Described as "an almost permanent institution on the Scottish Folk Scene....." and "recognised as a major influence in the Scottish Folk Revival", Clutha from the beginning concentrated largely on traditional Scots music and song, utilising the resources of the Mitchell Library to find old songs not currently being sung and to collate versions of better-known songs. Clutha was one of the first groups to employ a fiddler (Erlend Voy), soon increased to two (Callum Allan), and introduced bagpipes and chamber pipes, both now common in folk bands today.
Early days saw Clutha performing in folk clubs and festivals throughout the UK, soon followed by Radio and TV broadcasts and tours in most European Countries, Scandinavia and the USA. Although Clutha has preformed only sporadically over the past decade or so [usually with Gordeanna of course], the instrumental side of things has not been neglected. The popularity of ceilidh dances during the mid-eighties saw the formation of "Clydebuilt Ceilidh Band" by Clutha members plus an accordian player.
The current line-up is as follows: Ronnie Alexander(guitar and vocals), Callum Allan(fiddle), Tom Johnstone(bagpipes, chamber pipes), Erlend Voy(fiddle, concertina, vocals), Gordeanna McCulloch(vocals). Whilst Gordeanna, whose unique singing voice was a major feature of the group for around 18 years, continues to perform solo, and Clutha has never disbanded as such, recent events constitute a sort of re-forming of the group. At the invitation of Stirling Folk Club, Clutha got together to perform in the Golden Lion Hotel on 28th April 2003 as part of the club's Fortieth Anniversary celebrations. Having so enjoyed the experience, Clutha intends to continue performing at every opportunity, promoting the traditional heritage in music and song, and of course their latest recording, "On the Braes".
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