Celtic Roots Rock - the exciting music
of SCANTILY PLAID
Scantily Plaid is a remarkable fusion of Canadian, Celtic and Roots music - traditional and original, old and new - a hundred years of musical experience, played now, with joy, with respect, and from the heart.
The Celtic harp with the pure, beautiful vocals of Ruth Sutherland, the robust vocals, and myriad of other instruments (drums, guitar, harmonica, and sitar) played to perfection by Doug Feaver, the authentic, inspiring piping styles of Allan Eaton and the Cape Breton style fiddling from Dan MacDonald all add to create this varied and magical music.
Scantily Plaid has been playing festivals, highland games, Celtic festivals, concerts and clubs for 15 years, with their travels taking them across Canada, the US, to Britain, France, and Uruguay.
Canadian born, of Scottish parentage, Ruth Sutherland moved to Hamilton in 1980 where she started singing jingles and doing studio work as a vocalist and harper, with Daniel Lanois at Grant Avenue Studio. Her solo career, which includes 3 award winning CDs, has seen her perform sold out shows with the Boris Brott Summer Music Festival, and has taken her to Lorient France where she performed (alongside harpers from Brittany, Ireland and Wales,) to rave reviews at the World’s largest celtic festival, in which she also led the harp master class. Ruth not only contributes her haunting Gaelic singing and traditional harp playing to Scantily Plaid, but her original songs as well.
Doug Feaver has toured extensively for 25 years playing festivals, concerts and clubs, earning him a strong and dedicated following. A powerful and passionate performer, playing his songs straight from the heart, Doug is famous for his frenetic fret-work and his barnstorming harmonica attack. He plays about a dozen instruments and is in much demand as a studio musician. Doug not only contributes his great guitar and harmonica playing, his unique drumming and percussion styles, vocals and songwriting skills to Scantily Plaid, but he also mixed, co-mastered and is the producer of both Scantily Plaid CDs, "just checking in..." and “This one’s for you.”
Originally from Nova Scotia, via Argyllshire Scotland, Allan Eaton has been piping for more than 40 years in Canada, Great Britain and Europe with some of the world's most famous pipe bands. A former Pipe Major of three pipe bands, Allan's piping style and interpretation are authentic of the post war era when expression and clarity of fingering were demanded. Allan has entertained audiences large and intimate, including piping for HM The Queen, and on numerous occasions, for lesser heads of state. Having just recently joined Scantily Plaid, Allan contributes his great piping skills on 2 sets of bagpipes, along with his whistle and percussion talent.
Dan MacDonald is from a family of musicians from the small village of Ironville, Cape Breton and began playing fiddle at a very early age. After University, Dan recorded and performed in Nova Scotia, across Canada and the US, as both fiddler and drummer. In 2003, he became a co-host at the lrish music session at Dora Keogh lrish pub and later became a member of the traditional lrish group, Spraoi. In 2006, MacDonald joined The Magic of Ireland, an lrish dance and music show, with which he toured the UK, Canada, the USA and Europe and eventually became the show’s music director. An active freelance performer and teacher, MacDonald is in high demand throughout Southern Ontario, where he performs and teaches at various venues and events.
Plaid receives glowing reviews wherever they perform. With their award winning CDS, and their poignant yet energy-driven live performances, their unique interpretations of Celtic music will leave you inspired.