"The Best of Scotland"


Band History (PDF)
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Press Kit
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David Gilfillan
Ronnie MacDonald
Grant Simpson
2012 Folk Club ReviewsPDF
"Sound of Scotland" Interview, May 2008(MP3)
Fringe Review 2006 (PDF)
Fringe Review 2007(PDF)
2006 German Newspaper Article (PDF, 1.8M)
"Edinburgh Toon" Scots Magazine Review
"Edinburgh Toon" Review (Rambles.net)
2003 Fringe Gig (PDF, 56kb)
WUNH Interview
WUNH Interview (incl. songs, 25MB)
May 2007 Live Performance (Cornell Uni)

North Sea Gas

The Best of Scotland

North Sea Gas are Dave Gilfillan, Ronnie MacDonald and Grant Simpson.


North Sea Gas: Ronnie MacDonald, Grant Simpson and Dave Gilfillan

Over thirty years and stronger than ever!! One of Scotlandís 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 Festival Fringe!!

They have recorded 16 albums and are constantly adding new material to their show. Their latest album, "The Fire and the Passion of Scotland" won the 2013 Album of the Year award from Celtic Radio in the U.S. as well as first place in the "Jigs and Reels" category for the set of tunes on the album. Celtic Radio says, "The band displays an attachment and a reverence for their roots from the very start. The music feels genuine, unpretentious and spontaneous, with a fondness for storytelling and beautiful harmonies." Their prior album, "Tak a Dram Afore Ye Go" continues to be very popular with fans all over the world and Alasdair Maclean (The Scots Magazine) said of "Edinburgh Toon," "The album is offered in the spirit of enjoyment, and in that it succeeds superbly."

A prior 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, consists 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 as well as in TV and Radio appearances on both sides of the Atlantic including "Late Night Saturday," "Woodsongs Old Time Radio Hour" (one of the biggest radio shows of its kind in the USA), and "Song of the Mountains" shown on select PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) TV stations in the U.S.

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 OíRegan Living Tradition (Magazine)

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Dave Gilfillan

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 MacDonald

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

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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