Meet The Band - The Occasionals

Meet The Band

Accordionist Freeland Barbour initially joined forces with fellow ex-Wallochmor Ceilidh Band drummer Gus Millar, to 'occasionally' play for dances at festivals, and when Freeland invited banjo/mandolin player Kevin Macleod to join that year, the basis of the current band line up was secured.

However, since then, many fine musicians such as fiddlers Ian Hardie, Jim Barrie, Angie Smith, Charlie Soane, Iain Fraser, Alison Hiley, Rebecca Hunter, pianists Neil MacMillan and Gill Simpson, guitarist Brian Millar, Runrig guitarist Malcolm Jones, bass player Alasdair Macleod and drummers Ally MacIntyre and Jon Whitehead have 'occasionally' performed with the band.

The current line up comprises Freeland on accordion and midi bass, Gus on drums, Kevin on electric tenor banjo, fiddlers Mairi Campbell and Alison Smith, pianist/bass player Neil MacMillan and dance caller Sheila McCutcheon.

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