John Duncan and
Alistair Robertson founded Whigmaleerie in 1985, and the band
have been firm favourites ever since. Over the years, there have
been several line-up changes, none more so than during the past
two years, with Whigmaleerie evolving and expanding into an
increasingly popular 6 piece multi-instrumentalists/vocalists
ceilidh and covers band who are in high demand for weddings,
ceilidhs, parties, functions and concerts. Their versatility is
reflected in the fact that they are equally comfortable and
competent in many musical genres – ceilidh
pop/rock/country/folk/easy listening. Enjoying ‘live’
performance with no backing tracks whatsoever; their friendly
rapport with the audience is greatly appreciated.
John Duncan of Sketraw, originally from Leith, relocated to
Aberdeenshire after military service. John began playing Trombone
and e flat bass at school at the tender age of 11 before progressing
to playing in championship brass bands. During his army career, he
discovered traditional folk music and learned to play both guitar
and mandolin. On leaving the military, John played in the local folk
music scene around Aberdeenshire and Moray. ‘Big’ John continues to
play guitar, calls the ceilidh dances, and shares vocals with the
other band members. A huge presence both on and off stage, it is
alleged that John ensures that the other band members do as they are
told … occasionally!
Jim Buchan Bass guitar & vocals. Fraserburgh-born Jim moved to
Banff over a quarter of a century ago, and has just about settled
in. In his youth, Jim played side drum in Fraserburgh & District
Boys Brigade Pipe Band, and was Principal Viola* in the Fraserburgh
Academy Orchestra. In his spare time, he took up the guitar,
graduating to the bass guitar. He has, over the years, become a
respected bassist in an extensive variety of musical genres. Jim
took time out from his vocation as a full-time grandparent to join
Whigmaleerie in 2017, bringing with him 40+ years of playing
experience. * FACT CHECK – HE WAS THE ONLY VIOLA!
Fiona Jamieson was invited to play with Whigmaleerie
concurrently with Stuart. She began playing Scottish fiddle music
when she was 9 years of age and hasn’t stopped. From years of
playing in groups, meeting other musicians and courses like "The
Splore" and the Applied Music course at Strathclyde University,
Fiona has had brilliant experiences and a lot of fun playing and
learning more about the tradition of Scottish music. However, that’s
not all - as a classical violinist she currently plays with the
Grampian Concert Orchestra and the Loanhead Quartet, and she
certainly knows her way around a piano, keyboard and vocals. Having
played with various traditional music groups and ceilidh bands over
the years including the Garioch Fiddlers, Celtacad, Kask, and
Ceilidh Mor, she is very excited to be a vital, creative part of the
unique Whigmaleerie sound and style!
Stuart Fowler, the band ‘junior’, joined Whigmaleerie in 2017.
He was raised in Buckie with fiddle music sounding throughout the
family home – his dad was an accomplished fiddler, and Stuart now
resumes his late father’s role of playing fiddle alongside John
Woodside. Stuart has another connection with Whigmaleerie - he plays
the electric fiddle previously owned and played by the late Ian
Ross. When Stuart isn’t fiddling, he likes nothing better than
playing the guitar and singing – a very talented vocalist and
McPherson who hails from Moray, is the band’s
dexterous drummer, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist. Long time
drummer with the rock band Estrella, Leo was the final musician
recruited for Whigmaleerie at the beginning of 2018 and greatly
contributes to the band’s unique sound. He has been playing
musical instruments and writing music for about eighteen years.
As a drummer and acoustic guitarist, he toured extensively
throughout the UK and Europe with hundreds of popular artists,
either as a band member, support act, or filling slots at some
of the countries' leading festivals.
John Woodside Whigmaleerie’s principal guitarist, moved to
Aberdeenshire nearly years ago. He is an award winning
multi-instrumentalist and vocalist, and gained much respect as a
booking agent for folk artists in both Europe and UK. In 2008,
Whigmaleerie made him an offer he couldn't refuse and was
responsible for expanding their original pop/rock repertoire.
Equally comfortable with either acoustic or electric guitar, he also
enjoys contributing some keyboards and vocals.
White, suddenly passed away in
January 2018 and will be sorely missed by us all. Dave Started drumming at the age of 11 on a banjo head
sitting on a tin with a chain inside to represent a snare. He
was taught by a military jazz drummer while at school in Surrey.
He played all styles including Rock, Funk,
Jazz, Pop before moving to Scotland late 70s and discovering Ceilidh.
song writer he also plays keyboards, vocal harmony croaks and a
bit of guitar. Latterly Dave also become a
Ross from Portgordon, Whigmaleerie's fiddle payer for almost 20
years passed away in September 2016 after loosing his fight against
Leukaemia. Ian studied violin under the late Miss Kim Murray and due
to his progress over the years was able to be accepted into the Band
of the Corps of Royal Engineers at the age of 14. This was one of
the few establishments in the British Army that had a working Full
Symphony Orchestra and Ian had to wait until his 15th birthday
before signing up and setting off to Chatham in Kent, 600 miles from
He served with the "Band" for over 24 years, playing Violin, Viola
and Clarinet, touring such places as France, Belgium, Holland,
Germany, Northern Ireland, Gibralter, Hong Kong and the Falkland
Isles. He was the leader of small ensembles and his style and
command of solo "Scottish Fiddling" made him in great demand and he
was much appreciated. He will be missed by us all.