Boys of the Lough have always had a strong Scottish and Shetland element, mixed with Irish, English and other international influences. In their illustrious 40 year history, they have travelled all over the world, taking their music and song to huge audiences. Over that time they have evolved, never afraid to incorporate new strands in their work.
The Shetland fiddle tradition is upheld by Kevin Henderson, who has been playing with the band since 2002. He came to the fiddle at nine years of age, and went on to receive tuition from the near-legendary Willie Hunter. Kevin also plays with Shetland band, Fiddlers Bid; with fiddle-based band, Session A9; and – reflecting the fact that he now lives in Norway – with The Nordic Fiddlers Bloc.
Malcolm Stitt is originally from An Gearasdan (Fort William), where his father had a ceilidh band. Malcolm was appointed as a Pipe Major at the age of 14, but is now better known for playing the guitar and bouzouki. He’s been instrumental in founding and performing with a number of bands, as well as recording them. His first visit to the Island was as a member of Keep It Up, and he has performed at Yn Chruinnaght with Deaf Shepherd and the Chris Stout Trio. Now resident in Ramsey, Malcolm has brought his musicianship and expertise to collaborations with a number of Manx musicians, including harper Erika Kelly, with whom he performed at Yn Chruinnaght last year.
For information about Cathal McConnell and Brendan Begley, see the entry for Ireland