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Our Line Up
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!”
Paul took up the fiddle aged 9 being taught by the late great Donald Riddell CBE of Clunes, Inverness-
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.
Born in Glasgow, Donnie hailed from a musical Island family from Harris and The Isle of Skye. Donnie's Grandfather was a piper in the Cameron Highlanders in WW1 and his father was accomplished in both the pipes and the fiddle.
His Uncle Archie Mackillop was an accordionist with the Fergie Macdonald Band. It was no surprise therefore that Donnie's first instrument was the pipes and as a pupil of the great John Burgess, he competed as a youth. After converting to drums Donnie played with various bands before joining Duncan Macgillivary (Battlefield Band) and Ian Macbeath (Black Donald Ceilidh Band) in "Ben Wyvis & The Last Resort".
Playing at home and abroad gave the opportunity to play with quality musicians who include Phil Cunningham, Malcolm Jones & Duncan Chisolm. At this time in the 80s, Donnie along with his father and uncle also played in hogmanay broadcasts for radio Scotland, and with Gaelic legend Callum Kennedy, as well as recording their Island style of "Ceilidh Music".
Donnie joined rhythmnreel in 2007 and after the initial shock of playing with the "Bad Boys" of Celtic Rock and playing at a 30,000 crowd festival in Holland, Donnie soon realised he was playing with a group of musicians that were as much friends as colleagues. Their mix of Celtic and rock music was both a challenge and a pleasure to adjust to. The different influences that the band members bring to the table are a real challenge but a satisfying result is always achieved
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-
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
Conall joined Rhythmnreel in 2012 after a period of residence at The National Centre of Excellence in Traditional Music at Plockton where he learnt pipes and whistle. When he's not on the road gigging he can usually be found playing shinty.
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
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.
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.