Biography

A graduate of the Scottish Music course at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Grant McFarlane is a dynamic accordionist who performs and teaches extensively around Scotland and further afield. His ceilidh band, Scotia, are one of the most sought after dance bands in the west of Scotland and perform regularly at events throughout the country. Grant has also toured internationally with folk ensemble, CherryGrove, having performed at Olympic Park during the height of the games in 2012 and at Festival Interceltique in Lorient in 2013. With a passion for composing, one of Grant’s tunes won a competition to be the soundtrack for the Royal National Mod 2013 in his hometown of Paisley. He is also promoting traditional music on an international scale having been part of musical collaborations in France, Germany, the USA and India. After teaching at Fèisean across Scotland, Grant founded Fèis Phàislig in 2014, promoting traditional music and Gaelic culture to young people across Renfrewshire. Initially welcoming 60 participants for a one-off summer event, the Fèis now delivers a year round programme of events and in 2019, delivered to over 4500 young people.