Kejafi take listeners on a musical journey inspired by the music, dance and piping from the Scottish Highlands and far flung islands at the northern edge of the world.
A repertoire of traditional and original tunes and songs celebrate a deep Australian and Scottish connection, performed with an exciting, fresh ensemble of dual fiddles, an octave mandolin and haunting vocals lamenting lost love and telling tales of the battlefield.
The band released their first album ‘Coast’ in late 2019 and have performed widely, including at the Baltimore Fiddle Fair, the Australian Celtic Festival, St Albans Folk Festival and Sydney Folk Festival. They have also shared the stage with fiddle player Manus McGuire, piper Chris Gray and Susan O’Neill.
Meet the band
The trio formed in early 2018 after successfully establishing a monthly Scottish music session in Sydney in 2017. The tunes and songs session is held on the second Saturday of each month at The Gaelic Club in Sydney.
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 west coast and piping rhythms to her fiddle playing.
James Gastineau-Hills is a fiddle player and music teacher who fell in love with Scottish dance music. He 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 on both violin and viola, and currently leads the Sydney Scottish Fiddlers.
Ken O’Neill grew up in Co. Tipperary, Ireland and started his musical life in rock bands in Clonmel, most notably Uforia. Since moving to Australia nearly 20 years ago, he has focussed solely on traditional music, accompanying Irish and Scottish sessions on DADGAD guitar and octave mandolin.