The Dynamos Band are well known as a truly professional outfit in the British music scene. The Daily Record voting them one of Scotland's top ten bands on March 15th 1968 and brought them to the forefront of the live music scene and still are today with over 100 awards and trophies to their name. Their latest 'Band of the Year' voted by the people of Coldstream in the Scottish Borders for 2003. An energetic outfit able to adapt their music programme to many different styles equally at home playing in a theatre situation or a packed dance floor.
At the age of 10 Daniel received his first accordion from his father, a well-known accordionist on the Caithness music scene. Tuition followed from Addie Harper Senior, one of Scotland's top music teachers. Daniel was soon to become a regular performer in his own right as well as taking part in 'Taste of Tartan' ceilidhs in Thurso and performing regularly with the Addie Harper Trio. At the age of 14 he became a proud owner of his present accordion, a 'Shand Marino'. Over the next ten years Daniel went from strength to strength on the Scottish Music scene having won the Golspie Mod in 1987 both Lairg Mod and Glasgow Mod the following year.
Kate has a huge fan base across Scotland with her modern style of Country Music. A highly acclaimed vocalist and musician she and the band perform regularly at live gigs and also has appeared and continues to appear on country music festivals.
Eclipse, a three piece band from Wick have been together as a group since 1998 and still have their original line-up, Michael on Keyboards, accordion and lead vocals, his brother Murray on drums and singing second harmony and Grant on lead/rhythm guitar and singing third harmony. They travel the length and breadth of Britain playing to enthusiastic audiences and have built up a large fan base stretching from London, Wales and to their home county of Caithness. This their debut album feature their most popular songs and Michael has written a number of songs, 2 of which are on this album. "Crazy Baby" and the title track "Never Say Goodbye"
The Gollach Ceilidh Band are all Caithness musicians and this their first recording is a collection of well known tunes. Some selections were put together by well known Caithness musicians of days gone by and are recorded as a tribute to their memory. "Gollach" is a slang word for people from Caithness. The Gollach Ceilidh Band? Vol 1 features 3 or 4 accordions, piano, drums, bass, plus mandolin, banjo and bagpipes on some tracks. A lively toe-tapping album making it "every hogmanay's must have." Cover picture "The Queen Mother's Castle Of Mey, Caithness."
Brandon recorded his first album at 11 years of age, already having won first place at the Caithness Music Festival on button key accordion, first place in his age group at the Lairg Music Festival and first place in the open solo accordion championship. Brandon has a touch of magic in his playing and a musical ability that is way beyond his years making the album highly appropriate. When you listen to this debut recording from Brandon I'm sure you will agree that a "Starr" has indeed been born.
Keith, a very talented musician and singer is no stranger to the country music scene in the UK, a professional musician for a long time. All the instruments, vocals and harmonies with the exception of steel guitar, dobro and harmonica were played by Keith. This 10 track CD of original Country Music, all songs on this album were written by Keith's father, David Macleod.
Arthur Pottinger, born in Shetland started singing Country Music during the late 1950's influenced by a local legend in Shetland, the late Thomas Fraser who sang a Jimmy Rogers style of country music. Arthur having a deeper voice was more into the Hank Snow type songs. During the late 1960's Arthur sang and toured with different bands in the north of Scotland, touring most of Scotland and on an occasion ventured as far south as Coventry. Arthur has also sung on stage in the Country Hall of Fame and other venues in the USA.
Kenny Watson was born in Aberdeen and moved to Laurencekink at a young age. His family being farmers, Kenny was brought up 'in the country.' Kenny started listening to Country Music whilst in his 20's as he rode his Truck around the highways and byways of the U.K
Andrew and Craig Harvey, brothers from the village of Thrumster in Caithness, have been playing bagpipes since primary school, both members of the Caithness Junior pipe band. Andrew became pipe major at the age of 13 years old and with the junior pipe band played for Prince Charles at the Mey Games. They are both provisional mod winners, Craig 2 times winner of the Caithness music festival, took first in his heat at Wick pipe band competitions. Today, Andrew 20 and Craig 17 years old play regularly in their native Caithness, also members of the Thurso pipe band, have taken part in Pipefest in Edinburgh, competed at the European Championships, in Inverness and the Worlds in Glasgow as well as appearances in Holland, Ireland, Germany, played at the Pan Celtic Festival in Ireland, solo piping. Craig, solo piper, piped Prince Charles off the field at the 2009 Mey Games.
A four piece country band based in Caithness. The name Slange Ava taken from the Gaelic with a different spelling literally means 'good health' and features Keith Macleod on vocals, lead guitar and mandolin. Keith is joined in Slange Ava by, Donny Matheson - vocals and drums, Jim Davidson on bass and Chris Macintosh acoustic guitar and keyboards.
We at Pan Records welcome Ian to the label, he made the right decision in putting this album on general sale. Most of the session names on the album are familiar names on the Pan label, however we would like to give special mention to our Nashville musicians - Steve Hinson, Hank Singer, Glen Duncan - cv's too long to gointo here, look them up on the web, we think they have done a fantastic job on this recording also to Phil Anderson for organising, recording and producing their part and his own at Storm West Studios, Nashville.
Paula MacAskill is one of Scotland's foremost entertainers in both the Scottish and Country music scene. Paula is an accomplished musician and has a great voice. As a result Paula Macaskill is one of Britain's busiest entertainers working all over the UK and abroad.
The Chicken Pickers have been on the scene for the last few years, packing out pubs, clubs, weddings, and festivals. With a great blend of rock, pop and country the band have been growing in popularity during their extensive travels.
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