Ceud Mìle Fàilte
Robin fronts Celtic Krystal on guitar and vocal and brings a life time of folksinging and stagecraft to the folk duo. With a musical portfolio of TV, radio, albums, showboats, concerts and clubs he has played in many genres and aspects of ‘making music’. From Glasgow, Robin’s classical upbringing was in piano, violin, and vocal. Robin sang in the highly successful Scottish folk duo ‘Lomond Folk’, until the death of his singing partner Donald Brown in 1977. A solo career followed, before moving south of the border to pastures new. In 2009 Robin returned to his folk roots to enjoy traditional music forming the group – Celtic Krystal.
Krystal creates a unique fiddle partnership. A founder member of the group in 2009, sharing her name in part, she brings a sensitivity to the music, blending and distilling the melodic with the harmonic for others to enjoy.She displays a sensitivity in her approach to the jigs, reels and plaintive airs. Krystal is passionate about her fiddle playing and she brings variety and creativity to the group. Krystal followed a classical upbringing in violin, but her love of fiddle tunes and folksong, when playing with Celtic Krystal, be they Scottish, Orkney or Shetland, Irish or English is her passion.
“Krystal accompanies Robin on songs ~ Robin accompanies Krystal on tunes.”
The duo ‘Sets’ provide fiddle tunes and songs from a wide range of Celtic traditional music, with our contemporary favourites from Ewan McColl, Donovan, Mark Knofler, Chirsty Moore, John Martyn, Tom Paxton, The Pogues, Planxty, The Dubliners, The Chieftains and a few penned originals. As gigs require, our guest players join the duo.
From the late 70’s Duncan played Bass in covers bands touring the pubs and clubs of west London. He then moved to playing lead guitar during the mid 80’s playing everything from soul – pop – blues – country & western – hard rock. Bringing his Scottish heritage to music, he has gone back to his first love, playing bass, and enjoys using his wealth of experience in the music world to add a twist of Bass to Celtic music. Duncan has played with us since his baptism of Celtic fire, on St.Patrick’s Day 2014.
Uilleann Pipes & Whistles
Dicky is a master of the Uilleann Pipes. Dicky, born north of London to Irish parents, is now based in Hull. Dicky spent many years in Tasmania working antipodean gigs and festivals and also teamed up with didgeridoo legend Mark Atkins. Dicky has played tin whistle for 45 years and Uilleann pipes for 30 years worldwide. It is great to have Dicky to play, when he is available!
For more information, please visit dickydeegan.com.
Founder past member: Adrian Boddy 2009 – 2014 (Fiddle)
Celtic Krystal are available for Parties, Folk Nights, Ceilidhs, Concerts, Clubs, Pubs, Festivals, Weddings and Wakes, Saints Days and Holidays – indeed anywhere you want a Celtic vibe. To make a booking please visit our contact page.
The other news of the year is that Krystal is expecting her first child in 2020 so during the next few months I have introduced a scratch band ‘Celtic Mashup’. Celtic Krystal will always be the first choice, but during the ‘expectations’ of the coming months, I will be continuing to make music with the ‘scratch band’.
Celtic Krystal CDs are available to purchase from the online shop, Amazon or to download via Soundcloud and Spotify.