with The Paul McKenna Band)

6th May, 2017

Zeevanar, NL
Muziekcafe de Lantaern (with The Paul McKenna Band)

7th May, 2017

Dusseldorf, GER
Schloss Eller (with The Paul McKenna Band)

10th May, 2017

Trebsen, GER
Rittergut Trebsen (with The Paul McKenna Band)

12th May, 2017

Fell, GER
Zum Winzerkeller (with The Paul McKenna Band)

13th May, 2017

Nuremberg, GER
Folk Club Reihe (with The Paul McKenna Band)

Album

“Stunning…thoughtful, creative perfectionism.” – Bright Young Folk

“This album sparkles from start to finish.” – Folkwords

“Atmospheric and performed with panache.” – fRoots

You can buy a hard copy of the album from me in the ‘Shop‘ tab, or get a digital download here.

  1. Ale is Dear
  2. Slidespeys
  3. Greim na Mara
  4. Jig/Slipjig/Reel (with Tomás Callister)
  5. The Fairest Rose
  6. A, eh?
  7. Gordon’s Mazurka
  8. Òran Arras
  9. Ribbons
  10. The Witch Island Slipjigs
  11. Isolation Reels

 

 

Jani setting up on Monday before the recording starts.
Eamonn adjusting his headphones
Jack McRobbie eyeing up the emergency wine halfway through a take.
Lea focusing on the Slow Air
Paddy and Molly, Jani's dog

The album features the following musicians:

Robbie Greig: Fiddle, Vocals, Tenor Guitar, Shruti Box

Jack Badcock: Guitar (2,3,8,9,10), Backing Vocals

Jack is highly in demand as a session musician and singer, and is a founding member of award-winning band Dallahan. He was also a finalist in the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2014 competition.

Jack McRobbie: Guitar (1,4,6,11)

Glasgow-based multi-instrumentalist Jack McRobbie is in high demand as a session musician, having played with the Friel Sisters.

Paddy Callaghan: Button-box

Paddy is the 2013 BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year, and is often also touring with Dallahan. He has also been nominated for two MG Alba Trad Awards (for his radio programme ‘Trad with Pad’ and with Dallahan) and won countless titles at Regional, Provincial and World levels through Comhaltas Fleadhanna Cheoil. www.paddycallaghan.com

Lea MacLeod: Flutes, Whistles, Highland Pipes

Lea MacLeod is one of the up and coming young musicians in the Highland scene. Hailing from Loch Aillse (Lochalsh area) and having family connections to the legendary Gaelic aural poet Murdani ‘Mast’ from Leòdhas (the Isle of Lewis), music is very much in the blood. Lea studied music in Benbecula College which had a huge impact on his music strengthening his ‘Gaelic style’. He plays whistle, pipes and flute to an exceptionally high level and is currently undertaking a BA in Applied Music while continuing to teach and perform in Scotland and abroad.

Ciarán Ryan: Banjo

From Brechin, Ciarán is a young virtuoso on various string instruments. In 2006 he won the title of All Britain Banjo Champion for his age group, and he is also a founding member of the aforementioned Dallahan.

Eamonn Nugent: Bodhrán

Eamonn, from Bellshill, is in considerable demand as a session musician. He competed (and came second) in an All-Ireland championship in 2010, but more recently he’s been gigging with Paddy Callaghan amongst many others, and has recorded on the ‘Storymap’ album with Kris Drever and Éamonn Coyne.

Jenny Hill: Double-Bass

Initially classically trained, Jenny studied music at Cambridge University and later at a conservatoire in France, and has worked in French, English and Scottish traditional music, most recently with Eliza Carthy, Martin Carthy and Norma Waterson (England) and Daimh (Scotland). Jen is also leading a project called ‘Songs of Separation’ which brings together ten incredible female folk artists from Scotland and England. www.jenhillbass.co.uk

Tomás Callister: Fiddle (4)

A familiar face on the Manx music scene, Tomas Callister has established himself as one of the leading Manx musicians, despite only being in his early twenties. Not only satisfied with being an outstanding fiddle player, Tom also plays guitar, banjo and pretty much any other instrument thrown his way! Tom is well known throughout the island as a passionate supporter of Manx music as a soloist and as a member of Manx powerhouse Barrule, trad pop band Mec Lir and Imar.

Murray Willis: Accordion, Piano (3)

Murray grew up on the island of Lismore, and is known for his impeccable sense of rhythm. He is a Gaelic speaker, and is learning French and the Saxophone. He has toured extensively across the world, including Austria, France and Iraq. He released a solo EP last year (featuring Robbie), that you can hear here.

Adam Rhodes: Bouzouki

A talented multi-instrumentalist, Adam Rhodes was originally born in England before moving to the Isle of Man at the tender age of 8. Ever since, Adam has been heavily involved in the Manx music scene. He is well-known through his involvement with Barrule and King Chiaullee, with whom he has recorded five albums and represented the Island at festivals all over the world including Brittany, Ireland, Scotland, Cornwall, Australia, Wales, USA and Canada. He also plays with Mec Lir and Imar.

Joseph Peach: Fender Rhodes

From Achiltibuie in the North-West Highlands, Joseph Peach started his musical life as a Highland piper and accordionist. Over recent years, keyed instruments have taken over, his focus now divided between the piano, Fender Rhodes, accordion and harmonium. His main projects include the band Tannara, with whom he plays the piano accordion, as well as a number of other musical and writing-based projects: www.joseph-peach.com

Andrew Waite: Piano (8)

Andrew is a prodigious young musician, is heavily in demand as a session player, and has toured across the world, most notably with The Eliza Carthy Band, Dallahan and the Claire Hastings Band. He was also nominated for the ‘Up and Coming’ Award at the MG Trad Awards in 2015.

Media

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Photo Credits
Martin Forry, Simon Baker, Caitlin Sonachan, Hannah McKirdy, Sophie Stephenson, Anna Jungclaus

Contact

Please feel free to get in touch if you’ve any enquiries regarding bookings, lessons, comments or questions about the album, or if you just want a chat about playing the fiddle or anything else!

Email: info[at]robbiegreigfiddle.com

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