Initially formed in the mid 1970’s, combining folk, rock and jazz players from the Glasgow music scene, New Celeste created controversy at that time with their rock and jazz treatments of traditional music and their fast and furious stage act.
The band toured extensively in Britain and then Europe and recorded three albums – ‘High Sands and the Liquid Lake’ in Holland, ‘On the Line’ in Berlin and then ‘New Celeste Live’ in France. After that New Celeste broke up in 1983 and the various band members went their own ways. Guitarist Graeme Duffin joined Wet!Wet!Wet!, drummer Iain Bayne went on to play with Runrig, guitarist Nigel Clark joined Hue & Cry and violinist Rod Dorothy joined Barbara Thompson’s Paraphernalia.
In the 1990’s, guitarist and singer Iain Fergus formed a contemporary version of New Celeste with several new musicians, and recorded two new CDs for Lismor/Iona Records in Glasgow called ‘The Celtic Connection’ and ‘It’s a New Day’. These CDs featured new, exciting and original material, blending Celtic traditional styles with jazz, rock and world influences. This new band has performed numerous live concerts and festivals throughout Europe since then.
A brand new CD ‘Best New Celeste’ has now been released on Park Records featuring some of New Celeste’s best tracks from their various vinyl and CD releases over 3 decades, along with 2 brand new bonus tracks recently recorded.
New Celeste is available to perform at your festival, arts centre or folk club in 2011 – under 2 different guises. One is the electric line-up of 5 musicians and the other is a new acoustic line-up of 4 musicians called New Celeste Acoustic.
The 2 line-ups of New Celeste are as follows:
Iain Fergus: Acoustic guitar and vocals
Steve Reid: Acoustic and electric guitars
Rod Dorothy: Violin and vocals
Andy Mitchell: Bass guitar
Pete Haggarty: Drums and percussion
New Celeste Acoustic
Iain Fergus: Acoustic guitar, vocals
Steve Reid: Acoustic guitar
Willie Logan: Acoustic guitar
Bobby Miller: Double bass
You can listen to short samples from some of the tracks from this artist using the player below.