Breabach (Scotland)


“The phenomenon that is Breabach hit the stage like a highland army advancing out of the mountain mist, their double header of twin bagpipes putting out a big ‘in your face’ sound high on energy and rhythm. Frighteningly young to be this accomplished, they then took us off the mountains and into the glens with a wonderfully melodic combination of fiddle, flute and whistle, before leaving us with a last stunning barrage of pipe-driven reels.” – Cheltenham Folk Festival Review

If you love bagpipes, (and honestly who doesn’t?), we have a kicking band for you.

The haunting strains of twin bagpipes have become a defining signature of Breabach, an energetic five-piece Scottish band that deliver a unique brand of contemporary folk music from a land steeped in rich tradition.

The band showcases the prodigious talents of Calum MacCrimmon  (pipes, whistles, bouzouki), Ewan  Robertson  (guitar, vocals),  James  Mackenzie (pipes, flute, whistles), Megan Henderson (fiddle, vocals, step dance), and James Lindsay (double bass). Ever since launching their career as winners of an Open Stage Award at Celtic Connections 2005, Breabach’s star has been on the rise.

Often described as the new faces of Scottish traditional music, their career has already seen them voted Best Group and Best Live Act at the Scots Trad Music Awards, as well as being nominated twice for Best Band at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. They’ve released four albums, and their fiery live show has earned them international recognition on the world and roots music scene as one of the UK’s most dynamic and influential bands. They have performed across  the globe: Australia, WOMAD New Zealand, Europe, Canada and South Korea, as well as at popular events like the theHebCelt Festival on home soil.

From piobaireachd to jigs, stomping waulking song to energetic hornpipe, ach – here’s a band to get your highland juices flowing.