LAURIE CRUMP

LAURIE CRUMP – fiddle, high whistle
Laurie, brought up near Moniaive in south-west Scotland, discovered the joys of folk music early on. Later he got into classical music, and played the recorder way beyond primary school. But his first love kept its allure, and he was thrilled to be able to join PCB as fiddler, switching now and again to high whistle to add a little extra sparkle to the band's sound. By day, Laurie is a lecturer in music at Edinburgh College.


SANDY BRECHIN

SANDY BRECHIN – accordion
Sandy, from Kirkliston, West Lothian, is one of Scotland’s favourite accordionists. His playing in ceilidh and folk bands such as The Sensational Jimi Shandrix Experience, Bùrach and Seelyhoo has been enjoyed by audiences all over the world, and he’s also a renowned composer and teacher. He first played with PCB almost 30 years ago; we’re thrilled to welcome him back as a permanent member of the group!

SANDY BRECHIN


MICHAEL HULSE

MICHAEL HULSE – acoustic guitar
Michael, the baby of the band, hails from Currie in Edinburgh. He taught himself the guitar through learning hundreds of pop songs by ear before realising the fun that could be had playing for ceilidhs. He studied physics and sound engineering before turning to music full time. Michael also plays harmonica and violin, and is a composer.


ROBERT ‘GOOGS’ WILLIAMSON

ROBERT ‘GOOGS’ WILLIAMSON – bass guitar
Robert, a Shetlander also known as Googs, joined the band in early 1989 shortly after moving to Edinburgh from Yell. He’s also an actor working in television, film and on stage. See him in action here!

ROBERT ‘GOOGS’ WILLIAMSON


CATH COUTTS

CATH COUTTS – caller
Cath, born and bred in Edinburgh, has taught all manner of dance disciplines – ballet and jazz as well as various kinds of Scottish dancing – and has performed as a dancer as far afield as Australia, Peru and South Korea as well as throughout Europe. She combines an extensive knowledge of ceilidh dances old and new with an easy, unfussy teaching style.


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