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About us

 

Roo Geddes and Neil Sutcliffe combine their shared experience across Classical, Folk and Jazz to create original music for violin and accordion. Based in Glasgow, their compositions are inspired by landscape and people and by the ways in which music can evoke a sense of place and community.
They first met aged 13, as students of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland’s Juniors’ School. They quickly formed a close friendship and began collaborating musically throughout their studies until graduating in 2021 with Honours of the First Class. 


In May 2022, Roo and Neil toured Scotland to release their debut album, HOMELANDS - a suite of pieces exploring their people and places which feel like 'home'. The works took five years to write and record and last just under an hour in length. During the first Covid-19 lockdown, one piece from this collection was selected a winner of Feis Rois’ “In Tune with Nature” competition. It was remotely composed, recorded and filmed to celebrate the wildlife and landscape of the magical Taynish National Nature Reserve. The duo are quickly gaining recognition and in 2021 were selected by Celtic Connection's prestigious ‘Danny Kyle Award’ and offered a performance at next year's festival. 


In addition to their original music, they also frequently perform their arrangements of Scottish traditional music and song and function as a ceilidh band, performing at events across the UK. The duo work closely with Live Music Now, a charity which aims to connect musicians with people experiencing social exclusion or disadvantage. This incredibly rewarding experience has lead them to perform in care homes, ASN schools, nurseries and hospitals. Furthermore, Roo and Neil have eclectic experiences as jazz musicians which deeply influence their work. 


Born into families of educators, both musicians are passionate teachers and their pedagogy significantly informs their identity as artists. They work with students from a diverse range of ages and abilities in both private and community-music settings. 

 

Away from their instruments, they share a love of hillwalking, tree climbing, and all things outdoors. In September Roo begins study on a Master’s Degree in Jazz in while Neil is focussing on establishing himself in the Scottish music scene as a collaborative performer and teacher.

Meet the Instruments!

Neil's main instrument is a Bugari Prime piano accordion. This instrument has not only the standard "Stradella bass" system in the left-hand, comprising of bass notes and pre-set chords, but can also be converted to the "free-bass" system, a chromatic arrangement of notes. This ability in the left-hand to create polyphonic textures and different chord inversions plays a major role in Roo and Neil's compositions. 

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Roo plays a violin that has been passed down through his family for five generations. See below for a poster advertising a "Grand Concert" in 1912 at the Alexandra Parade Masonic Hall in Glasgow, at which his great, great grandfather, Jack Hugo, played this very fiddle!

The "Grand Concert"
The "Grand Concert"

The highlighted text shows Roo's great-great Grandfather Jack Hugo listed as a "Comedian and Dancer" and Playing in a duo with 'Harley'

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The "Grand Concert"
The "Grand Concert"

The highlighted text shows Roo's great-great Grandfather Jack Hugo listed as a "Comedian and Dancer" and Playing in a duo with 'Harley'

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"Grand Concert" Poster: 

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