Off Centre Ceilidh Band


Line Up

Isla Ferguson

Isla Ferguson (Fiddle)
An Edinburgh native, Isla started playing fiddle at the age of twelve. Her interest in the music and folklore of Scotland inspired her to study at the School of Scottish Studies, earning a masters degree in Scottish Ethnology. She is now working in a primary school, hoping to start teacher training in 2010. Amongst her favourite musicians she lists Lau, Karine Polwart, Imogen Heap, Anna Massie, Brandi Carlile and Romi Mayes. As well as playing with Off Centre, she performs with the Scottish Fiddle Orchestra, Absolutely Legless and is involved with the Edinburgh Youth Gaitherin. She is saving up to go and see the penguins in Antarctica.

Paul Murray

Paul Murray (Fiddle + caller)
Paul was taught fiddle from the age of 9 by Anna Dagg (now of the Whistlebinkies) and developed his playing throughout his teens as a member of Penicuik Folk Club. He`s now immersed in the Edinburgh and Scottish folk scene as a session player and a member of several ceilidh bands. Paul is committed to encouraging young people to get interested in Folk and Traditional music and is a major player in the Edinburgh Youth Gaitherin, the Edinburgh University Folk Society (Folksoc) and to Tinto Summer School for young folkies. Paul writes tunes and has folk music oozing from his pores. When he is not playing folk music, listening to the Rolling Stones or wearing really bad clothes (in fact, often while doing these things), Paul runs Chemical Connection - an initiative that aims to make Chemistry accessible. He also has research interests in Electrochemistry and EPR Spectroscopy.

Rachel Reay

Rachel Reay (Fiddle)
Originally from West Cumbria in the North of England, Rachel has been living in Edinburgh for around 3 and a half years. Coming from a family firmly rooted in the Cumbrian folk scene, she wanted to be a fiddle player from a very young age and so her Dad (himself a respected ceilidh musician and caller) bought her her first violin when she was 6. Initially given classical lessons, Rachel has focussed solely on traditional playing since the age of 15. Much of what she knows can be attributed to workshops and events run by Folkworks, as well as time spent in the Edinburgh University Folk Society, of which she is currently president. She plays in a predominantly Scottish style but with some English, Irish and Northumbrian influences and counts Martin Hayes, Anna Massie, Kathryn Tickell and Alasdair Fraser among her musical heroes. Involved in her Dadís ceilidh bands since first being given a tambourine, and in her own right since the age of about 11, playing for dancing is something Rachel has grown up with!

Alasdair Slessor

Alasdair Slessor (Keyboard)
Born and bred in Edinburgh, Alasdair began to learn classical music aged 5, starting with the piano and picking up the `cello at 8 as well. Several years later he went to his first Easter Edinburgh Youth Gaitherin, sparking his interest in traditional Scottish music and with which he has been involved ever since. Through his teens he attended various courses and classes around Scotland and over the border, including the Tinto Summer School where he began to learn Scottish piano style from Brian MacAlpine, Sabhal MÚr Ostaig short courses where he learned from Andy Thorburn, and Folkworks in Durham where he was taught by Harris Playfair. In his final year of school he attended the RSAMD Junior Academy; jointly studying classical composition, and Scottish piano under James Ross. He is currently taking a gap from studying Electronics & Computer Science at the University of Edinburgh (being involved also with the Folk Society there). As well as enjoying any sort of music under the sun, he likes skiing, hillwalking, anything with the word 'computer' in it & packing his tiny VW Polo full of PA for gigs...

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