The band was founded in 2016 after a discussion between Steven Wilson and Rachel McBride. In later months we then welcomed both John Blair as our caller and finally Jim Cuthbertson as our Drummer.
We completed our initial concert/dance in September 2016 as a two piece band playing at a Barn Dance which was a great success, as was our first Ceilidh which took place at the Bushmills Distillery in December 2016 this time accompanied by John Blair as our Caller.
The band has now played at many events including street performances, stage performances, ceilidhs, mood music at drinks receptions, birthday parties and corporate events and we are now taking bookings for weddings.
With the final member, Jim Cuthbertson now in place we look forward to many fun and interesting gigs doing what we do best - Entertaining.
Steven Wilson - Accordionist (and a little fiddle)
My path into music started at age 9 when I began music lessons for Piano.
I had achieved several grades in the piano but in 1988 I had the opportunity to try a piano keyed accordion during a visit to Hugh Wilkinsons accordion shop in Cullybackey.
The accordion quickly became my Primary Instrument and I was soon enlisted into the Killycoogan Accordion Orchestra.
I competed both individually and as a member of the Orchestra at Regional and United Kingdom Championships between 1989 and 1993 during which time the Killycoogan Accordion Orchestra won 4 out of 5 art level trophies.
Having taken a break due to work commitment and to raise my family, it was in 2014 during a chance visit to Dunluce Castle that I met Dick Glasgow, a local talented Musician who was playing there at the time and after a brief conversation I was invited back to a local session in Ballymoney. We soon became friends and my musical interest was re-ignited. I still attend the sessions now held in the Diamond Bar in Ballymoney and perform with Dick Glasgows Band - "Scad the Beggars"
Rachel McBride - Violin / Vocals
An old family violin in the attic was my introduction to playing a musical instrument at the age of 10.
A very kind primary school headmaster/teacher helped me get it in order, and introduced me to a traditional group class in Ballymoney Music Centre, taken by the very talented Tommy McGouldrick.
Sadly as many young folk do, I lost interest after about a year, but never forgot what I'd been taught!
It was as an adult that I took a renewed interest in playing, and with the help and encouragement of my elder sister, Annie Sharkey (a very talented classical singer and teacher) I began a new journey, doing my Trinity London college Violin grade exams.I also began playing at small events which is where I got the "performing bug"
I have been involved in a couple of bands before, my claim to fame being on stage at the Waterfront Hall on two occasions! I am also currently the lead violinist of the Girona community Orchestra.
I am a private violin tutor, working out of "The Music Loft" in Ballymoney, I find this very rewarding, however I do enjoy performing, and it was during a casual conversation with Steven Wilson, my now co-band member, that we discovered a mutual interest.
That was the birth of Dancin Digits!
I have been known to "sing the odd song" when requested and am teaching myself the Bodhran drum as an additional "string to my bow"!
Jim Cuthbertson - Drums
I was raised in my family household in Scotland where the whole family enjoyed good Scottish Traditional Music and Dance. Having spent time with my Great Gran as a young boy, I was well used to the BBC Scotland programme "Take the Floor" and soon developed a taste for the music and became a big fan of Jimmy Shand.
At age 10 I began drumming for Pipe Bands but after being introduced to Ceilidh Drumming at 16 by Colin Finn of the JSD Band and heavily influenced by the style of Gus Millar of the Occasionals I joined my first Ceilidh Band, "The River Calder Ceilidh Band".
I toured Scotland playing with them before moving to Northern Ireland in 2000. Since moving to Northern Ireland I have played for various Ceilidh Bands and have toured most of Ireland, North and South.
I have featured as a drummer in over 20 cd's and have played at many festivals in Ireland and Scotland. In Feburary 2017 I was contacted by fellow band member Steven Wilson and soon became the Drummer for the Dancin' Digits Ceilidh Band.