Gavin started playing bagpipes at 11 years of age and played for a number of years in pipe bands and in Highland competitions. Upon entering university to study a degree in drama, he added guitar, keyboards and flute to his list of instruments. During the course of his studies there was a gradual shift from acting, which was his major, to writing music for theatre productions. This tended to take the form of atmospheric pieces using synthesizers and banks of keyboards and was compared to the symphonic progressive sounds of early Genesis and King Crimson, The Moody Blues, Pink Floyd and Peter Gabriel. The theatre productions gradually evolved to became more complex and eventually ended up as rock operas - theatre pieces of between 90 and 120 minutes all sung and performed to a musical soundtrack with live musicicans.
Gavin also returned to his musical roots with the creation of "Cotter Bequest" a progressive Celtic ensemble that used Highland, Uilleann, Northumbrian and Scottish small pipes amid layers of keyboards, guitars and vocals. Cotters Bequest have released three albums and are currently writing and recording their fourth.
An extremely talented seventeen year old violinist, who is the current leader of the South Australian school orchestra. She is a four time winner of the Adelaide Eisteddfod. Stephanie has played the violin since she was two years and eleven months, and now teaches violin, while completing an Associate Diploma.
Ann was born and brought up in Glasgow. Her accent contributes to Loch'rien's unique sound. As a singer/songwriter, pride in her Celtic heritage continues to influence and permeate the lyrics within Loch'rien's songs. Both Gaelic and English songs deal with thought provoking traditional as well as contemporary social themes. Ann is also a successful published author of fiction.
Andrew was born near Manchester and came to Australia in 1969. His talent and distinctive style as singer/songwriter began early in his high school days. Andrew draws upon his Celtic roots and has used these to translate emotional sensitivity into evocative and moving melodies. He has played guitar for over twenty years, and performed in various folk venues interstate.
Anne was born in Middlesex and came to Australia in 1958. She has been successfully playing bass guitar and keyboards for over 20 years. She has performed in a range of musical genres from classical choirs to rock 'n roll bands and has been the founding member and bass player in various youth theatre groups. Anne has appeared as a recording artist on a number of releases over many years.
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