Nigel Gatherer advises that this Edinburgh band was originally called Chorda Cleich but simplified its name in 1971. 

The band members were all associated with the sessions in the Edinburgh pub Sandy Bells and and they featured on the long play record Sandy Bell’s Ceilidh. Individuals went on to join groups The Easy Club and Jock Tamson’s Bairns.

This selection comprises tracks recorded sometime in the 1970s by Kenny Hadden. Concertina is played by Norman Chalmers.

The Bob o’ the Fettercairn

Clean Pease Strae

Seaforth Highlanders

Four recordings made around 1983. The group (as featured in the photograph) comprised:

  • Hamish Moore – Scottish smallpipes
  • Ian Hardie – fiddle and vocals
  • Rod Paterson – vocals, mandola, guitar and vocals
  • John Croal – vocals and bodhran

The Braes o’ Gleniffer

Eyemouth Fishing Disaster

The Merchant’s Son

The Rock and the Wee Pickle Tow / Campbeltown Kilties’ Ball / The Train Journey North / Troy’s Wedding

This set of MP3 tracks of the same line up was recorded at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in August 1984. The recording was kindly supplied by Ditte Andersson.


Geordie / Heights of Dargai / Eilish Kelly’s Delight / Blackthorn Bush


The Conundrum


The Braes o’ Gleniffer


Donald Don




Bingo Bella


Lonely Loch Maree

This track features two sets of Scottish smallpipes, including Hamish Moore on a set with a double-bore chanter.


Helen Black of Inveran / Mrs Lilly Christie / Miss Girdle / The Pigeon on the Gate


The Trooper and the Maid


Miss Herries Forbes’ Farewell to Banff / J F Dickie’s / The Spey in a Spate / Scott Skinner


The Rock and the Wee Pickle Tow / Campbeltown Kilties’ Ball / The Train Journey North / Troy’s Wedding


Swedish Polska / Peter Pratt Polka


The Braes of Castle Grant / Dalnahasaig / Dolina MacKay


The Merchant’s Son


This line-up was only together for about a year before Rod left to work with the Easy Club. Ian and John were then joined by Donald McDougal and continued to perform as a trio until August 1986 at least when this image was published: