Inspired by the music, dance and piping from the Scottish Highlands and Islands, Kejafi play traditional and original tunes and songs on duelling fiddles and Irish bouzouki. The trio formed in early 2018 after successfully establishing a monthly Scottish music session in Sydney in 2017. They delight their audience with their own take on traditional Scottish music and have performed at numerous festivals, gigs and functions including the 2018 St Albans Folk Festival and the 2019 Australian Celtic Festival in Glen Innes.
Fiddle player Fiona McVicar is a well-respected and sought-after musician and teacher, with many years experience in playing traditional Irish and Scottish fiddle music in both Australia and Ireland. She currently performs in several traditional and folk groups including Seanchas and Blackwater.
Having previous played the bagpipes in pipe bands and also once a Highland Dancer, Fiona brings a more west coast or piping style to her fiddle playing.
James Gastineau-Hills is a fiddle player who fell in love with Scottish dance music and has spent over twenty years playing it in Scotland and Australia. His recordings include an album “Burns with a Fiddle” with performer Neil Morrison, an album collaborating with Scottish Trio “Luce Women” and most recently with Sydney world/jazz group “Broadland Trio”. James is passionate about sharing the tunes and craft of Scottish fiddle playing, and currently leads the Sydney Scottish Fiddlers.
Ken O’Neill grew up in Co. Tipperary, Ireland and started his musical life in rock bands. Since moving to Australia nearly 20 years ago, he has focussed solely on traditional music, accompanying Irish sessions and folk bands on guitar and Irish bouzouki. Ken is a newcomer to Scottish music and is secretly really enjoying this!!
The trio is lyrical, energetic, very Scottish and will leave their audiences wanting more.