Gary has had a varied career on both stage and screen, having appeared in TV dramas such as ‘Taggart’, ‘Hustle’, ‘The Bill’, ‘Casualty’, ‘Inspector Lynley Mysteries’ and was a regular on the Scottish soap ‘The High Road’. He has also just appeared on that other popular Scottish soap ‘River City, playing the part of Harry Magill. More recently Gary appeared in MI High, The Escape Artist, Doctors and is also currently appearing in Cbeebies hit sketch show Gigglebiz’, alongside legend Justin Fletcher, as one of ‘The Burrito Brothers’. Gary’s film work includes the comedy ‘Pasty Faces’ and has recently completed the feature film “Rose” playing the part of ‘Filthy Mick’, which will hit the cinemas next year.
Gary’s stage credits are Tom Stoppard’s, ‘Jumpers’ at the National Theatre. He also toured the UK playing the part of Whit in the highly acclaimed play ‘Of Mice And Men’ last year.
Theatre credits include Malcolm in Dunsinane (RSC/NTS World Tour); Beach in Wake Me in the Morning (Oran Mor); Buttons in Cinderella (Perth Theatre); Walter in Saint One (Oran Mor); Thorkild Bjornvig in The Baroness (Dogstar Theatre); Wantonness in A Satire of the Three Estates (AandBC Theatre); Chris in Be Silent or Be Killed (Right Lines); Knight in Knight and the Crescent Hare (Ankur); Carlo the Clown in Mother Goose (Perth Theatre); Jesus in The Odd Couple (Perth Theatre); Darren in From These Parts (Right Lines); Edgar in King Lear (Citizens Theatre); Tim/ Callaghan/ Kivlichan in The Prince – The Johnny Thomson Story (Alysson Orr Ltd & ATG); Macduff in Macbeth (Open Book); Bob in Midsummer (Traverse Theatre & Theatre Royal Brighton)
Television and film credits include PC Fraser in River City (BBC Scotland); Mr. Henry in New Town (Pirate Productions); David in Leaves (Marquisde).
Theatre includes: Foreplay (Kings Head Theatre, London) The Mercy Seat (Theatre Royal, York) White Rose (Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh/Tron Theatre, Glasgow) Being Norwegian and Her Big Chance (one of Alan Bennett’s celebrated Talking Heads for Firebrand Theatre Company at The Wynd Theatre), Blithe Spirit (Vienna’s English Theatre), Joking Apart (Northcott Theatre, Exeter) Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Royal Lyceum, Nottingham Playhouse and Number One Tour). Lesley has worked extensively in television, namely playing the regular role of Gemma Kerr in ITV’s Taggart. Film includes playing Princess Diana in William & Catherine, a Royal Romance (Hallmark).
Theatre includes: A Bunch of Amateurs (Watermill Theatre), Private Lives, Taking Steps and Hay Fever (Oldham Coliseum) Peribanez (Young Vic, London) Oh What A Lovely War (National Theatre) After Mrs Rochester (Duke of Yorks) The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (Strand Theatre) When We Are Married (Savoy Theatre) Celaine ( Hampstead Theatre) Othello (Watermill Theatre) A Midsummer Nights Dream (ESC) What Every Woman Knows (Stephen Joseph Theatre) The Hypochondriac (West Yorkshire Playhouse) T’is Pity She’s a Whore (Derby Playhouse). TV includes: EastEnders, Holby City, Casualty, Ultimate Force, Dr Finlay, Midsommer Murders, Taggart, The Commander, Monarch of The Glen, Head Over Heels, Doctors, Underbelly, Absolutely, Little Miss Jocelyn.
Jackie sings regularly in Scotland and has recently finished a tour of the musical revue Broadway and Beyond. She has toured several musical shows around Scotland including: Rogers and Hammerstein: The Shows The Story. She also has her one woman show Broadway to Burns.
Host - Ready, Steady, Ceilidh!
Iain Stirling is a stand-up comedian and BAFTA nominated presenter. He can currently be seen on Help! My School Trip is Magic and has recently completed filming for the fourth series of All Over the Place, (this time in the Australia) both for CBBC. He is also the host of The Dog Ate My Homework, which is due to return for a highly anticipated second series later this year.
As one of the most exciting up-and-coming stand-up comedians Iain is a regular face at some of the country’s most well-known venues and has been guest support to acts including Russell Kane and Rhod Gilbert on their national tours. He was nominated for a Chortle Award for Best Newcomer and has appeared in the stand-up spot on Russell Howard’s Good News (BBC3), as well as being a panelist on the last series of Sweat the Small Stuff (BBC3) and a featured comic for Yahoo!’s Fringe in Five special for the Edinburgh Festival in 2013. | www.iaindoesjokes.com
Ayrshire born Bodhran player Ewan comes from a family long involved in the folk scene, a renown percussionist known for his innovative approach to the Bodhran and Cajon. A prominent member of the award winning Paul Mckenna Band who have been touring across Europe, United States and Canada for the past five years. They have performed at festivals such as Milwakee Irish Festival in the United States and Edmonton Folk Festival in Canada. Alongside the Paul Mckenna band Ewan is also a sought after session musician performing in the multi-million pound US TV series Outlander, recording on albums such as the Outside Tracks most recent album Flash Company. He was part of this years 2014 BBC Hogmanay’s House Band playing alongside musicians Phil Cunningham, Ally Bain and John Mcusker. Ewan is a long time member of one of Scotland’s most in demand ceilidh bands the Jimjam Ceilidh Band.
Werd (SOS) / Drew Devine
Hip Hop Artist
Werd (SOS) also known as Drew Devine, is an hip hop artist signed to Sons of Scotland (S.O.S) record publishing based in Edinburgh, Scotland, UK. With fellow emcee and Edinburgh resident Deeko, Werd gained success in Scotland with their release S.O.S: Werd n Deeko vol.1, building an underground following for both artists. Werd reched a new audience with the release of The Scottish Rapper Mixtape in 2008. This mixtape attracted the ears of local promoters and artists, gaining exposure on a national scale.
Werd teamed up with fellow Edinburgh artist Wardie Burns to create the 26 track ‘Vagabonds’ mixtape. The follow up mini-album Vagabonds In Space and Zambian Astronaut further increased their presence in the UK Music scene. The album features arguably the most recognized Scottish hip hop artists, Madhat McGore, Adam Holmes and Glasgow’s Mog who featured on the debut award winning music video titled A Declaration.
Werd featured in BBC 1Xtra documentary Rap Britannia – The UK State Of Rhyme. In 2011 Werd won Urban Recording of the Year at the Scottish New Music Awards.
Marianne is from Spean Bridge in the Highlands of Scotland. She first got involved in music at the age of 10, taking fiddle lessons from the well-known left handed fiddler Aonghas Grant.
From there Marianne went on to study guitar and song at The National Centre of Excellence in Traditional Music in Plockton under the tutelage of Jack Evans (Easy Club), Mick West and Christine Kydd.
Now a graduate from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Marianne is a freelance musician and tutor currently based in Glasgow. Her music has taken her further afield such as performing at ‘Festival Interceltique de Lorient’ in France and also the ‘London 2012 Olympic Games’ in Olympic Park itself, with contemporary folk quintet CherryGrove, which she is the guitarist and lead vocalist. Marianne is also a member of the very busy Jim Jam Ceilidh Band.
Outside of the folk scene, Marianne plays with rock outfit Medals with JP Reid (Marmaduke Duke and Sucioperro) and is also one half of pop duo 100 Fables. | mariannefraser.co.uk
Kyle attended the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, having been accepted on audition day with the prestigious Jimmy Shand Scholarship. Whilst he was here he was offered the opportunity to perform with the Red Hot Chilli Pipers, postponing his studies to play with them full time.
Since August 2011 he has regularly played with The Red Hot Chilli Pipers, some of the highlights include; recording for Disney Pixar’s hit movie, Brave, touring Europe, America and China in 2013.
In April 2014 he recorded for Dreamworks Animations, How To Train Your Dragon 2. Two of Kyle’s most memorable performances have been playing pipes on the steps of The Casino de Monte Carlo to bring in the New Year and being the first band to ever play live in Grand Central Station, New York.
Guitar / Fiddle
A Graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Ron Jappy has always had a passion for performing and teaching music. From a young age he made the best any opportunity given to him and has been influenced by a range of fantastic musicians and tutors. Now a full time musician, Ron has performed for a number of high profile individuals including; Sir Sean Connery, Ursula Andress, Karen Gillan, Sir Patrick Stewart, Pippa Middleton & Ewan McGregor to name a few. He has gigged all over the UK as well as performing in America, Italy, Germany, Switzerland and Nigeria. Ron is a member of the Scott Wood Trio and Aonach Mòr. | www.ronjappy.com
Andy, originally from Aberdeen now lives in Newcastle upon Tyne. He is a full time musician, splitting his time between teaching classical violin and traditional fiddle and leads a very popular award winning ceilidh band and plays in several others. He also works with the charity Music in Hospitals throughout the UK.
After studying at the University of Edinburgh from 2001-2005 Marian moved to the Isle of Skye where she worked as a violin instructor for Highland Council and became heavily involved with Gaelic culture and playing west coast fiddle repertoire.
Since 2003 she have been involved in the Mendelssohn on Mull Festival which involves working on the island once a month to tutor local children in violin and musicianship skills.
Lorne is a three times finalist for the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the year, a nominee for 2012 Scots Trad Instrumentalist of the Year and was one of the first to qualify with the BA Scottish Music-Piping degree at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow. Lorne he was the featured soloist at the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Prom in the Albert Hall, lead piper in the Disney Pixar movie Brave, Dreamworks’ How to Train Your Dragon 2, red carpet performer at Brave’s European Premiere, Scottish representative for Disney’s It’s a Small World After All 50th Anniversary, composer for VisitScotland’s recent ad campaign and an onscreen performer in BBC Scotland’s Shetland crime drama. As well as performing with the Red Hot Chilli Pipers, he co-produced all six of their albums, including the UK Gold disc Bagrock to the Masses. He’s in constant demand to perform and record with the highest caliber of artists – ranging from a Children in Need single with BA Robertson to a Christmas ditty with the Susan Boyle,? and he will provide the pipes for the 2014 Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony. From Carradale, Mull of Kintyre, now in Glasgow. | www.lornemacdougall.com
Mhairi Mackinnon is one of Scotland’s most innovative fiddle players within the traditional and folk music scene. She has been heavily involved in the current music scene working with many different musical ventures. 2011 saw the formation of CherryGrove, an exhilarating 5 piece folk ensemble where Mhairi’s creative and virtuosic fiddling style is fused through out lively tune sets and soulful songs. Their notable performances to date have included 2012′s London Olympics and Festival Interceltique de Lorient, France 2013. As well as CherryGrove, Mhairi is also one third of The Scott Wood Trio. Having launched as a trio at the internationally acclaimed Piping Live! Festival in the summer of 2012, they have since engaged audiences all over Scotland at festivals such as Tiree Music Festival, The Scots Fiddle Festival and Speyfest. Their recent nomination for ‘Up and Coming Artist of the Year’ at the MG Alba Trad Awards has seen them as one of the most exciting new traditional acts in Scotland.
A recent graduate of the Scottish music course at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Grant McFarlane is a dynamic young accordionist who performs and teaches extensively around Scotland and further afield. His latest venture with folk ensemble, CherryGrove, has seen him supporting established bands such as Manran and Breabach and having performed at Olympic Park during the height of the games in 2012 and at Festival Interceltique in Lorient in 2013, they are quickly establishing themselves as one of Scotland’s most exciting new bands. With a passion for composing, one of Grant’s tunes won a competition to be the soundtrack for the Royal National Mod 2013. As a result, his ceilidh band, Scotia, who are widely sought after on the dance band scene, opened the Mod in his hometown of Paisley last year. He is also promoting traditional music on an international scale having been part of musical collaborations in France, Germany and the USA.
Hayley is a highly respected musician who has been fortunate enough to share the stage with virtuoso accordionist Phil Cunningham and singer/songwriter, Paolo Nutini.
From small intimate gigs to stadium concerts, Hayley’s experience is wide spread and diverse. Having graduated from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland with BA Honours in Bagpiping, Hayley has performed around the world with many professional musicians and bands. As well as being a solo performer, Hayley is currently competing with world famous grade one pipe band, Shotts and Dykehead. | www.mcinnesbagpiping.com
World renowned bodhrán player Martin O’Neill has taken the humble Irish frame drum to dizzying new heights, most recently touring with the legendary Stevie Wonder on his latest European Tour and working with musical luminaries such as Béla Fleck & The Flecktones. Over the past decade he has pushed the boundaries of bodhrán playing with his unique style and wizardry technique. Martin has recorded on more than 50 albums, made countless TV & Radio appearances around the world and maintains a busy touring schedule in the UK, Ireland, Europe and North America. | www.martinoneill.com
Craig who is also a freelance musician studied at the national specialist music school in Aberdeen and is now playing at 1st Diploma level. At the age of 15 years old, Craig recorded his first CD ‘Moving Forward’ at Castlesound Studios. The CD was Craig’s first business venture and was released in April 2009 and is being sold in many leading music stores. Since then Craig has recorded on three broadcasts for BBC Radio Scotland including the live Take the Floor Broadcast for Celtic Connections in February 2014. This recording resulted in Craig being nominated at the Scots Trad Music Awards for Scottish Dance Band of the Year. Craig is also a comfortable solo performer as demonstrated by winning the All Scotland Accordion Championship in 2010. As a freelance musician this has given Craig the opportunity to network around the globe, visiting places such as Milan at the European Accordion Festival, Paris and even as far as Uganda. Craig also represented the World Burns Federation to attend and perform at the official launch of the Royal Mint Burns Coin and the Royal Mail Burns Stamp Collection in London. During his visit he was invited to No. 10 Downing Street where he met The Prime Minister at the time, Gordon Brown and The Chancellor, Alistair Darling. The visit coincided with the inauguration of President Barrack Obama.
Originally a piper and fiddler, Ewan’s musical attentions were drawn to the guitar and song whilst studying at Sgoil Chiùil na Gàidhealtachd, based at Plockton High School. Regularly found playing with many of the UK’s top folk artists, his consummate stage craft combined with captivating and dynamic playing have singled him out from the crowd and resulted in him being awarded the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year award in 2008. Following a successful UK tour in 2009, Ewan’s debut album ‘Some Kind of Certainty’ (Greentrax) was released in Spring 2010. He is a member of Brebach, MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards Folk Band of the Year winner 2012.When not on the road or in the studio, Ewan works as a part-time fire fighter in his home village of Carrbridge. | Visit Website
Daniel Thorpe, BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2010, and honours graduate of the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama is in demand as both a performer and teacher. Having released his solo album “The Curiosity Shop” in 2011 he has toured throughout the UK, Europe and the USA. Daniel runs his own ceilidh band ‘Heuch’ and teaches throughout the central belt.
Marissa Waite is a traditional musician originally from Vancouver Island, Canada. Her career in music began at a young age with a band hailing from the west coast of Canada. She worked with them until the age of seventeen while they performed several tours around Canada, two European tours and recorded four albums. She moved to Glasgow in 2006 to study at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and after studying on flute with Claire Mann and bodhran with Martin O’Neill she graduated in 2009 with a BA in Scottish Music. Marissa is a sought after bodhran tutor and, as well as teaching private students, has worked with several organizations and schools across Scotland including Glasgow Fiddle Workshops and MusicWorks (RCS). She has also recorded and played extensively with many accomplished musicians and bands including Tyskie (Danny Kyle Award winners 2009), the Catriona Watt band (Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2007), the Kyle Warren band (Young Traditional Musician of the Year Finalist 2010), Tyde (BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award Finalists 2008), Boghall & Bathgate Pipe Band, and The Chickpeas.
Recent projects include Grumpy Old Women – 50 Shades of Beige ( national tour ), Joe Stilgoe: Songs On Film ( Edinburh, Assembly )The Only Way Is Downton (Trafalgar Studios, London & national tour), Eric and Little Ern (Vaudeville Theatre, London & national tour), Suggs: My Life Story (Garrick Theatre, London & national tour) and the musical comedy Harri Parris: The Big Day (Chapter, Cardiff).
Other credits include Grumpy Old Women: Chin Up Britain (Novello Theatre, London & national tour), the stage premiere of How To Lose Friends And Alienate People (with Jack Davenport at Soho Theatre and at The Arts Theatre with Toby Young ); Pete And Dud: Come Again ( Leicester Square Theatre, London ); Hardeep Singh Kohli’s Indian Takeaway ( national tour ), Boom ( BeMe Theatre, Munich );Touch by Bill Dare ( Pleasance, Edinburgh ); Chat Masala and The Nearly Naked Chef, both with Hardeep Singh Kohli ( both national tours ); The Lady of Burma ( Riverside Studios & National Tour ); an open air A Midsummer Night’s Dream ( Abney Park Cemetery, London ); and Got To Be Happy ( Bush Theatre, London ).
Owen worked with cult comedian Stewart Lee on two madcap comedy plays: Johnson & Boswell: Late But Live ( Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh & Scottish tour ) and the sequel, Elizabeth & Raleigh: Late But Live ( national tour & Bloomsbury Theatre, London ), both shows featuring the comedians Simon Munnery and Miles Jupp.
He has also been a recipient of the RSC Buzz Goodbody Director’s Award.
Owen is director on 5 shows at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2014
Alex is a Composer & Musical Director who specialises in creating live music for the stage.
This summer his music can be heard in the Shakepseare’s Globe touring production of Hamlet.
Other recent work includes: All’s Will that Ends Will (Bremer Shakespeare) Prometheus/Frogs (Cambridge Arts); Bicycle Boy (Oxford Playhouse); Angus Thongs and Even More Snogging (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Coronation of Poppea (King’s Head), The God of Soho (Shakespeare’s Globe.) Faith Healer (Bristol Old Vic); Agamemnon (Cambridge Arts Theatre); Hercules, Much Ado About Nothing (Chester Performs); Lulu (Gate/Headlong); The Comedy of Errors, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo & Juliet, Much Ado About Nothing (Shakespeare’s Globe); The Stefan Golaszewski Plays (Traverse/Bush Theatre); The Sweet Science of Bruising (National Theatre Studio); Crunch! (West End); Cloudcuckooland (UK Tour); Othello (Salisbury Playhouse); Richard III (Southwark Playhouse); Marine Parade (ETT/Brighton Festival); Annie Get Your Gun (Young Vic); Wig Out! (Royal Court); Eurobeat (West End/UK Tour); Certified Male (Assembly); Bridgetower (ETO/City of London Festival); Swallow Song (Oxford Playhouse). Alex has contributed music to 20 productions at the Edinburgh Fringe, where his work has twice been nominated for Total Theatre Awards; he has also fulfilled commissions for BBC Radio, Channel 4 and SkyArts.
Ailsa trained in Stage Management at Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Since leaving last year she has had a busy time, having done her first Panto in the Newport Riverfront Arts Centre. More recently she has been working as both ASM and DSM for the Watermill Theatre in Berkshire. She is excited to make both her Edinburgh and London debut with This is Ceilidh and Ready Steady Ceilidh.
Tim joined the family business PW Productions in 2008 after training internationally in London and Havana in Literature, Theatrical Direction & Music. From creative or curating roles with Punchdrunk, Shunt Lounge, and Standon Calling, he has also been a Creative Producer of multi-disciplinary and festival work for The Old Vic, IdeasTap, and Roundhouse. For PWP he has managed West End, UK touring and international touring shows as well as consulting on a number of established and upcoming projects. Tim founded the VAULT Festival in 2012 which returned in early 2014 for six weeks of live arts. He is the Creative Producer for Heritage Arts Company, which he founded in 2008, and which has worked with Ron Arad Associates, Ralph Applebaum Associates, Battersea Arts Centre, Bestival, Future Shorts, Secret Cinema, Sky Atlantic and Google.
Currently Willa is Assistant General Manager on The Woman in Black Fortune Theatre, (West End Production) and Production Coordinator for all of P.W Production’s forth coming shows.
As Production Coordinator, shows include: Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas, (The Vault 2014), The Woman in Black (Hong Kong & Singapore 2013 Tour), Private Ear and The Public Eye (2013 UK Tour), Spots Birthday Party (UK Tour 2013), The Woman in Black (2012/ 2013 UK Tour), An Inspector Calls (2011 UK Tour), The Woman In Black (2010 UK Tour).
Other shows include: The Vault Festival (2013),Broken Glass (The Vaudeville Theatre, West End 2011), The Railway Children (at Waterloo Station, 2009 & 2011), Sign Of The Times (The Duchess Theatre, West End 2009).
Jessica graduated from The University of Birmingham in 2011 with a BA hons degree in Drama and Theatre Studies, during which she interned at KW & NB working on children’s shows The Gruffalo (UK Tour) and Room On The Broom (UK Tour and Garrick Theatre). Jessica started her career working for Kenny Wax Ltd as a runner on Top Hat (UK Premier Tour) before working as a Theatre Assistant at the arts venue Farnham Maltings, assisting commissioning projects house and caravan.
She went on to work as Production Assistant for the RSC on Matilda The Musical (Cambridge Theatre) and M4 Entertainment Ltd on Science Museum Live (Science Museum) and Guinness World Records Live (Big Bang Fair and UK Tour), which led to joining Guinness World Records as the live events Project Coordinator. In July 2013 Jessica became part of the PW team as Production Coordinator working on a variety of West End, touring and festival productions.
After leaving Central School of Speech and Drama, Iain worked as production manager with the Royal Court and the National Theatre, then with PW Productions in 1993 with the West End transfer of An Inspector Calls, which he also took to Australia, Japan and Austria, plus numerous regional theatres. As well as his extensive work with PWP, he worked with Matthew Bourne, Thelma Holt, Out of Joint, Opera North, The Ballet Boyz, TOHO and Sphere Theatre Japan, as well as Stephen Daldry, Yukio Ninagawa, Sir Peter Hall, Sam Mendez and Phyllida Lloyd. Iain was General Manager for Jerry Springer – The Opera NT and West End, Bat Boy The Musical and Round the Horne Revisited before taking up post at Leicester Curve, as Executive Producer, where between 2007 and 2013 he was responsible for producing their in house productions and programming visiting work.
Eleanor Lloyd is an independent theatre producer and general manager. Current West End productions: Handbagged (Vaudeville Theatre); 1984 (Playhouse Theatre); Jeeves & Wooster (Associate Producer, Duke of York’s Theatre). West End productions include: Butley starring Dominic West (Duchess Theatre); Sweeny Todd (Associate Producer, Adelphi Theatre); Clybourne Park Associate Producer, Wyndham’s Theatre); Alex by Charles Peattie and Russell Taylor, directed by Phelim McDermott, with Robert Bathurst (Arts Theatre/International tour). Eleanor has worked for the Royal Court and Gate Theatres, Mark Rubinstein Ltd, Jenny Topper, Blue Box Entertainment and Hubbard Casting. Eleanor was awarded a Stage One Producer’s Bursary in 2005 and in 2009 she was a finalist in the British Council’s Young Performing Arts Entrepreneur Award. | www.elproductions.co.uk