Formed 15 years ago, Cabrach are one of the most exciting bands on the ceilidh scene today.
We use the latest and best tunes to create really upbeat music to dance to. We enjoy playing as much as the dancers enjoy dancing, and it shows!
A good going Scottish ceilidh is a fantastic and memorable party! - and also a great way to celebrate an event.
Don't worry if you're not sure how to do the dances. Kevin and Finn will show you in their enthusiastic style. Everyone has fun and catches on quickly.
The dance floor at a Cabrach ceilidh is usually pretty packed and a hugely enjoyable place to be!
Alastair started playing the fiddle aged 6 (so quite a few years ago!). He is one of Aberdeen’s most experienced and versatile players and has a real love of Celtic music and of Scottish ceilidhs. He is always ready to add to his stock of great tunes, the best of the new and most exciting tunes from around the world, whether Scottish, Irish, Shetland, Spanish, Swedish, or Cape Breton. And it's not unusual for Alastair to be playing at ceilidhs and sessions into the 'wee small hours' as he's not one for packing up early when there's music and socialising on the go!
Finn, is our tenor banjo player and is catching up with Alastair with his vast knowledge of great tunes. His banjo playing enhances the great sound that Cabrach is well known for. He also plays a mean Bohdran and is responsible for teaching a number of very good Bohdran players in the area at his class at SC&T. He plays mandolin and guitar and a bit of whistle. His Dance Calling is such fun, full of enthusiasm and must be seen. On stage, he has a constant smile on his face.
Kevin’s early influences came listening to the Corries. His love of traditional music started in the 1970’s going to Newcastleton Festival. He listened to bands such as Ossian, Silly Wizard and Boys of the Lough. His guitar style is rhythmic and provides a great beat to dance to. He is the band's main caller and enjoys the interaction with the dancers. He lives in Stonehaven and enjoys playing at local sessions. He teaches traditional guitar at SC&T in Aberdeen (Scottish Cultures and Traditions)
Euan is our Box player. He is an exeptional musician and has a great style of playing. He can switch traditonal genres quickly. His style of playing fits in really well with the Cabrach sound. He is the quiet member of the band, but not musically. He teaches mixed instruments at SC&T.
Jill, is our stand-in fiddle player. We are very lucky to have such a talented player and she makes a great addition to the band. Jill learned to play the fiddle in her hometown of Kirkwall from Jennifer Wrigley. She’s a member of the Scottish Fiddle Orchestra and Hjaltibonhoga, the Shetland Fiddlers of the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. In addition to playing in Edinburgh with the group, Jill has also played at Tattoos in Düsseldorf and Oslo. Jill teaches beginner fiddle at SC&T and has a real passion for music from Orkney and Shetland.