One of Scotland’s most popular progressive folk acts as the 21st century dawned, Croft No. Five introduced a swathe of then-upstart talents, forging a highly influential fusion of trad, funk, world and EDM elements. Two decades after they formed, John and Misha Somerville, Barry Reid, Somhairle Macdonald, Paul Jennings, Adam Sutherland, Duncan Lyall and Innes Watson revisit their headily precocious youth, now with 20 years’ seasoning behind them.
Since triumphantly bursting on to the folk scene at Celtic Connections 2015, Dosca - the energetic six piece ensemble of bagpipes, flute, fiddle, guitar, bass and drums - are quickly making a name for themselves among some of Scotland's finest folk acts.
With influences from Scottish and Irish folk, as well as a hint of jazz, the band’s self-titled debut EP was launched early in 2015, leading them on to a number of prominent appearances throughout Scotland and further afield – including the MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards, Edinbugh’s Usher Hall, Piping Live! in Glasgow, and a return to Celtic Connections in 2016. They are set to launch their highly-anticipated debut album 'Meridian' at Celtic Connections 2018, featuring their new line-up which includes young Scottish Jazz Musician of the Year 2017 David Bowden, whose award coincided with fiddler Charlie Stewart's winning of the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2017.