HUGH MACDIARMID’S HAIRCUT
Led by legendary piper, Gary West, presenter of BBC Radio Scotland’s weekly piping programme, ‘Pipeline’, Hugh MacDiarmid’s Haircut were the first ceilidh band to combine bagpipe melodies with modern backing instruments. The band have been gigging for over 25 years since forming at Edinburgh University. Since then, they have played all over the UK and abroad, with several television appearances, and still perform every year on The Mound Stage at the massive Edinburgh’s Hogmanay street party.
Gary West and Colin Matheson played together for many years with well-known Scottish folk band, Ceolbeg. Marcos Watt was leading drummer with City of Edinburgh Pipe Band for many years and has now returned to his original band, The Vale of Atholl Pipe Band. Stan Wilson is a well respected bass player in the Edinburgh scene.
Audiences around the world have enjoyed dancing to the unique, uplifting, driving sounds of one of the best ceilidh bands in Scotland.
The Haircut’s, as they are affectionately known, have after over 25 years of gigging, finally recorded their first, well-overdue album. Audiences all over the world have enjoyed dancing to the unique, uplifting, driving sounds of one of the best ceilidh bands in Scotland. Now you too can appreciate in the privacy of your own home your very own Airs From Your Elbow!
“Not your regular ceilidh band …. expect the unexpected! Bagpipes, whistles, guitars, bass, keyboards and percussion combine to make some of the most powerful pumping dance sounds around” - Scottish Music News
“Tunes for dancing by an extraordinary ceilidh band…The atmosphere is great, it rolls smoothly, impossible to resist!…You do not have the time to breathe!” – Le Canard Folk