Scottish Musicians

Donald Black

Donald BlackDonald Black, from Benderloch, is the best player of Scottish Tremolo.  In the STV video Donald Black plays the Scottish Celtic Harmonica, Donald demonstrates his style of music by playing the bagpipe tune, Thief of Lochaber, on conventional harmonica, then again on the bagpipe tuned Hohner Highlander, which he developed in collabertation with Hohner to have two adjusted notes to make playing Scottish Celtic bagpipe music on harmonica much easier and better sounding.

Donald's CDs are "Westwinds: Scottish Mouth Organ Music", "Close to Home", his album of Slow Airs and Reflections, "Keil Road", from which he plays a "Pibroch on the Mouthorgan", accompanied by film of Hebridean land and seascapes in the STV video Music from Donald Black's album Keil Road and his latest album Dreams and Dances in which he once more plays pieces mostly drawn from the West of Scotland Gaelic tradition also with some new compositions.

In another STV video Inside Donald Black's studio Donald explains where his love for the Mouthorgan came from and about the people he has met and played with.

This YouTube video, with still photos of Donald and his playing partner Malcolm Jones of Runrig fame, is The Ballachulish Stomp from their excellent CD, Close to Home.  For full size YouTube version click here.

George Current

George CurrentGeorge Current is a part of the long tradition of moothie players in Scotland. He taught at the ALP Scots Music Group Moothie Class and is a part of the Scotts Moothie Group which plays every two weeks at Sandy Bell's pub in Edinburgh.

Sandy Kerr

Sandy KerrSandy Kerr - excellent Tremolo player from Portgordon.   A former fiddle player, Sandy took up the Moothie following a shoulder injury that meant he could no longer play fiddle.   His CDs are "Moothie Magic" and "Mair Moothie Magic".

Bryce Johnstone

Bryce JohnstoneBryce Johnstone, from Leslie, Fife, is an excellent Tremolo player who has performed at festivals and concerts all over Scotland and whose CDs are Bryce and Moothie Combine and Sook 'n' Blaw.

George (Doddie) Murray

George MurrayDoddie Murray of Stuartfield (click this link to hear him play) has been playing mouth organ since he was a boy in the 1930s. He regularly plays on his own and with other instrumentalists, and is a great favourite at ceilidhs and festivals in the North-East.   The music clip is courtesy of the The Banff and Buchan Collection of NEFA, The North East Folklore Archive.

Ian Hamilton

Ian HamiltonIan Hamilton was born in Galashiels but has lived for many years in the Irvine Valley (Galston and Darvel).   He plays (almost entirely for his own amusement) diatonic and chromatic harmonicas and he is also a very accomplished and prolific painter.   His musical taste is very varied and is reflected in the choice of material chosen for his album, Harmonica Harmony.

Bobby Torrance

Bobby TorranceBobby Torrance, a retired farm hand living in Ayr, took up the mouth organ in the late sixties and taught himself to play traditional Scottish tunes very much influenced by the late Sir Jimmy Shand. His relaxed and effortless style is very popular at the accordion clubs of Southern Scotland.   After some persuasion, he recorded 'Moothie Memories' in 1998 as a follow-up to his 1982 album cassette 'Moothie Magic'.   Bobby plays the standard Hohner 'Echo' double sided mouth organ.


Don Wessels - American chromatic harmonica player of Scottish and Irish Traditional Music.

Nick Keir - mouthorgan player and singer of The McCalmans.

Arthur Middleton

Arthur, sadly recently deceased, was a multi-champion moothie player from Aberdeen and he was a great supporter of the National Harmonica League. He travelled south for many of the festivals including Jim Hughes' 1987 World Harmonica Festival in Jersey. He played diatonic and tremolo harmonicas and loved playing in his kilt.  This performance was at the NHL British Championships in Sible Hedingham, Essex, in 1993.

Jim Reid plays mouthorgan on his CD "I Saw the Wild Geese Flee".

Duncan MacGillivray plays mouthorgan for the Ghillies.

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