Bon Stovi Ceilidh Band Your Ceilidh FAQs

Meet The Band

Bon Stovi's standard lineup is 2 fiddles and caller, guitar and drums. They are some of Scotland's finest professional musicians with busy touring schedules, and so the band for your event will consist of 4 of the following talented players. For bigger events we would recommend the addition of our sound engineer. This website is in progress, photos and updated biographies will be coming soon!

  • Jon Bews - Fiddle

    Jon Bews

    A veteran of the fiddle, having started at age four, Jon Bews came to Scots music from a classical education by way of Goth rock. But it didn't take long for him to entrench himself in the world and carve a name for himself as a fiddler. A prizewinning graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in 1994, he has performed and recorded with such diverse artists as Malinky, James Yorkston, Mikel Urdangarin, Ranarim, Deaf Mutes and Samling. In addition to Cantrip, he currently plays with critically acclaimed indie rock quintet The Last Battle. Jon is also widely recognised as a composer and arranger. His string arrangements have been sought out by Ewan MacPherson and Fribo and his tunes have won high acclaim across the board. Jon moved to the Scottish Borders in 2003 where he spent two years as Traditional and World Music Development Worker for Scottish Borders Council.
  • Katherine Stewart - Fiddle/Caller

    Katherine Stewart

    Katherine Stewart is one of Scotland's finest musical products. A student of classical violin and piano at the City of Edinburgh Music School, a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and an ASH music scholarship to the Royal College of Music - these were early milestones in her burgeoning career. She has performed at many of the UK's most prestigious events from the BBC Proms to the Glastonbury Festival and in venues as far afield as Hong Kong, Nigeria and around Europe. She performed for President Putin at Edinburgh Castle and played in a memorial concert for Martyn Bennett, having featured on his album, 'MacKay's Memoirs'. Her fiddle-playing started at just 6 years old when she studied with Mairi Campbell. Now 18 years on she is one of its most exciting exponents.
  • Kay Vickers - Fiddle/Caller

    Kay Vickers

    Kay Vickers started playing fiddle when she moved to the Perthshire village of Blackford. She joined her school friends as a founding member of the Blackford Fiddle Group, started by Peter Cope. This informal group created a fun-filled atmosphere in which Kay learnt many Scottish, Irish and American tunes from her peers and professional players in workshops. Kay regularly played and called dances in the fiddle group's ceilidh band which taught her the vital skills she needed to go on to play in various Scottish ceilidh bands in and around the central belt of Scotland. Performing with these bands has taken her across Europe playing in many different events from weddings in Sweden to a European Welcome party hosted on a boat in Vigo, Spain.
  • Rua MacMillan - Fiddle/Caller

    Rua MacMillan

    Originally from Nairn, in the Scottish Highlands, fiddler Rua Macmillan is quickly making a name for himself in the world of Scottish traditional music. Having graduated with a B.A. (Honours) in Scottish Music from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in 2008, he has already toured extensively throughout Europe and the U.S. In February 2009, Rua was awarded the prestigious title of BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year. The following summer he performed at Cambridge Folk Festival, the UK's biggest folk festival. His debut album 'Tyro' (CDTRAX 346) was released on the Greentrax label in May 2010 to great critical acclaim, being voted 'Instrumental Album of the Year' in the Fatea Awards, and picked as a 'Top of The World' album by Songlines Magazine. Rua was also a founding member of the Paul McKenna Band, who were voted 'Best Up and Coming Act' in the 2009 MG Alba Trad. Music Awards.
  • Robert Minns - Guitar

    Robert Minns

    Robert Minns is one of the country's most inventive and flexible musicians. He began playing violin when he was just 7 years but quickly turned his attentions to the piano and the guitar on which he has excelled since. He completed Bachelors degree in classical music from Edinburgh Napier University and went on to play guitar and keys in Thriller Live, touring South Korea, Germany, Switzerland, Italy and the UK. He has recently made his debut appearance on London's West End. Robert has played traditional music for many years – hosting regular sessions at Sandy Bell's and performing in Ireland, Germany and Bahrain where he featured in a resident band at the Gulf Hotel. He has played with some of Scotland's most renowned ceilidh bands at events ranging from Hogmanay at Gleneagles Hotel to an intimate reception at Cameron house, Loch Lomond.
  • Tom Oakes - Guitar

    Tom Oakes

    Tom is currently principle Flute and DADGAD guitar teacher at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and plays with his own trio 'The Tom Oakes Experiment' as well as the much in demand duo 'Ross Couper and Tom Oakes' The latter gained a Scots trad award nomination in 2011 and have performed sell out tours of the UK, Norway, Denmark and Australia. Tom is becoming more and more in demand as a leading accompanist on the Scottish, English and Irish traditional music scenes and specialising in the Nylon string (classical) guitar. Tom prides himself on a rich, inventive, percussive and driving style modelled on the great guitarists of southwest Ireland. Tom works primarily as a guitarist with fiddler Ross Couper (Peatbog Faeries). The duo have achieved great things and were nominated for best up and coming act in the Scottish Traditional Music Awards of 2011. They have completed sell-out tours of Norway and Denmark as well as 5 Star review from Edinburgh Fringe. Ross and Tom have played at such renowned festivals as Shetland Folk Festival in 2012, Tonder Folk Festival (2012) and Celtic Connections (2013) in front of a 1500 sellout at Glasgow's Old Fruitmarket. This year they play Cambridge Folk Festival and travel to Australia in November to tour and as guest directors for the Melbourne Scottish Fiddlers. Tom also appeared as part of harpist Ailie Robertson's 'Traditional Spirits' project which received a sell-out crowd and rave reviews at Celtic Connections 2012.
  • Robin Hunter - Drums

    Robin Hunter

    Robin Hunter has been playing drums since he was ten years old and he hasn't missed a beat since. His ceilidh band career started at the age of ten when he joined his mother in "The Caiystane Ceilidh Band" and "The Southsiders." While at school he joined the Edinburgh Academy Pipe Band, competed in the World Drumming Championships and toured with the band across Scotland and Canada. Since then he has played with a number of bands and at events across the UK, including T in the Park.
  • Robin Hunter - Drums

    Steve Fivey

    Originally from Central Scotland, Stevie attained Grade 1 competition level at only 15 with World Pipe Band Champions Denny & Dunipace Pipes & Drums. A graduate of revered Edinburgh music college Jewel & Esk, Stevie is in great demand as a leading Scottish percussion teacher at major Scottish youth festivals (Feis Rois, Edinburgh Youth Gaitherin, Splore) and the Merlin Music Academy. Throughout the past ten years, Stevie has toured extensively throughout the UK and Europe with a variety of bands and shows. This has included performances for Billy Connolly and Prince Charles in prestigious venues such as The Scottish Parliament and Edinburgh Castle.

"Thank you for putting on such a fantastic show for us! I've lost count of the number of compliments I've had about the ceilidh band and how fantastic you all were! I hope you all enjoyed the night as much as we did and thank you again ever so much for making it the wonderful night it was!" - Katie, Edinburgh Medic Grad Ball. "Thank you so much for playing for us, we all thought you were brilliant and everyone had a fantastic time. Especially our friends from Germany were really impressed!" - Verena and Jurgen. "You guys were fantastic and I think every single person that was there commented on how good the ceilidh and you were. You helped make an incredibly special night even more so by your wonderful music and dances. I haven't had so much fun at a ceilidh in ages." - Jon Pugh, Finix Productions.