A new ceilidh band is born

The newly formed Arran Ceilidh Band.

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There will be a family ceilidh in Whiting Bay hall on Friday October 15, courtesy of the recently-formed Arran Ceilidh Band.

Introducing the band: On fiddles are Alice Maxwell and Rhodri Herapath. Alice played with the String Road Potholes ceilidh band for more than 10 years, playing for the Brodick summer ceilidhs as well as parties and weddings. She teaches violin and piano and is enthusiastic about bringing people together to play music.

Rhodri’s introduction to violin was with the Suzuki technique and he enjoys playing classical and folk music. He recently played in Mahler’s first symphony with the West of Scotland Schools Symphony Orchestra. He is a keen kayaker and is about to paddle to the Mull of Kintyre.


On keyboard we have Cerys, Rhodri’s sister. She also learns violin with Alice and has a lovely singing voice as well as playing the French horn and ukulele. She won the best musician award this year at Arran High School. She is presently besotted with her new black lab puppy Olive and wants to be a vet.

On bass, meet Sarah Ransley – aka Ranners – from Coventry. Fairly new to the island, she has a masters degree in popular music performance from Coventry University and has played session bass for various artists from acoustic folk to alt-soul-synth genres. She works for The Arran Team.

The sound-man and guitarist is well-known island thespian David Simpkin, who won the best actor award in the 2018 Arran Drama Festival. He can be seen around the island on his ‘works vehicle’, his trusty bicycle, on which he travels to his various gardening jobs. As a youth he played in a band called The Laughing Sundays and is also a talented song writer.

Cèilidh is a Gaelic word meaning a traditional Scottish or Irish social gathering. The word originally simply meant ‘a visit’. This ‘visit’ later extended to singing, dancing, story-telling and playing music. In keeping with this meaning, members of the audience are welcome to recite a poem, sing a song or play a tune.


So get your dancing feet on and come along and enjoy the fun at Whiting Bay hall.

The band is also available for private bookings including birthdays, weddings and parties.

The newly-formed Arran Ceilidh Band. NO_B41ceilidh01