Sandy Brechin is one of Scotland’s best knownaccordion players and has toured all over the world with many bands, such asBurach, Seelyhoo, The Sandy Brechin Band and his electric ceilidh band, TheJimi Shandrix Experience. This summer, he has already toured in Sweden, Norwayand New Zealand. He has recorded a huge number of CDs over the years, both withhis own bands and also as a session musician with other acts, such as DonnieMunro, and now runs his own record company, Brechin All Records, based inEdinburgh, specialising in both traditional and contemporary folk music. Sandyhas also worked as producer on albums for several Scottish folk bands.
A talented composer, Sandy has published a book of hisown tunes, Out of his Mind, many of which have been recorded by other bands.
Sandy is the accordion tutor at The National Centrefor Excellence in Traditional Music in Plockton, teaches regularly all over thecountry for the Feis and other teaching organisations, and has released twoteaching DVDs. In August this year, Sandy will once again be a guest tutor atBoston Harbour Fiddle Camp in the USA.
“If you want to hear what an accordion can do in theright hands, put it in the right and left hands of Sandy Brechin.” – The LivingTradition
“An accordionist with attitude as well as loads oftalent.” – fRoots
“Brechin is an amazing accordion player.” Dirty Linen
Oneof Scotland's most distinctive singer-songwriters, Fiona Mackenzie has beenapplauded by critics across the globe for her unique blend of traditional andcontemporary song in Scottish Gaelic and English.
Fionahas toured and recorded extensively over the years with bands such as Anam,Seelyhoo and Mackenzie and her first solo release is available on theprestigious Linn Record label. More recently Fiona has been performingwith the acclaimed Gaelic quartet Cruinn and with singer Brian Ó hEadhra.
"Hervoice ranges from gentle and tender to full and forceful, while her lyrics arealways thought provoking and insightful. She also has a particularly ingeniousturn of phrase, writing lyrics that invoke emotions on the listener."Living Tradition Magazine
One of Scotland's most distinctive singer-songwriters, Fiona Mackenzie has been applauded by critics across the globe for her unique blend of traditional and contemporary song in Scottish Gaelic and English.
Fiona has toured and recorded extensively over the years with bands such as Anam, Seelyhoo and Mackenzie and her first solo release is available on the prestigious Linn Record label. More recently Fiona has been performing with the acclaimed Gaelic quartet Cruinn and with singer Brian Ó hEadhra.
"Her voice ranges from gentle and tender to full and forceful, while her lyrics are always thought provoking and insightful. She also has a particularly ingenious turn of phrase, writing lyrics that invoke emotions on the listener." Living Tradition Magazine
Brian Ó hEadhra
Brian Ó hEadhra is an established and highly acclaimed musician & singer based in Inverness in the Highlands of Scotland. He performs regularly with the Gaelic quartet Cruinn as well as with the trio Charlie McKerron (fiddle) and Sandy Brechin (accordion) in the trio MacKerron, Brechan & Ó hEadhra.
Brian also performs as a solo singer-songwriter (in Scottish Gaelic & English) and also with his wife, the prestigious Gaelic & English language singer-songwriter Fiona Mackenzie.
His music is possibly best known across the folk world through the band Anam which he established in Dublin in 1994. Anam toured the world, released five albums and ceased performing in 2005.
Over the years he has performed on numerous albums with different acts including two solo albums. Brian sings and writes songs in English, Irish and Scottish Gaelic. His last solo album was released in January 2011 and is entitled An t-Allt.
"...the most vocally talented,versatile and engaging male vocalist in Gaeldom." fRoots
"...an assured, accomplished and characterful Gaelic singer." Living Tradition