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Mark Fletcher: Mark has been active in the music industry for close to 40 years, playing his first professional gigs at age 16. Over time he has performed the music of many genres, been the architect of many well known Celtic ensembles and contributed his musical skills to nearly 40 cd's.

Mark is known for his multi-instrumental skills and in any given performance can glide form Scottish Smallpipes to Mandola, Accordion, or Irish Whistle. This ability adds great variety in SCR shows and engages the audience to watch for all the change ups in instrumentation. Mark is a skilled Highland Piper and is constantly sought out for private and public functions. He performs with Stratford Police Pipes and Drums and the Dundas Pipe Band.

Ryan McKenna is a singer, writer and arranger. His distinctive baritone sets the band apart and helps define SCR's unmistakable sonic character. He is absolutely at home on the stage where he hangs around and invites you in like he owns the place. Ryan's love of being playful and ridiculous is always present yet he regularly engages topics that carry a lot of emotional weight and personal significance. His first love was theatre arts but he got bit by the music bug as a young man and has never recovered. He kind of wanted the band to be called the Thistle Mittens. For the moment that phrase remains only a term of affection and endearment.

Joel McKenna has had a passion, a calling even, that has been with him since a very young age. That is the acoustic guitar. Its rhythms, intricacies and tonal possibilites. As a teenager, Joel was an atypical black sheep artist. His time was utterly consumed by music and philisophical debate. He would be up at all hours of the night either playing until his fingers bled, writing or engaging in intense conversational sparring. He was well known around his small town of Caledonia for wearing a jean jacket graffitied with messages of his own personal convictions.

A quiet girl with a ferocious touch, Jess Gold has been playing drums for the last seven years. Two years ago she committed to making a career out of music. She began by playing shows in St. Catharines and the Niagara Region in All-Girl rock bands and Honky-Tonk Country acts. Though her playing style is often described as electric funk, she loves to expand her already formidable capabilities by studying and performing all types of music. Jess truly comes alive when entertaining crowds of all ages and sizes.

Dave Neigh first picked up the fiddle at the age of 8 at a Celtic music camp in Nova Scotia. Though he grew up in Southern Ontario, he attributes his passion for traditional folk music to his summers spent at the Gaelic College in St. Ann's Cape Breton learning from the masters of that rich fiddle tradition as well as the influence of his father, renowned bagpiper P/M Edward Neigh.
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