Debbie began playing the fiddle at the age of 9, and for a number of years in the 90's was, along with Davy, a member of the Highland based folk / rock band 'Coinneach'.
In 2004, Debbie was coaxed out of early retirement to play a few 'fill in' gigs for Rhythmnreel, and 16 years later is still still there, as a permanent fixture!
Debbie is responsible for putting together most of the Celtic rock arrangements the band play and record. She is also a respected fiddle tutor and plays with the Tain & East Ross based School Group 'Gizzenbriggs'.
Davy Cowan is a prominent singer/ songwriter and musician from Ross-Shire in the Scottish Highlands. a home-grown Troubadour in the true sense of the word. As well as being an accomplished solo artist, Davy was one of the founder member’s and front man of Highland Folk/ Rock band Coinneach along with Debbie Ross back in the 90’s.
Davy and his son Sam have been performing and touring together over the past few years now and are no strangers to the Live music scene, appearing at many festivals and venues up and down the Country.. as well as joining Peat & Diesel as support on their recent sell out UK tour. They are both delighted to be the new kids on the block at Rhythmnreel.
Andy needs little by way of introduction from his time during the 90's touring the world, including recording with Celtic Rock legends 'Wolfstone'.
Andy is also an in demand session musician having worked with notorious musicians such as John Sinclair (ex Keyboard with Ozzy Ozbourne), Martin Smith (ex ELO), to most recently European touring and recording with Danish based band 'Coast'. Andy also co-wrote a song that featured on the Smokey album "The World and Elsewhere", released globally in 1997, and continues to write his own material and record in other projects.
Mike is the third generation of family musicians, his father and grandfather were professional musicians. He played snare drum for Strathpeffer and District Pipe Band for eight years until his early twenties.
At the age of eighteen though, he had bought his first bass guitar to jam various classic rock covers with ex school mates who needed a bass player! Shortly after this, some jamming sessions and low key gigs amongst half a dozen Dundonnell Mountain Rescue pals who were also part time musicians, and 'Rhythmnreel' was formed in the early 90's.
The idea was to blend some pipe/fiddle/guitar led Celtic Rock with some more traditional music and a twist of of rock along the way.
"Its an honour and a pleasure to play to amazing crowds all over Scotland and regularly on the continent , sharing the experience with a fantastic group of musicians and having great fun along the way. .Rock agus Roll'.
Scott started playing with Rhythmnreel in 2015. He has many different influences including different styles and genres after studying music at UHI.
Scott has competed since an early age and and currently plays in the Isle of Islay Pipe Band and has played in various other groups in the Highlands. He also teaches other aspiring pipers and whistle players in Wester Ross and is Pipe Major of Ullapool & District Pipe Band.
Alan (or Hoggy as he is better known) started off his music career as a teenager barely out of school playing bass guitar and lead vocals in a number of local covers bands before the arrival of the eighties saw bands like Dexy's Midnight Runners giving Hoggy the inspiration to go out and learn the sax.
Sax became his main instrument and led to him being invited to play and record with 'Leisure Research' before moving on onto play with North Soul Maestro's 'Scooty and the Skyhooks' since the mid 80's. Hoggy joined our line up in the mid 90's and as well as sax does some lead and backing vocals
Sam Cowan was introduced to the drums at the age of 4 weeks old when he attended a gig at the Royal Concert Hall in Perth where his dad was support act for Runrig on their UK tour… Must’ve been the rumble of Iain Baynes drum kit that night that sparked the touch paper to this musical journey he’s been on so far and at such a young age. Sam picked up his first set of drum sticks at 4 years old and never looked back.
His first big gig was at The Loopallu Festival in Ullapool back in 2016 when Sam was only 12 at the time. He has been gigging and touring with his Dad over the past few years and recently supported Peat & Diesel on their sell out UK tour. He also attends the North Highland College in Alness and has played with his band ‘The Clampdown’ Since late 2019.
Paul took up the fiddle aged 9 being taught by the late great Donald Riddell CBE of Clunes, Inverness-
He performed from an early age with many local music groups and through involvement with the Feis Rois movement as a participant, supervisor and tutor. He currently teaches with the 'Kiltearn Fiddler's' which has provided many an opportunity to perform and compete.
He joined Rhythm'n'Reel at the end of 2007 and has enjoyed many a memorable gig and road trip with the band from Caithness to Cologne and Gairloch to Gevelsburg.