Reel of Fortune

  Ceilidh Band

About the band...

Gareth Black

In the summer of 2017, Gareth graduated from the University of Aberdeen with a Bachelor of Music Degree with Education. He began playing piano at the age of 10 and it was always his ambition to be a secondary school music teacher. Currently teaching music in an Angus secondary school, he also teaches piano privately and enjoys performing in the band. Although he is classically trained, his vast knowledge of music allows the band to offer a modern twist to the traditional tunes. The piano is his first study instrument, but he can also play the Clarinet and recently took to the accordion. 

In the band, Gareth plays a Casio CDP120 and a Casio WK7600 digital piano in addition to calling the ceilidh dances.  He also selects suitable music during the breaks and optional DJ set, incorporating the modern songs as well as the known classic party tunes.  

Joe Hibbs

In June 2016, Joe graduated from the University of Aberdeen with an upper second class BMus (Hons) degree where he specialised in performance, composition and researching the role of fiddle music in Scotland's history.  In addition to an extensive knowledge of classical repertoire for violin, he has a diverse knowledge of the historical and technical styles of Scottish fiddle music. 

Joe plays at many solo functions throughout the year, from weddings to University graduation ceremonies, and uses a DPA4099 condenser microphone to amplify his fiddle.  He is now pursuing a career in teaching violin and viola to primary and secondary aged children.  

Matt Clark

Matt plays the drums in the band and passed his Grade 8 in with merit in Winter 2013. Matt holds a first class honours degree in Music from the University of Aberdeen and is currently working towards his Masters in Musicology.

In addition to being a classically trained cellist, Matt regularly plays for local song writers, jazz quartets and musical theatre productions and various bands - recently supporting The Red Hot Chili Pipers for their Aberdeen Freshers Week headline performance! 

Through this involvement, Matt is able to bring a variety of styles to the ceilidh band and fuses a traditional drumming style with some modern twists! A keen ceilidh dancer, Matt also assists Gareth and Jack in calling our dances. 

Jack Christie

Jack holds a Bachelor of Music and is currently doing a Masters at the University of Aberdeen. He is an active member in the music department playing in various orchestras and societies, but also in other groups in and around Aberdeen. 

Albeit classically trained like the rest of the band, Jack has a strong passion and knowledge of Irish and Scottish traditional music and has played in sessions and Strathspey and Reel societies in the Tayside region throughout his school years. Jack plays both fiddle and acoustic guitar in the band but also helps in dance calling throughout the evening.