The Band

The band was founded in 2016 and focuses on Weddings and Functions. 

 

Our first appearance was in September 2016 as a two piece playing at a Barn Dance in an actual Barn. Our first Ceilidh then took place at the Bushmills Distillery in December 2016 where we were first joined by John Blair as our Caller.

Our Team

Steven Wilson - Accordionist

 

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 Killycoogan Accordion Orchestra at Regional and United Kingdom Championships between 1989 and 1993 during which time the 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". I also perform as a solo artist for local functions.

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 at "The Music Loft" in Ballymoney, I find this very rewarding.

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.

John Blair - Accordionist/Caller

 

John Blair has been in the entertainment circles for many years. He joined us in 2016 and we have had so much fun ever since. He likes a good nights craic and is a great man for filling a dance floor. You never know exactly whats coming next with John and thats the beauty of it.

 

An accomplished accordionist John like to get his button key box out to entertain. 

 

When it comes to the address ot the Haggis however, no better man. Just keep your head low!

 

"Come on ye girl ye , come on ye boy ye" - Johns catchphrase.

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If you have any queries or if you wish to make a booking, 

please contact us:

www.facebook.com/dancindigits

steven.wilson@dancindigits.co.uk

Steven - 07850 317252

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