Kentigern Lorient 1979

Folk Group

The band formed in the late 1970s from musicians associated with the regular session at the Victoria Bar, Glasgow and the Star Folk Club. John Gahagan (whistle) had been a member of The Battlefield Band, and with Jimmy McGuire (fiddle, banjo) combined with members of Tinkler Maidgie – Pipe Major Iain MacDonald (pipes), Jim Barnes (cittern, guitar, vocals) and Sylvia Barnes (vocals, dulcimer, guitar, bodhran). They were joined by Sandy Stanage (cittern, guitar, banjo), who had previously been in Molendinar, another band active in Glasgow at that time. Dougie Pincock (pipes, whistle) replaced Ian MacDonald. 


The band made one long-play record for the Topic label (Topic 12TS394, 1979).

The following tracks were recorded during a reunion of the band at an event to celebrate the life of the late Tony Cuffe held at St Andrew in the Square, Glasgow in early 2003.





Far from home / Ashokan Farewell

Guitar solo by Sandy Stanage who dedicated the selection to Tony Cuffe.






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Lorient Festival 1979


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Third Eye Centre, Glasgow



Cullen Bay (Ian Duncan)/Jig O’ Slurs (G S MacLennan)/Seagull (Donald MacLeod);

 Pipe Major Donald McLean of Lewis/The Weavers of Newly/Kail and Pudding/Loch Roag (Iain MacDonald)

 Hebridean Air/The Braes of Tulimet/The Braes of Mellinish;

Put Me in the Great Chest/The Three Peaks of South Uist/South Uist.