The Tannahill Weavers

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The Tannahill Weavers
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Background information
Origin Paisley, Scotland
Genres Scottish traditional
Years active 1968–present
Labels Compass Records, Green Linnet Records, Plant Life Records
Members Roy Gullane
Phil Smillie
John Martin
Lorne MacDougall
Past members Colin Melville
Leslie Wilson
Alan MacLeod
Bill Bourne
Dougie MacLean
Duncan J. Nicholson
Gordon Duncan
Hudson Swan
Iain MacInnes
Kenny Forsyth
Mike Ward
Ross Kennedy
Stuart Morison
John Cassidy
Willie Beaton
David Shaw
Willie Beag
Stuart McKay
Neil Doherty
Jim McGowan

The Tannahill Weavers are a popular band which performs traditional Scottish music. Releasing their first album in 1976 they became notable for being one of the first popular bands to incorporate the sound of the Great Highland Bagpipe in an ensemble setting, and in doing so helped to change the sound of Scottish traditional music. In 2011 the band were inducted into the Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame.

The band was formed in 1968, practising in a back room of the McKay family's rented Council house at 41 St. Ninian's Road, Hunterhill, Paisley and first performed at St. Peter's Folk Club, Glenburn, Paisley. The Club was run by Pat Doherty, father of Weavers' founding member Neil Doherty.

As of 2016, they continue to tour and release new recordings. They are named after Scottish poet Robert Tannahill, known as the 'Weaver Poet,' and have recorded several of his songs.


The current members of the band are:

Past members have included:



  • Are Ye Sleeping Maggie (1976)
  • The Old Woman's Dance (1978)
  • The Tannahill Weavers (1979)
  • Tannahill Weavers IV (1981)
  • Passage (1984)
  • Land of Light (1986)
  • Dancing Feet (1987)
  • Best of the Tannahill Weavers 1979 - 1989 (1989)
  • Cullen Bay (1990)
  • The Mermaid's Song (1992)
  • Capernaum (1994)
  • Leaving St. Kilda (1996)
  • The Tannahill Weavers Collection: Choice Cuts 1987-1996 (1997)
  • Epona (1998)
  • Alchemy (2000)
  • Arnish Light (2003)
  • Live and In Session (2006)

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