cloud howe ceilidh band

cloud howe ceilidh band
lain Kirkpatrick
Finlay Allison fiddle
George Ormiston fiddle, flute and whistles
Richard Burger keyboards


lain Kirkpatrick from Moniaive, now living in Glasgow, is a regular at folk festivals and music sessions. He plays an Italian made accordion. lain is also a piper who has penned many original compositions for the instrument and who has recorded commercially. His style is driving, lively and distinctively 'west coast'. In his spare time lain has managed to become a proficient fiddler, uillean and highland piper and whistle player.


Finlay Allison is the band's main caller. Finlay is a very jaunty fiddler who is able to move easily between the different Scottish fiddle styles. He plays a fiddle made in Kilmarnock. Finlay spent several years working as the manager of a record shop and has an encyclopaedic knowledge of recorded music. He lives in Glasgow where he now works as a special education teacher, turning his hand to teaching fiddle at East Kilbride Arts Centre and for the Glasgow Fiddle Workshop. Finlay is a long serving member of the Glasgow folk group 'Stramash' along with Adam McNaughtan, Bob Blair, Anne Neilson and Kevin Mitchell.


George Ormiston plays fiddle, flute and whistles, and will also turn his hand to mandolin from time to time. George lives in the remote Lanarkshire village of Tarbrax but originally comes from Cumnock in Ayrshire where his father, a piper, worked as a miner. Naturally George's dominant musical influence was the highland bagpipe.
He is a prolific composer of new tunes in the traditional Scottish idiom, including several in the band's repertoire. George is an old hand at live performance, having toured for many years throughout Europe with his former band 'lona'.
George is the creator and maker of the world renowned 'Ormiston Flute', various versions of which can be heard at Cloud Howe gigs. Ormiston flutes are available In African Blackwood, Rosewood or Boxwood as unkeyed or keyed versions. Full information can be obtained by visiting the excellent Ormiston Flute web site at


Richard Burger played piano from the age of seven, then pursued a musical career on the folk scene as a solo act with guitar and harmonica. He developed an interest in rythm and was a bass player with the Glasgow based 'Gallivanters', eventually becoming a much sought after ceilidh band keyboard player in the 1970's. Dick achieves great depth and clarity in his keyboard sound and holds together Cloud Howe's characteristically steady rhythm.

For enquiries and bookings please contact the Cloud Howe Scottish Ceileih Band
Finlay Allison - tel. 0141 946 2665 or George Ormiston - tel 01150 178 5416
email - Cloudhowe
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