The Famous Taste of Scotland Company
As the indulgent owner of historic Prestonfield, James has invested heavily in making the Taste of Scotland not just Scotland's longest-running and most famous Scottish show, but Scotland's best show by far! With an international reputation for creating some of Scotland's most magical and famous restaurants, he hopes that your evening here, in the romantic setting of Preston, will encourage you to discover more of Scotland's diverse and wonderful culture, food, landscape and history.
Robert's first study was accordian where he went on to win the coveted Scottish Accordion Championship no less than 6 times. His accompanying skills have been employed by most of Scotland's top artistes from Andy Stewart, Kenneth McKellar, Moira Anderson, Alan Stewart to Barbara Dickson. While in London he continued to study classical and earned the opportunity to play in such musicals as Fiddler on the Roof, Irma la Douce, Le Cage aux Folles and Oliver. In 1993, he was invited to play the accordion and act the part of 'George' in Brian Friel's exciting new play 'Wonderful Tennessee'. Following the World Premiere at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin it went on to run on Broadway to critical acclaim. He is currently in his 20th year as producer/musical director of the World Famous Scottish Show.
An honours graduate in Music with Theatre Studies, Cailean has travelled the world performing as a soloist and as part of a number of show teams. Career highlights include solo performances in the Royal Albert Hall, Royal Gala performances, and a televised performance with Scottish Opera. Having worked with Scottish greats including Andy Stewart and Ken Haynes, Cailean is enjoying his return to his roots in Scottish music and rejoins our cast for the sixth year as your host.
At the stupid age of 16, he packed his troubles in a kit bag and joined the army as an entertainer: you might say he was a musician, if you viewed percussion kindly. The army took him to most corners of the globe where he grasped opportunities to play at the White House, Hong Kong’s handover ceremony, Madison Square Gardens and Red Square. Since leaving the forces, Cammy has continued to entertain: he drums, he speaks, he over-engineers sound, he arranges music, he sings, he marches and he’ll happily saw a mandolin in half. Court Jester or Concierge, “master-of-none” - you can decide.
Born in Edinburgh and raised in the Scottish Borders, Brigid has a passion for live performance in genres ranging from folk and blues to R&B, with reggae, soul and funk in between! Brigid is a regular at the capital’s music scene, singing the blues with the likes of Gregg Wright at The Voodoo Rooms and returns to her roots singing folk at Prestonfield. She is also no stranger to the recording studio, having already recorded her debut album, for an indie film score, and as a session singer.
Alongside our hosts, Cailean and Cameron, our tenors bring a wealth of talent. Calum is an accomplished musician and composer
from the north east of Scotland. He has toured extensively throughout Europe and North America before returning to Prestonfield again this season. Moray has been a professional musician and singer all of his adult life. Serving in the army as a musician he performed around the world. An acclaimed Frank Sinatra tribute artist he played Frank in sell-out shows at the Festival Fringe before a West End transfer. Accomplished in Scottish music and song he’s delighted to join the Taste of Scotland cast.
Trained in Edinburgh at the Dance for All Theatre School, Keey is a talented dancer who has developed into a choreographer of growing reputation - she finds the energy and time to run her own dance school as well. Kerry's passion for dance shines through in the exciting and entertaining choreography for this evening's Taste of Scotland Show.