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Alan Hogg

Catriona MacAffer

Debbie Ross

Alan Hogg

Paul Dzialdowski

Mike Brown

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Debbie began playing the fiddle at the age of 9, and for a number of years was a member of the Highland based band 'Coinneach'.

In 2004, Debbie was coaxed out of early retirement to play a few 'fill in' gigs for Rhythmnreel, and 5 years later is still still there, as a permanent fixture!  

Along with Catriona, Debbie is responsible for putting together most of the Celtic rock arrangements the band play and record. She is also a respected fiddle tutor.

Catriona comes from a family of pipers and was taught by her father. In 2002, she graduated with a B.A. Hons in Scottish music from the R.S.A.M.D.   

Since then she has been fortunate enough to travel worldwide with her  pipes  and accordion.

Catriona has also been extremely successful in the solo piping scene, having won awards at prestigious competitions such as the Mod and the Cowal Games. She still competes at senior level  championships and is still winning awards and prizes.

“ We are one big, happy family!”   
Catriona MacAffer

Paul took up the fiddle aged 9 being taught by the late great Donald Riddell CBE of Clunes, Inverness-Shire.

He performed from an early age with many local music groups and through involvement with the Feis Rois movement as a participant, supervisor and tutor. He currently teaches with the 'Kiltearn Fiddler's' which has provided many an opportunity to perform and compete.

He joined Rhythm'n'Reel at the end of 2007 and has enjoyed many a memorable gig and road trip with the band from Caithness to Cologne and Gairloch to Gevelsburg.    

Mike is the third generation of a family of musicians; both his father and grandfather were professional musicians.  He played snare drum for Strathpeffer Pipe Band for eight years until his early twenties.

At the age of eighteen though, he had bought his first bass guitar to jam with ex-school friends who needed a bass player! Shortly after this, some jamming sessions and  low key gigs amongst half a dozen Mountain Rescue pals who were also musicians, 'Rhythmnreel' was formed in the mid 90's.

The idea was to blend some pipe/fiddle/guitar led Celtic rock with some more traditional music and a twist of rock along the way, with Stu and Mike still hanging in there as original members.  

"It is an honour and a pleasure to play to amazing crowds all over Scotland and regularly on the Continent, sharing the experience with a fantastic group of musician's and having great fun along the way. Rock 'agus' Roll!"  Mike Brown

Alan (or Hoggy as he is better known) started off his music career as a teenager barely out of school playing bass guitar and lead vocals in a number of local covers bands before the arrival of the eighties saw bands like Dexy's Midnight Runners giving Hoggy the inspiration to go out and learn the sax. Sax became his main instrument and led to him being invited to play and record with 'Leisure Research' before moving on onto play with North Soul Maestro's 'Scooty and the Skyhooks' since the mid 80's. Hoggy joined our line up in the mid 90's and as well as sax does some lead and backing vocals

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Andy Murray

Andy needs little by way of introduction from his time during the 90's touring the world, including recording two gold selling albums with Celtic Rock legends 'Wolfstone'. Andy's also an in demand session musician having worked with notorious musicians such as John Sinclair (ex keyboard with Ozzy Osbourne), Martin Smith (ex ELO) to most recently European touring and recording work with Danish based Celtic band 'Coast'. Andy also co wrote a song featured on the Smokey album "The World and elsewhere", released globally in 1997, and continues to write his own material and record in other projects.


Stuart Macdonald

Stuart Macdonald

At the age of nine Stuart wandered into guitar lessons at Saughton Parish Church Edinburgh. After two months, guitar tutor Brian McDowell convinced Stuart's father to buy him a guitar.

Many years later and much exposure to Val Doonican, Bert Weedon, Pete Townshend and Keith Richards, Stuart met up with Mike Brown and formed Rhythmnreel.

Still to this day Stuart can be seen biting himself, wondering how he ended up in such a fine family of musicians.

Sean Fleming

Sean has a BA Degree in music performance, he studied in Alness, Greenock and Perth, having been drumming live for over a decade and has a wealth of experience playing with different local acts such as Lional, Searching for Donkeys, Old Old Wooden Ship, Swamp Radio and Sons of Onan.  His background is mainly in heavy rock music but he enjoys playing other genres and styles

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Scott Murray

Scott started playing with Rhythmnreel in 2015.  He has many different influences including different styles and genres after studying music at UHI.  Scott has competed since an early age and currently plays in the Isle of Islay Pipe Band and has played in various other groups in the Highlands.  He also teaches young aspiring pipers and whistle players on a weekly basis'