T h e B a n d
Annasach have had many musicians work with us over the years. The current line up is -
Andrew Elders - piano
Andy has played with Annasach for more than ten years and especially enjoys providing the jazz influenced style of piano playing to support the band's rhythmical dance tunes.
Andy (who is also known as Meej) has fiery red hair, is 26 years old and comes from Edinburgh. He enjoys travelling and recently spent several months playing with the "Heel 'n' Toe" bush ceilidh band in Perth, Australia.
Andy is also a versatile exponent of the pipe organ and spends his spare time indulging in dangerous water sports and being untruthful about his age.
Colin Wilson - bass & bodhran
Colin is from Leith and has been playing double bass, bass guitar and bodhran with Annasach since 1993. After studying Music at Napier University and several "office jobs", Colin is currently working as a Computer Analyst for a large financial services company in Glasgow city centre.
He also enjoys livening up folk sessions, playing jazz, classical and for musical theatre productions throughout Scotland.
Colin has also been landed with the job of the band sound engineer, which also means that all the PA equipment stays with him!
Emma Donald - fiddle
From the Highlands of Scotland, Emma has been playing the violin since the age of 8. Growing up, she enjoyed learning both classical and traditional Scottish music, and has strived to keep both passions running simultaneously. She has a first class honours degree in music from the University of Edinburgh, where she was leader of the three main student orchestras. This has given her the opportunity to work with inspiring conductors including Will Conway, Chris George and Russell Cowieson. Since graduating, she performs regularly with orchestras such as Mahler Players and Amicus Orchestra. Emma is a founding member of Fyrish String Quartet, the Hans Gal Trio, and the neo-trad fiddle and clarsach duo, Turadh. She has worked with Scottish Ballet, and with up and coming opera group, Magnetic Opera, where she was the soloist for their production of Menotti’s The Medium in London.
Emma is a full time musician based in Edinburgh. She has built up a portfolio career that includes community music work, individual and ensemble teaching, and solo and group performance.
Tricia Wilson - dance caller & vocals
Tricia is a popular and much sought after dance caller and has now been a full-time member of the band for years.
To her credit she was choreographer for the wedding dance in "The Debt-collector" with Billy Connolly, Francesca Anis and for Glasgow Band "Sons and Daughters" single "Dance In Me" and previously attempted to keep a lively Ainslie Harriet on the right foot on "Good Morning". Tricia says her real claim to fame was when she received a phone call from Francesca whilst shopping!
She also runs a successful dance class every week in Glasgow at St Andrew's In The Square. Her experience and bubbly personality is sure to liven up any occasion.
Tricia's other passion is for singing and has the hope of recording an album of Scottish and Irish Ballads some time soon!
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