Gary Innes is from Spean Bridge in the Highlands of Scotland, and has been playing music professionally since 2003. He released his first album “How’s the Craic” in 2005 under the Skipinnish label, and has since started his own record label PDP (Purple Dougal Production) with friend, and co-owner Ewan Robertson. The boys released their own album “Shouts” in April 2009 under PDP, which has since featured in many radio stations World wide, and on BBC Sport programme’s since it’s release. “Shout’s” was also BBC Radio nan Gaidheal’s album of the month in May 09.
Gary is also part of the acclaimed super group Box Club, which features four of Scotland’s finest young accordion players, withrhythm section of Double Bass, Guitar and Kit. The guys took out their debut album entitled “Box Club” in 2008 and have been widely in demand ever since..
Gary has been fortunate enough to travel the World since 2003, with some incredible tales, tours and travel. A couple of highlights would be performing for a World Peace concert in Amman, Jordan for the Royal Family, and his stints with Scottish Legend’s, Runrig. In 2007 Gary featured on the front cover of Runrig’s new album, “Everything you See” swinging his caman. The album went straight to No1 in the Scottish charts, and put Runrig back on the map as one of Scotland’s best loved bands.
Outside of music Gary is a Scottish Internationalist at Shinty, and plays for Camanachd Cup Champions Fort William. He is one of a very select few to hold every senior medal in Shinty, and captained his side to a famous victory over local rivals Kilmallie in 2005, where he scored Fort Williams second goal, and won the ‘Albert Smith’ man of the match award. When not playing in cup finals you may find him commentating live for the BBC on their televised games.
Gary is also a Fire Fighter with in the Highlands and Islands Fire & Rescue Service since 1999, and also a First Responder with the Scottish Ambulance Service. You could find yourself watching him at a gig, the next helping you out the ditch in the space of an hour. Gary also presents Road Safety seminars to young drivers throughout the Highlands and Islands, on the implications/dangers of Speeding and Road Safety for the Fire Service.
Ewen Henderson hails from the Scottish West Highland town of Fort William and has been naturally steeped in the traditional music and Gaelic culture of the area from an early age. Now in his twenties, Ewen started learning the fiddle at five years of age and since then has mastered an impressive array of instruments, having had the privilege of learning from many of the true masters of West Highland traditional music such as Aonghas Grant Snr. on fiddle and Angus MacColl on bagpipes, whilst also being influenced by his strong family musical heritage. Over the years, Ewen has been fortunate enough to play all over the world from Shanghai to the Isle of Skye with a host of top Scottish and global cross-genre bands including the world-renowned Battlefield Band, with whom he toured for several years.
Ross’ musical career began at age 10 after an impromptu ‘listening test’ in primary school resulted in 7 years of classical violin and piano lessons.
Although classical training had a crucial effect on his musical learning, it didn’t come with a ‘cool factor’ attached to it and as a result his hunger for learning the guitar took hold. However, there was a slight issue. Every 13 year old boy wants to play guitar when they start a band at high school; but who’s going to play bass?
Horrified by the prospect of ‘only 4 strings’ and root notes to play, he wasn’t keen to say the least, but thankfully a chance event occurred. The drummer in his first band decided it was time to show him the most important musical clip of his life; a video of John Entwistle from ‘The Who’ playing his infamous bass solo in their hit ‘My Generation’. Having just witnessed the ‘coolest’ thing he’d ever seen in rock, he started to beg his parents for a 4 string bass on a daily basis.
Despite being so fortunate to obtain a decent musical education from an early age, music had always been a major priority in Ross’ life thanks to his father David’s impressively eclectic taste in bands. Through David’s endless musical boot camps, Ross incorporated many styles into his own playing; everything from progressive rock, to Scandinavian nu-jazz, to 70’s P-funk.
Upon finishing high school and earning a place on Strathclyde University’s B.A. Applied Music course, Ross began to focus his efforts solely on bass guitar and audio production as endless projects of varying genre were beginning to pour in. The course also graced its students with an extensive network of musicians from all backgrounds, stretching from Classical to Folk.
Ross graduated from the B.A. Applied Music Course with Honours in 2005 specialising in bass guitar and recording and sound production. However, that was merely the beginning of his musical journey…
As of 2010 Ross has performed with many Scottish acts including ‘The Bluebells’, ‘Lou Hickey’, ‘Eoghan Colgan’, ‘Skerryvore’, ‘The Easy Orchestra’, ‘Federation of the Disco Pimp’, to name but a few. Through these projects he has supported the likes of ‘Martha Wainwright’, ‘Edwin Collins’, ‘The Cat
Empire’, ‘Nizlopi’ and ‘Imelda May’.
Ross also mixed Griogair Labhruidh and Doimnic Mac Giolla Bhride’ s album ‘ Guaillibh ‘a Chéile ‘ in 2010 and The Red Hot Chilli Pipers latest album 'Octane' in 2016.
‘How does he do it?’-Seán Laffey (Reviewing Cara’s Album, Long Distance Love), Irish Music Magazine, 2011
Ryan Murphy from Cork in the south of Ireland is one of the most talented young musicians to emerge on the vibrant Irish trad music scene in recent years. His main instrument is the uilleann pipes, but he also plays flute and saxophone. He has won an impressive total of seven All-Ireland and two Oireachtas titles on the pipes. Apart from playing with Mànran & Cara, he is also a founding member of the young Irish band and powerhouse that is ‘Éalú’. Ryan holds a Diploma in Traditional Irish Music Performance from the London College of Music and is currently in his final year of studying at the Irish World Academy of Music in Limerick, under Dr. Niall Keegan
Originally from Dundee, Mark began playing drums at the age of 13, playing in various school ensembles and bands such as orchestras, funk bands, big bands and a steel pans band. Mark progressed rapidly and won various awards at Dundee Schools Music Festivals while also performing outside of school in various other bands and projects. Accepted onto the BA Applied Music course at the University of Strathclyde in 2009, Mark really began to push himself and further his playing. Exposed to various styles of music on a daily basis Mark’s musical pallet grew immensely as he began performing in various bands and ensembles in Glasgow. This led him to perform in some of Scotland’s largest venues such as the Barrowlands Ballroom, O2 Academy, HMV Picture House, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall and King Tuts Wah Wah Hut as well as many others. Mark graduated with a 1st class honours degree from the BA Applied Music course while also receiving an Alexander Stone Award for excellence in his final recital. Shortly after graduating Mark found himself performing live on BBC Radio Scotland as a competitor in the BBC Young Scottish Jazz Musician of the Year 2013.
Craig Irving from Inverness began playing the guitar whilst living in Australia in 2009. He studied music at Lews Castle College, Benbecula in 2012 and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow from 2013 to 2016.
Craig won the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award, a Celtic Connections Danny Kyle Award and received a nomination for Up and Coming Artist of the Year at the Scots Trad Music Awards in 2015 with his project, Talisk. He has twice performed at the Royal Albert Hall in London and was a member of the Scots Trad Music Awards House Band in 2014 and 2015.