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Bluesy Beauly Bands

Dancing with Sharks

The ten-piece band Dancing with Sharks is the big sound of dancing in the north.

Blending the big band sound with a bit of rock gives a high-tempo groove that gets you dancing. Our wonderful vocalists, Pete McKie and Catriona Sutherland, give their talent and enthusiasm to every gig. Adding the timeless virtuosity of Roger Niven on guitar with our rock-solid rhythm section and the amazing brass and saxes, ends up with a full sound that simply can’t fail but gets you dancing.

Playing from a huge repertoire of classics from Ella Fitzgerald to Amy Winehouse and Sinatra to Freddie Mercury means there are bound to be songs in our set to suit all tastes. 

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Dancing with Sharks

Highland Swing

Highland Swing Band is a thriving community music group with players from young to old. Now in their 19thyear, the group has established a very strong presence in the local community. Despite going through numerous personnel changes over the years, the group has gone from strength to strength. With music from Duke Ellington, Glenn Miller, Count Basie, Miles Davis, Ray Charles, Dexter Gordon, Sonny Rollins and more, you will soon be toe tapping, clapping, and dancing away with music from a by-gone era.  


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Highland Swing


Blueness, is a five-piece comprising guitar, sax/clarinet, drums and bass.  It features Catriona Sutherland, a dynamic, versatile vocalist who is equally at home singing Janis Joplin, Etta James, Nora Jones or Joan Armatrading.


Repertoire ranges from electric and acoustic blues classics to blues rock, blues/jazz and originals. 


 Blueness is an exciting band with a strong local following and always gets people dancing.  I may have seen them play around the Inverness Bars, where they bring in the crowds.

Click here for this track Roger wrote last year.


Soul Food Cafe

Soul Food Cafe were formed during the lockdown of 2021 by founding members Krzysztof Zajaczkowski and Peter Green. They began rehearsing weekly in a static caravan in Kinloss and the next three years saw many local musicians collaborate with the band. Soul Food Cafe have been inspired by blues, gospel, and soul, drawing on the repertoires of Dr Feelgood, the Blues Brothers, and many other lesser known blues and soul artists.  The band have enjoyed playing local; helping to keep music live and have been pleasantly surprised to see an audience across the generations getting up to dance to timeless rhythm and blues classics. Soul Food Cafe are now a nine-piece with two sax and two blues harp players.

All performers are booked by Ripple Effect Marketing