Paula MacLean (Co-ordinator)
Paula has been running a private teaching practice for 22 years and was instrumental instructor at Tarbert Academy from 2004 – 2007. Since leaving Tarbert Academy she has focused on Tarbert Music Centre and now the newly formed Campbeltown Music Centre. Paula takes the ladies choir “The Kintyre Chorale” and plays in the band “Ceilidh’s Homet” with two of the tutors from the Centre.
Ryan McGlynn (Drums and Percussion)
Ryan has been performing since he was 12. He was the 1989 Winner of the Arthur Easson trophy. He has regularly featured on BBC Radio Scotland’s “Take the Floor” since 1990 on both accordion and drums. He has toured India, Germany, France and Belgium and has been teaching since 1995.
Jamie McLafferty (Electric, Acoustic and Bass Guitar)
Jamie has been playing bass guitar since 1980 and electric and acoustic guitar since 1990. He has played in various bands including Horizon and the Democrats. He supported Runrig in 1984 and has performed in the Renfrew Ferry. He plays everything from folk to heavy metal and has been teaching since 2000.
Fraser McGlynn (Accordion)
Fraser has been teaching accordion for over 20 years and has, during this time, seen three of his pupils pass, with distinction, their higher music exams on accordion. He has had a broadcasting Scottish dance band for the last 50 years and has done at least 150 broadcasts for Radio Scotland, Radio Forth and Radio Tay programmes to present. In 1962 and 1966 he was Scottish Accordion champion, competing under the auspices of the NAO (National Accordion Association). He has composed at least 300 tunes, lots of them in print. Bandwise, he has made numerous LPS, CDs and tapes over the years and has made a few TV appearances.
Archie McAllister (Fiddle)
Archie has been playing the fiddle in the West Coast and beyond for 26 years. He has played with Ross Kennedy as a successful duo and also with Alasdair MacCuish, Fergie MacDonald and Skipinnish to name but a few. He has made CDs with Ross and the Jura Ceilidh Band with Jerrry Holland (recorded in Cape Breton). He has released his first solo CD, “Fiddlers’ Rock”, with Skipinnish Records and has had many excellent reviews from the Living Tradition, the Scotsman and the Herald etc. At the moment he is playing with the Kinlock Ceilidh Band, which he is a founder member, with his brother Alex. They are very busy travelling up and down the West Coast. Recently, he has played at Celtic Connections as a guest artist with Blazin’ Fiddles on their 10th Anniversary and did a showcase with Skipinnish.
Lorne MacDougall (Pipes and Whistle)
Lorne was a finalist in the 2009 BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year. He currently plays and tours with Canterach and was a founder member of the Kintyre Schools Pipe Band. On leaving school, Lorne was one of the first to study for the BA Scottish Music – Piping degree at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. He is involved with musical arranging and occasionally performs with the Red Hot Chilli Pipers and is currently working on his first solo album to be released early in 2010.
Chas MacKenzie (Guitar)
Chas MacKenzie from Oban is a true virtuoso performer; his guitar work is fresh, dynamic, acoustic and breathtaking with dexterous, almost lyrical arrangements. He draws from numerous influences: jazz, classical, Americana, Pink Floyd.