A new Haddington traditional music group – Hoolachan – will make its debut at the Haddington Pipe Band family ceilidh on Friday 29 May at the Corn Exchange ahead of performing in France in July.
The seven youngsters in the band are all members of Haddington Pipe Band, and will be performing traditional music “with a twist”. Among the instruments featured in the band are guitar, keyboards, pipes, and drum kit. “The traditional music scene in Scotland, as we’ve seen here in Haddington at the Trad on the Tyne festivals and other events, is really dynamic and innovative,” said band member Fraser Wilkinson, who is also the pipe major of Haddington Pipe Band, “and we hope that our group is a positive local response to the fantastic music that is being played throughout the country now.
“Our main objective was to put together a group to play while the pipe band is in Aubigny at the Franco-Ecossais festival in July, so the ceilidh performance will be a great opportunity for us to perform here in Haddington before we head to France.”
In addition to Fraser on pipes, the band includes Euan Naysmith (guitar), Gavin McDougall (drum kit), Caitlin Bruce (keyboard), Bethany Whittaker (bass guitar), Calum Wilkinson (side drum) and Ben Muir (pipes). The name Hoolachan comes from an old Scottish word for a reel.
“The main music for the ceilidh will be performed by Clappy Doo, who are great favourites with local audiences, and Hoolachan will be playing a short set during the evening,” said Fraser Wilkinson. “We’re sure the ceilidh will be a great night, and everyone is very welcome. Following this, like Haddington Pipe Band itself, we’ll be getting ourselves set to play in Aubigny.”Tickets for the annual family ceilidh – priced £10 (£8 for concessions) - are available from Joe Forte Sports, High Street, Haddington, or from pipe band committee members. This year’s event is not only ‘bring your own food’ but also ‘bring your own drink’.
(Photo: Nick Callaghan)