Tabache are fiddle player Aidan O’Rourke, flute, fiddle, whistle player and singer Claire Mann and guitarist, Ross Martin. Tabache formed in late 1994 as a duo, Claire and Aidan, and have recently acquired a great guitarist in Ross Martin.
Tabache specialise in traditional and original Scottish and Irish music.
Aidan is from the Isle of Seil which lies off the coast south of Oban in the West Highlands of Scotland. His fiddle style has a unique blend of Scottish and Irish influences with his family roots in Donegal. He started playing at the age of nine and competed throughout Scotland with great success. At 14 he had won two national titles and was a finalist in the Glenfiddich fiddle championships, the most prestigious open fiddle competition in Scotland. This was followed up by a BBC mini documentary. By the age of 15 Aidan had toured America and Canada with the Caledonia Ramblers. He has also toured extensively in Europe and the British Isles with Deaf Shepherd and Tannas and was recently included in a performance with Capercaillie. Now 22, Aidans distinctive interpretation of tunes and songs has established him as a leading fiddle player in Scotland.
Claire, 19, is from Newcastle-upon-Tyne in the north-east of England, currently residing in Edinburgh. She started playing the fiddle at school at the age of eight, the tin whistle at ten and the flute at 12. Despite taking up the flute at a later date she excels on this instrument having won the All-Ireland flute championships in the consecutive years of 1993 and 1994. She has also won All-Irelands on the whistle and been a finalist on fiddle. In the past six years she has won over eighty medals in Fleadh Cheoils and was a finalist in the prestigious BBC Radio 2’s Young Tradition Award in 1993. Claire has also worked with Newcastle based theatre company, Northern Stage. Toured throughout the British Isles and Europe with Edinburgh bands the Findlays and Arun, and with Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann. She has also performed for the renowned British Flute Society.
Ross Martin is a fine exponent of the thriving scene of young musicians hailing from the West Highlands of Scotland. Starting guitar at an early age, Ross learnt his trade amidst wild West Coast dances and sessions. After several stints on the fishing boats he decided to concentrate on his music and turned professional at the early age of 19. Since then he has found himself increasingly busy and 1998 has already seen him touring in the USA, British Isles and Europe with bands, Deaf Shepherd, Daimh and the highly acclaimed Scottish piper, Fred Morrison with whom he has recently recorded an album.