MEET IT'S NO' REEL
TOM HARROLD | Keyboard / Caller / Manager
Born in Glasgow, Tom is a professional composer by trade, winning the BBC Proms Young Composer of the Year when he was just 16. Tom first started piano lessons aged 7, later studying at the Music School of Douglas Academy in Glasgow (where he first started It’s No’ Reel), and then onto undergraduate and Masters degrees at the Royal Northern College of Music. Tom is an exceptionally experienced caller: from parties of Scottish dancers, leading the Hogmanay Ceilidh at Glasgow's o2 Academy, calling for over 1000 foreign dancers at an open-air gig and everything else in-between, Tom’s done it all and guarantees to make the ceilidh as fun as possible for all ages. Tom is also a Guinness World Record holder!
GRAHAM MACKENZIE | Fiddle
Graham is from Inverness and began playing the violin at the age of six. He graduated from the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester and recently gained a Masters in Scottish Music at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
Traditional music has been one of Graham’s main interests from an young age. He was twice a finalist in the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award, as well as being a finalist in the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year, which was broadcast live on Radio Scotland and televised for BBC Alba. He has most recently performed with folk septet, The Old Dance School as part of their Scottish tour, The Undivided, a folk/jazz fusion project fronted by Mike McGoldrick and Neil Yates during Celtic Connections 2014 and with Phil Cunningham, Aly Bain and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra in the Royal Glasgow Concert Hall.
SCOTT HARROLD | Drums
Scott’s drumming career began aged 10 when he was given his first drumkit for Christmas. He initially studied drums and percussion with Lachlan Birch, and after performing with numerous bands and ensembles he continued his studies at Sir Paul McCartney's Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts. Scott has had masterclasses with Mark Ronson, Guy Chambers, Billy Ocean, Natasha Bedingfield and Sir Paul McCartney, to name but a few, and his world-renowned tutors have included Dave Hassell, Luke Flowers, and Peter Fairclough. Scott’s fusion of traditional ceilidh drumming with lots of funky moments is guaranteed to keep your guests on their feet the whole night.
PLAYERS WE PLAY WITH
GEORGE SMITH | Fiddle
George began learning to play the violin at the age of ten. He studied at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland with Bill Chandler and Ruth Crouch. During his studies George played in masterclasses with Midori, Christian Tetzlaff, Daniel Rowland, Ilya Gringolts, Barnabas Keleman and Katalin Kokas.
George has performed across the UK and further afield as a chamber musician, soloist and Scots fiddle player. Notable performances include a Vivaldi Concerto performance with Camerata Scotland at the Scottish Parliament, and James MacMillan's ‘From Ayrshire’ for Solo Violin and Orchestra under the baton of the composer. He regularly works with non-classical musicians, collaborating with artists including Poacher & Ghillie, Samoyed, Architeq. George freelances with Scottish orchestras including the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Paragon Ensemble.
George teaches at various institutions across Scotland and is regularly invited to give workshops and masterclasses on Scottish music.
RORY MATHESON | Keys
BBC Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2018 Finalist
CHARLIE STEWART | Fiddle
BBC Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2017 Winner
GORDON DUNCAN | Fiddle
Studied violin at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
[full biography coming soon...but trust us....he's really very very good!]
DAVID MUNN | Keys / Caller
Keyboardist and caller extraordinaire. A graduate at Glasgow University and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and currently works for Sistema Scotland. [full biog coming soon...you know the script....very very good!]
PETE MURCH | Drums / Caller
A graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland [full biog coming soon (yes, he's brilliant!)]
DAN THORPE | Fiddle / Caller
A graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Daniel Thorpe was the 2010 BBC Young Traditional Musician of the Year. He was born and brought up in the North East of Scotland and has been involved with music since a very young age
ROBBIE MACKENZIE | Fiddle / Caller
A graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and BBC Young Folk Musician of the Year finalist