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Mar Lodge, Braemar

John Woodside


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In late September 2016, following the death of Whigmaleerie’s brilliant fiddler Ian Ross after a short illness, the remaining Whigs decided not only to continue with the band but also to step out into new territory by inviting two younger fiddle players to join the band. Not only have Whigmaleerie discovered two exceptional fiddlers, they have also found two musicians whose command of other instruments weave a new vibrant sound and exciting material for both the ceilidhs and the songs.

Whigmaleerie are proud to announce to an unsuspecting world – ‘Now We are Six’.

John Duncan. Guitar and Vocals

John Duncan of Sketraw, originally from Leith, relocated to Aberdeenshire after military service. John began playing Trombone and e flat bass at school at the tender age of 11 before progressing to playing in championship brass bands. During his army career, he discovered traditional folk music and learned to play both guitar and mandolin.

On leaving the military, John played in the local folk music scene around Aberdeenshire and Moray, and in 1985 founded Whigmaleerie with Alistair Robertson. ‘Big’ John continues to play guitar, calls the ceilidh dances, and shares vocals with John Woodside. A huge presence both on and off stage, it is alleged that John ensures that the other band members do as they are told..... occasionally!


Experienced keyboard player Alistair Robertson hails from New Pitsligo and is a co-founder of Whigmaleerie.

Previously he played accordion before transferring his skills to keyboards, and now has the unenviable task of "holding it a'gither" for the band, but please don't ask him to sing! His enthusiasm sometimes needs curtailment, yet on other occasions he prefers a more relaxed, horizontal approach

Alistair Robertson, Keyboards


Fiddle, Fiona Jamieson

Towards the end of 2016 Fiona Jamieson was invited to play with Whigmaleerie. She began playing Scottish fiddle music when she was 9 years of age and hasn’t stopped. From years of playing in groups, meeting other musicians and courses like "The Splore" and the Applied Music course at Strathclyde University, Fiona has had brilliant experiences and a lot of fun playing and learning more about the tradition of Scottish music. However, that’s not all - as a classical violinist she currently plays with the Grampian Concert Orchestra and the Loanhead Quartet, and she certainly knows her way around a piano or keyboard.

Having played with various traditional music groups and ceilidh bands over the years including the Garioch Fiddlers, Celtacad, Kask, and Ceilidh Mor, she is very excited to be a vital, creative part of the unique Whigmaleerie sound and style!


Stuart Fowler, the band ‘junior’, will play with Whigmaleerie from 2017. He was raised in Buckie with fiddle music sounding throughout the family home – his dad was an accomplished fiddler, and Stuart now resumes his late father’s role of playing fiddle alongside John Woodside.

Stuart has another connection with Whigmaleerie - he plays the electric fiddle previously owned and played by the late Ian Ross. When Stuart isn’t fiddling, he likes nothing better than playing the guitar – another talented multi-instrumentalist.

Fiddle, Stuart Fowler

Alex Sutherland, Drums

Alex Sutherland, born and bred in Banff has the reputation for being a hard-hitter ... with soft touches! A versatile drummer, he has been known to perform the occasional drum solo when the band disappear off-stage to escape a battering!!

Alex is the band’s expert on current chart hit music, with compiled playlists entertaining guests through the pa system during the bands interval break.


Whigmaleerie’s principal guitarist, John Woodside, moved to Aberdeenshire over 20 years ago. He is an award winning multi-instrumentalist and vocalist, and has gained respect as a booking agent for folk artists in both Europe and UK.

In 2008, Whigmaleerie made him an offer he couldn't refuse and he became the "new boy" extending their repertoire and expanding their sound. Equally comfortable with either acoustic or electric guitar, his various other stringed instruments are kept locked in a cupboard to protect the neighbours from "traditional tinitus"!

Guitar and Vocals

Ian Ross, Fiddle Player

In Memoriam

Sadly Ian Ross from Portgordon, Whigmaleerie's fiddle payer for almost 20 years passed away in September 2016 after loosing his fight against Leukaemia. Ian studied violin under the late Miss Kim Murray and due to his progress over the years was able to be accepted into the Band of the Corps of Royal Engineers at the age of 14. This was one of the few establishments in the British Army that had a working Full Symphony Orchestra and Ian had to wait until his 15th birthday before signing up and setting off to Chatham in Kent, 600 miles from home.

He served with the "Band" for over 24 years, playing Violin, Viola and Clarinet, touring such places as France, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Northern Ireland, Gibralter, Hong Kong and the Falkland Isles. He was the leader of small ensembles and his style and command of solo "Scottish Fiddling" made him in great demand and he was much appreciated. He will be missed by us all.

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