Guests

The following guest artistes will be appearing with us at our next concert on
Saturday 2nd September 2017 at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall.
Tickets are now on sale and can be booked online


Compère:
Gary Innes

Highland born accordionist and one of the founding members of award-winning Scottish super-group Mànran, Gary Innes has been playing Scottish traditional music for over 15 years. Gary was born and raised in the small village of Spean Bridge in the Scottish Highlands. He picked up an accordion for the first time at the age of 8 because he wanted to be more like the number one hero in his life…his Dad. Gary released his first solo album How’s the Craic in 2005 and has since released multiple collaborative albums with Ewan Robertson (Breabach), all-accordion band Box Club and also has three albums with his current band Mànran. Having played music professionally since 2003, Gary is no stranger to the world of music and as the newly appointed BBC Radio Scotland presenter for the iconic music show, ‘Take the Floor’ he is becoming further integrated into the Scottish music scene. The most recent success story in Gary’s expansive career has been the release of his second solo album ERA. Launched at Celtic Connections 2017, ERA has received critical acclaim with media outlets, one even describing it as having “a variety of material that grasps you from start to finish” (Fraser Bruce, Folking). Gary is an ex-Scottish Shinty captain and Internationalist and has won the Camanachd Cup final with his beloved team Fort William on no less than 5 occasions. Within his shinty career Gary is one of the very few people fortunate enough to hold every senior medal in the sport. Now, in his twilight years from the sport, Gary is more often seen in the commentator’s box covering the main fixtures on the shinty calendar for the BBC.


Mezzo-Soprano:
Colette Ruddy

Dundee born Colette Ruddy studied singing at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow where she was a prize-winning honours graduate.
Coming from a family of fine musicians and singers with interests in both classical and traditional music, she was one of the first graduates to study and research Scottish Music and in particular the singing of traditional Scottish songs as part of her honours degree. Prizes include Winner of the LASMO Staffa Music Award, Crabb Trust Award, Wolffson Scholarship and Balfour Moray Foundation Scholarship. Colette was chosen to sing at the Samling Foundation Masterclass led by Thomas Allen. Colette has been a soloist with many orchestras, fiddle orchestras, choral societies and choirs. She has sung in all the major concert halls in Britain and Ireland and has broadcast for BBC TV and Radio 2, Radio Scotland and STV. Recordings include Burns songs, songs by John Thompson and Scottish lullabies. Oratorio, recital and concert work play a large part in Colette’s career and highlights have included Handel’s Messiah in Denmark, Bach’s B minor Mass in Edinburgh Festival, Elgar’s Sea Pictures in Dublin and guest soloist with Aled Jones in Belfast Waterfront Hall.


Tenor:
Dennis Haggerty

Dennis Haggerty was born in Greenock and studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama with Patricia MacMahon. He has performed extensively in Oratorio all over the country. In works such as the Christmas Oratorio by Bach with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Judas Maccabeus by Handel with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Dvorak’s Stabat Mater with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Bullion’s Messe Solenelle with Glasgow University and Handels Messiah in the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall. Dennis frequently sings the songs of Scotland on radio, television and in concerts all over the world taking him to France, Greece, Norway, Spain, Russia and Canada.


Dancers:
Catriona and Marnie Clark

Sisters Catriona and Marnie Clark are both former pupils of The Myra Shuttleworth School of Highland Dance.
Catriona, 19, has been dancing with the orchestra for over 10 years. She is currently a university student at the University of Cumbria. Her interests, apart from dancing, are playing the guitar and snare drum. She is also a talented Clarsach player and has won medals and trophies at the MOD and other music competitions.
Younger sister Marnie, 16, has been dancing with the orchestra for more than 8 years. Her other interests include playing the piano, ukulele and tenor drum. She has also recently passed her grade 7 piano exam.
Both girls also manage to find the time to be keen netball players.


Pipe Band:
Williamwood Pipe Band

Williamwood Pipe Band was established in 1945 as The 128th Glasgow Company of The Boys’ Brigade Pipe Band. Based in Clarkston, Glasgow, the Band practices in Williamwood Church. It remained a BB pipe band until 1996 when the majority of its members were adults. They cater for pipers and drummers of all ages. The youngest competing members are twelve years of age and the oldest in their seventies.
The band has always been a teaching band mainly for young people. They also compete at the five Major Pipe Band Championships as well as many local Highland Games. Amongst their achievements are two Grade 4 World Championships in 2002 and 2003. The Band started travelling in 1992 when it ventured to The Isle of Man. Since then it has performed in America (Chicago), Copenhagen, Czech Republic, Germany (Muhldorf and Ballingen), Spain (Avilies and Tapia), and France (Ville La Grand). Playing overseas involves performing at parades, festivals, international events and full concerts where they involve other acts such as Highland Dancers. The Band has played for many high profile events such as The Olympic Games Home Coming, Commonwealth Games and The Homeless Football World Cup.