The Glencraig Scottish Dance Band

The Glencraig Scottish Dance Band was formed in 1983 when Nicol McLaren was asked if he could put together a band for a church social.  Two good friends – Dave Bell on drums and Lorna Webster on accordion – joined him for what was a tremendous evening of music and dance, and the band was suddenly in demand.

Since then, the Glencraig Band has grown to be one of the most successful, popular and widely travelled bands on the scene, playing for all types of dance, weddings and concerts both at home in Scotland, and abroad – as far afield as Australia, New Zealand, Bahrain, Kazakhstan and Martinique.

Their first recording was in 1989 for a charity, The Dick Webster Cancer Fund, a project helping to finance a day care ward for sufferers at Ninewells Hospital, Dundee. In 1990 the band recorded their first broadcast for BBC Radio Scotland’s Take the Floor. To date, the band have released 12 CDs and have recorded over 20 radio broadcasts and two TV series.

Orkney Folk Festival audiences can look forward to seeing Nicol McLaren on accordion, Isobelle Hodgson on piano, Alex Hodgson on guitar/vocals, Mary Rutherford on fiddle, and Robert Simpson on drums.