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WHIGMALEERIE

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Caroline & Steve wedding

 

Caroline & Steve

Wedding Aberdeen

Inside Mar Lodge Hall

 

Wedding Ceilidh

Mar Lodge, Braemar

John Woodside

 

Its NOT Wee John's

Unless his Bubble Car has grown another wheel?


 

Five Star Rated Band by Freak Music

Five Star Rated Band by Freak Music Scotland

 

 

 


 

 

WHIGMALEERIE THE BAND  

 

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. Guitar and Vocals

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!

Jim Buchan, Base Guitar

 
 

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 multi-instrumentalist.

 
 
Drums, Leo J. McPherson

 

Leo J. 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.

Guitar and Vocals

 
 
 
Dave White on Drums

In Memoriam

Dave 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.

A prolific song writer he also plays keyboards, vocal harmony croaks and a bit of guitar. Latterly Dave also become a childrens author.

 
 
Ian Ross, Fiddle Player

In Memoriam

Sadly Ian 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 home.

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.

 
 
   
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