Meet High Drive

High Drive is led by Lindsay Weir and Colin Garvin. We each have 25+ years of experience providing entertainment at private and corporate events at most of Scotland's top venues and beyond. In partnership with other top musicians and premier DJs, we take pride in delivering tailor-made entertainment based on client needs.
Lindsay Weir
Originally from the north of Scotland, Lindsay has been steeped in the traditions of Scotland all her life. She has been playing the accordion since the age of 6. Her love of all things Scottish is as strong as ever and there is nothing she likes better than playing for ceilidhs and working with dance callers to transform a hall of beginners into ceilidh dancers within an evening!
• Over 25 years’ experience of providing ceilidh music and calling dances
• Regularly records band sessions for BBC Radio Scotland
• Three commercial albums released – In the Pipeline, Step in Style and Celtic Steps

Colin Garvin
Hailing from Glasgow, Colin has strong ties to the Western Isles of Scotland which have been a strong influence on him. He has been immersed in the traditional music scene for much of his life, playing keyboards and accordion in ceilidh bands as well as composing, arranging and recording music. He counts himself fortunate that his musical career has taken him to Europe, the Middle East and the Far East as well as throughout his native homeland. As a self-confessed 'techie' he enjoys getting behind the mixing desk and has engineered and produced a number of recordings of traditional, folk and bagpipe music.
• Over 25 years’ experience of providing ceilidh music and calling dances
• Regularly records band sessions for BBC Radio Scotland
• Has appeared on numerous commercial releases with a variety of bands.

Gemma Donald
Described by fellow Shetland fiddler Aly Bain as “one of the finest players in the country” Gemma is also one of the busiest. Since winning the coveted ‘Glenfiddich Fiddle Championship’ in 2006, she has gone on to establish herself at the forefront of fiddle playing. Noted for her energetic playing style, her other roles include that of teacher, award-winning composer, session musician, pianist and adjudicator at national competitions. Her eagerly anticipated debut album “The Love o’ Da Isles” was released in 2012 and highlights a number of Gemma’s own award-winning compositions. She has also continued to feature in a number of other radio and commercial recordings.

As one of only six competitors to take part in the televised Grand Final of the prestigious BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician 2015, Gemma gave a virtuoso performance on stage, making her mark as one of the leading young traditional musicians in Scotland today.

The High Drive Ceilidh Band Line Up

Dance Caller
Lindsay Weir (Accordion)
Colin Garvin (Keyboards / Accordion)
Gemma Donald (Fiddle)
Alan Irvine (Drums)

Band size and instruments can be tailored to your choice and budget

Venues played include:

Castles - Edinburgh; Stirling; Skibo; Glamis; Oxenfoord; Dunrobin; Airth; Duns; Dalhousie; Culzean

Top Hotels and Wedding Venues - Gleneagles Hotel; The Balmoral Hotel, Edinburgh; Turnberry Resort; Cameron House, Loch Lomond; The Old Course Hotel, St Andrews; Prestonfield House, Edinburgh; Archerfield House, Dirleton; Roman Camp Hotel, Callander; Glenskirlie House, Kilsyth; The Country Club, Strathblane; Macdonald Hotels: (I) Inchyra Hotel & Spa; (ii) Crutherland Hotel; (iii) Houston House Hotel, Uphall; (iv) Russacks Hotel, St Andrews; (v) Marine Hotel, Troon; (vi) Aviemore Highland Centre

Exhibition / Conference Centres - Edinburgh International Conference Centre; Edinburgh Corn Exchange; Beach Ballroom, Aberdeen; Murrayfield Stadium

Department Store - Jenners, Edinburgh

Festivals - Celtic Connections; Orkney Folk Festival; Shetland Accordion & Fiddle Festival

Others - Cruise ships; Auchentoshan Distillery; Eden Court Theatre, Inverness

Comments are closed.