With band members hailing from the four corners of Scotland, each bring their own musical style and influences from their homeground. Each member of the band is an alumni from the prestigeous Bachelor of Arts Degree with Honours in Applied Music at the University of Strathclyde and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland's Bachelor of Music in Tradition Music in Glasgow. Through years of playing together in various ensembles, Ali, Mairi Thérèse, Matt and Pablo have an unrivalled onstage chemistry and natural charisma together. In addition, their honed natural prowess makes Grouse Ceilidh Band one of the best modern ceilidh bands Scotland has to offer.
Mairi Thérèse Gilfedder
Matt is our drummer and he began honing his craft in his early teens after already playing piano and violin from age five. Studying drums with Gordon Wilson, drummer with Susan Boyle, "Strictly Come Dancing" and then the BBC Big Band drummer, Tom Gordon. Alongside his studies, Matt has played professional level gigs for years, sitting in the drum chair for theatre and musical shows, big bands, jazz combos, orchestral percussion gigs, and many wedding and function gigs. Matt has enjoyed playing in venues and festivals across the UK and Europe including the main stage at Rockness 2012 and Hamburg’s Celtic Festival in 2013. He has also played sessions for Scottish national television and BBC radio.
Pablo Lafuente is from Stirling and is Grouse Ceilidh Band’s Guitarist. Pablo studied at The National Centre for Excellence in Traditional Music in Scotland where he studied guitar and fiddle. Inspired by many different genres of music such as Folk, Traditional, Jazz and Swing Pablo has honed on these genres and skills to create a unique way of playing. Pablo has gigged extensively with many different line ups including fellow Plockton student, Charlie Grey. Pablo and Charlie were a part of Ali Turner's hugely successful show "In Safe Hands" at Perth Concert Hall. Pablo has been tutored by Innes Watson from "Treacherous Orchestra", Jack Evans from the "Easy Club" and Ian MacFarlane from “Blazin’ Fiddles”. Pablo has gigged with many well renowned names such as "The Outside Track", "Sketch", "Dante" and "Tiger Style". Pablo attended the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and is now a full-time musician based in Glasgow.
Ali is the piper in the band and comes from the East Coast of the Highlands. He is a multi-instrumentalist playing guitar and whistle alongside the Great Highland Bagpipe. With his musical career stretching over the last twelve years he has played all over the world with a number of different bands and ensembles. Highlights would include playing for the MIMO festival in Brazil, piping for the Princess Royal and touring Sweden. He has just finished a Masters of Design in Sound for the Moving Image at the Glasgow School of Art and has recently taken up the position of South Ayrshire Council's Piping Instructor and also the Piping Tutor post at Wellington School, Ayr.
Mairi Thérèse is our fiddler and is from South Uist. Her west coast style of playing is highly influenced by the Gaelic songs and piping tradition of the Western Isles. She has collaborated with Fred Morrison, Kathleen MacInnes, and Calum and Rory MacDonald of Runrig. In the autumn of 2012, Mairi Thérèse was the soloist for the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland's pre-professional chamber orchestra, "Camerata Scotland", and has also performed for a number of radio and television shows with BBC Alba and more recently she recorded the soundtrack to the BBC Alba documentary "An Dotair Mòr". She recently completed a Master's in Music from the University of Glasgow and wrote her thesis on the fiddle tradition of the west coast of Scotland. Mairi Thérèse is also a passionate fiddle teacher and tutors at the Village School of Music in East Kilbride.