North Sea Gas
The Best of Scotland
North Sea Gas are Dave Gilfillan, Ronnie MacDonald and Grant Simpson.
Thirty years and stronger than ever!! One of Scotland’s most popular
folk bands with great vocals and tremendous three part
harmonies. Guitars, Mandolin, Fiddle, Bouzouki, Whistles, Bodhrans,
Banjo and good humour are all part of the entertainment. They have
received Gold and Silver disc awards from the Scottish Music Industry
Association and regularly have sell out shows at the Edinburgh
North Sea Gas: Ronnie MacDonald, Grant Simpson and Dave Gilfillan
They have recorded 15 albums and are constantly adding new material to
their show, with the latest album "Tak a dram afore ye go" proving yet again very popular with fans all over the world.
"The album is offered in the spirit of enjoyment, and in that it succeeds superbly" (on their recent live album "Edinburgh Toon").
- Alasdair Maclean (The Scots Magazine).
Their previous album "Rosslyn" received wonderful reviews from folk magazines,
newspapers etc including Dirty Linen (USA), the Scots Magazine, and The Living Tradition.
Their show, in the same way as their albums, consist of traditional, contemporary and
self-penned material all put together in a style of their own . This proves popular during
their regular tours of Scotland, America, Canada, Germany, Austria,
and many other destinations every year also in TV and Radio appearances both
sides of the Atlantic including “Late Night Saturday” and
"Woodsongs Old Time Radio Hour" one of the biggest radio shows in the USA.
In 2008, they recorded for Chinese television with an estimated audience of 800 million;
A highlight of any bands career!
December 2009 saw the band playing in Istanbul, Turkey,
for the British Consulate St Andrews Ball!
and they have been invited back in 2010.
Besides the bands regular tours abroad in the last few years they have endeavoured
to take their show to the theatres, art centre's and community halls around Scotland.
Touring and seeing their native land is something the band really enjoys.
We could say more but put simply "North Sea Gas" are a highly entertaining Scottish folk band
who have an ever-growing fan base ranging through all age groups thus giving the "Gas"
show a wonderful atmosphere.
"No airs and graces just fantastic music"...
EdinburghGuide.com (Edin/Festival 2007)
"Through their work they introduce audiences to the wider world of the folk
tradition and its Riches"
John O’Regan Living Tradition (Magazine)
Dave Gilfillan, founding member of North Sea Gas,
is originally from Edinburgh, Scotland where
his interest in music started at an early age.
He first learned how to play the guitar as a teenager and
frequented folk clubs where he was fortunate to have met
many early pioneers of the folk music scene in Scotland.
He plays guitar, banjo, mandola, bodhran, foot drum,
harmonica and whistle.
Dave has built up a reputation for rousing sing-along
vocals and big heartfelt ballads. Add to that a sense of on-stage
fun and tongue-in-check humor and you can see why his brand of folk music has
taken him, and North Sea Gas, all over the world.
For him, to sing on stage seemed a natural thing do to.
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Ronnie McDonald, is originally from Glasgow, Scotland, lived in Australia for many years, but now lives in Edinburgh. "Mac," as he's also known, has been invovled with music and in bands most of his life. He joined the band in 2002. He plays guitar and bouzouki and sings both lead and harmony vocals.
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Grant Simpson, originally from Lossiemouth
in the northeast of Scotland but now also living in Edinburgh,
has been playing fiddle since he was a very young child. He is the youngest
member of North Sea Gas, joining them in 2006. Besides playing fiddle he also
sings harmony vocals, the occasional solo, and plays guitar, bouzouki and mandola.
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In the Press
- 2008-05-09: Interview at "Sound of Scotland", Kincadine, Ontario
- 2006-08-17: German article (PDF, 1.8M) on NSG's Germany tours and fans
- 2003-08-19: Mairi Anderson reports from the Fringe Festival 2003 (PDF format, free reader available from Adobe)
- Radio Interview on the Bob Knight Ceilidh Show (June 2005, from http://www.wunh.org/, 10MB)
- Radio Interview on the Bob Knight Ceilidh Show (June 2005, from http://www.wunh.org/, 25MB). This version
includes several songs that were broadcast on WUNH during the session.
- Live Performance recorded at the "Bound for Glory" Folk Radio Show, Cornell, Ithaca in May 2007 (features 20 songs from albums past and present)