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

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 Highlander

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

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.

This line-up was only together for about a year before Rod left to work with the Easy Club. They were then joined by Donald McDougal and continued to perform as Chorda for another couple of years.

Hornpipe, March, Jig and Reel


The Conundrum


The Braes o’ Gleniffer


Donald Don




Bingo Bella


Bagpipes Air


March and Two Reels


The Trooper and the Maid


Air and Three Reels


The Rock




March, Strathspey and Reel


The Merchant’s Son