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About us

Band members

Our standard line up is a three piece band consisting of fiddle, keyboard and full drum kit.  On request and subject to availability, a 2nd fiddle can be added for an additional fee.  Having experienced most venues across the north-east, we always tailor our PA system and instrument line up to suit the setting.

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Joe Hibbs

Fiddle | Caller | DJ

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 is a violin and viola teacher for Aberdeenshire Council and teaches in Ellon and Huntly.

 

As well as playing fiddle, Joe can also call the ceilidh dances and also does the bands' books, so it'll be him who is on the end of the emails!

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Gareth Black

Keyboard | Caller | DJ

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. 

 

Gareth plays a Nord Stage 3 Keyboard and can call any of the ceilidh dances.  He also selects suitable music during the breaks and optional DJ set, incorporating modern songs as well as the classic party tunes. 

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Matt Clark

Drum kit | Caller | DJ

Matt plays the drums in the band and holds a Bachelors of Music with First Class Honours from the University of Aberdeen as well as a Masters of Music (with Commendation) focussing on Composition. Having completed his PGDE in Secondary Music, Matt has accepted a role as a NQT Teacher of Music position with Dundee City Council and is looking forward to the year ahead.

 

In addition to being a drummer, Matt is also classically trained cellist and regularly performs on both instruments for local song writers, jazz quartets, musical theatre productions and various bands - recently supporting The Red Hot Chilli Pipers for their Aberdeen University 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 can also call any of our dances.

Stand in musicians...

Everybody who plays with Reel of Fortune Ceilidh Band are professional musicians,

who are dedicated to providing the best ceilidh experience.

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Jenna Main

Fiddle

Jenna received violin lessons from the North East of Scotland Music School prior to studying music at the University of Aberdeen leading the University Symphony Orchestra during her time there.

Since graduating, Jenna has taught violin/viola and piano and continues to work as a freelance musician with various bands, orchestras and ensembles across all genres; including previously touring the U.K. and Europe with an Australian folk rock band and appearing on stage with ‪Russell Watson‬ and ‪Susan Boyle‬!

Whilst continuing her career as a professional musician, Jenna works full time for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, as Regional Development Executive for Scotland.

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Sam Hay

Keyboard

Sam has been playing keys since the age of 6, and over the last 5 years he has been a member of and led various ceilidh bands in Aberdeen City.  Sam's musical interests extend beyond the traditional genre, and he is currently part time studying an Advanced Diploma in Jazz at St Andrews University.

Sam began studying Law at the University of Edinburgh in September 2018 and continues to play with his own band, and with us when required.

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Ian Christie

Drum kit | Keyboard 

Ian graduated from the University of Aberdeen in June 2018, majoring in percussion performance.  After graduating from the University of Aberdeen, Ian completed a Masters in Percussion Performance in Las Vegas before returning to Scotland in summer 2020.  He will continue to cover keyboard and drum kit when required.

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Tommy Boyle

Drum kit

Bio coming soon!

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