A MUST SEE! Not just another Scottish Pipes & Drums band! Albannach’s primal drumming and precise piping stirs the soul of anyone who hears them- young and old! These folks ARE Highlanders! Scottish Warriors to the Core!
With 5 CDs, 1 Documentary (Scotumentary), Multiple Fan Tours to Scotland, Canada and the open sea; the Nach Army is 43k and growing!
These Celtic Rock Stars are as charismatic off stage as they are on. Being charming, intelligent, funny AND Scottish make all the right ingredients for a great interview. Radio, TV, Print they are comfortable with it all!
Meet The Band
Jamesie is the bass drummer with the band and is also responsible for some of the bands vocal works.
Born in Glasgow in 1973, he was raised there and left school at an early age to become an apprentice motor mechanic.
After serving his time as a mechanic, he moved on to other forms of employment one of which was doing some film work for various UK film production companies and the discovery channel.
Jamesie’s musical influences are mostly rock and roll, with bands like AC/DC, Mötley Crüe, Metallica and Pink Floyd being some of his favourites. He is also very fond of classical music and enjoys the works of Bach and Yanni.
Favourite Colour: White
Favourite Drink: Ice-cold Ginger Ale or Scottish Blend tea
In my spare time I like to… : Climb hills and ride classic motorbikes
If i was the town Mayor, I would…: Declare a town wide day off once a month – Steve McQueen Day – where people dress like Steve, drive like Steve and sit about watching his movies…Viva La McQueen!
Donnie is our world-renowned bag piper, we (lovingly) call him bullfrog, if you ever see him play you’ll understand why. He is extremely talented on other instruments too – a wicked drummer, and also plays piano and guitar.
Having played the pipes in many competitions and town halls throughout Scotland, he felt it was time to leave the traditional piping to the traditionalists and branch off into something more unique!
When Donnie’s not touring, you will find him up the Islands on the northwest coast where he likes to do some composing, and also pursue liquid entertainment, but not necessarily in that order. Donnie can also be found relaxing at home watching the football, and of course being a dad.
Favourite Colour: Green and white (hoops, of course !)
Favourite Drink: Arnold Palmer
In my spare time I like to… : Watch the footie !
If i was the town Mayor, I would…:Make having a Friday night ceilidh compulsory!
Jacquie is the bass rhythm drummer in the band and is known for her haunting vocal skills.
Born in Paisley and brought up just outside Glasgow, from an early age she enjoyed horse riding and archery and later developed a passion for motorcycles and all things Scottish.
Initially trained in stage management and film technology, she eventually joined a Scottish Re-enactment organisation through which she met most of her current band mates.
She is a true “home girl” and when she’s not touring, loves nothing more than spending time with her family and friends.
Favourite Colour: Red
Favourite Drink: A good cup of tea!
In my spare time I like to… : Spend quality time with family and friends
If i was the town Mayor, I would…: Improve jobs, education, emergency services and build an awesome Ceilidh club!
Colin has been a musician since he was just 8 years old, when he started out playing the snare drum in the Neilston & District Pipe Band, where he took part in various gigs and competitions throughout Scotland and Europe.
His talents are not limited to the snare drum however, in addition Colin plays many other instruments including; drum kit, percussion, Bodhran, bass guitar, electric and acoustic guitars, to name but a few – he has played various instruments in a few different bands over the years – but his passion lies with the drums !
When he is not playing music, Colin goes swimming and enjoys a spot of fishing now and again, he also has a passion for motorbikes.
Favourite Colour: Blue (Saltire!)
Favourite Drink: A good IPA, the kind that puts hair on your arse and fur on your tongue. Aye!
In my spare time I like to… : Go out on the bike, fishing, and watching live music.
If i was the town Mayor, I would…:Run it like barter town in ‘Mad Max 3: Beyond Thunderdome’ “WHO RUN BARTER TOWN!”
Raised in Philadelphia, DidgeriDrew, or as we like to call him “Token”, is the only American born Scotsman of the band. Despite his geographic location, as a child, he was surrounded by Scottish music and Scottish heritage.
As a young man backpacking in Colorado, he bought his first didgeridoo. While walking back to his hostel, he heard the familiar sound of bag pipes and followed them – like any good Scotsman would.
Taking his rhythm on the road with us, as a guest performer, DidgeriDrew’s tribal sound worked out so well we decided to make him our first “Token” American band mate.
When DidgeriDrew is not playing music he can be found building his custom made didges, farming and at home relaxing with his kittens.
Favourite Colour: Burple
Favourite Drink: Moo juice
In my spare time I like to… : Go gold mining
If i was the town Mayor, I would…: make everyone do the Lambada!
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Gut grabbing from the go. No time for thought. No time but to get caught up in the beat, the intensity, the passion. Where are the fiddles and guitars ? Penny whistles and the mandolins ? Who cares ? This isn’t your grandfather’s Celtic beat !
The crowds swell and sway, leaps into the air, shouts approval, many transfixed and are taken centuries back and are a part of some long ago battle, in some far away Scottish Glen. As the drums are beat, the pipes are screaming, the feet crash on the stage, all of Albannach is moving faster and faster, arms flying, sweat pouring and the blood in the audience’ veins races.
Albannach is absolutely intoxicating!
Albannach makes my job incredibly exciting. And when they are with us – we know our event will be talked about positively and Albannach makes it a triumph !Bill Reid, East of the Hebrides Entertainments
Within seconds of their set starting it was obvious that we had made the right choice in asking Albannach to close the show and I would recommend booking them without hesitation.
The band were not only extremely popular with our crowd, they were extremely professional and helpful in the weeks leading up to our show and were described as a “pleasure to work with” by all members of our event’s technical team.Gerry Reynolds, Highland Council, Inverness Hogmanay Party -
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