A Scottish contemporary electric fiddler, composer and folk dance musician [ceilidh dancing] and dance caller, with the Wild Geese Ceilidh Band www.wildgeese.biz which was formed in Leith in 1996.
Will call the Scottish dances. (20 + ceilidh dances for all levels, fun dances for beginners to the more advanced)
Also a contemporary electric violin player playing accompaniment in Blues, R&B, Rock, Jazz and Trance.
Can play session work and improvise in almost any contemporary idiom.
e.g. recent session work – country fiddle with Blues Band ‘Safehouse’ – on the Jimmy Brown Blues tribute album ‘Mr Crow’ with Nobby Clarke and John Bruce, Edinburgh, Scotland, on a track called ‘Another missing person’ released jan 2014 and in 2016 and with Edinburgh Blues band ‘Broken Windows’
My music is demo’d at www.reverbnation.com/scottishandrew
For BOOKINGS etc landline UK 01333 428921 or any contact email on these sites
here’s me in verse !
THE SCOTTISH ANDREWVERSE
Ceilidh musician and man of dance
Investigator of paranormal circumstance
Composer of art and pictures and tunes
And researcher of old Scottish stones and runes
Cosmic conundrums and landing on the Moon …
borrowed Rick Parfait’s [Status Quo] digital tuner number 2 playing support with ‘the Fife’ in Holland @ Lichtenfoorden 1999
The story of my musical journey is a bit like a colourful tartan
I started out in the Scottish Fiddle orchestras 1969, Edinburgh Highland Reels and Strathspey Society, then Folk bands 1979, e.g. Saltire, Unicorn, Hopscotch ceilidh band, to Vienna with Peat Water Still, then Produced and wrote theatre shows for the Edinburgh International Festival Fringe 1984-1990 with the Solan Theatre Company, then folk, blues and covers 1996 with the Wild Geese and Cauther Fair, folk rock 1999-2000 with The Fife, recorded with acoustic folk band Jacouse and from 2000, trance with Shamalan and Scottish ceilidh with North Star Ceilidh band and then with the Wild Geese – which is where I am today.
I am a featured composer with Skyrocket records.
I have played as a session musician in various line-ups; e.g. ceilidh with Bon Accord, Annasach, Norloch and Seattle function band, Corporate gigs with Celtic Horizon folk trio, Shameless blues and rock band, touring Europe with various folk line-ups.
In 2012, the ScottishSoundscapes Tour with ScottishAndrew improvising on the digital canvas of the vibrant sounds of life in Scotland with my Starfish 6 string electric violin, whistle and bodhran. Toured the western isles of Scotland and have also taken this set around small venues in Fife in Scotland.
In 2016, I form the Charles Hennessey Duo with the harpist Sarai Robin Charles to play a mixture of folk, world, spiritual, traditional and contemporary/original music.
My other interests :
are in digital art and photography www.ScottishbyDesign.Biz and in 2007 re-invented tartan as www.Startan.biz – an asymmetric revolution for the 21st Century.
I am also known as a Ufologist and Paranormal researcher having appeared in various radio, TV and publications (and a Who’s Who in Ufology in 2008 by Lafayette) and I specialise in Scottish folklore and contemporary Ufo accounts from Scotland, bringing to light with footage and reports, the Ufo hotspot at Gorebridge, 15 miles south of Edinburgh the Scottish capital.
my book on Ufos and the Paranormal in 2015 – is on sale at Amazon and is called ‘Alien Encounters and the Paranormal – the Scottish Experience’ see www.stargateedinburgh.net