Meet The Band
These three talented musicians in the ceilidh band are all highly respected in the Scottish traditional music scene and combine together to create a special energy which works it's magic on the ceilidh dancers
Accordion & Dance Caller
Paul is an accomplished accordionist and has won many competitions with his playing in both classical and Scottish music styles. He graduated with a Masters in Music (performance) from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and has performed around Europe and the USA as well as releasing two solo albums. He formed HotScotch Ceilidh Band in 2006 and his great arrangements and lively style of playing bring a fresh feel to the music. A former British accordion champion, Paul represented the UK at the accordion world championships in Croatia in 2010. He teaches both Piano and Accordion lessons in Edinburgh.
A virtuosic performer on both fiddle and saxophone, Michael has appeared in many leading venues including the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Sage Gateshead, The Barbican London, and has played on BBC Radio Scotland.
He qualified with an honours degree in folk and traditional music from Newcastle University and is now a highly respected session musician. Michael was selected to join the prestigious Live Music Now scheme, founded by Yehudi Menuhin and has provided hundreds of concerts across the UK and abroad. Michael and Paul also perform together regularly as Chamberlain & Haywood - an exciting folk duo with a fresh take on world music.
Born in Canada, Jim came back to his roots in Scotland in 1984. His skills as a player and teacher of pipe band drumming, percussion and kit drumming have long been recognised and he adds an inventive and powerful rhythmic structure to the ceilidh band. For several years, he toured with Ceolbeg and has also played with Ally Bain & Phil Cunningham, Sandy Brechin and The Wrigley Sisters.