GLENCRAIGS DANCE BAND

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Glencraigs Dance Band

Biography


Biography (Courtesy of the Artist’s site, 2007)

The Band was formed in 1983 when Nicol McLaren, then a salesman with S.A.I. in Blairgowrie, was asked by a customer if he could put together a band for a church social. Two good friends – Dave Bell on drums and Lorna Webster on accordion joined him for the night. From that one gig came another half dozen bookings, and The Glencraig SDB was born!

The Band was named after two of Bandleader Nicol McLaren's working collies.

The diary grew and, with the inclusion of Gordon Howe on fiddle, Graham Berry on piano and Suzanne Gray on bass, the band developed.
In 1989 they recorded their first cassette for the Dick Webster Cancer Fund, and also made their first "Take the Floor" broadcast. To date they have recorded three CDs and made twelve "Take the Floor" broadcasts.
The band personnel has changed several times, but their sound is essentially the same. Maureen Rutherford played and recorded with them for a number of years, and now Isobelle Hodgson is their regular piano player – although Graham Berry still plays with them. Davie Bell is the drummer but Robert Simpson can frequently be found wielding the sticks. Regular fiddler is still Gordon Howe, but Nicol also calls on the services of Patsy Reid or Judith Linton on occasion. Neil Caul, Hamish Smith or James Leask play second accordion.
If a dance caller is needed then Campbell Hunter or Karin Ingram can lead the floor.
Annual gigs include St Andrew's Night in Bahrain, The Shetland Festival, Up Helly Aa and New Year's Eve in The Spittal of Glenshee.
The Glencraig Scottish Dance Band can be booked for any function requiring Traditional Scottish Dance Music.


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