'Full of energy and bold ideas but firmly grounded in the Scottish & Gaelic tradition, Eabhal are one of Scotland's brightest up and coming bands that continue to evolve our music.' - Angus Lyon (Blazin’ Fiddles)
Eabhal came together while based on the Isle of South Uist in the Scottish Outer Hebrides. Playing traditional music the band draws inspiration from many different cultures. Eabhal were recently named Hands up for Trad, Battle of the Folk Bands 2018 winners at Edinburgh Tradfest.
Having toured throughout Europe, the band are now working on their debut album which is set for release in 2018.
Megan MacDonald is an accordionist from Lairg in Sutherland currently in her 2nd year of the BA (Hons) Applied Music with Lews Castle College UHI. She has had an active interest in traditional music from a young age and attended the National Centre of Excellence in Traditional Music in Plockton. Megan’s diverse repertoire from Scottish and world traditions, combined with sensitive and assured playing has seen her much in demand as a band member and session musician. In October 2016 Megan was invited to collaborate in the Fuaran nan Eilean project -a partnership between Feisean nan Gaidheal and Lews Castle College UHI with performances at the Celtic Colours Festival in Cape Breton 2016. With Eabhal, she has toured the UK, Switzerland and Holland, and is currently based in Glasgow.
Fiddler Jamie MacDonald is a native of the Isle of Tiree and has grown up immersed in the music and culture of the island. Fluent in Gàidhlig, Jamie’s repertoire of puirt-a-beul and old Highland tunes is complemented by his understanding of the Gàidhlig song tradition which flavours his music. He plays with a distinct island style and can often be found at the crux of the Ceilidh or helm of the Horo-gheallaidh! Jamie is also a member of the Dùn Mòr Ceilidh Band and is currently working on his debut album "The Pipe Slang" alongside piper Christian Gamauf set for release Summer 2018.
Nicky comes from rural Northumberland and found the route to Irish and Scottish traditional music through his home county’s rich musical heritage. Predominantly a guitarist, he was engrossed at an early age through projects like Folkworks at the Sage, Gateshead, performing and experimenting with a wide range of musical outfits and bands. With a passion for music and travel he has developed an interest in folk music from many of the countries he has visited and has experimented with influences from Europe, India and North Africa. After several years of travelling and gigging in England and Europe, Nicky moved to the Isle of Uist to further develop his interest in traditional music and began performing with Eabhal.
Hamish comes from the small village of Carrbridge seated in Cairngorm’s National Park. Originally a fiddle player he began playing the pipes at the age of 9 under the tuition of Lewis Barclay. From a young age he has been heavily involved in the Fèisean movement, including participating in the local ceilidh trail and tutoring at Fèis Spè.
In 2014 Hamish began studying at Lews Castle College, Benbecula for an HNC in traditional music where he received tuition from Iain MacDonald (Glenuig). As well as receiving lessons on pipes, he also had his first taster of wooden flute which automatically sparked an interest in learning the instrument. Having lived on Uist for the previous two years, Hamish takes a large influence from the Gàidhlig culture and its music which is evident through his playing.