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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.
The pair first met as students of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland’s Juniors’ School, aged 13. They quickly formed a close friendship and began collaborating musically throughout their studies until graduating this year with Honours of the First Class. 


Roo and Neil are composing music for an album focussing on people and places who typify their experiences of ‘home’. In 2020 during the first Covid-19 lockdown, one piece from this collection was selected a winner of Feis Rois’ “In Tune with Nature” competition. They remotely composed, recorded and filmed a new piece which celebrated the wildlife and landscape of the magical Taynish National Nature Reserve. In January 2021, the duo was selected by the prestigious ‘Danny Kyle Award’ and will give their debut performance of their new music at next year’s Celtic Connections 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. Furthermore, Roo and Neil have eclectic experiences as jazz musicians which deeply influence their work. Improvisation is a fundamental element in their composition process and is occasionally incorporated into their performances.
In the coming years Roo aims to pursue a Master’s Degree in Jazz in order to further develop this facet of his musicianship while Neil is focussing on establishing himself in the Scottish music scene as a collaborative performer and teacher, working on shows with storytellers, artists and dancers

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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. 

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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