Bio

Barry Nisbet is a songwriter from Shetland; a guitarist, fiddler and sailor with a repertoire inspired by the drama of life, his islands, and the sea. Rum-laced shanties meet Scottish Trad meets Americana songwriting in a style influenced by Gillian Welch, The Pogues, Karine Polwart and The Chair, among others. 

He performs and records with the Rattled Rig Band, a line-up that includes Robbie Ward on piano, Gavin McGinty on guitar, Fiona McAndrew on vocals, Ade Dacre on drums and Stephen Jack on bass. 

The band launched their first album, 'A Bright Ray of Sunshine', featuring eight original songs and three tunes, in March 2018 to excellent reviews; gaining 5 stars from R2 Magazine’s Briony Hegarty, who described it as ‘Magnificent’. 

They headlined the Dundee Summer Streets Festival in July 2018 and have a number of gigs and festivals lined up for 2019. 

As a solo act Barry has recently played support for Salt House, Tide Lines, The Furrow Collective and Colum Sands

As one of the Cullivoe Fiddlers, he plays a unique regional style of Shetland fiddle music; as a Captain of tall ships such as Søren Larsen, he has sailed through the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, gaining inspiration from the wind and the stars. 

As a member of Shetland band Rack n Ruin, Dundee-based Americana group Wire and Wool, and French group Tildon Krautz, he has performed at numerous festivals and events in Shetland, Scotland and mainland Europe. He gained a Dundee Musicians Award in 2016. 

Barry runs the Sessions and Sail voyages, bringing groups of musicians together for workshops and sessions aboard the Tall Ship Lady of Avenel, cruising on the Scottish coast in the summer. 

Photograph (C) Siobhan Diamond Photography

Photograph (C) Siobhan Diamond Photography

the band

Stephen Jack plays bass with the band and on the album 'A Bright Ray of Sunshine'. He is a Dundee-based musician who also performs with bands such as Two Thieves and the Burning Wood.

Photograph by Donald Milne at The Weaving Shed, Dundee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Robin Wynn Evans runs TPot Studios in Perthshire. He is a recording engineer and musician and produced and engineered the album 'A Bright Ray of Sunshine'. He plays bodhran and persussion on the album.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Gavin McGinty is a guitarist, singer and songwriter based in Dundee, well known for his solo performances, and as a member of Sinderins and Anderson, McGinty, Webster, Ward and Fisher.

Photograph (C) Siobhan Diamond Photography

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Fiona McAndrew sings backing vocals on the album 'A Bright Ray of Sunshine'. She is a musician and illustrator originally from Zaragoza, Spain, who studied in Dundee and now lives in Edinburgh.

Photograph by  Malcolm MacLean

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Theo Barnard plays guitar and provides backing vocals on the album 'A Bright Ray of Sunshine'. He is a regular performer with bands such as Wire and Wool and Cuck's Bounty.

 

 

 

Ade Dacre plays drums, and features on the album 'A Bright Ray of Sunshine'. He is based near Oxford and has performed with Badly Drawn Boy.

 

 

 

 

 Robbie Ward is a multi-instrumentalist from Dundee who is well known as a solo performer and as a member of Anderson, McGinty, Webster, Ward and Fisher. He plays piano, harmonium and bass and provides backing vocals on the album 'A Bright Ray of Sunshine'.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Amira Kremers sings backing vocals on the album 'A Bright Ray of Sunshine'. She performs with bands such as Two Thieves and the Burning Wood.

Photograph by Donald Milne at The Weaving Shed, Dundee