T H E B A N D
S T E P H E N H E N D E R S O N
Stephen is an energetic percussionist currently based in Glasgow, Scotland. Though Only 21 years of age, Stephen has performed alongside artists such as LA Singer James Tormé, son of Mel Tormé, Brodie Jarvie, Ross Stanely and Brandon Allen, and pefromed at such festivals as The Glasgow Jazz Festival, The Shetland Folk Festival and The Cheshire Folk Festival.
Stephen's style on the Drum Kit is a unique blend of Jazz, Funk and Blues, which he has perfected as a member of The National Youth Jazz Orchestra under the musical direction of Andrew Bain and Malcolm Edmonstone which allowed him to gain experience from artists such as Mike Walker, Iain Dixon, Chris Batchelor and Rick Taylor. As well as this, Stephen is a full time student studying on the BMus (Jazz) Course at the Royal Conservatoire Of Scotland.
"Stephen is a remarkable player: awe-inspiring, intelligent, cool, professional, committed and extremely meticulous in every musical enviroment he finds himself in." - Tommy Smith
"One Talented Cat." - James Tormé
J O E A R M S T R O N G
Joe Armstrong is a 22-year-old flautist, uilleann piper and whistle player from Glasgow.
Joe began his musical career at St. Roch's Irish Minstrels CCE branch of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, where he now prides himself as part of the St. Rochs Senior Ceilidh Band.
He is now in his first year of study as part of the MMus (Scottish Music) Masters Degree
at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. During these studies, he is taught traditional flute by Hamish Napier, along with jazz flute by Paul Towndrow.
Joe uses all of his musical influences combining different aspects of Irish,
Scottish and jazz music to create a unique style of musicianship.
J A M E S H A R P E R
A 22 year old folk musician from Glasgow, James takes inspiration from different aspects of his musical background to create a distinct and diverse sound. As seen on BBC One's Hogmanay Live, STV, multiple times on BBC Alba, and in many venues across Europe, James is an energetic performer with a lot of passion.
To date James Harper has performed with such artists as Simple Minds' Mick Macneil, Phil Cunningham, Dougie MacLean, The Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Eddi Reader, MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards Nominees The National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland, 15 times World Pipe Band Champions The House of Edgar Shotts & Dykhead Pipe Band, 21 times World Pipe Band Champions The Strathclyde Police Pipe Band as well as being a full time student at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland studying on the BMus (Traditional Music) Honours degree. James also regularly appears with the Red Hot Chilli Pipers.
Within Dosca, James plays a set of McCallum Bagpipes and Colin Goldie Whistles. James is also a BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year Semi-finalist 2016.
L U C M C N A L L Y
Luc McNally is a guitarist and singer from Dipton, County Durham. His work has taken him all over the UK and to Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, Finland, Estonia and the Czech Republic. Having been introduced to traditional music by 4 years with Kathryn Tickell's Folkestra Youth ensemble, he went on to study Scottish Music for two years at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
As well as teaching guitar and playing multiple Scottish/Irish music sessions around Glasgow, he plays with electronic/Celtic group Sketch, and in a songs and tunes duo with piper and whistle player Eddie Seaman. Having recorded his first EP in the summer of 2015, Luc is now working on a debut album featuring some of Scotland's finest young musicians.
C H A R L I E S T E W A R T
Charlie is a fiddle and bass player from Glenfarg.
'Individuality, marvellous tone, a wonderful range of attack and expression and all round musicality.' - The Herald Having listened to Traditional music from a young age, Charlie picked up the fiddle at nine years old and since then has moved to study music at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in his current home of Glasgow.
Having gained the title of Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2017, Charlie has also won a Danny Kyle award as part of the duo 'Ross Miller and Charlie Stewart', and reached the semi-finals of the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Awards in 2016 playing with the harpist Becky Hill. Charlie can also be found performing at home and internationally with other projects including the bands Sketch and Snuffbox.
D A V I D B O W D E N
David Bowden is an award-winning bass player and composer based in Glasgow, working primarily in the field of jazz and contemporary improvised music.
Originally from London, David moved to Glasgow in 2011 to study on the Jazz course at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, graduating with first class honours and the 2015 Yamaha Jazz Scholarship award. He has also spent time studying abroad in Amsterdam and Ghana. In February, David became BBC Young Scottish Jazz Musician of the Year 2017 and has led ensembles at the Glasgow Jazz Festival, Edinburgh Jazz festival and the Aberdeen International Youth Festival.
David specialises in writing genre-spanning instrumental music for bespoke ensembles. His main musical focus currently is leading the acclaimed world/jazz fusion ensemble ‘Mezcla’. David composes all of the music for Mezcla, much of which is influenced by his time studying music in Ghana, and the band have performed at various festivals as well as being featured live on BBC Radio Scotland.
David is also a co-leader of the contemporary jazz quartet ‘Square One’ described as a ‘powerhouse of Scottish Jazz talent’ by BBC Radio Scotland. The band won the Peter Whittingham award 2015 and released their debut album to critical acclaim followed by a tour of the UK and Poland. David is also a member of the Fergus McCreadie Trio and is an in-demand sideman, having performed with the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra, Fat-Suit, Doscan, the Don Paterson Situation and the Enrico Zanisi Trio, to name a few. Recent performance highlights have included festivals across the UK as well as performances in the Czech Republic, Poland, France, Belgium, Holland and Zambia.