Brechin Band is a four-piece outfit with an unforgettable
stage performance. From the electrifying high speed reels
to the occasional traditional Gaelic airs, the sound created
is fresh, innovative and vibrant, at times soul-touching and
tender, but always with an underlying power and confidence.
Sandy is just as well known for his on-stage humour, which
has been known to have audiences in tears, one way or another.
His fellow band members present an impressive CV: Jim Walker
on drums, Gregor Borland on bass guitar, and Colin MacFarlane
on electric guitar and lapsteel.
Sandy Brechin Band has toured Italy and Ireland; played two
concerts at Celtic Connections 1997 at The Glasgow Royal Concert
Hall, with The Sean Keane Band and The Carlos Nunez Band;
performed at Edinburgh International Festival, Edinburgh Folk
Festival and many other Scottish Folk Festivals, along with
numerous TV and radio shows including BBC Radio Scotland's
Hogmanay Show and the official "Edinburgh's Hogmanay"
"King of Country", Colin is from the Isle of Coll
and is a man very much in demand in
the music scene. Previous bands include The Liberties, The
Felsons, Rab Noakes and The Varaflames. Colin also appeared
on BBC 1’s Hogmanay Show 1997 in The James Taylor Band.
Originally from Inverness, Gregor grew up steeped in the Scottish
tradition, and was one of the lucky few fiddle pupils of Hector
McAndrew. Greg has toured extensively since 1997 with Kathryn
Tickell, Davy Steele's 'Caledon' and Burach, and is a qualified
piano tuner with his own tuning business in Edinburgh. Greg
is also an established fiddle teacher.
From Saskatchewan, Canada, Jim came to Scotland to play in
pipe bands like his father. Jim's broad range of drum skills
covers everything from pipe band to rock, folk and jazz, and
he has a huge reputation as a teacher. He was also drummer
with Seelyhoo and Ceolbeg.